Two note-taking services, available on multiple platforms, Google Keep and Evernote have the same mission, but the path is different. Google Keep is a simple and straightforward service with basic tools, while Evernote comes with some of the advanced features. How do both perform against each other? The blog post covers Google Keep vs Evernote.
Table of contents
- Which one is for you?
The video covers the comparison of Google Keep and Evernote. It starts from the web and then mobile apps to extensions. This video will give you enough idea of both.
Google Keep does not offer any desktop app, so we will skip this part. Although there is a Chrome app available, we would call that the web version as the features are similar to the web version.
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.
Moving to Evernote, it has almost all account-related features including devices, notebooks, shares and other account details. On the left, you can see your account details with notebooks, notes, tags, and trash options. Next to that, we have the notes section. On the top right, there are settings and insert options.
With Google Keep, we can make notes, checklists, record audio, draw, add an image (local), add links, indent text, set reminders, add labels, add numbered lists. We can label notes which helps organise notes and differentiate between them. The app places different note types in separate space. For example, if you add text as well as drawing, the text will be separate from drawing. Moreover, Google Keep does not offer any rich-text tools. Three things Keep does which Evernote web does not are converting the note to a document and opening in Google Docs, enabling and disabling the dark theme, and setting a reminder.
Evernote web, on the other hand, does not come with drawing feature but comes with rich editing tools. Let’s take a look at each one:
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Apart from above, Evernote comes with templates, including planning, budget, meeting, gift tracker and more. You can start with some of the pre-made templates and stop worrying about the look and feel.
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 if you want. By default, the tool will not add any title, and in the body, you will find the URL. Evernote, on the contrary, comes with an advanced extension called Evernote Web Clipper. The tool allows:
- Saving just the article
- Saving a simplified version of the article
- Saving the whole page
- Bookmark the page (save URL to your account)
- Take a snapshot
A couple of those tools come with some sub tools as well.
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Like desktop, Google Keep uses a simple design. All the notes can be found on the interface, including the pinned notes on the top. On each row, there are two notes placed. Next to the search bar, there is a layout button which switches to one note on each row. The app comes with a few options, including enabling/disabling dark theme, adjusting the default timings for the morning, afternoon, and evening, enabling/disabling sharing, enabling/disabling rich link previews, and a couple more.
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 note button down the bottom. On the top left, there is a settings option where you’ll be able to see the account details along with plan info, upgrade, notebooks, share, chat, themes, and other options.
Evernote mobile app offers:
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The missing features are colour and fonts, but a few tools such as voice recording, adding files from drive etc. are limited to mobile apps. Other than that, Evernote comes with a smart camera which detects the business cards, whiteboards, and documents. The app only saves the required part and ignore the rest.
Google Keep contrarily does not offer any special tools to add.
On Android, both come with a few widgets. Google Keep comes with two widget options. The quick capture widget allows you to take a note on the home screen. The second one is the note list which offers to view and edit notes (pinned) on the home screen. Evernote contrarily comes with three widget types:
- The first one is called Evernote actions, which is used for creating new notes.
- Evernote actions 4×1 widget is for creating new text, photo, recording, or drawing notes.
- The last one Evernote list is for viewing and editing notes on the home screen.
Let’s talk about the sharing features. Google Keep allows you to share the document as text while you can add collaborators. You can also copy the note to Google Docs to enable rich formatting and export in other extensions. Evernote comes with a few more options. You can also send notes in an email, share note’s link, manage sharing permissions, and chat with collaborators.
Google Keep is free, and it uses the storage which you get with your Gmail. You can also subscribe to G Suite to get unlimited storage to your account. Evernote, on the other hand, comes with premium plans. Let’s take a look at two common premium plans.
The free plan is called basic, while the premium one is for $9.9/month on a monthly plan and $7.5/month on a yearly plan. You get features including unlimited devices, extra upload limit, increased note size, offline mode, search in PDFs and docs, and enhanced support and more.
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 usage, then Google Keep is for you. If you’re going to make something serious and you have a team to manage the projects, then you should not care about a few bucks every month.
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