Samsung Notes vs OneNote (2020) | Final Comparison

Two note-taking services available for free, 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.

Platforms and account

Samsung Notes is pre-installed on Samsung devices, while it is also available on Google Play for other Android devices. An app for the desktop is also available, but it is neither developed by Samsung, nor it syncs with the mobile app. The software is developed by XDA Developers, and the interface looks similar. Furthermore, the software can open the mobile app (.SDOC) notes.

OneNote, on the contrary, is available for Windows PC, macOS, iOS, Android, and browser. Users can go to https://onenote.com/ to access the notes. The mobile app offers limited features compared to the desktop. You can find the detailed difference down below 👇.

Samsung Notes uses your Samsung account, but most of the synchronisation features are disabled by default. OneNote requires the Microsoft account to work.

Mobile

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

Both offer a dark theme, and both automatically apply the theme depending on the device’s theme. OneNote also comes with a separate option to choose the theme. The main interface of Samsung Notes shows all the notes. It comes with edit, sort, and view options alongside the search feature. The dark mode only applies to the main interface. Opening a note shows the white background and the text in black colour. The app comes with a categories system to organise the notes. The search bar on the top can search for titles, categories, and for the text within the notes.

OneNote, on the other hand, applies the dark theme globally. It comes with notebooks. In notebooks, you find sections and under sections; you see pages (notes). The app also comes with sticky notes. The feature is only available on the mobile app of OneNote.

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Tools

Regarding tools, both are close. If Samsung Notes had an official desktop version, then this round would have been one-sided, as OneNote comes with a lot of tools on its desktop version. Let’s compare the tools both offer on the mobile app. The features in green suggest that the competitor does not offer that tool. 

Samsung NotesOneNote
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
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

Overall, there is a difference of one element in the 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 creates a new page to draw if you take the stylus out.

Reminders

Samsung Notes Reminder Option
Samsung Notes Reminder Option

Here is the turning point in Samsung Notes vs OneNote blog post. OneNote does not come with any reminding feature. Well, Samsung Notes also does not offer any, but the app works with Samsung Reminder to create reminders without too much effort.

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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. Other three widgets are for creating audio, text, and photo notes separately.

Sharing

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

Here is another round in Samsung Notes favour. Samsung Notes offers to share the file, but it does not offer to add anyone to collaborate. It offers to share in Samsung Notes (.SDOC), Microsoft Word, PDF, image file, and text file formats. Microsoft OneNote mobile app also does not offer to add anyone to collaborate, and it only supports sharing the note as PDF and plain text.

Desktop

Although the primary goal of this blog post is to compare mobile apps. But OneNote offers a desktop app, and it comes with some great tools, and those tools are worth covering.  Microsoft OneNote desktop comes with around 33 tools, including headings, math equations, symbols, shapes, online videos, etc. The software also comes with a password feature to protect the notes on desktop and on mobile. Moreover, you find the assistant, dictate, and meeting minutes tools on the desktop.

Other features

This round of Samsung Notes vs OneNote covers a few features which might make a difference.

Similar

  • Both offer to add the note icon on the home screen.

Samsung Notes

  1. Comes with an AI tool to convert the drawing into English text
  2. Offers a recycle bin
  3. Password protect the notes
  4. Comes with an import option to import data from a phone, Samsung account, and Google Drive
  5. Comes with two add-ons (Neat Shapes and Easy writing pad) to make drawing and writing easier and fancier

OneNote

  1. Supports drawing when the stylus is close to the screen on Note devices
  2. OneNote badge feature adds a floating badge to open OneNote on any screen
  3. Offers to control the synchronisation by disabling the files and image sync

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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 to access notes on other platforms as well, OneNote is the ideal choice.

Summary

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