If I have one really big weakness, it’s that I have an absolutely terrible memory due to my epilepsy. So if I need to remember anything at all, I have to write it down or record it somewhere. If I don’t, I am guaranteed to forget within minutes.
I used to be a huge fan of the digital post-it notes but now I tend to use Evernote for everything. The synchronisation with the website and the desktop app does it all for me and now I am a really happy bunny when I discovered today that the Android phone application for Evernote has been released. Now I can avoid forgetting things while I am away from the computer by using my phone to record my notes.
As usual, you can find the app by searching for “evernote” in the Android Market (via your phone). Once installed, this is the start screen you will see :
Let’s take a look at each of the Evernote Android features one by one.
Using your phone camera, you can take pictures of things and store them right away in your Evernote account. Just press the “snapshot” button and your phone’s camera will kick in. Take the picture and it will be immediately uploaded to the web.
Now you can really use Evernote as a replacement for your eyes. Snap whatever you see and never forget it again. Books in bookshops, parking garage locations, belly dancers in the centre of town, you name it. Text in pictures is searchable which is particularly good for the book titles I often come across and I don’t want to forget. Or instead of taking someone’s business card, just whip your phone out and take a picture of it. The details on the card become instantly searchable.
This function will go to your phone’s internal file folders where you can then find a particular file and upload it to your web account. So for example, if you have a song you are using as a ringtone, other MP3’s, photos, etc, then you can use the Upload File function to backup those files to the web. I don’t anticipate using this feature much (if at all).
The Text Note section is basically just a set of text fields which you can type into with your phone keyboard. Say whatever you like and then save it to your web account. Not much else you can say about this one.
Audio Note is the one I like the best – mainly because I am a lazy layabout who doesn’t like to type very much on the small phone keyboard. Recording phone messages is as simple as pressing the record button, speaking your message into the phone (as if you’re on a call to someone) and then pressing stop.
An interesting note though – I couldn’t play the audio messages back later through the web account in Firefox – it told me I needed a special browser plugin – which it then couldn’t find. So the only way I was able to retrieve the audio messages was by playing them back through my phone. Which is OK but slightly irritating if you actually want to listen to the messages on your desktop.
With the text notes, audio notes and snapshots, you also have the option to give each file a title, description and tags so you can find them again easily. You also have a search function so you can search your Evernote account directly from your phone.
One thing you need to bear in mind though -the speed of uploading an entry to your web account depends on your phone’s internet connection and data transfer plan, so that’s something to bear in mind when snapping and uploading huge pictures. Be careful not to chew up your monthly bandwidth with lots of big snapshots.
But from what I’ve seen so far, this is an amazing app that just works, plain and simple. Never forget anything again – wherever you are.
Do you use Evernote for the Android? If so, what are your experiences with it? Anything not working or not to your expectations? Or do you just love it like I do? Let us know in the comments.