A new app which has recently landed in the Android Market is Microsoft’s OneNote, designed as a mobile companion to it’s note taking desktop application of the same name. It features sync and a nice set of features. Upon first opening the app, the splash screen is a nice reincarnation of the desktop splash screens. On the app icon, the icon is not android style but is fitting into the correct dimensions (half my icon OCD is cured here!). The app feels stable, which is a nice surprise and I feel Microsoft have actually put a lot of work into the app. One of the downsides is using Webkit for authentication, but it’s a one time thing so I’ll let it slide.
The main interface itself is a little empty:
However, it looks good and it looks like most of the desktop functionality is there. I remember OneNote being one of the best note-taking applications (I think I last used the XP looking version on the desktop).
You have more filing techniques to store your notes, which is nice. Then you get standard lists. This can be a pain if you prefer tags as there doesn’t appear to be any searching ability implemented yet.
Another issue you will notice is syncing. It works, but when you resume the app I have been getting messaging about sync and stuff has been deleted, but it hasn’t. Also, it’s syncing every time you press anything which is a bit annoying seeing it do that in the Notification bar. Moving on to actually editing a note, the interface is nice and just like how you would expect OneNote to actually work, however the editor has been severely cut short.
The feature set for editing is normal text, photos, bullets and check box bullets which isn’t much compared with Evernote. Also, you would expect the usual Microsoft Office ability to press enter twice on bullets and them to exit however it doesn’t happen which is a bit of a let down.
A good start, but not there yet. If you use OneNote already, it’ll be useful in a way but you’ll probably have more luck with using OneNote.