Google Keep and Evernote are two are the best note-taking tools. Google Keep is considered to be the simple note-taking tool, while Evernote is a bit complex, but it’s because of the features it offers. How do both perform against each other? The blog post covers Google Keep vs. Evernote (2020).
Table of contents
- Quick comparison
- Which one is for you?
- Wrap up
|Platforms||Android, iOS, Chrome OS, and Web||Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Chrome OS, Windows Phone, and Web|
|Editing tools||Simple text||Rich editing tools on desktop and some rich editing tools on mobile|
|Search||Title and text||Title and text (attachments in premium)|
|Additional||Completely free||Web clipper|
Google Keep comes with an elegant design with all the notes on the homepage. On the top, you will be able to see the pinned notes. On the top right, we have account and settings. In the settings menu, you will be able to find theme and notes options.
Above all the notes, there is a bar to add new notes. The bar comes with an additional image, drawing, and checklist options.
Evernote, on the other hand, uses the typical Windows-style navigation system. You get notebooks on the left and followed by notes and then opened the note. A few options, such as rich editing tools, print, and share options, are above the opened note.
Editing and tools
Google Keep allows to add:
- Audio recordings
- Text indent
- numbered lists
- and set reminders
The simple nature does not offer multiple functionalities in a single note. For example, you can’t add the checklist and text in a single note. Also, if you draw and write something with your hand, the app will keep the handwritten content separately away from the text content.
Furthermore, you get the option to copy the note and open in Google Docs where you can do additional changes if needed.
Evernote desktop, on the other hand, does not come with the drawing feature, but it comes with rich editing tools. The tool offers below tools.
|Bulleted list||Numbered list||Text indent|
Apart from above, the app comes with templates, including:
- gift tracker and more.
You can start with one of the pre-made templates and save some of your time.
Both offer an extension to help you save web pages. Google Keep offers a basic URL saving extension. Clicking on the extension shows the title of the page with the URL. You also have options to add the note’s title and content.
Evernote contrarily comes with an advanced extension called Evernote Web Clipper. The tool offers:
- Saving the article
- Saving a simplified version of the article
- Saving the whole page
- Bookmark the page (save URL to your account)
- Take a snapshot
In the mobile comparison of Google Keep vs. Evernote, we will cover the same features and the additional ones offered on mobile phones.
Like desktop, Google Keep uses a simple design. All the notes can be found on the interface with pinned notes on the top. The app comes with a few options, including dark theme, default reminder times, sharing, and link previewing.
Evernote comes with the search and filter buttons on the top right. Like Google Keep, the notes are on the home screen with add new button down the bottom.
Evernote mobile app offers:
|Bulleted list||Numbered list||Text indent|
The missing features are colour and fonts, but a few tools such as voice recording, adding files from drive etc. are unique to the mobile app. Moreover, the tool comes with a smart camera which detects the business cards, whiteboards, and documents.
On Android Google Keep comes with two widgets:
- The quick capture widget allows you to take a note.
- The note list widget offers to view the pinned or labelled notes.
Evernote contrarily comes with three widgets:
- Evernote actions widget is for creating new widgets.
- Evernote actions 4×1 for creating new text, photo, recording, or drawing notes.
- Evernote list is for viewing and editing notes on the home screen.
Google Keep allows sharing the document as text while you can add collaborators. Moreover, as mentioned, the app offers an option to convert a note to docs format and open in Google Docs.
Still not sure? Check the Google Keep vs. Evernote video to see both in action. The video covers both PC and mobile apps.
Before finishing the article and calling it a day, I should also mention that Evernote is a freemium app. Google Keep is free, and it uses Gmail storage to save the notes. You can also subscribe to G Suite to get unlimited storage to your account.
The picture below compares the basic (free) and premium plans of Evernote. The premium subscription is for $10/month on a monthly plan and $7.5/month on a yearly plan.
Which one is for you?
So, do we have a winner? It depends on the user. If you want a simple note-taking app for personal use, then Google Keep is for you. If you’re looking for something advanced, then you should go with Evernote.
Google Keep vs. Evernote covered essential features. I hope the comparison helped you figure out which one to use. Let me know your thoughts in the comments so we can discuss more. You can also subscribe to the newsletter to get the post updates.