Lifehacker Awards 2013: Nominate Your Favourite Note-Taking Software

Lifehacker Awards 2013: Nominate Your Favourite Note-Taking Software

The end of the year is almost here, and that means it’s time for the 2013 Lifehacker Awards! Throughout this week, we’ll be seeking nominations from readers across 10 categories to help build shortlists, with voting kicking off next week. First category we’re looking at: best note-taking software.

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There are some obvious possibilities here: Evernote and Springpad are strong contenders. Other people keep plain text documents in Dropbox, some favour OneNote, some people are happy with the built-in notes app on their mobile phone. How do you jot down notes and keep lists? Tell us your favourite methods in the comments and we’ll include all the best ones in next week’s official vote.

Throughout this week, we’ll be asking for your nominations in additional categories relating to technology, organisation and productivity. Keep visiting the site every day to see when you can nominate your favourites, and make sure you’re back when voting starts next Monday.


  • OneNote, most definitely. I can use it seamlessly across my Windows phone and desktop devices, it’s super easy to use, has a nice clean design and works beautifully with hand-written notes on the Surface Pro. I’ve used Evernote a bit, but keep going back to OneNote.

  • Evernote is by far the best. Tested everyone note app I could find. Syncs with everything, easy to use while still being comprehensive. 10 out of 10 imo

  • Evernote. Although my workplace has blocked Evernote (including ability to sync), so I can only use it on my phone.

  • It seems overly simplistic compared to others out there, but I found I’ve been using Google Keep for most of my notes. It’s certainly not as feature rich as the rest out there, but as far as simplicity goes it works a treat for me.

  • OneNote first and Evernote second. They’re both fantastic and you can’t really go wrong with either. I tend to use OneNote at work and Evernote for personal. Evernote is slightly more useful for me with personal stuff as they have an app for Blackberry.

  • Evernote is my number 1 but I’ve been using Google Keep more and more lately and it’s a close number 2.

  • OneNote by a huge margin. Not least of all when paired with a Windows device with an active digitiser, but even if you don’t use handwritten/inked notes, it still does everything every other note taking app does and more, and seamlessly syncs it across all your devices. It provides far superior notes organisation and the search capability is second to none.

  • OneNote FTW. Used Evernote for a bit but it wasn’t any better than OneNote, so I reverted to that as it’s linked to my main e-mail account.

  • OneNote. Works across devices, across platforms, use it for personal and work, to share certain notebooks with people and to protect other personal notes from prying eyes 🙂

  • SilverNote, hands-down. Used to use Evernote, but lack of drawing capability left me wanting.

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