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

When taking notes, you'll find much of the same multimedia functionality that the full Evernote site offers. The app lets you attach pictures, audio clips, voice-to-text transcriptions, and other types of files to your notes. Hit the Menu button, and you get the options to tag a note and add a location stamp so you know where you were when you jotted it.

When it comes to editing text, the Evernote app offers several formatting tools. You get all the basics like Italic, Underline, and Bold. Plus, there are options to add bullets, numbered lists, check boxes, and even sketches, if you have Evernote's sister app Skitch installed.

With Evernote's multishot camera, you can easily take several shots in a row, and choose to include any or all of them with a single note. There's also a Page Camera mode that helps you digitize a physical document by finding its edges, removing shadows, and automatically adjusting contrast. The Android app also recently added support for the Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine, which has small dots on its pages that make it easy for the app to "read" your written notes if you take a picture of them. Previously, only the iOS version could take advantage of these dotted Moleskine notebook pages, but now the Android version can, too.

Finally, Shortcuts have made their way to mobile. With Evernote Shortcuts, you can easily pin a note, notebook, or tag to a right-hand sliding sidebar for easy access.

For those willing to shell out a hefty $5 per month, Evernote Premium gets you a lot more. Convenient features like searchable documents, notebook sharing, offline access to notes, and a record of your note-taking history make this an attractive option. Also, the upgrade gives you more storage capacity (up to 100MB per note) and a nifty PIN lock that I think should be available even to free users.

Just like the full Evernote site, the app lets you attach audio, photo, video, or pretty much any other type of file to your text notes. It also has some rich sharing functions built in, with which you can post a note to your Facebook, Twitter, or any of your other installed applications. With so much power in tow, Evernote is not right for everyone, especially those looking for a simple note-taker. It is, however, right for anyone whose idea of scrawling a note involves the infusion of multimedia files, tags, and location stamps.

Editors' note: This review was updated to clarify the app's capabilities in relation to the Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine.

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