There are plenty of ways to take notes. You could do it the traditional way with a notebook and pen, or something out of the ordinary like jotting down on a napkin during lunch. Or, better yet, use your smartphone!

Here are some of the best note-taking apps available on both Android and iOS.

Evernote

Evernote is perhaps the most popular digital notebook. Since I started embracing paperless ways of taking notes, Evernote has always been helpful. It’s simplistic yet has powerful features that you can explore. You can add images, audio, and files to your notes; and collate them to be part of a categorized notebook.

The basic features of Evernote are available for free, but you can go for the Plus plan (US$ 34.99/year) if you want to get hold of additional features like email integrations, offline notebook access, and more.

Download: Android, iOS

Microsoft OneNote

If you want your digital notebook to be as flexible as real paper, Microsoft OneNote is the one for you. There’s a bit of a learning curve for OneNote unlike most note-taking apps, especially with the interface. If there’s something unique about this, it’s the ability to type and doodle in the middle of the page — perfect for pen input. You can also add attachments, to-do lists, audio, and even videos.

The app is available for free on mobile devices. A full desktop version of OneNote is also available, but it requires a subscription for Office 365.

Download: Android, iOS

Google Keep

Google Keep is a favorite, not just for me but for the whole GadgetMatch team. While the app looks like basic sticky-note software, its minimalist look is what makes it an excellent app. One can enjoy Keep to jot down ideas, checklists, and just about anything. Since this is a Google product, anything written here is automatically backed up to your account, making it available on virtually any platform.

Like with other Google apps, Keep is free and uses your Google account for syncing.

Download: Android, iOS

Simplenote

If you want something really simple, check out Simplenote. True to its name, it offers a clean and straightforward interface for typing. It’s white and clutter-free without the unnecessary visual elements that could distract you. While it doesn’t offer attachments (i.e., images, audio clips), it offers online syncing, peer collaboration, and a search function.

It’s pretty obvious that Simplenote is not meant to replace the likes of Evernote, but it’s a free app that you can use as an alternative.

Download: Android, iOS

Zoho Notebook

Zoho Notebook is the most visually pleasing note-taking app on this list. Rather than using side bars and text menus, Notebook is in favor of — well — notebooks. There are preset designs, or you could customize your own art for the covers of the notebooks. Once inside the notebooks, things become familiar with cards and featured images. Of course, everything is synced to the cloud.

Another great aspect of Zoho Notebook is that it’s free and doesn’t rely on ads or premium upgrades.

Download: Android, iOS

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