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Samsung Notes vs. OneNote

Samsung Notes vs. OneNote

Today, every device comes with a note app installed. Whether it’s Android or iOS, every device comes with a note-taking app installed. The app stores are also filled with many apps.

Two of the popular note-taking apps are Samsung Notes and OneNote. How do both compare? The article covers the two and explores Samsung Notes vs. OneNote.

What are both

Samsung Notes

Samsung Notes Desktop
Samsung Notes Desktop

The official note-taking app from Samsung is installed on Samsung phones, while it can be installed from Google Play.

The app is considered a medium size note-taking app that supports a few rich text editing tools along with the drawing option (especially for Samsung Note devices). The app is only available for Android devices right now.

Microsoft OneNote

OneNote Desktop
OneNote Desktop

OneNote has been here for a long time. The official app from Microsoft has many note-taking features.

The app is available for Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and browsers. The mobile app offers limited features compared to the desktop or the web version, but the core features are available on all platforms.


Samsung Notes vs OneNote
Note Interface | Samsung Notes vs. OneNote

Regarding tools, both are close. If OneNote mobile had offered the same features as the desktop, this round would have been one-sided. But there is a huge difference between the OneNote desktop and mobile apps.

The below table covers the note-taking tools in both apps.

Samsung Notes (mobile)OneNote (mobile)
Numbered list
Bullet list
Change text size (default, normal, and large)
Align text
Underline text
Bold text
Attach image
Attach audio
Record audio
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)
Numbered list
Bullet list
Highlight text
Underline text
Bold text
Strike-through text
Add link

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

Overall, there is a difference between one element in favor of OneNote. Another 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, the OneNote desktop offers:

  • Password protect notes
  • Assistant
  • Dictate
  • Meeting details
  • Math equations
  • Table
  • Text color
  • Embed pictures
  • Embed videos
  • Add shapes
  • Translate the text
  • Auto calculations
  • Restore deleted pages
  • Add code
  • Add quotes

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

Related: Microsoft OneNote vs. Word

Sharing and exporting

Samsung Notes and OneNote Shating Features
Sharing Options of Samsung Notes and OneNote

Samsung Notes supports exporting notes, but real-time collaboration is not offered. The app supports sending notes in the below formats:

  • SDOC (Samsung Notes file)
  • Microsoft Word
  • PDF
  • Image and text formats

The SDOC file format can be opened in the Samsung Notes app on mobile and in the unofficial Samsung Notes desktop app.

Microsoft OneNote desktop offers 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.

Samsung Notes vs. OneNote: Widgets

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

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

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

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

Which one is for you?

Even though Microsoft OneNote is more popular, you don’t need to install a separate app if you only need a note-taking app for the smartphone.

Samsung Notes is packed with great tools. For a user who requires access to notes on other platforms, OneNote is the ideal choice.

Related: Google Keep vs. OneNote


Wrap up

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

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