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Google Keep vs. Evernote (2020) | Which One is for You?

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Google Keep vs. Evernote

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

  1. Quick comparison
  2. PC
    1. Interface
    2. Editing and tools
    3. Extensions
  3. Mobile
    1. Interface
    2. Tools
    3. Widgets
  4. Sharing
  5. Video
  6. Pricing
  7. Which one is for you?
  8. Wrap up

Quick comparison

Feature Google Keep Evernote
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
Handwriting
Search Title and text Title and text (attachments in premium)
Additional Completely free Web clipper

PC

Google Keep does not offer any desktop app, but we will consider the web client as a desktop app.

Interface

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.

Related: Google Keep vs. OneNote | The Ultimate Showdown (2020)



Editing and tools

Google Keep allows to add:

  1. Checklists
  2. Images
  3. Audio recordings
  4. Drawing
  5. Links
  6. Text indent
  7. Labels
  8. numbered lists
  9. 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.

Images Checklists Checkboxes
Bulleted list Numbered list Text indent
Links Underline Strikethrough text
Superscript Subscript Bold text
Fonts Italicise Colour
Table Code Text highlight
Divider Attachments Hyperlinks

Apart from above, the app comes with templates, including:

  1. planning
  2. budget
  3. meeting
  4. gift tracker and more.

You can start with one of the pre-made templates and save some of your time.

Both Google Keep and Evernote use intelligent search to detect text in notes, tags/labels. You can duplicate and archive notes in both.

Extensions

Extensions - Google Keep vs Evernote
Extensions – Google Keep vs Evernote

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:

  1. Saving the article
  2. Saving a simplified version of the article
  3. Saving the whole page
  4. Bookmark the page (save URL to your account)
  5. Take a snapshot

Mobile

In the mobile comparison of Google Keep vs. Evernote, we will cover the same features and the additional ones offered on mobile phones.

Interface

Screenshots of Google Keep and Evernote Mobile
Google Keep and Evernote – Mobile

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 comes with the typical Android and iOS-style interface. You get the settings menu offering app settings, plan info, work chat, themes and other settings.

Tools

Evernote mobile app offers:

Images Underline To-do list
Bulleted list Numbered list Text indent
Links Italics Strikethrough text
Superscript Subscript Bold text
Fonts Attachments Handwriting
Table Code Text highlight
Divider Hyperlinks Voice recording

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.

Widgets

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.

Related: Samsung Notes vs. Evernote (2020) | The Final Showdown

Sharing

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.

Evernote, on the other hand, comes with a few more options. You can send notes in an email and share the link with the view and edit permissions.

Video

Still not sure? Check the Google Keep vs. Evernote video to see both in action. The video covers both PC and mobile apps.

Pricing

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.

Image of Evernote Plan Comparison
Evernote Plan Comparison

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.


Wrap up

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.

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