The latest version of Evernote for Android has a refreshed interface and new photo and shortcut features that bring it one step closer to the full Web-based offering.
If you're looking for a simple notepad app for grocery lists and quick reminders, then Evernote might be overkill. That's because this powerhouse comes packed with multimedia features that are together meant to serve as a sort of digital extension of your brain. With Evernote, you can keep track of anything and everything you can think of, including speeches, drawings, locations, design ideas, songs, and, yes, even grocery lists.
One of Evernote's greatest strengths is that it can seamlessly sync all of your notes and "notebooks" (collections of notes) via the cloud. This allows you to access your notes from virtually any device that has a data connection.
Recently updated, Evernote's interface is slick and easy to navigate, which is a big accomplishment considering the myriad features the app offers. The main navigation is tucked into a sidebar on the left side of the screen, with a few more buttons up top, and all of your notes otherwise sitting on the dashboard, in either a list or in a thumbnail-based grid form.
To get started taking notes, hit the sidebar on the left and tap one of the four icons: Text, Photos, Audio, and Attach.
When taking notes, you'll find much of the same multimedia functionality that the full Evernote site offers. The app lets you attach pictures, audio clips, voice-to-text transcriptions, and other types of files to your notes. Hit the Menu button, and you get the options to tag a note and add a location stamp so you know where you were when you jotted it.