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Samsung Notes vs. OneNote

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Samsung Notes vs. OneNote

Two note-taking apps, Samsung Notes and OneNote are powerful enough to keep notes. How do both compare? 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 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 does it sync 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 browsers. On a browser, users can go to 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

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 blue colour suggests that the competitor does not offer that feature.

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
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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, the OneNote desktop offers:

  • Password protect notes
  • Assistant
  • Dictate
  • Meeting details
  • Math equations
  • Table
  • Text colour
  • 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

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 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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