5. Notetaking

Phones and tablets come with a notetaking app, but it’s usually pretty bare bones, and notetaking is why a lot of people like mobile devices. There are so many other notetaking apps out there, some that let you write with your finger, some that record your voice, and some that can help you make lists. Check out some of these popular apps.

Blogging for this Thing

Use at least one of these apps and write a blog post about what you think about it and how you may be able to use it personally or professionally. If you know of another app that would fit under this Thing, tell us about it in your blog, too.

springpadSpringpad: Apple / Android

Springpad is a free personal organizer app that lets you save and organize tasks, recipes, notes, movies and more. Save from anywhere, on any device. Springpad even offers suggests to help you do more based upon what you’ve been saving.

Click here for help getting started with Springpad.

bamboo paperBamboo Paper: Apple / Android

Bamboo Paper is a digital notebook app to help you capture your creative moments and thoughts. With this app, you can take notes, sketch, and draw with your finger or a stylus using a selection of six different pen tools.

Click here for help getting started with Bamboo Paper.

remember the milkRemember the Milk: Apple / Android

Make to-do lists for whatever you like with Remember the Milk. Organize and prioritize your lists, add tasks and due dates, search your tasks and notes, and even set up notification reminders via email or text message. Never forget your tasks with Remember the Milk.

Click here for help getting started with Remember the Milk.

dragon dictationDragon Dictation: Apple only

Dragon is a simple speech to text app where you can speak your notes and Dragon will type them out for you. You can also edit the notes with a keyboard afterwards, because it doesn’t always hear you correctly. Notes can be sent to email, Facebook, or Twitter directly from the app.

Click here for help getting started with Dragon.

4 thoughts on “5. Notetaking

  1. Lori Budahn February 11, 2014 at 2:05 pm Reply

    I see that Bamboo Paper is compatible with Android, however when I go to the Google Play store it says my Android is not an eligible item.

    • 23mobilethingsmn February 12, 2014 at 2:11 pm Reply

      Depending upon your Android device and the operating system you’re on, you may get told that items aren’t compatible with your device. It could be the type of Android device you have (Nexus, Samsung, Slate, HTC, etc.) doesn’t work with how the app was designed. It could be that you have the latest operating system and the designer of the app hasn’t yet updated the app to include the new operating system. With so many different types of Android devices, not all apps work with them all. This is an issue that Google has been trying to address and fix, but as of right now, if you get told it doesn’t work with your device, unfortunately there isn’t much you can do about it.

  2. nancydpl May 30, 2014 at 9:38 am Reply

    I received an email this morning from Springpad saying they are shutting down on June 25, 2014. They’re providing an “automatic” migration of your data to Evernote and also some other options so you don’t lose your saved notebooks.

    • 23mobilethingsmn June 2, 2014 at 12:52 pm Reply

      Yes, I received that notice too. One of the downsides of apps is that they can come and go pretty unexpectedly. For anyone who hasn’t done Springpad yet you can either download it and take a look if it’s still available, or try Evernote instead.

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