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

Samsung Notes vs Evernote
Samsung Notes vs. Evernote

Android powers Samsung devices, and Android is the place for over 2.95 million apps. Note-taking has never been easier, and with so many tools offering great features, you are never left with imagination.

Samsung Notes and Evernote are two popular applications. Both have been here for a long time. What makes them different? The blog post takes an in-depth look into both are covers Samsung Notes. Evernote (2020).

Table of contents

Platforms

Samsung Notes are offered on Android and on compatible Windows 10 devices. The desktop software is available, which supports most of the Windows-powered devices, but it does not sync with the mobile app as Samsung has not developed it. The desktop software has almost the same features and looks though. The Android app can be installed from either Google Play or the Samsung Galaxy Store. Of course, the app is pre-installed on Samsung devices.

Evernote is a popular multi-platform note-taking app. The app is available to download on mobile, desktop and browsers. The company was recorded in the note-taking management market cap in multiple years. Evernote is a free app, but it limits the number of platforms you can use the app at the same time.

Web Clipper

Evernote Web Clipper is an extension for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge Chromium. The extension is a great tool to capture the web pages and save to your Evernote account. You can use the clipper to save and annotate web pages, PDFs, and articles. The clipper is free for basic use.

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Interface

Interface of Samsung Notes and Evernote
Interface of Samsung Notes and Evernote

Samsung Notes uses a simple design by displaying all the notes on the main screen. The app supports the dark theme, but it does not come with an option to enable the dark mode manually. It detects the phone’s active mode and applies the colours. You can search for notes and text within the notes. You can also sort, multi-select, and view notes. The app uses the traditional Android left menu style, where you pretty much find everything.

Evernote is not as simple as Samsung Notes, but that’s because it has more options than the competitor. You get all the notes on the main interface with add a new note button down the bottom. You can search for the notes and the text within the notes. The left menu comes with all the options to personalise the app.

Related: Samsung Notes vs. OneNote (2020) | The Final Battle

Widgets

Both support three types of widgets on the Android platform. With Samsung Notes, you can create a new note or open note.

Tools

The round is the major round in Samsung Notes vs. Evernote comparison. The table below compares what options you have while adding and editing notes.

Samsung NotesEvernote
  • Bold text
  • Italicised text
  • Underline text
  • Checklist
  • Numbered and bulleted lists
  • Text align (left, right, or centre)
  • Indent text
  • Change text colour
  • Highlight text (many colours)
  • Change font size
  • Attach images
  • Take an image
  • Attach PDF
  • Record audio
  • Attach an audio file
  • Add a text box
  • Draw over the text
  • Bold text
  • Italicised text
  • Underline text
  • Checklist
  • Text indent
  • Strikethrough text
  • Highlight text
  • Add line break
  • Attach images
  • Take images (intelligent camera to auto-capture and crop)
  • Reminders
  • Record audio
  • Attach PDF
  • Attach other files
  • Draw
  • Attach a file from Google Drive

Sharing and exporting

Sharing Features of Samsung Notes and Evernote
Sharing Features of Samsung Notes and Evernote

This round goes to Samsung Notes because the app offers both sharing and exporting features. Evernote only offers sharing features. With Evernote, you can share the note with the view, edit, and invite permissions. The action can be completed by sending an email or a link. Regarding exporting, it only supports sending the note as an email.

Samsung Notes, on the contrary, allows creating a shared notebook which can be shared with other users to collaborate. It also offers exporting tools. The users can export in SDOCX file, which can be opened in Samsung Notes, including the PC version. The app also offers to export the notes in PDF, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, image, and text file. Moreover, you can print the document straight from the app. Those features make Samsung Notes a powerful application.

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

Other features

Samsung NotesEvernote
  • Opens up a note page to draw when the pen is removed from Galaxy Note while the phone is on standby
  • Allows importing documents from the phone, Samsung account, and Google Drive
  • Allows importing and editing PDF files
  • Comes with a separate dark theme option
  • Comes with over 65 templates for better note keeping
  • Allows Google Drive integration to preview Google Drive links
  • Automatically saves the contact details of captured business card

Pricing

Samsung Notes is a free app, but Evernote isn’t. The free plan limits the below functionalities:

  1. Two devices at max
  2. 60 MB monthly upload limit
  3. 25 MB of note at max
  4. Offline access only on the desktop version
  5. Limited sharing and integration options

The premium version is offered in two variations. The individual premium costs $10 per month, which enables:

  1. Unlimited devices
  2. 10 GB monthly upload limit
  3. 200 MB oof note size
  4. Offline access on both desktop and mobile versions
  5. Extended sharing and integration options

The final team-driven plan cost $16.5 per month per user and offers some extra features alongside some team focused tools. The list of full features can be found on the official website.

Which one is for you?

If you want the free stuff on your Android device, then Samsung Notes is for you. I would suggest using Evernote if you have two different devices and want to sync the notes as you go. Samsung Notes offers the basic tools, but the fact that you can’t take your ideas with you all time regardless of the platform makes me a little bit worried.

Wrap up

The article Samsung Notes vs. Evernote covered the important aspects of both. I hope the information in the article was helpful. There is nothing more important than real-user feedback. If you have time, please share your views about the about in the comments down below. You can also subscribe to the newsletter for future updates.

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