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I’ve always been a fan of to-do lists and productivity tools and have used a number of them in the past. From Google Keep to OneNote to Evernote, I have tried all the popular options and never really felt satisfied.

Workflowy came along and eased all my frustrations. It’s the simplest and lightest note-taking app you can find anywhere and works wonderfully for keeping notes, organizing projects or simply making lists and collaboration.

Availability

In addition, it has mobile applications on iOS (iPhone and iPad) as well as Android, so you can always view and edit your lists from virtually anywhere.

Interface

The first thing you notice about Workflowy when you open the app is its simplicity. There is no fancy layout here or formatting options. Instead, you have broad white space, like a blank sheet of paper, and a single bullet point to begin.

Workflowy is built around those bullet points, allowing you to create lists as well as notes using the points.

Features

The most distinguishing feature of Workflowy compared to other note-taking applications is its ability to create a hierarchy of nested lists, which means that you can keep every related item in one place instead of making separate lists for them.

You can narrow down into each bullet point and divide your tasks into smaller bits, allowing you to focus on one thing at a time.

Workflowy offers powerful sharing features, allowing you to share your notes with people (no signup or login required) via a secret shared link, allowing you to control what they see and don’t see as well as giving editing permissions if desired.

In addition, you can export your Workflowy items in different formats, including formatted, plain text or OPML format, enabling you to copy and paste into any other program.

Other useful features include the option to receive a daily email digest of your activity, star important items for quick access, reduce mouse dependency by offering several keyboard shortcuts that get you through the program pretty quickly, print items, tag related items and search for text within lists.

What it can’t do

While Workflowy is a handy tool, there are a number of things you cannot do with it like setting alarms and reminders, attaching files or formatting text. If you need these features, then Workflowy may not necessarily satisfy all your needs.

However, the developers have promised that some of these features will be included in future updates of the application.

Conclusion

That’s just about all there is to this app. It’s free to sign up and use the basic features, but there are paid upgrades for more storage space, automatic backups to Dropbox, password protection on shared lists, etc.

Ayo Isaiah

Ayo Isaiah is a freelance writer from Lagos who loves everything technology with a particular interest in open-source software. Follow him on Twitter.

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Galaxy Note 5 Impressions (From A Galaxy User)

Note 5 vs S6 Edge Plus

Note 5 Review

Fast forward a few weeks and I’ve been using the Note 5 as my main smartphone for the past week. How does it compare to past Galaxy Note devices and is it a true Galaxy Note device? Let’s take a closer look as I share my first thoughts on Samsung’s latest phablet.

Design The contentious changes

As with all previous Note devices, there are a few things that set the Note range apart from the rest of the Galaxy family and in the Galaxy Note 5, these have been changed. How do they impact on the ‘Galaxy Note experience’?

Battery

Downloaded Apps: 48

Email Accounts: 9 (all Gmail)

Screen Brightness: 60%

Storage

Removing the back cover and the swappable battery also means that Samsung followed the design of the Galaxy S6 by removing the microSD card slot. The Galaxy S6 came with either 32GB, 64GB or 128GB storage but with the Note 5, Samsung has dropped the largest storage option.

I’ve got the 32GB version of the Note 5 and before this, I had the 64GB version of the Galaxy S6 Edge. When transferring everything over to the Note 5, the smaller storage option became an issue as I couldn’t transfer over my videos (my S6 Edge has 30GB worth of photos and videos).

This is quite frustrating as in previous years, a memory card would have solved this issue and while it was easy enough to clean up my photos and remove the rubbish that had accumulated there, it was quite frustrating that I had to do this. Having previously insisted that a lack of space was something that never affected me, this was a reality check that was probably needed.

Given that I stream music and only install a handful of apps, my storage is mainly used by photos and videos and I fully expect that the lack of storage on my Note 5 will affect me sooner, rather than later. Granted, cloud storage makes it easy to offload everything to the cloud to free up space, but I can already see that 32GB may not quite cut it for me.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 International Giveaway!

Features

One thing I have noticed across both the Note 5 and the S6 Edge is Samsung’s reasoning behind dropping the expandable storage; the company claims that microSD cards slow a handset down and also claims that its UFS storage is up to 4 times faster than a microSD card and I agree with both.

On my Note 4, I remember the handset becoming quite slow when I loaded over 30GB worth of data onto the microSD card, but with the S6 Edge and Note 5 having the faster storage, I’ve noticed it’s a lot faster to access anything stored. That being said, if you’re thinking of picking up the Galaxy Note 5, be sure to carefully consider how much storage you need and spring for the higher capacity version.

S-Pen

Action Memo: Very similar to the Note 4, the Action Memo lets you scribble a note with ease. A particularly cool feature is being able to take the pen out and write a quick memo on the screen while it’s switched off but you’ll find that you actually disable this feature pretty quickly.

Smart Select: Just like previous years, you can select a small section of the screen and then share/edit it and the lasso tool especially, is a welcome improvement to the Smart Select experience.

Screen Write: This has to be one of my favourite features on the S-Pen, as you can take a screenshot of a page and then scribble any notes on top of this. A particular cool new feature inside Screen Write is the ability to scroll capture, which means you can capture an entire webpage or book, even if its not all displayed on the screen.

App Shortcuts: This is an interesting addition to the S-Pen as you can now set shortcuts to your three favourite apps. I have this set up to be S-Note, Twitter and Instagram but I hardly use those shortcuts from there; instead, an alternative is to use apps that are compatible with the S-Pen, such as Evernote, OneNote and S-Note.

Other Changes

So what about other changes in the Note 5 experience? There’s a few key differences that I’ve noticed – not least in the camera and the performance – that form a key part of the experience.

Performance

After the impressive performance of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge earlier this year, it was to be expected that Samsung would keep mostly the same internals for the Note 5. That means we have an octa-core 64-bit Exynos 7420 processor with two pairs of four cores and a Mali-T760MP8 GPU.

A key difference is the additional GB of RAM in the Note 5 and this makes all the difference; while my Galaxy S6 Edge did eventually shows signs of struggling, the Galaxy Note 5 is still as fast as when I first started using it, despite having all of my data and apps on it.

Like all smartphones, the Galaxy Note 5 will eventually slow down but 4GB RAM means it should take much longer than previous years to do so. The extra RAM also means having 15+ apps open in the background doesn’t impact the performance of the smartphone, and this is certainly a welcome improvement.

Camera

As we touched on in the Android Authority Podcast last month, the Galaxy Note 4 is arguably an iconic smartphone because it was the first time Samsung smartphone cameras could challenge any other device. Samsung followed this up with a very impressive Galaxy S6/Edge camera and this same camera comes to the Note 5, so you could reasonably expect it to be better than the Note 4, right?

With OIS turned on (not all images are shaky)

One of the features that transformed the Note 4 camera was Optical Image Stabilisation, which meant images captured were no longer full of noise (like on the Galaxy Note 3). Naturally, this came to the S6 and Edge along with the Note 5 and while the S6 Edge had a great camera, I’m less than impressed with the Note 5.

Whether it’s down to this particular unit, the design of the Note 5 or the size but OIS doesn’t seem to be doing as good a job as it did on both of the previous devices. Instead, images occasionally come out quite shaky (which would suggest this is down to OIS, which is enabled in the camera settings). On most occasions, however, the Note 5 camera certainly impresses as you can see below.

When you do get a non-noisy image, the images themselves are excellent and Samsung has definitely bought the quality of the S6 and S6 Edge camera to the larger form factor. Overall, the camera is probably one of the best you can get on an Android smartphone and if the camera on your smartphone is important to you, the Note 5 probably won’t disappoint.

Final Thoughts – is the Note 5, a real Galaxy Note?

Saab’s New Spy Plane Has A Powerful Piece Of Hardware On Top

If you ever see a plane that looks as though someone has stuck a large handle, or a giant push-button on the top, then what you’re seeing is an AWACS: a military aircraft that provides countries with an eye in the sky to take a sneak peek from far away at other nations’ aircraft, missiles, ships, and vehicles.

Of course drones or satellites can also accomplish those tasks. But satellites especially can be much pricier than a plane, and they are just eyes: they cannot jam enemy radars, for example. Meanwhile, an AWACS—that stands for “airborne warning and control system”—can do that, thanks to the host of electronic warfare equipment it carries.

The newest AWACS is called the GlobalEye. The plane itself is a Bombardier Global business jet, but Swedish defense company Saab has equipped it with an Erieye ER radar. That’s the 26-foot-long, 1.1-ton “handle” on the top of the plane.

Americans will recognize Saab as a car-maker, but the company actually launched in 1937 as the manufacturer of aircraft for the Swedish Air Force (hence its name, which is an acronym of Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget, or Swedish Aircraft Company). They started making cars 10 years later. Saab sold its vehicle business to General Motors in 2000, and since then has concentrated on the defense sector. Amongst its most notable products are the Gripen combat fighter, the Gotland Class submarine, and the Carl-Gustaf rifle.

So why put a radar on top of a plane when there are powerful ground radars? Because however powerful a ground radar, it cannot cope with the fact that the Earth is curved— and so a missile flying low will not be seen until a few minutes before it hits its target. If the radar is up high, it will have a higher angle of view, and so can detect a low-flying missile or aircraft 20 minutes before it hits the target.

“Most radars detect and measure objects by emitting a very short impulse of an electromagnetic wave that is reflected back by the objects in question,” explains Odile Adrian, who develops radars for French company Thales. “They can ‘see’ in all weather conditions, day or night, several hundred miles away and can distinguish between something that is moving and something that is still,” she adds. They can also measure the object’s distance, the azimuth (the compass direction), elevation (height above ground or sea level), the speed of movement, and what the military call its “signature,” or its shape.

Erik Weinberg, senior director radar solutions at Saab, explains that the wave must also not lose too much intensity absorbed by water vapor as it travels through the atmosphere, a phenomenon known as atmospheric attenuation. “The choice of radar frequency depends on what you need it for,” Weinberg says. “For long range surveillance, which requires low atmospheric attenuation, the L or S bands are best if you can have a large antenna such as the Erieye.”

Between the two types, the S band is harder to jam thanks to its “small beam and ultra low side lobes,” Weinberg says.

To picture what “side lobes” are in radar, imagine a flashlight. In that case, the side lobes would be like the light spilling out on either side of the main beam. If there’s a lot of spilled light, then your beam is easier to spot by the enemy. “But,” adds Weinberg, “the S-band is more complex to use.”

Petter Bedoire, head of electronic warfare at Saab, explains that they’ve developed GlobalEye because “there has been a dramatic change over the past 10 years,” with the growth of sophisticated jamming equipment. Jamming turns a clear picture into a useless, heavily pixelated one. In order to make it difficult to jam, the beam being emitted by the radar must be as narrow as possible.

In addition to the main radar on top of the plane, the GlobalEye can heft a maritime surveillance radar under its belly, as well as a third radar system designed to spot a moving target on the land, such as a pick-up truck, and then precisely indicate its position to a combat jet or ground troops— which could then attack it.

Saab is creating these planes with a specific user in mind: the United Arab Emirates, which will fly three of them once they’re ready. Future customers buying the jet will be able to decide which combination of radars they’d like, although it always comes with that key Erieye “handle” on top.

Why Responsiveness Matters: 4 Powerful Stats

Running a great business is about so much more than offering a great product or service. Your responsiveness to prospects and customers alike has a huge impact on whether or not consumers opt to do business with you in the first place, and then whether or not they come back.

But don’t take my word for it. Let’s walk through some of the starkest statistics that illustrate the importance of a business’s responsiveness.

1. Responsiveness Affects Loyalty

According to a survey from Microsoft, 69% of American consumers feel that customer service is “very important” when it comes to choosing or remaining loyal to a brand.

While establishing internal processes for handling incoming questions and requests is a fairly straightforward process, the companies that don’t invest the time to do so put themselves at huge risk. Seven out of every 10 consumers use customer service as their yardstick for a business’s worthiness. Creating a solid plan to ensure responsiveness is clearly a worthwhile use of your time.

2. Poor Responsiveness Causes Frustrations

American consumers do not like bad customer service. In fact, a survey published on Statista found that 27% of those surveyed indicated that a lack of effectiveness when responding was their number one customer service frustration.

Lack of speed and lack of accuracy was the biggest frustration another 22% of the time. If your team is slow to respond or doesn’t have all of the answers readily available when consumers reach out with questions, you’re likely to alienate those people.

Think about this in your own experiences with businesses: You finally get through to someone either on the phone, website chat, or email, and they don’t even answer your question. It’s frustrating. You want an effective response, and you want it quickly. And consumers want the same from your business.

3. Greater Responsiveness Means Greater Revenues

Businesses who provide their customers with a great experience reap the rewards of greater earnings. On average, they grow their revenues at four to eight percent above their market.

That’s likely because Americans are willing to pay a lot more for great service. According to American Express, consumers are willing to spend 17% more to do business with companies that provide excellent service.

How Can You Increase Your Responsiveness?

Now that you see the value of being responsive, you want to build a system and team that’s best equipped to field questions and requests from your prospects and customers, right?

Make It Easy to Get in Touch

The first step to doing so is making sure that it’s easy for consumers to reach you. It’s not enough for a business today to have only a phone number or email address. Consumers may reach out to a business for any number of reasons, and there are different channels of communication that make sense for different needs.

Email can be great for a general inquiry that’s not time-sensitive. But if a consumer has a pressing question, they may want to reach out via phone. If they’re looking for immediate answers but can’t take time out of their day to sit on a phone call, they may prefer a live chat option.

Aside from having these various means of communication active, your contact information needs to be easily discoverable online. All of your contact information should be clearly featured on your website and social media pages. It’s also a good idea to establish your presence on local listings and ensure your information is present and correct on those sites.

Have an Internal System for Managing Communications

With these various communication channels in play, you also need a clear set of internal processes to manage incoming requests. A tool like our Client Center tracks incoming requests, streamlines the response process, and ensures that no one falls through the cracks.

Beyond that, you’ll want to create a document that outlines your company standards for communications. This should cover everything from answers to frequently asked questions, to some basic dos and don’ts when it comes to brand voice and tone. For example, do you allow more casual verbiage when interacting with customers, or do you expect a more formal tone in communications from your team?

It’s also a good idea to set standard response times. Emails should be answered within one business day. Phone calls, chats, and social media responses should ideally be faster. And according to Buffer, most American consumers expect a response to their Facebook message within six hours!

When you’re running a business, the speed and accuracy of your responsiveness to consumers matters. They are often the factors that determine whether or not they do business with you in the first place (or come back again, if they’re already a customer). By following the guidelines above, you can create an effective strategy for managing incoming requests and impressing consumers.

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Stephanie Heitman

Stephanie is the Associate Director of Content for LocaliQ and WordStream. She has over 10 years of experience in content and social media marketing and loves writing about all things digital marketing. When she’s not researching the latest and greatest marketing news and updates, she’s probably watching reality TV with her husband, reading, or playing with her two pups.

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Xiaomi Mi Note Pro Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Comparison

Our Verdict

With a price some £120 lower than the Galaxy Note 4, dual-SIM capability and the faster hardware of the pair, Xiaomi’s Mi Note Pro is a seriously impressive proposition. But Samsung has plenty to fight back with, including what we think will be the better screen, longer battery life and special features such as an S Pen, a fingerprint scanner, heart-rate monitor and UV sensor. We can’t wait to get the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro into our lab and take a proper look.

Last week Xiaomi unveiled its Mi Note Pro, a much cheaper rival to the Note 4 that it says is the most powerful phone in the world. We take a look at the specs in our Xiaomi Mi Note Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comparison. Also see our full Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review. 

Note that we have not yet tested the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro and are merely comparing only the specs; your eventual purchasing decision should also take into account how the phones cope with everyday life. Also see: Best smartphones 2024 and Best Android phones 2024. 

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comparison: UK price and availability

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 is already available in the UK on a contract or SIM-free. At the time of writing the Note 4 cost £519 SIM-free at Amazon. 

Xiaomi’s Mi Note Pro is not yet on sale in the UK, but it’s expected at the end of March with a retail value of 3,299 yuan. A straight conversion is £353, making it some £160 cheaper than the Note 4, although it’ll probably cost a little more over here. Oppomart is already listing the Mi Note Pro for $599, which equates to £399 (still £120 cheaper than the Note 4). 

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comparison: Display, design and build

Both the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are what we might consider phablets (also see Best phablets 2024) with 5.7in screens. Each adorns a Quad HD (2560×1440) resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 515ppi. The choice of panel tech differs, however, with Samsung using a Super AMOLED screen and Xiaomi opting for Sharp/JDI’s IPS LCD tech. We reckon this gives Samsung the slight edge, but both are brilliant screens. 

The phones are built around sturdy metal frames. Xiaomi fits its Mi Note Pro with a 2.5D glass front and 3D glass rear giving it a premium feel. Samsung matches its front but uses a faux leather rear that may add some grip. The Samsung’s back cover is also removable, letting you access the battery compartment and swap in a spare. 

The Xiaomi Mi Note Pro is significantly thinner than the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and a little lighter too. It measures 77.6×6.95×155.1mm and weighs 161g against the Note 4’s 153.5×8.5×78.6mm and 176g. 

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comparison: Processor, memory and storage

Xiaomi takes the lead in the hardware department, and although we’ve yet to run our benchmarks on the Mi Note Pro we can be pretty sure its Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chip will beat the Note 4’s 805 hands-down. Clocked at 2GHz, this 64-bit octa-core processor is paired with Adreno 430 graphics and 4GB of RAM. By comparison the Note 4 packs a 2.7GHz quad-core 32-bit chip with Adreno 420 graphics and 3GB of RAM.  

You might not notice the extra complement of RAM in general use, but Adreno 430 graphics are said to be 30 percent faster than the 420, and the 64-bit support of the Xiaomi’s 810 will allow it to support future 64-bit apps. 

We have had the opportunity to test the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and found it one of the fastest phones we’ve ever reviewed (also see: What’s the fastest smartphone 2024). In Geekbench 3 it managed 3272 points, in SunSpider it recorded 1367ms, and in GFXBench we saw 27fps in T-Rex and 11fps in Manhattan. Expect even more from the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro. 

In terms of storage the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro has 64GB as standard (the Note 4 has 32GB), but it lacks the Samsung’s microSD support, which lets you add up to 128GB. 

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comparison: Connectivity and extras

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 stands out for its S Pen (stylus) support and features such as a fingerprint scanner, UV sensor and heart rate monitor, Xiaomi has an ace up its sleeve with dual-SIM support, which is becoming increasingly popular (also see: Best dual-SIM smartphones 2024). The Mi Note Pro accepts a nano- and a Micro-SIM, and both support 4G connectivity.  

The Note 4 also supports 4G, but has only a single SIM option. It’s also of the Cat 6 (300Mb/s) variety, compared to the Mi Note Pro’s Cat 9 (450Mb/s). The Note 4 can, however, pair its 4G connection with Wi-Fi to provide super-fast download speeds. 

According to GSMArena you’ll find Bluetooth 4.0 and dual-band ac Wi-Fi in the Mi Note Pro, but other connectivity specs are to be confirmed. Meanwhile, with the Note 4 you will find an IR blaster, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi with 2×2 MIMO, plus MHL 3.0.  

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comparison: Cameras

It’s impossible to say which is the better camera without testing them, although on paper the Samsung appears to have the better rear camera, while the Xiaomi beats it for selfies at the front. Also see: Best selfie smartphones 2024. 

Samsung fits a 16Mp camera at the back, while Xiaomi specifies 13Mp. Both feature OIS, but only the Samsung can shoot 4K video (the Mi Note Pro maxes out at 1080p full-HD). 

At the front the Note 4 has a 3.7Mp camera with a wide selfie mode, while the Mi Note Pro has a 4Mp camera with large 2-micron pixels. 

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comparison: Software

Out of the box the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 runs Android 4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz, but it will be updated to the latest version, Android 5.0 Lollipop. The Xiaomi Mi Note Pro runs Xiaomi’s MIU 6 software, which is based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat. 

Samsung offers more in terms of extra software features, but this isn’t necessarily a good thing for all users. We do like the ability to simultaneously view two apps onscreen and the S Note app when used with the improved, however. 

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Audio

Samsung boasts multi-directional voice recording for its Galaxy Note 4 with three mics, but for playback it’s the Xiaomi that takes the lead. It supports 24-bit/192KHz lossless playback of files including APE, FLAC, DSD and WAV. The Note 4 can handle MP3, AAC/AAC?/eAAC?, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis and FLAC audio. 

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comparison: Battery life

Battery life is impossible to guess from the specs alone, but we reckon this one will swing Samsung’s way. Not only does it have less powerful hardware and more energy-efficient screen tech, its battery is higher-capacity (3220mAh against the Xiaomi’s 3000mAh) and removable. Also see: Best power banks 2024. 

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comparison: Verdict

With a price some £120 lower than the Galaxy Note 4, dual-SIM capability and the faster hardware of the pair, Xiaomi’s Mi Note Pro is a seriously impressive proposition. But Samsung has plenty to fight back with, including what we think will be the better screen, longer battery life and special features such as an S Pen, a fingerprint scanner, heart-rate monitor and UV sensor. We can’t wait to get the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro into our lab and take a proper look. 

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Specs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Specs

Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS

5.7in SuperAMOLED display (1440×2560), 515 ppi

2.7GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 CPU

Adreno 420 GPU

3GB RAM

32GB internal storage

16Mp rear camera laser AF with optical image stabilistaion

3.7Mp front camera

Video recording at up to 4K

Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac

Bluetooth 4.1 LE

NFC

Infrared

Fingerprint scanner

Heart rate monitor

UV sensor

A-GPS

4G LTE (Cat 6)

Micro-SIM

11.9Wh (3220mAh) battery

79x154x8.7mm

175g

Zoho Notebook: A Beautiful Alternative To Evernote Note Taking App

There are countless note-taking apps available for iOS, and many of them come with unique features that set them apart from the rest of the bunch. But even with all those unique features, not many are bold enough to claim that they are worthy alternatives to Evernote. Zoho Notebook is one of the few that does. It’s a beautiful free app (also available for Android). If you are currently looking for a nice notebook app or an alternative to Evernote, you should at least give this one a try.

The First Look

Even at first glance, you can already tell that the developer of this app put as much attention into design as the other aspects. The first time you open the app, you are greeted by an invitation to choose one of the handcrafted artistic covers for your new notebook. Instead of using the digital files and folders approach like Evernote, Zoho Notebook tries the less techie physical notebook representation and stacks of colorful notes to manage your scribbles. It’s similar to Paper by 53.

Similar to many other note-taking apps, Zoho Notebook also uses a cloud server to sync the content between devices. You need to register for a Zoho account to be able to benefit from the feature. With an account in your hand, all that you need to do is log in with the same account on all of your devices.

The welcome screen will give you enough information to understand the basic workflow of the app. After choosing the cover for your first notebook and registering for the account, you are ready to start.

The Features

Before jumping into note-taking, let’s have a quick look at the notebook. You can edit the title of the notebook, change the cover, or delete it by swiping the cover to the left. Tap the “i” icon to edit or the “Trash” icon to delete.

After you open the Notebook, you can create four types of notes (or “cards” as the creator prefers to call them): the Text Card, Audio Card, Checklist Card and Photo Card. All are accessible via the bottom menu, but you can include all these types of note-taking in the Text Card.

The first time you use it, the app will ask your permission to enable location tracking. If you give permission, the app will be able to organize your notes by the location where you take them.

The note itself is simple and straightforward. You create one, write on it and close it by tapping the checkmark at the top right of the screen. The editing tools and the other options are available at the menubar above the keyboard area.

Tap the “A” icon to access the Bold, Italic, Underline, and Aligning tools. The tools to create lists and to-do checkboxes are available next to the editing tool.

You’ll get a different randomly-chosen bright color note every time you create a new one. But you can change the color to your liking by tapping the Color tool to the right of the editing tool.

The other two tools on the menubar are the Camera tool that you can use to add images to your note by accessing your phone’s camera or the photo library and the Sound Recorder to create audio notes.

Is the Simpler Alternative for You?

Even the developer admitted that Zoho Notebook for iOS is not as feature-rich as Evernote. But that might be a good thing, as users wouldn’t have to go through too many hoops just to use the app. Its simplicity means easy-to-use and fast.

Everything goes back to your personal preferences. Those who can’t live without the vast range of note-taking features can continue using Evernote, and those who prefer a simpler approach might find their solution in Zoho Notebook.

Jeffry Thurana

Jeffry Thurana is a creative writer living in Indonesia. He helps other writers and freelancers to earn more from their crafts. He’s on a quest of learning the art of storytelling, believing that how you tell a story is as important as the story itself. He is also an architect and a designer, and loves traveling and playing classical guitar.

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