iPad App of the Week: Vesper

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Vesper iPad app

Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.

Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.

This week’s pick is Vesper, a simple, clean and fun to use note-taking and idea collecting app.

Vesper is the creation of John Gruber, of Daring Fireball and Markdown fame, and his colleagues at Q Branch. It’s been a popular and critically acclaimed app on the iPhone for almost two years and as of yesterday it has a lovely new iPad version.

Here’s the Vesper Intro and sort of mission statement on its App Store page

Vesper is a simple and elegant tool for collecting notes, ideas, things to do — anything you want to remember. Organize your notes whatever way comes naturally to you, without complications. Vesper’s focus is on how it feels to use.

That line about the focus being on how it feels to use is an important one – because it feels great to use this app. I was a big skeptic about Vesper when it came out. I thought it sounded a bit like The Emperor’s New Clothes initially – promising a great experience while offering very little by way of actual features. I also thought there are just too many excellent notes apps around to need another one that wasn’t offering much – Evernote, Byword, iA Writer, Editorial, and others.

I’ve been an Android phone user for years now so I never got a chance to actually try Vesper out, until today. And now, well I take back all those skeptical thoughts. Vesper is just a pleasure to use right from the off. It has just enough useful gestures and UI features – like hold and drag to prioritize notes and slide to archive – to make it easy and intuitive, while not overwhelming you.

Vesper Note

Adding a photo or image to a note is easy too and you can use tags to group related notes and it has a sync feature.

Oh, and of course the writing interface is very clean and does somehow just feel good.

Here’s an App Store link for Vesper; it’s currently on offer at $7.99 for a limited time – standard price will be $9.99 soon.

If you’re interested in more great iPad apps, check out our Best iPad Apps section!


Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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