Top 10 Note-taking Apps for 2017

In 2017, our choices of note-taking apps are alarmingly high.

Searching on the App Store for a new note-taking, calendar or to-do list application can consist of endless scrolling combined with confusing descriptions to which one is the best resource out there for you.

Here are the top 10 note-taking applications out there, their top features within and some recommendations for users.

Top 10 Note-taking apps for 2017 Full video here


Evernote is one of the oldest note-taking application, but provides the most functional experience with heaps of powerful features. It’s free and available on almost all devices.


Bear Notes

A brand new entry into the space, Bear has made a massive impact on the note-taking community. With hashtag organisation combined with distraction free writing, this iOS/Mac experience is a great selection.



Used mainly by educators, students and business people. OneNote provides a strong, robust way to organise notes into colour notebooks. Microsoft lovers will adore this experience.


Box Notes

Fresh to the market, Box Notes is an expansion of storage service, Box. These two new iOS and Mac applications are smooth and perfect for collaborating over meeting notes and ideas in real-time.



Salesforce owned Quip has been a popular document creation service for teams for many years, it’s strong, fast and reliable. Folder and comments allow teams to communicate over meeting notes and documents.


Dropbox Paper

This Dropbox experiment turned note-taking project connects your Dropbox account with the ability to create collaborative notes. Very similar to Google Drive and Quip, you can create notes with videos, checklists and rich media.


Zoho Notebook

Perfect for creatives, Zoho has designed an impressive experience for those looking for a clean and classy note-taking app. The iOS, Android and Mac app all provide easy ways to add notes, media and more.


Fresh in the space, growing Dynalist is new to the field but growing in popularity. Clean, cut note-taking and list-building notes makes Dynalist a great markdown option for those looking for a simple and easy experience.



Simple. Easy, does what it says on the tin. Simplenote provides easy to add notes on Mac, iOS and Android. Impressive layouts make it easy to sync and create notes on the go.


Google Keep

Google’s attempt at creating a note-taking service is an awesome shot. The Post-it Note like Google service allows you to clip media and notes on the go. Colourful note-taking, on the go, combined with reminders and more.


There’s a full review of all of these resources in this video here, showcasing all of their top features and more. In this video I’ll announce some of the all-round best note-taking apps for different areas.

Let me know in the comments which apps you try out! I’d love to hear!

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