There are more than a few note-taking apps on the Play Store, including established veteran Evernote and Google's own Keep. But Automattic, the company formed by WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg, thinks you'll be interested in at least one more. After a considerable period of iOS exclusivity, Simplenote is now available on the Google Play Store. It's free to download and use.

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Simplenote hits all the check marks for a new notation app: syncing across devices and the service website, a to do list as well as more general notes, searching through previous notes, and tags for a better filing system. The user interface matches the stark look of the iOS app while remaining pretty close to Holo UI standards - not bad. The whole thing looks a lot like the official WordPress app for Android, which makes sense considering it's made by the same people. Notes can be shared using the standard Android dialog, though I'm finding it hard to think of a reason why.

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Unlimited use of Simplenote is free, and you don't even need an account to get started - just download the app and start creating new notes. (Of course you'll need to create an account if you want to sync across devices and the web, and there's no way to tie a Simplenote account into Google or Facebook. Rats.) Give it a try if the ever-growing features of Evernote have become cumbersome for you.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Petr Tajovsky

    Too late, I have already moved all my notes from Simplenote to Evernote (manually, one by one, copy and paste)

  • Abhijeet Mishra

    Simple, sleek and beautiful. Going by how nice the WordPress app looks, it's not surprising.

  • kool_dude

    There seems to be no way to make to-do lists other than manually inserting dashes / bullets. Those screenshots are misleading. Sigh. I really like the design and font, but lack of lists is a deal-breaker.

    • Thatguyfromvienna

      You're kidding, right? Please?
      That would be a show stopper for me!

      • kool_dude

        Looks like there's a "View as List" option in the premium version, which is $20/year on iOS. No premium option on Android yet.

        • Thatguyfromvienna

          Yeah, well...
          20 bucks a year for such a feature immediately makes me bail out.
          Thanks for the information though!

  • akshay7394

    In terms of thinking for a reason why:

    1. writing out your thoughts offline and reviewing them before sending them to somebody
    2. making a list on your tablet and then sharing that note through whatsapp or sms, etc
    3. sharing to wordpress would make sense also i suppose, if you used notes to begin with. Though why you wouldn't just do that part directly in the WP app is beyond me

  • Jachym Kokesh Lukes

    I can't leave Evernote, I like it too much :)

  • Nicklas

    I've tried a whole bunch of them. Now i just roll with Wunderlist, it's very intuitive and the interface is really well done. It's quite flexible as well.

    • Thatguyfromvienna

      The price for the pro version is ridiculous though.
      Absolute ripoff.

      • Nicklas

        I didn't even know there was a pro version. I just looked it up, and the price is pretty ridiculous indeed. I've been using it for a few weeks now and i haven't felt the need to upgrade, i hope it stays that way.

        • Thatguyfromvienna

          Best of luck then! :)

          • Nicklas

            Thanks! :)

  • http://gplus.to/cable Jordan

    As much as I love WP, I'm gonna just stick with Keep.

  • Thatguyfromvienna

    Yay! Being one of the few people who totally dislike Evernote, I really welcome this!

    • jirkadus

      What about Google Keep?

      • Thatguyfromvienna

        It's OK in my opinion. But a bit... ugly.
        Plus while I love the location based reminders, one important feature is missing for me - the ability to have an alarm upon leaving, not entering an area.
        Otherwise I really like it.

    • Nicklas

      You're not alone about Evernote!

  • Major_Pita

    Been a notes app junkie ever since the old PhatNotes for Windows Mobile.
    I've installed/tried/uninstalled countless note taking apps. They all fall down one way or another. This one doesn't seem to be able to do nested notes and/or indented outlines or links to external items. Still searching for the perfect do-all note taking app. One with a great send-to function like Pocket for clipping screen snaps, websites and content via 'share-to' And a robust note taking app with outline, reminders and some Project capability. Probably doesn't exist...

  • Joyce Tomlinson

    If you need to take notes while talking on the phone, use TalkNotes Plus. It is the only app which attaches notes to the actual call. It also has to do list, reminders, contact management and cloud backup.

  • http://www.baronsofbullshit.com/ seriosbrad

    I don't think I'll ever move away from Papyrus since it supports the s-pen. Even on an AOSP ROM :)

    (Does anyone else know of any other note taking apps supporing the s-pen that isn't Samsung based?)