Google Keep – ultimate note-taking & to-do list app?
Apr 24, 2013 8:41 AM –
Google Keep is a cool productivity app that perhaps steals a yard on existing similar applications such as Evernote and Springpad. Being a Google product is sits very nicely with fellow Google Apps, most notably Google Drive. Offering a simple note-taking feature, a to-do list creator, a voice-note maker and including the ability to upload pictures directly, it’s subtle, user-friendly and incredibly simple to integrate.
Tested on: Nexus 4
Pros & Cons:
- Great interface!
- Suite of useful note-taking functions!
- Syncs with Google Drive!
- Quite limited compared to services like Evernote and Springpad.
Google Keep was launched a number of weeks ago as a project to incorporate note-taking alongside Google’s other productivity services within Google Drive. The app syncs seamlessly with Google Drive and there is even a web interface to add notes to as well. Notes can be added in a number of ways; there’s traditional text notes and voice notes that can be transcribed for you. You can also create lists and add photos. Notes can be colour coded too, which is pretty cool and adds to a neat interface.
Now, I have periodically used popular services such as Evernote and felt Google Keep was very similar in premise. It syncs with a web interface and you can add all manner of content in different ways. You can essentially build a smorgasbord of ideas in different forms, both even feature a quick homescreen widget for fast access. However, it’s also clear that the likes of Evernote offer far, far more. The ability to sort, tag and organise notes is far advanced in Evernote and it offers a far more detailed web interface.
However, despite the fact that I love the idea of Evernote, it has always felt like an overkill for my own personal requirements. Google Keep however is beautifully simple and meets my needs well. I think heavy Evernote users will perhaps not be swayed by things like Google Drive integration as Evernote offers far more functionality and has been available for a far longer time. However, if you do not use Springpad, Evernote or similar apps and you only have limited requirements for note-taking, Google Keep could be the solution you need.
Check out the video below for an introduction:
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Google Keep – Multi-column view
Google Keep – Single column view
Google Keep – Simple note
Google Keep – Picture
Google Keep – Sound file
Google Keep – Voice input
Google Keep – Customisation
Google Keep – Home Screen Widget
For keeping notes, remembering to do stuff and generally helping you organise simple tasks, Google Keep is great. If you’re big into project work it might feel somewhat limited compared to more powerful apps like Evernote, but for simpler requirements it is ideal.
Ease of Use:
Blissfully simple. Adding new notes is made very straightforward by the tabbed bar at the top. You can scroll up and down to view previous notes and it’s laid out in a very user friendly way. The companion web interface is equally simple.
This will undoubtedly depend on the user. I began using Google Keep a great deal. Then my interest waned a little. However, while writing this review I’ve been reminded of some of the functionality and think I need to use it far more than I do, possibly replacing other apps I already use sporadically.
The interface is very smooth, beautifully designed and very slick. The app introduces a newer spin on the ICS Roboto font, which perhaps hints at the aesthetic of the upcoming Key Lime Pie OS.
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