Two Free Handy Android Notepad Apps

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image59   Two Free Handy Android Notepad AppsOne thing that’s oddly missing from Android by default is a Notes application. Be honest: How many times have you sent yourself an email (or at least saved a quick Gmail draft) just because you had nowhere to jot down a quick note? Well, I hope to remedy that today, with either of these two free and simple Android notepad apps.

Easypad

Easypad is an incredibly simple notepad app. Its main selling point is its cute widget, which looks something like this:

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You can control the widget size:

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Although the 1×1 widget is so tiny that it fits just two words; in fact, it fits the words “so tiny” perfectly, so if one of your words is something like “discombobulating”, you’re going to have to go with the 2×1 widget at least.

In terms of actual writing, Easypad isn’t overwhelmingly complicated (to say the least). Here’s what a note looks like when you’re writing it:

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You can also select one of several backgrounds, that carry over to the widget:

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The “crumpled paper” look (bottom-left) is so crumpled that its difficult to actually read whatever it is you’re trying to write. The other paper backgrounds are cute, and don’t interfere with the text.

That’s pretty much all you’re going to get with Easypad, really. If you’re just looking for a quick notepad which lets you see your notes right from the homescreen, you just found it. But if that’s a bit too simple for you, you might want to talk a look at the next app, called…

AK Notepad

AK Notepad supports note reminders, themes, tags, sorting, searching, and lots more. Of course, it also has its own widget:

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Now let’s look at the interface:

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That’s the default writing interface. I’m not a big fan of the lines, so let’s see if we can change that.

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Indeed, the settings menu lets you switch themes, and thankfully, also disable the horizontal lines. After a bit of tweaking, I got the note to look like this:

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Much, much better. Now, those hash tags you see at the end of the note bring me to the next AK Notes feature I like, which is simple note labeling. After adding those two hash tags to my note, I can see them in the Labels list:

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And you can tap any one of them to see at a glance all of my notes about awesome things, or bears.

AK Notepad also offers notes sync with Catch.com, a service we looked at when covering Catch Notes for iOS (by the same company). It does require opening an account, and doesn’t support my favorite note-sync service, Simplenote. Another handy AK Notepad feature is passcode protection, but it only applies to launching the entire app: You can’t protect just specific notes. Also, your passcode may only consist of four digits:

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You may not use letters, and can’t select anything longer than four digits. A bit of an odd restriction, but there it is.

Final Thoughts

Both of these apps keep things simple, and do what it says on the tin. They don’t burst with features (although AK Notepad does have a few tricks under its hat), but that’s the whole point really. If you’re looking for a simple, quick, and free Android notepad apps, one of these two will surely get the job done.

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Mick

Personally I’m a fan of Flicknote which has the distinction of being the first app I bought. It has Simplenote integration too amongst its features

Erez Zukerman

I tried Flicknote (maybe even bought it), but I had serious problems with its Simplenote sync! Does it always work right for you?

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Jessica Cam W.

Erez, how do you get your notification bar to look like that? The green looks cool.

Erez Zukerman

Thanks Jessica! It’s actually the default theme that ships with my ROM, Insanity II for Galaxy S II (a stripped down version of CyanogenMod nightly).

Erez Zukerman

Actually I looked again, and it’s a theme called Cyanbread, for the T-Mobile Theme Chooser.

Jessica Cam W.

Cool, thanks! I’ll check it out!

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Jamie Doerschuck

What I want to know is where to get this wallpaper.

Erez Zukerman

It’s out of Simple Desktops, and there’s a SimpleDesktops app as well. It’s not easy to search, but there are some truly gorgeous simple wallpapers there.

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Davedp7

Do any  of these notepad apps save the notes in a retrievable file? It sad to loose all of your notes when the application gets destroyed.  (say in a update) (has happened to me) also a file give an easy way to export the notes.

Erez Zukerman

They do, but if you’re looking for file export, I recommend Epistle. It syncs with Dropbox seamlessly, so you always have TXT versions of your notes in dropbox.

Cicas

i use Power Note by Diigo for the same thing. it doesn’t export to a file but sync to diigo cloud which i’ve allready used in chrome (and sometimes in firefox). i highly recommend trying diigo out, it changed my life forever! not kidding:)

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Dochappy

I use a free app called Note Everything to keep track of my writing ideas and characters while I’m on the go.

Erez Zukerman

That’s cool! I wonder if there are any good story outlining apps for Android. 

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Erez Zukerman

Catch is great, but I don’t like that it syncs _only_ with Catch.com. I wish they had Dropbox sync as well.

Also, I was looking for lightweight apps — Catch is fairly rich in features. Not a bad thing, but not what I was going for.

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Chris

Speaking of gmail drafts, I strongly recommend GNotes which is a multimedia note pad where you can attach any photo, voice recording, or file and it syncs to a gmail folder. Newest version also seperates notes by category.

Erez Zukerman

Nice find! Still under heavy development, right? I mean, it’s not quite there yet? (just looking at the Market ratings)

Cicas

i’m using note everything for widgets and dictaphone and power note for cloud sync but i definitely try this out!

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Cicas

actually i’ve always had a notes app preinstaled in my android phone! i wonder why no one else? it’s called memo on my samsung galaxy 5 (i5500, Europa in UK or Corby Smartphone in Italy :)). it’s really simple app without any cool features like widgets but it’s here, so no gmail draft thing ever needed O.o
but personaly i use Note Everything for general notetaking, because it has text, drawing and voice notes and widgets (btw dictaphone is feature i hadn’t preinstaled also in contrast to others apparently) and also Power Note by Diigo because it’s just awesome and actually first thing i install anywhere!! diigo i use for my school and thesis writing and cloud bookmarking

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