Evernote for iOS Review

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Design
      • 8
      • Functionality
      • 7
      • Ease of Installation/Ease of Use
      • 8
      • Performance
      • 6
      • Cost Benefits
      • 7
      • Total Score:
      • 7.20
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Extends your organizational reach to a smartphone
    • Synchronizes to your desktop Evernote
    • GPS-tags your notes and photos
  • Cons

    • Sluggish on old iPhones
    • Crashes on old iPhones
    • You could turn into an organizing fanatic; many have!

Quick Take

Despite limits and drawbacks, Evernote is useful enough to be worth the space on both PCs and iPhones.

The ultra-organized and non-organizing enthusiasts alike will both find something to enjoy in Evernote for iOS. Unfortunately, those with outdated handsets, like the iPhone 3GS, will find that the app doesn’t work nearly as well as it does on newer models.

\"EvernoteA clipping-and-organizing tool for iPhones, the Evernote app lets users perform the same functions that they do on the desktop version on their smartphone and tablet, plus some mobile extras. Users can save their favorite webpages via the web clipper, share notes with friends, snap pictures to save, and much more.

Brighthand found the app took advantage of the capabilities of a smartphone, adding features such as GPS tagging, photo snap-and-file, and the ability to save pictures from a user’s Camera Roll to the app. While familiarizing with the app is relatively easy, there are a few unnecessary steps that make the process of capturing and tagging notes longer than it should be. Otherwise, the app offers a handful of nifty features that make staying organized incredibly simple, as well as some features, like note writing and voice notes, that are valuable for the disorderly too. Plus, the ability to sync the mobile app with the desktop version is certainly appealing to all users.

Performance on the iPhone 3GS suffered a bit, as the app would crash occasionally and couldn’t fully handle any Web page clippings made on a desktop, though a “simplify” request strips the Web page of any irrelevant graphics, leaving users with text and links.  While this is helpful for those looking to save just the text of a Web page, users looking to save a particular graphic from the page will run into some trouble. Users with more up-to-date iPhones shouldn’t encounter such problems.

Yet, with the Evernote app being free in the App Store and offering users a cap of 60MB of data per month, users are likely to look over many shortcomings.


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