Samsung Notes vs. OneNote

Last updated: 25 May 2021

Samsung Notes vs OneNote
Samsung Notes vs. OneNote

Two note-taking services, Samsung Notes and OneNote are powerful apps to save notes on the go. How do both compare? What features make them different? The blog post covers the two and explores Samsung Notes vs OneNote.

Samsung Notes

Samsung Notes Desktop
Samsung Notes Desktop

The official note-taking app from Samsung, the app is installed on all Samsung devices, and It can be installed from Google Play. The app can do a lot more than other note-taking apps. One drawback of Samsung Notes is the app is not available on other platforms.

An app for desktop is available, but Samsung hasn’t developed it, nor it syncs with the mobile app. XDA Developers has developed a software tool with an identical interface. Furthermore, the software can open the files created by the mobile app.

Microsoft OneNote

OneNote Desktop
OneNote Desktop

A part of Office apps, OneNote is a classic note-taking app from Microsoft. It has been in the Office family for a long time. The app is available on multiple platforms, and it syncs data.

The app is available for Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and browser. On a browser, users can go to https://onenote.com/ to access their notes. The mobile app offers limited features compared to the desktop or the web version.

Related: OneNote vs. Notion

Samsung Notes vs. OneNote

Note Interface - Samsung Notes vs OneNote
Note Interface – Samsung Notes vs OneNote

Tools

Regarding tools, both are close. If OneNote mobile had offered the same features as the desktop, this round would have been one-sided. But for now, that’s only possible in a perfect world. Let’s compare the tools both offer on the mobile app. The text in green colour suggests that the competitor does not offer that feature.

Samsung Notes (mobile)OneNote (mobile)
Checklist
Numbered list
Bullet list
Change text size (default, normal, and large)
Align text
Underline text
Italics
Bold text
Attach image
Attach audio
Record audio
Drawing
Undo
Redo
Password protection
Convert drawing into text
Recycle bin
Import data from a phone, Samsung account, and Google Drive
Add-ons (Neat Shapes and Easy writing pad)
Reminder (Samsung reminders)
Checklist
Numbered list
Bullet list
Highlight text
Underline text
Italics
Bold text
Strike-through text
Add link

Attach image
Attach audio
Record audio
Attach documents and files
Drawing
Undo
Redo
Limit image sync
OneNote badge
Samsung Notes and OneNote – Tools

Overall, there is a difference between one element in favour of OneNote. One more thing worth adding here is that when the device is locked, and the display is off on Note devices, Samsung Notes automatically opens a new page to draw if you take the stylus out.

Apart from the above tools, OneNote desktop offers:

  1. Password protect notes
  2. Assistant
  3. Dictate
  4. Meeting details
  5. Math equations
  6. Table
  7. Text colour
  8. Embed pictures
  9. Embed videos
  10. Add shapes
  11. Translate the text
  12. Auto calculations
  13. Restore deleted pages
  14. Add code
  15. Add quotes

Those tools make OneNote one of the powerful note-taking services available for free.

Sharing and exporting

Sharing Options of Samsung Notes and OneNote
Sharing Options of Samsung Notes and OneNote

The next round in Samsung Note vs. OneNote is about the sharing tools. Samsung Notes allows file-sharing, but it does not support collaboration. You can share in Samsung Notes (.SDOC), Microsoft Word, PDF, image, and text file formats.

Microsoft OneNote desktop comes with options to send a link with the view and edit permission and send the text as a copy. The mobile app does not offer to add anyone to collaborate, and it supports sharing the note as PDF and plain text.

Related: Samsung Notes vs. Google Keep

Widgets

Widgets are a part of this comparison. Both apps offer some and let’s look at each. Samsung Notes comes with three widgets:

  1. Create a note widget, which comes with the text, draw, image, and microphone options
  2. Shortcuts and show notes widget do the same job. It is the matter of the size each occupies on the home screen.

Microsoft OneNote, on the other hand, offers five widgets:

  1. The bar widget for creating a new photo, audio, or text note
  2. A 3×2 widget is for viewing the recent notes.
  3. The other three widgets are for creating audio, text, and photo notes separately.

Related: Google Keep vs. OneNote

Video

Still not sure? The video covers Samsung Note vs OneNote, and you get to see both in action.

Which one is for you?

Even though Microsoft OneNote is more popular, if you only need a note-taking app for the smartphone, you don’t need to install a separate app. Samsung Notes is already packed with great tools. For a user who requires access notes on other platforms, OneNote is the ideal choice.

Wrap up

The article Samsung Notes vs. OneNote compared the essential topics. I hope the information was useful. Which one are you going to use?

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