Finding a favorite iPad notes app has been an ongoing process for me since the day the first iPad was released. Several of the leading contenders are apps I also use on the iPhone. The thing with notes apps for the iPad / iOS though is that thus far it seems impossible to find the one, perfect all-round app for everything I want. The closest I’ve got so far is something along these lines:
— Simplenote was for a long while my favorite notes app for actually writing and editing notes on iPad and iPhone – because of its clean, simple UI. It also has a pretty nice web app that it syncs to automatically.
— Then my friend and writing colleague Thomas introduced me to Plain Text. Right now, it has replaced Simplenote as my favorite app to take notes in on the iPad. It syncs with Dropbox and I’ve been using Byword to edit notes made in Plain Text on the Mac.
— Evernote is the most powerful and feature-rich notes app I’ve used on iOS. I have never enjoyed it’s UI when writing / editing notes on the iPad or iPhone, but it is available via any browser, has a very solid Mac desktop app, and is always my default place to store notes that I want to keep around and have access to months or years down the road.
In a perfect world, Simplenote or Plain Text would keep their wonderful, simple writing interface, but have Evernote’s powerful search capabilities and be available everywhere like Evernote is; or Evernote would keep all its power and features but develop a beautiful UI for writing and editing notes.
This perfect world has not come along yet though, and I don’t think it’s going to. I think the next best, or more like the Better Next Thing, is that more iPad and iOS notes apps should sync to Evernote. If I could work with Plain Text or Simplenote for all my note writing, and know that they were all being synced to Evernote, my ideal storage place for notes, that would be a damn-near perfect solution for me.
Sync with Dropbox is nice, and I love the Dropbox service as a whole – but for notes in particular, Evernote is my go-to storage location – and on the Mac it is plenty good enough to edit or view notes in, or in a browser etc. With Dropbox sync I still need to find a nice desktop companion app to edit notes in, with Evernote sync that step would be cut out. Sync straight to Evernote cuts out the middleman basically.
WritePad recently added sync to Evernote, as an option in addition to Dropbox sync. I would love to see more notes apps for the iPad and iOS start doing this. Starting with Simplenote and Plain Text.
What do you all think of my cunning plan? Would sync to Evernote be a useful feature for you in iPad notes apps? What’s your favorite iPad / iOS notes app?