With the introduction of iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan, Apple finally bulked came up with revolutionary note-taking apps. The upgrades are great, but won’t make majority give up their Evernote accounts, OneNote or even Google Keep. Here are six reasons why Evernote is chosen over AppleNotes:
Capture complete Web articles
Evernote’s Web Clipper browser extension is the right go-to for capturing online articles. It’s also way easier to save articles you read in your mobile browser using Evernote. Apple’s Notes apps for iOS and OS X only save article headlines, snippets of text, and links which is pretty much not as good in usefulness.
Share Endless lists and notes with no Restrictions.
Evernote lets you share all kinds of notes notes, including shopping lists, with other Evernote users. Apple Notes does not. You could share iCloud account access with, say, your significant other, but that’s a bit too much of a commitment for most people. (Another option is to use the sharing features baked into the to-do-list management apps Wunderlist or Todoist.
Adding tags to notes is a great way to sort them for easier access. For example, for each Web article I capture in Evernote, I tag it with the publication’s name, such as CIO, NYTimes, or WSJ. Unfortunately, it’s not the same with apple notes. The latest Notes app does let you add notes to topical folders, which can be helpful.
Evernote lets you add text, arrows and other annotations to images within notes. Apple’s Notes apps only let you add annotations underneath images in notes.
Convert text in images to searchable text
Evernote’s optical character recognition (OCR) technology easily converts scanned text in posters, documents and other printed material to searchable, editable text. Apple’s Notes? Not so much.
Enable input from Apple Watch
Currently, an Apple Watch extension does not exist for Notes, so you can’t quickly dictate notes on your Watch or view existing ones, as you can with Evernote.
Although, Apple Notes has its upsides
Apple’s Notes is definitely much improved. You can, for example, now drag and drop PDF files into notes. This could be a convenient way to keep important legal documents, such as your spouse’s healthcare power of attorney, handy in case of emergency—just make sure you protect your iPhone with a secure passcode.
Notes is also lightweight, it syncs across your Apple devices, and it comes free with new Apple products. If you live in Apple’s ecosystem, it’s a great choice for basic note-taking on the go. However, Evernote and OneNote are much more suitable for people with robust note needs.