evernote for iphone: early impressions

July 14, 2008

I’m deeply committed to Yojimbo, but I’ve been flirting with Evernote for about three months now. Last week, Evernote rolled out a beautiful new iPhone app with the launch of the app store. Here are a few early impressions of the iPhone app:

  • It looks fantastic. It is fun to look at, and easy to understand.
  • It is the perfect app to capture ideas as it will seamlessly allow the user to capture an image, a note, or even an audio reminder.
  • The interface for viewing your notes isn’t as fun to look at. Text maintains the same formatting and linebreaks as the desktop version, so it doesn’t flow with the small screen. You can zoom in, but then you have to scroll side to side. Granted, it is a beautiful thing to have access to all my notes on the iPhone, but I’d like for them to be a little easier to read and navigate.
  • There is no way to edit a note. You can’t just search for a note that comes to mind, open it up and add another thought or two. (This also isn’t available in the iPhone web app for Evernote, I soon discovered.)
  • There is no way to email a note. Earlier, I wanted to send some information that I had stored in Evernote to a friend who needed it. I couldn’t. This is available in the web app, so I can only hope they ran out of time and it will be available soon.

After a few minutes of trying out this app, I got really serious about switching. I even dragged all of my notes from Yojimbo into Evernote with plans to begin the slow process of retagging them. But after playing with the app more, I still don’t think I’m ready to make the switch. I’m such a tease.

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