Google Keep App Review | The 30 Day Accountability Challenge

 

The 30 Day Accountability Challenge is moving right along and I couldn’t be more excited! For all of you who may be seeing this post as the first of the series, let me tell you what you can expect in the next 30 days. I am bringing you a review each day on some of the most useful apps found in the App Store (Sorry Android Users! I will do my next 30 Day Challenge just for you guys:))

I handpicked these apps for the small business owner (or the brand) that wants to set themselves up for success this year. Each app will be reviewed on 4 metrics and given a final score out of 100%. Those four metrics are:

  1. Ease of use
  2. Functionality
  3. Specs
  4. Integration with other Apps, Websites, Etc

First up in the series are productivity apps. This review is covering Google Keep.

Google Keep App

The Google Keep app is a free app that allows users to take notes, collaborate and set reminders all in one place. When you sign up for Google Keep, you will realize how simplicity makes for a pleasant and straightforward experience.

Now the deets…

  1. Ease of use

As with all Google products, Google Keep requires you to connect your Google account. I did not see any way to bypass this, but if you have a Gmail account, it works seamlessly. Once you are signed into your account, you are lead to write your first note, which was very easy to do. The no extra bells and whistles approach Google takes with this app is pretty convenient.

2. Functionality

The Google Keep app reminds me a lot of Evernote in that you can synchronize your notes anywhere you access to your gmail account. Google Keep also allows you to add collaborators and organize your notes through the use of labels. The most noteworthy feature of this app’s functionality is the shortcuts. You can add a label by simply using a hashtag in the body of your notes, this way you can organize without having to leave the note. You can also pin your notes so they show up at the top of the home page when you open the app.

3. Specs

So many features, I will just limit this list to the Top 5

  • Smart suggestions for lists
  • Swipe to archive notes
  • Transcribe voice memos
  • Quick filters for easy search
  • Synchronization across all your devices
  1. Integration with other Apps, Websites, Etc

 

Google Keep is entirely free and unlike its competitors, allows you to access your notes on unlimited devices. There is a desktop version of the app so you can easily access your notes from any PC, Mac, Tablet or iPad. This is where Google Keep is truly winning.

 

Overall grade: 99.99%

 

Like I’ve said before, it’s hard to give anything 100%, but Google Keep is definitely pushing the perfect score. From the sign up to the note taking, this app is simple, easy and useful. The BEST part is the voice memo to text feature. Google has outdone themselves on this one. Although it is not perfect, the fact that it is an option is excitable.

Small Business Application

As a business owner, you must be able to access your notes or proposals with minimal effort. For this reason, Google Keep is a keeper. As long as you have a gmail account, Google Keep will be a great option to take notes, set reminders, collaborate with others, and share ideas. Keeping your ideas organized will help you stay focused on what’s important.

Thanks for toughing it out with me! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s app and be sure to comment with your experiences with Google Keep or any other note taking app.

Evernote App Review | The 30 Day Accountability Challenge

The 30 Day Accountability Challenge Day 2:

Another day, another review! In case this is your first day following this series, let me tell you what you can expect in the next 30 days. I am bringing you a review each day on some of the most useful apps found in the App Store (Sorry Android Users! I will do my next 30 Day Challenge just for you guys:))

I handpicked these apps for the small business owner (or the brand) that wants to set themselves up for success this year. Each app will be reviewed on 4 metrics and given a final score out of 100%. Those four metrics are:

  1. Ease of use
  2. Functionality
  3. Specs
  4. Integration with other Apps, Websites, Etc

The first group is “Productivity Apps for Business” which is why the Evernote app was an obvious choice 😉

 

Evernote App

The Evernote app is a free app that allows users to create a multitude of notes with their dynamic functions. Once you sign up for Evernote you will see all of the different functions within your ability to create notes- everything from adding images, links, voice memos and even write (scribble) in the body of the note. If you already use the desktop version, the mobile app is pretty close function wise.

Now the deets…

  1. Ease of use

The Evernote app was simple to set up and synchronizes with my account I already set up through the desktop version. If you do not have an Evernote account, it is easy to create one through the application. The menu is located at the bottom of the screen and all of the guess work is taken out of figuring out what each icon means (a problem I usually run into when I first download an app) because Evernote has kindly labeled each one. Setting up your notes is easy as well, as the big bright green plus gives you direction on where to start and Evernote uses universal icons so you can recognize formatting options. 

2. Functionality

The Evernote app has a similar function as the Blogo app I reviewed yesterday- a distraction free interface. The one thing that makes Evernote great is the ability to organize your notes into “notebooks.” While inside of your note, you will see which “notebook” you are currently writing in right above the body of your writing.

3. Specs

So many features, I will just limit this list to the Top 5.

  • Instant synchronization across devices
  • Pass-code lock for more privacy
  • Ability to collaborate
  • Search within images and give quick feedback
  • Set reminders and to-do’s

 

  1. Integration with other Apps, Websites, Etc

This version of Evernote is free and comes with 60MB of storage (which resets every month thankfully) and includes “work chat,” a messaging function. There are no fancy integrations for any version of this app, but you can have multiple devices connected at once (2 to be exact for the free version and unlimited with the paid). The paid versions of Evernote  allow you to stay in sync on all of your devices, more functionality with the search option, offline access, clipping web pages, and more room to upload. The Plus account is priced at $3.99/month (or $34.99/year) and the Premium account is $7.99/month (or $69.99/year).  

 

Overall grade: 79.99%

 

We all write notes for something. The Evernote app is changing the way we collect information by making it simplier to access all our thoughts in one place, digitally. For me, the mobile app is good, but not as great as the desktop version. The cool part of the mobile app is your accessibility to all of your notes and the other apps Evernote has created to streamline all your note taking processes. Overall, the sync feature is the best feature of this app, and that is not saying much. If you want the REAL Evernote experience, my suggestion is to get the desktop version.

Small Business Application

Evernote in a business application can have a few different functions. One is communicating large data with your team through the collaboration of notes, another is using the application for research notes since you are able to clip pages from the internet. Evernote is an amazing app that makes organizing thoughts easy and clear. As a small business owner, you can use this app for its primary function of note taking and collaboration. The seamless synchronization makes it a leader in the productivity apps department.

Thanks for toughing it out with me! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s app and be sure to comment with your experiences with Evernote or any other note taking app.