Samsung Notes is one of the apps which gets forgotten every time a user turns on their new Samsung device. But even many people do not use them, Samsung Notes is powerful and offers some excellent features. Google Keep also called Keep Notes is a simple and straightforward app to take notes on the go. How do both differ? The blog post explores both and covers Samsung Notes vs Google Keep.
Platforms and account
Samsung Notes is pre-installed on Samsung Devices, but it can also be downloaded on other Android devices from Google Play. A Windows app is also available, but Samsung has not developed the app, nor it synchronises with the mobile app, but the interface looks identical to the mobile app.
Google Keep is offered on Android and iOS, while the extension and an app for Google Chrome are also available to download on PC. Moreover, the web version can be accessed anytime by going to https://keep.google.com. Google Keep uses your Google account to synchronise the notes, and the account is mandatory to use the app. The data used is counted towards Gmail storage.
Google Keep comes with a simple interface with all the notes on the homepage. The app comes with the dark theme and the notes can be pinned for easier access. Samsung Notes is also a straightforward app with all the notes on the homepage. The app comes with a dark mode which works with the device’s dark theme.
Samsung Notes supports more tools and offers extended options for notes. You can add a checklist in a text note. Google Keep does not offer to add both. You can either create the checklist or the text note. Regarding tools, the app also crosses Google Keep because you get to add lists, change text size and colour, align text, underline, italics and bold text.
Google Keep does not come with any of the mentioned features. Both support checklist, drawing, images, and audio notes, and both come with a tag system. Google Keep calls it labels whereas Samsung Notes calls it categories. Both offer to search for titles, tags, and text within the notes.
One more thing Samsung Notes does much better is working with a stylus on the Note device. If the device is locked and the display is off and you remove the stylus, the app automatically shows the note page to draw.
Samsung Notes works with Samsung Reminder and you can send the info to the app and create a reminder. Google Keep contrarily supports the reminder option, but you can only create one reminder per note.
Samsung Notes comes with three types of widgets:
- Create a note that comes with the text, draw, image, and microphone options.
- Shortcuts and show notes do the same job. It is the matter of the size each takes on the home screen.
Google Keep, on the contrary, offers two types of widgets:
- Note list offers to view all notes, pinned notes, reminders, and labels.
- The second widget is called quick capture which is similar to create a note widget of Samsung Notes.
Here is the tricky part. Samsung Notes only offers to share the file, but you get a few options. You can share in Samsung Notes (.SDOC) format, Microsoft Word, PDF, image file, and text file formats. Google Keep does not come with as many options, but it provides a collaboration feature. The app offers to add other users to collaborate in a note. Other than that, it offers to send the note text in other apps.
In this round of Samsung Notes vs Google Keep, we will not cover a lot. Samsung Notes does not come with any official app (as mentioned above) for desktop computers. The software developed by XDA Developers can open the .sdoc files on PC. The web app of Google Keep comes with the same tools though.
- The app offers an option to enable or disable synchronisation.
- You can password protect the notes.
- It provides an option to import data from a phone, Samsung account, and from Google Drive.
- The app can create a doc file and send the note to Google Docs.
- You can change a note’s colour.
Which one is for you?
The simple answer to this question is, if you only use notes on your Samsung devices, then you don’t need to install another app. Just stick to Samsung Notes. But, if you also access your notes on other devices, then you should install Google Keep.
The blog post: Samsung Notes vs Google Keep covered the essential topics. The blog post is the first version and will be updated accordingly. I hope the information was useful. Please let me know which app you will be using, so visitors can easily choose between the two. Also, subscribe to the newsletter for future updates.
Madhsudhan is a professional software engineer. He has been writing for over two years, and he writes about Android and PC software.