While reading a LifeHacker article today, came across a reference to something new called “Google Keep“. Having never heard of it, I thought I would check it out. I love Google as a company, and take every piece of software they come out with automatically as a serious contender.
But then I found out what it was – it is essentially “Evernote by Google”. Oh oh. There’s a battle brewing now. If you don’t know, I’m an Evernote fanboy. I absolutely love Evernote, and pay for the premium membership. I would even say that I’m at a point in my life now where having my Evernote account has made my life MUCH better and I wouldn’t want to live without it.
If you’re not familiar, Evernote is not a to do list, but it is. It’s not a hard drive, or a cloud Drive, but it is. Evernote’s tagline is “remember everything”, and surely this is what it is done for me. I have Evernote right on my android phone main page. Specifically, I have a widget on my phones main page that allows me to create a new note, a new photo note, a new audio note, search my notes, annotate an image, or just enter Evernote, at the touch of a button, and I use this widget all the time.
Evernote has slowly become indispensable to me. I keep a good chunk of my life in their, and I love being able to access so many things at the touch of a button. For instance, I just recently made a note that contains links and photos of all my insurance information. It was very useful the other day, when I took my son to his first dentist appointment, and I needed my Blue Cross information. I looked, and I did not have the card in my wallet, but no worries since I had scanned it into Evernote. I was able to access it quickly and provide the receptionist with the required information smoothly and easily.
Could Google Keep be this useful? I don’t know. In Evernote, I can:
- create a note that includes text (with formatting of that text)
- audio attachments, and
- attachments of any type (pdf, exe, whatever).
One common thing I do in Evernote’s is store PDFs of all my bills. Looking at Google Keep, I see:
- the ability to make notes [but interestingly enough, I don’t see how to format the text in the notes, not that that’s a terribly useful feature in my opinion],
- to make checklists,
- audio notes,
- add images to notes, and
- make your notes colorful.
And that’s all I can see right now. More than this, it looks like Google Keep is much simpler – no notebooks or tags like Evernote has: just one “active notes” section, and an archive. This could be a plus or a minus, depending on who you are and how you use it. So certainly it’s not an entire Evernote replacement, but it is competition.
It seems like from the video that Google made to advertise this, that it may be more like a GTD Capture tool? But Evernote is that for me too, so I’m not sure where it would sit in my life. Here’s the intro video Google released:
Looking through the app (which has a slick android interface, by the way), it looks to me like Evernote blows it away for me. For instance, being able to attach arbitrary attachments (including PDFs – a necessity for me), and tagging / categorizing notes for long term storage are both pretty important to me. But, like I said, when Google comes out with something, I automatically take it seriously: in my experience and opinion, they are not in the habit of creating crap…but this also means I have high expectations.
Here are some other reviews/comparisons I found in case you need more details:
- Google Keep VS Evernote VS Apple Notes
- Google Keep VS Evernote and Springpad: No Competition
- 6 Reasons Google Keep Can’t Replace Evernote
- Google Keep, an Overdue Answer to Evernote Arrives
How do you use Evernote? Do you use Google Keep, and if so, how? What do you think about it? Leave a note in the comments below! Thanks! -Rob