Evernote for Android review: More than just a simple note-taker

CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.4
  • Installation and Setup: 10.0
  • Features and Support: 7.0
  • Interface: 9.0
  • Performance: 9.0

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The Good Evernote seamlessly syncs your notes, images, and voice recordings via the cloud, giving you access from all your devices.

The Bad Attractive features like PIN lock mode and offline support are only available with a hefty $5-per-month subscription.

The Bottom Line If you're looking for a full-featured note-taking app that syncs across all platforms -- or just an easy way to keep track of your digital odds and ends -- Evernote is the best I've seen for Android.

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The latest version of Evernote for Android has a refreshed interface and new photo and shortcut features that bring it one step closer to the full Web-based offering.

If you're looking for a simple notepad app for grocery lists and quick reminders, then Evernote might be overkill. That's because this powerhouse comes packed with multimedia features that are together meant to serve as a sort of digital extension of your brain. With Evernote, you can keep track of anything and everything you can think of, including speeches, drawings, locations, design ideas, songs, and, yes, even grocery lists.

One of Evernote's greatest strengths is that it can seamlessly sync all of your notes and "notebooks" (collections of notes) via the cloud. This allows you to access your notes from virtually any device that has a data connection.

See your notes organized in a list- or thumbnail-based grid form. Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET

Recently updated, Evernote's interface is slick and easy to navigate, which is a big accomplishment considering the myriad features the app offers. The main navigation is tucked into a sidebar on the left side of the screen, with a few more buttons up top, and all of your notes otherwise sitting on the dashboard, in either a list or in a thumbnail-based grid form.

To get started taking notes, hit the sidebar on the left and tap one of the four icons: Text, Photos, Audio, and Attach.

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Evernote (Android)

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  • Category Office and productivity
  • Compatibility Android