Google Keep for Android

The Good Google Keep is dead-simple, has a clean interface, and conveniently syncs to Google Drive. Home screen widget and voice-to-text transcriptions are convenient.

The Bad This app is already in dire need of an update, thanks to a lack of formatting features, a wonky toolbar, and a photo tool that doesn't let you access your Gallery. Voice note recorder is only available on Android 4.2 and higher.

The Bottom Line If you are looking for an app that is essentially a digital pad of colored sticky notes for grocery lists and quick reminders, then Google Keep is perfect. Otherwise, look elsewhere or wait until this newborn gets upgraded with more powers.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 10.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Interface 9.0
  • Performance 10.0
8.2 Overall

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Review

The most basic of basic note-takers

Editors' note: This review was updated on March 26, 2013, to include a feature available only on devices running Android Jelly Bean and higher.

Let me start by saying that Keep is not Google's Evernote killer. Not yet, anyway. It doesn't have nearly the feature set that Evernote does, and it's only available on Android and on the Web through Google Drive. So for now, let's postpone the Evernote comparisons until this newborn app is mature enough to handle itself in a fistfight.

With that in mind, let's evaluate Google Keep for what it actually is: a simple, convenient note-taker for Android.

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  • Brand Google
  • Compatibility Android
  • Category Office and productivity
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