Slite vs Notion | Which One is the Best Note-Taking Tool?

Last updated: 13 May 2020 | Reading time: 4.5 minutes

Slite and Notion are two new note-taking tools in the market. Both follow a different path, but the goal is the same. What makes them different? Which one should you be using? The blog post looks at both and covers Slite vs Notion (2020).

Platforms

Both are available for Windows PC, macOS, iOS, Android, and web. The web version of both supports all the major browsers. While downloading Slite on Windows PC, the Windows Defender showed the warning that “the app is not signed by its publisher”. Well, this should not be a major issue, but the company should see this as a problem and fix as quickly as they can. You can also read more about this warning on Microsoft Answers.

Interface

Interface of Slite and Notion Mobile Apps
The interface of Slite and Notion Mobile Apps

Slite mobile app comes with a nice and sleek design. You get the home, add new, and notifications at the bottom and options and chat at the top. Slite uses channels, and in each channel you find notes. Slite is designed for teams and the premium plan of Slite also focuses on the teams.

Notion contrarily comes with a nice and comfortable design. Both support the night mode, but you won’t find the tool under Notion settings on devices which offer the dark mode, as the app uses the system’s default in that case. On the Notion mobile app, you find the search, notifications, and add new note buttons at the bottom, whereas the search and options are up the top. The top-left menu handles pretty much all the global settings.

Tools

This is the round of Slite vs Notion, where both are different. Take a look at the below table which compares all the tools. The green text indicates that the competitor does not offer a separate feature for that tool.

SliteNotion
Heading 1
Heading 2
Heading 3
Checklist
Numbered list
Bullet List
File attachment
Bold
Italics
Underline
Highlight text
Strikethrough
Subscript
Superscript
Image
Code
Table
Hint
Separator
Link
Emoji
Date
Embed (videos and more)
Airtable link
Asana (integration)
Draw.io link
Figma link (integration)
GitHub
Google Drive
Google Maps
InVision
Trello (integration)
Twitter
YouTube
Slack (integration)
Restore Deleted Pages
Heading 1
Heading 2
Heading  3
To-do List
Numbered List
Bullet List
Toggle List
Quote
Change text colour
Bold
Italics
Strikethrough
Highlight text
Divider
Link to Page
Callout
Page Mention
Date or Reminder
Inline Table
Inline Board
Inline List
Inline Calendar
Full Page Table
Full Page Board
Full Page Gallery
Full Page List
Full Page Calendar
Linked Database
Upload or Embed Image
Web Bookmark
Embed Video
Embed Audio
Code
Upload or Embed File
Embed Google Drive Files
Tweet
GitHub Gist
Embed Google Maps and seven other services
Table of Contents
Math Equation
Breadcrumbs
Restore Deleted Pages

Both do offer so many tools, but Notion gets the cake here as it offers more than 30 block types to add to the note.

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How do both work?

Both are block-based services where you add new blocks as you go. Both can be used for complex pages as you would see on sites such as Wikipedia.

Regarding the usage, Notion is more difficult to understand, as it is a multi-level app. For example, adding a full page calendar allows you to create a note on each day, and then you can add blocks in that page. Slite offers to mention users and comment on blocks, but it does offer to add notes to blocks.

Both provide templates to give you some inspiration, but Slite only offers four templates, whereas Notion comes with over 60.

Sharing and exporting

Sharing Tools - Slite
Sharing Tools – Slite

Regarding sharing, there are not many surprises. Both offer to share notes with anyone via a public link, and you can add members to collaborate. Both offer to link access for the team members, but you need one of the paid plans to unlock certain features.

Both offer to export in PDF and Markdown sheet formats, but Notion also offers to export in HTML documents.

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Other features

This round in Slite vs Notion covers some of the other features which might make a difference.

Slite

  1. See the page history for free (limit revisions)
  2. Ping a team member


Notion

  1. Lock the page and stop further edits for free
  2. Change text style
  3. personal plan is free for students and educators

Pricing

Both follow a different pricing model. The infographic below is all you need to compare the pricing and plans.

Pricing - Slite vs Notion
Pricing – Slite vs Notion

Which one is for you?

The answer to this question can be found in the plans and pricing. For startup teams, both are great as both offer unlimited team members to collaborate. A couple of elements where Slite beats Notion are the total storage and integrations. Looking at all the tools, you should try Slite first, but if you are a student or a teacher, you must enjoy the personal plan of Notion.

Conclusion

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