Evernote is the thousand-pound gorilla in the Android notepad space. It is one of the most innovative applications on the entire Android platform and has a large user base. Even better, it operates according to a freemium model so users can give it a try with no time limitation before having to upgrade their account. However, users do have alternative options.
Catch Notes functions as perhaps the number one Evernote alternative for Android notepad users. The app has many of the features of Evernote and uses a similar freemium pricing model to Evernote. Users are provided with an initial allotment of space to write notes without any cost. After that time a monthly subscription fee must be paid. And, in recent weeks, the app has added features such as its sharing streams that serve to differentiate it from Evernote.
Microsoft has also produced a notepad app for the Android. Known as OneNotes this app is a companion to Microsoft’s PC based program of the same name. Even if you don’t use OneNotes for the PC you may still use the Android app. The app syncs your notes with Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud service. Unlike Evernote and Catch Notes, OneNotes does to require a monthly subscription after you have used up the free initial space. It simply mandates the user to pay a one time payment of $4.99. After that, you can write unlimited notes without cost. While it does not have all of the features of the other two apps, OneNotes contains a simple to use basic functionality with a crisp user interface. This app is a must for those who have already been using OneNotes on their PC or on iOS.
The Evernote, Catch Notes and OneNotes basic functionality is utilized by other applications. Apps such as Inkpad allow the user to make notes and store those notes in the cloud. However, these apps do not always have the same broad array of features as possessed by the others.