Hands on: Evernote iOS update makes note taking look good

evernote ios update makes note taking look good evernotebanner

We all have silly little fleeting thoughts that might not have much value, but at the time they seem to be a good idea. It’s hard to judge the actual worth of those concepts right then and there, and it’s a battle to remember them long enough to look back at. This is a problem that Evernote has been solving since 2008. An idea archiver and note taking app, Evernote lets users hold on to every last thought that crosses their mind – even the ones that have little to no merit. The iOS version, Evernote 5.0, just got an overhaul that aims to make it even easier to store things that you will look at later and shamefully delete before anyone else can see it.

The previous layout of Evernote clearly served its owners well as the app amassed 34 million users over the years. That said, even the best options out there need a little refresher to stay on top. Evernote’s navigation has be flipped and now features a home screen that resembles a filing cabinet. Not the kind of filing cabinet that I have, with mislabeled manilla files falling off the hanger and papers bent and crumbled as they lie misplaced throughout, but like an actual functioning file cabinet. The folders contain all of the notes you’ve created and are accessible in four different ways: Places, Tags, Notebooks, or All Notes. This puts everything right at your fingertips and no less than two taps away. It’s definitely an improvement on the previous approach that worked but was less direct. This system will feel quite natural to most people.

The display of notes also takes on a new new notecard style, showing off more information and content than previous iterations. It’s handy when scrolling through notebooks where notes may contain similar content or when there’s just a very quick bit of info that you need and don’t want to dig for. It may be right there on the title card. That said, it would be nice to have some color-coding functionality. That may bring back nightmares of writing out notecards and playing the matching game to study for tests, but it could still serve a purpose in this instance. 

Notebooks have a new look as well, and now include all of your own notes and any note that has been shared with you. This is great for switching between notes that have been shared for a multi-person project and content you’ve kept to yourself. If you’d only like to view one set of notebooks, there’s a filtered view that changes to your preferred viewing. The notebooks have a moleskine look to them and are shown in neat looking stacks on the iPhone or spread out on the iPad. It doesn’t really serve any benefit, but it’s easy on the eyes. That may make it sound sexier than it is, but you get the idea.

evernote ios update makes note taking look good img 0239

A feature lost on the iPhone version but now available on the iPad is Recent Notes. If you’re using Evernote on the iPhone, this may be a sorely missed section. It makes it easy to continue working on a project that you’ve been editing continuously. Without it, you can’t just glace at where you last left off. It’s likely little more than a mild inconvenience, but it’s still a casualty of the redesign. If you’re an iPad user, though, turn all of the negatives of that paragraph into positives because you’ve got the extra screen space to afford a feature like Recent Notes.

While some sacrifices were made for the sake of navigation and visual appeal, plenty more have been added in the name of organization and ease of use. The pros of Evernote 5.0 outweigh the cons, and when you combine it when the new version of Evernote for Mac, it makes for one lethal and uniform combination. With it, you can keep tabs on every idea that crosses your mind. Finally, you might remember that great idea for a new . On second thought, use Evernote with discretion.

Evernote 5.0 for iOS is available for free in the iTunes App Store.

Product Review

The Xperia 10 Plus feels great in your hand, but you'll still want to put it down

There has never been a better time to buy a smartphone with an unusual design, and one of the cheaper models out there vying for your attention is the Sony Xperia 10 Plus, with its 21:9 aspect ratio screen.
Mobile

Add style and functionality with the best iPad Pro 9.7 cases

No tablet should be without protection, especially an expensive one. Check out our picks for the best iPad Pro 9.7 cases, so you can add some protection, functionality, and style to your new device.
Deals

Apple iPads and iPad Pros get price cuts up to $150 on Amazon

In the market for a new iPad? Now might be the time to buy -- Amazon has discounted a range of iPad models, including the 10.5-inch, 11-inch, and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, plus the standard iPad.
Mobile

Keep your new iPad (2018) sparkling with the best screen protectors

Your iPad sports a stunning 9.7-inch screen and you'll want it to stay that way. The best iPad (2018) screen protectors guard against cracks, scratches, and even smudging from your fingers. Check out our top picks here.
Deals

The best Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals: Everything you need to know

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is still a few months off, but it's never too early to start preparing. We've been taking a look at the best discounts from previous Prime Days to give you our predictions of what to expect this year.
Mobile

The 15 most stylish iPhone docks and charging stands for your device

The right iPhone dock does more than just hold your phone. If you’re looking for the perfect dock for your bedroom, or one to sit discretely on your office desk, there’s a good chance you’ll find it here.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Robots that eat landmines and clean your floors

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it's fun to gawk!
Trash

How to save yourself money by buying a refurbished iPhone

There’s a lot to consider when you’re looking for a new iPhone, and it can be very expensive. Save yourself some heartache and some money with our guide on how to buy a refurbished iPhone.
Mobile

BlackBerry Messenger to shut down in May, be replaced by enterprise version

BlackBerry Messenger for consumers will shut down at the end of May, nearly six years after it was launched. The app is going back to its roots, in a way, as it is being replaced by the much simpler BlackBerry Messenger Enterprise.
Deals

Apple Watch Series 3 and Samsung Gear S3 smartwatches get big price cuts

The Apple Watch Series 3 and Samsung Gear S3 are at some of the lowest prices we've seen since so far this year. With discounts from Amazon and Walmart, now is a great time to find spring savings on wearables.
Mobile

These are the key settings to change on the LG G8 ThinQ smartphone

The LG G8 ThinQ is finally available. There are a lot of settings turned off by default that may be useful in improving the experience of using the phone. We've rounded up 11 key settings for you to change on the G8.
Mobile

LG reportedly files patent for triple selfie camera on smartphone

LG has reportedly filed a patent for a smartphone with three front-facing cameras. However, if the patent turns out to be true, it may come down as just another gimmick for the struggling mobile phone manufacturer.
Mobile

Best iPhone 7 Plus screen protectors to shield your big, beautiful display

Cracked screens are expensive to replace. Fortunately for you, we've rounded up what's available in terms of protection for Apple's large iPhone 7 Plus. Here are the best screen protectors you can buy.
Mobile

Samsung says the Galaxy Fold needs more improvements before it's released

The Samsung Galaxy Fold has arrived, and it goes on sale soon. Folding out from a 4.6-inch display to a tablet-sized 7.3-inch display, this unique device has six cameras, two batteries, and special software to help you use multiple apps.