Evernote, Microsoft OneNote, and Notability are all note-taking programs with various features that are must-have for any note-taking software, such as cloud storage and syncing, multiple platform access, and ease-of-use. So how does Evernote compare to OneNote and Notability?
Multiple Platform Access
Evernote is accessible both on the web and on tablets and mobile devices via apps.
Everything you do on Evernote syncs to your other platforms, so if you create a note on your desktop or laptop and later, need to access that note on your smartphone or tablet, all you need to do is open the app and the note will be there.
MS OneNote and Notability both have this same feature, but with one difference. Evernote and OneNote are free to use, while Notability - both the mobile app and the Mac app - cost money.
Cloud Syncing and Storage
Cloud syncing and storage go hand-in-hand with multiple platform access, and all 3 programs have it. Evernote and OneNote sync to the cloud and any notes created are automatically saved. Notability is a bit different. With Notability, your notes will sync across platforms, but only one platform allows you the ability to store your notes. So if you use Notability on your smartphone and tablet and you want all of your notes to save to Dropbox, you have to choose which device stores your notes. Both your tablet and your smartphone cannot be connected to a storage service at the same time.
The user interface on Evernote, OneNote, and Notability are extremely user friendly and one can easily navigate all 3 programs in very little time. Note-taking features such as bolding, italics, underlining, bullet points, etc. are all front and center when writing notes, and each program offers an in-depth “Help” section.
Evernote uses Notebooks to organize notes and tags to make notes easily searchable.
OneNote also uses Notebooks, as well as horizontally organizes notes via tabs, and Notability uses Dividers. From my own personal experience, I prefer Evernote and Notability’s organization methods, as I found OneNote’s Notebook usage confusing and clunky. I also found it a tedious task to delete notebooks in OneNote. While Evernote and Notability only require a simple “right-click and delete” method to remove Notebooks and Dividers, OneNote requires users to go into their OneNote cloud account online to delete Notebooks.
Evernote, OneNote, and Notability all allow various types of media into notes, though Evernote and OneNote are definitely better at this than Notability. I’ve used all 3 programs, and Notability is way behind the times in this department. But for media-heavy users, Evernote is definitely the better choice.
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