1. gordol's Avatar
    The last comparison I see on Evernote vs OneNote on iMore is from two~three years ago, and both applications have come some way since then. I'm currently trying them both and I'm finding it hard to decide between them, each has their good and their bad.

    The biggest pro on Evernote is the integration and plugin support from other applications. The biggest con is that to get reliable off-line use, you have to spend $45/year. This is a big con when using it on a tablet with only WiFi and WiFi isn't available everywhere you go (some places I'd probably want to access saved items don't even have cellular reception!).

    The biggest pro on OneNote is it has that offline usability that free Evernote lacks, and does it for free on mobile devices. For the desktop, the client program needs to be purchased. Stand-alone, it costs less than two years of Evernote Premium, or comes included in newer versions of MS Office. The biggest con to OneNote is that it lacks the integration and plug-in support that Evernote has. IE, there is no "Send To OneNote"

    So I'm crowdsourcing opinions. Why do you use one over the other? And I ask this knowing that most people use Evernote, so if you do use OneNote, or a specific reason not to use OneNote, why?
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    02-08-2014 03:55 PM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    It's been a while since I tried OneNote, but I use Evernote all the time, and yes, I subscribe to Evernote Premium. The monthly subscription fee is worth it to me. The ease of use, the integration with apps, like Reeder, Feedller Pro, Drafts, DocuSign and others, the ability to create forms, the search function, the ease of which I can create new folder and then move my notes at will. It's a no-brainer for "me".
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    02-08-2014 04:30 PM
  3. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    I am very biased about the use of Evernote and it does everything I need and then some. They just came out last week with a new version with some nice customizable features well worth trying.
    I darn near use it for everything and keep many things in it. it is web based, Has a desktop version to sync with and of course the app for your phone and it all syncs on the fly.
    02-08-2014 07:03 PM
  4. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    The last comparison I see on Evernote vs OneNote on iMore is from two~three years ago, and both applications have come some way since then. I'm currently trying them both and I'm finding it hard to decide between them, each has their good and their bad.

    The biggest pro on Evernote is the integration and plugin support from other applications. The biggest con is that to get reliable off-line use, you have to spend $45/year. This is a big con when using it on a tablet with only WiFi and WiFi isn't available everywhere you go (some places I'd probably want to access saved items don't even have cellular reception!).

    The biggest pro on OneNote is it has that offline usability that free Evernote lacks, and does it for free on mobile devices. For the desktop, the client program needs to be purchased. Stand-alone, it costs less than two years of Evernote Premium, or comes included in newer versions of MS Office. The biggest con to OneNote is that it lacks the integration and plug-in support that Evernote has. IE, there is no "Send To OneNote"

    So I'm crowdsourcing opinions. Why do you use one over the other? And I ask this knowing that most people use Evernote, so if you do use OneNote, or a specific reason not to use OneNote, why?
    I did do just a small review in here a few days ago on the newest version only to bring it to peoples attention so they would check it out. You can go free or like 'D said he uses Premium if you have the need for more features. Me personally the free version has always suited me.
    Just_Me_D likes this.
    02-08-2014 07:06 PM
  5. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Jaguarr40's review of Evernote can be read via the following link:

    http://forums.imore.com/ios-apps-gam...-just-out.html
    02-08-2014 07:18 PM
  6. taz323's Avatar
    Really good review by Jag
    02-08-2014 08:04 PM
  7. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    I am not quite sure how many people that are into Evernote like I am and for the benefit of the OP that this desktop version exists for PC and MAC and is very helpful to sync ALL Evernote apps and web based as well as desktop app like this one.

    You can take a quick look at what puts this all together.

    App vs App: Evernote vs OneNote?-capture.png

    App vs App: Evernote vs OneNote?-capture2.png

    App vs App: Evernote vs OneNote?-capture3.png

    As you can see where it all comes together to sync and this is where I write all my guides, Sync them to my Phone, The web and my desktop. By using all the tools that Evernote gives you and constantly updates especially the app on your IOS device there is no reason IMO for any other productivity app, Just wanted to add this to make sure you know what this really consists of. Thank you.
    02-08-2014 09:19 PM
  8. gordol's Avatar
    I am not quite sure how many people that are into Evernote like I am and for the benefit of the OP that this desktop version exists for PC and MAC and is very helpful to sync ALL Evernote apps and web based as well as desktop app like this one.
    Thank you. But I am trying to get an understanding of why Evernote vs OneNote. Is there something that Evernote does for you that OneNote does not?
    02-09-2014 09:43 AM
  9. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    They are both free, Download them both as their is nothing like hands on and the one you don't like - Simply delete it. I don't know what else to give you. Read and use and that should do it for you.

    Maybe this will help you as well:

    http://www.imore.com/microsofts-onenote-hits-app-store

    One hopefully lastthing to remember is you have you use Microsoft in order to use OneNote since it is a Microsoft Product.
    Last edited by Jaguarr40; 02-09-2014 at 11:20 AM. Reason: Added Info
    02-09-2014 10:27 AM
  10. zerog46's Avatar
    For me like most have said it's the integration and the ease of use. I use it for everything, it's on both my iPhones, my Mac Air and both my Work PC and laptop. It work so well for me. And I get MS Office from work and I still prefer Evernote.
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    02-09-2014 10:37 AM
  11. taz323's Avatar
    No expert on OneNote, Evernote has just been my go to, it works with ease and it updated offten.
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    02-09-2014 11:15 AM
  12. fb2's Avatar
    I use both of them and they're both awesome, but have different principles and features.

    If you're on Mac, then you have the small problem; there's no Mac version of OneNote, but there's a awesome OneNote Web app

    Evernote is cool, feature rich, but you're limited to their layout and it's just one endless page with one column with informations.

    OneNote has almost all features of Evernote but you don't have limitations. The pages are endless big and you can have a arbitrary number of columns and can place text, picture, sounds, files and lot more However you like without limitations. You also have categories and subpages etc.

    I use OneNote for personal and important stuff and Evernote for less important stuff which have to be organized but where I don't need much features like in OneNote, like summaries of books etc.

    You should try them booth and see yourself
    02-09-2014 01:06 PM
  13. gordol's Avatar
    They are both free, Download them both as their is nothing like hands on and the one you don't like - Simply delete it. I don't know what else to give you. Read and use and that should do it for you.
    I am trying them both out. And I'm finding it hard to decide between them. They each have what is to me a big flaw. The problem is, they are essentially opposite flaws. Evernote is SaaS (Software As A Service) which I do not like, and OneNote lacks integration with the device it's installed on and appears to lack meaningful tagging of notes/articles.

    On the desktop and on the iPad I prefer the UI of OneNote, but on the iPhone I prefer that of Evernote.

    Maybe this will help you as well:

    Microsoft's OneNote hits the App Store | iMore
    Saw that in my initial search of iMore for an Evernote vs OneNote review. That article is three years old, doesn't compare the apps, and both apps have been upgraded since then.

    One hopefully lastthing to remember is you have you use Microsoft in order to use OneNote since it is a Microsoft Product.
    I have no problem with that. I use Windows, I have Office '07 installed (cost is the only reason I never updated to '10).

    And I'm flip-flopping. As soon as I start to lean towards one, it's lack/flaw drives to the other, then the same thing happens that sends me back again. That's why I'm asking for why people use one vs the other. For my current usage, they're too evenly matched.
    02-09-2014 02:44 PM
  14. gordol's Avatar
    I use both of them and they're both awesome, but have different principles and features.
    Why do you use both? I can understand if you used one at work and the other at home, but both in the same environment? How do you keep track of what is in which?
    02-09-2014 02:57 PM
  15. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    I am trying them both out. And I'm finding it hard to decide between them. They each have what is to me a big flaw. The problem is, they are essentially opposite flaws. Evernote is SaaS (Software As A Service) which I do not like, and OneNote lacks integration with the device it's installed on and appears to lack meaningful tagging of notes/articles.

    On the desktop and on the iPad I prefer the UI of OneNote, but on the iPhone I prefer that of Evernote.


    Saw that in my initial search of iMore for an Evernote vs OneNote review. That article is three years old, doesn't compare the apps, and both apps have been upgraded since then.


    I have no problem with that. I use Windows, I have Office '07 installed (cost is the only reason I never updated to '10).

    And I'm flip-flopping. As soon as I start to lean towards one, it's lack/flaw drives to the other, then the same thing happens that sends me back again. That's why I'm asking for why people use one vs the other. For my current usage, they're too evenly matched.
    Nobody can further help you but you, We have given you more info than I can think of, You have to make a decision and stick with it.
    02-09-2014 08:24 PM
  16. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I'd like to add one thing. I use a great keyboard note app called Swiftkey Note. It syncs with Evernote. It makes typing a breeze and saves time. But I'm always on wifi.
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    02-09-2014 08:38 PM
  17. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I'd like to add one thing. I use a great keyboard note app called Swiftkey Note. It syncs with Evernote. It makes typing a breeze and saves time. But I'm always on wifi.
    I recently started using it, and I like it a lot. I've replaced the native Notes app with it, but now I'm trying to justify keeping it AND the Drafts app installed. Drafts is similar but can send notes to a slew of services, including Evernote. I've had it installed for a while and I doubt I'll be getting rid of it anytime soon….
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    02-09-2014 09:26 PM
  18. fb2's Avatar
    And I'm flip-flopping. As soon as I start to lean towards one, it's lack/flaw drives to the other, then the same thing happens that sends me back again. That's why I'm asking for why people use one vs the other. For my current usage, they're too evenly matched.
    To be honest, I was in the exact same situation and tried both and always switched between them. I also used a lot of other software like DEVONthink, Circus Ponies
    NoteBook and almost every notes app which where available for Mac and iOS. The best services are OneNote and Evernote.
    But as I said in my early post the seem to do the same, but they are completely different in how they work.

    As you pointed it out by yourself, OneNote does have a lot more features and is higher customizable, but it lacks in integration with other software (on iOS).
    Evernote is restricted in a lot ways, doesn't have the freedom of OneNote like placing everything where you want, put as many stuff in it as you want, resize and lot more. But on the other hand it has a great sync service and interact with a lot of other apps and they can use stuff like "Send to Evernote" or "Sync with Evernote", which works great. I testet it with a lot of apps like Drafts, Cloud Outliner and lot more.

    Therefore You have to decide which Informations you want to handle, if you always need them with you, if the entry of the informations should be easy and fast or organized well and well-thought.

    Other aspects are the price and availability. Evernote is free but charges 45$ per year, but if you don't need the premium features then it's great. I don't know if it's just in Germany, but I got a one-year premium account just because I'm a Telekom customer
    I testet the premium features, but to be honest I don't need them.
    Evernote is available for Mac, Windows, as well as a web app and lot of other systems.

    OneNote is also free on iOS, but it costs $69.99 for Wndows if you buy it standalone. It less expensive if you buy office altogether or if you have access to something like "Office 365 University" which is pretty awesome! BUT you don't have to, you can use the OneNote web app on both Mac and Windows and it's completely free and works really great.
    You also have no syncing errors (like with the OneNote App on Windwos sometimes), because you work directly with your database which is in the Cloud ("SkyDrive", now called "OneDrive"). So you also always have access to your notes just like with Evernote.

    Why do you use both? I can understand if you used one at work and the other at home, but both in the same environment? How do you keep track of what is in which?
    As I mentioned in my last post and in this post and as you also pointed it out by yourself, both systems offer different features and have a different handling. I use OneNote for everything which is important and which has to be structured very well and detailed. I also have a lot of categories, subcategories etc.. Therefore OneNote is really awesome, especially the OneNote app for iOS are awesome. I use it on iPhone and iPad. To be honest the OneNote App for iPad with a retina display is just awesome, you can see all your stuff and entries on the go and zoom in/out to incredible levels. I really don't know why this is free, I would also pay for this app and the service, which is far better than Evernote. But high quality and high performance also have some drawbacks, it's a little bit slow and lags sometimes if you're working with pages with a lot of informations on iOS. Therefore it's good for well-thought stuff and not directly good for frequently quick entries or quick changes.

    BUT on the other hand Evernote is really to use to use and to understand and it's also really fast. On iOS, Mac, Windows and web. That's why I use it for other and less important stuff. For example recipes of food. I can quickly open, see and change the stuff. Or for example if I read a book (mostly novels), I also ways use a template which I created in Evernote to enter every character name and description, places and storyline with important informations. So I know and can remember exactly what happened after some time, for example if I hadn't time to read and want to read further later ;p
    Therefor Evernote is really good, because it uses and needs less memory and I can quickly switch between apps to make some notes etc.

    I hope you understand how I use it, but you really have to decide yourself. Here are some random questions, which you should go trough. Of course there are a lot more, but that were the questions which I asked myself:
    • Which informations do you use?
    • How frequently do you change the database?
    • Do you mostly 'just' check the informations or do you change them a lot?
    • Do you quickly enter input or well-thought?
    • which system do you use (Mac App, Windows App, Web App etc.)?
    • How fast should the sync be?
    • is offline access important?
    • How much does it cost?
    • Is it future-proof? (that's a more generell question for other apps which were not that known, but I think both will be available at least the next 5 years)


    Please also criticize if there's something not clear or seems strange

    --
    PS: I don't think you'll ever get a more detailed answer
    02-10-2014 05:51 AM
  19. gordol's Avatar
    To be honest, I was in the exact same situation and tried both and always switched between them. I also used a lot of other software like DEVONthink, Circus Ponies
    NoteBook and almost every notes app which where available for Mac and iOS. The best services are OneNote and Evernote.
    But as I said in my early post the seem to do the same, but they are completely different in how they work.

    As you pointed it out by yourself, OneNote does have a lot more features and is higher customizable, but it lacks in integration with other software (on iOS).
    Evernote is restricted in a lot ways, doesn't have the freedom of OneNote like placing everything where you want, put as many stuff in it as you want, resize and lot more. But on the other hand it has a great sync service and interact with a lot of other apps and they can use stuff like "Send to Evernote" or "Sync with Evernote", which works great. I testet it with a lot of apps like Drafts, Cloud Outliner and lot more.

    Therefore You have to decide which Informations you want to handle, if you always need them with you, if the entry of the informations should be easy and fast or organized well and well-thought.
    ...
    PS: I don't think you'll ever get a more detailed answer
    That was very detailed, thank you. And to the others who provided input.
    So in the end, it appears to boil down to which I need more: Offline availability of my data vs integration with other iOS applications. And that, as has been mentioned, is something only I can answer. The rest of the feature sets are a wash in either direction.
    02-10-2014 11:23 AM
  20. projectman's Avatar
    I am coming late to the party but I was in this exact same situation a couple years ago. I found OneNote to be very helpful detangling my ideas at work. It is very robust. However, Evernote allowed me to sync (literally) between every device in my arsenal, whether it be PC, tablet, phone, etc. While OneNote was more robust, Evernote was more available for me. I sat down and devised an organizational approach between "notebooks," tags, and note titles. That did it for me. Combined with the robust-enough environment, always available (even if that was just iPhone access), the option to email certain attachments to my EV account...Evernote was enough. Even though I still really like OneNote I finally gave it up. It wasn't effective enough for my needs (take that description very loosely 'cause I probably could have made it work).
    02-10-2014 02:46 PM
  21. gordol's Avatar
    I am coming late to the party but I was in this exact same situation a couple years ago. I found OneNote to be very helpful detangling my ideas at work. It is very robust. However, Evernote allowed me to sync (literally) between every device in my arsenal, whether it be PC, tablet, phone, etc. While OneNote was more robust, Evernote was more available for me.
    That's one of the changes in the past three years: OneNote is now available across the board. Native apps on iOS and Android, both phone and tablet.


    I sat down and devised an organizational approach between "notebooks," tags, and note titles.
    Tags are a major weak spot in OneNote, you've got the tags Microsoft gives you and that's it. And none of them are really organizationally minded, they're process minded (such as "important", "to do", etc.

    And there I go again, flip flopping... I was almost set on using OneNote...
    02-10-2014 06:45 PM
  22. fb2's Avatar
    Additional: I also wanted to mention that OneNote for Windows is the best note taking and organizing tool, but unfortunately it'n not available for Mac, that's why I use the great OneNote Web App, but it's still not the same and depends on a internet connection all the time. There is finally a Mac App which is able to read and also to edit OneNote databases and also directly in SkyDrive. But unfortunately it has a lot of errors and corrupts my database that's why I don't use it. If I would just use Windows and my iDevices then I would only use OneNote, but on a Mac it's easier to quickly input stuff and exchange with other apps with Evernote.
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    02-11-2014 12:30 PM
  23. applejosh's Avatar
    I have both. My work PC came with Office 2010 (and obviously OneNote). It is a nice note taking app on Windows, and is structured like many paper based notebook setups. It does integrate somewhat with Microsoft apps (and if you live in Outlook, etc., then it works well). My biggest complaint was that to get real sync, I had to put my notebooks on Sky(One)Drive. I'm not a huge fan of that, to be honest, but I gave it a go. (I also tried Outline+ for iPad with saving my notebooks to Dropbox with some success.)

    I have used Evernote (to some extent) for a number of years, and I am a premium subscriber. The benefit for me was that I can access my notes from just about everywhere. When I want to use my personal Mac, I can still access my notes if someone happens to call me for work related items without having to go dig out my PC from the home office (yes, I can be that lazy). While I suppose the Sky(One)Drive web site could be used, I much prefer native apps. Also, I just prefer Evernote on my mobile devices, and I do a considerable amount of data capture there. I also like the ability to forward emails to Evernote and have them appear in my account (from any device, not just from Outlook). I still occasionally use OneNote on the work PC (it is a very nicely done application), but I tend to lean towards Evernote for most things, just because it's everywhere I want it to be, usually through a native app.

    While you may have an aversion to Evernote because it is a SaaS, I consider Sky(One)Drive to also be a SaaS since it provides a document syncing/editing service. So I see both almost in the same light. Yes, one is free (but I wonder what about me is being sold to advertisers), but they both hold your data out there in the "cloud" and provide a means for editing that data. For me, the benefits of Evernote (easier capture on mobile devices, tagging, platform availability, to name a few) make it a better choice for my needs.
    02-15-2014 08:42 PM
  24. gordol's Avatar
    I have both. My work PC came with Office 2010 (and obviously OneNote). It is a nice note taking app on Windows, and is structured like many paper based notebook setups. It does integrate somewhat with Microsoft apps (and if you live in Outlook, etc., then it works well).
    I don't live in Outlook, not even at work where that is the mail client.
    My biggest complaint was that to get real sync, I had to put my notebooks on Sky(One)Drive. I'm not a huge fan of that, to be honest, ...
    I have used Evernote (to some extent) for a number of years, and I am a premium subscriber. The benefit for me was that I can access my notes from just about everywhere.
    So, what's the difference between trusting Microsoft with your notebooks vs Evernote?


    And, in my back and forth between the two apps, I have found that I can access either one from anywhere becaue they both have mobile apps for iPhone and iPad, and both have web apps for use on any desktop/laptop. Accessabiity convenience is the same.
    While I suppose the Sky(One)Drive web site could be used, I much prefer native apps.
    Me too. But, at least for now, I'm using OneNote on the desktop via the web as if I decide to stick with OneNote, I'll be upgrading Office (I currently have '07 whcih appears to not have OneNote).
    Also, I just prefer Evernote on my mobile devices, and I do a considerable amount of data capture there. I also like the ability to forward emails to Evernote and have them appear in my account (from any device, not just from Outlook).
    On the iPhone, I find them to be about equal in UI, but on the iPad, I prefer OneNote's UI with the sections and pages layout.


    Most of my data capture, at least for now, is on the desktop. And OneNote, if the application is installed, integrates with anything that can call a printer, as it installs the "OneNote Printer" to send the current document to OneNote (If OneNote was in the iOS Send To option, that would probably cinch it).
    I still occasionally use OneNote on the work PC (it is a very nicely done application), but I tend to lean towards Evernote for most things, just because it's everywhere I want it to be, usually through a native app.[
    It was me starting to use OneNote at work to organize my personal templaces better than I could in Notepad that got me interested in using it or Evernote on my personal stuff, moving some tthings to there that I currently have in a poorly syncing iOS Office app or on one device only in an app that does not work well with the other device.
    While you may have an aversion to Evernote because it is a SaaS, I consider Sky(One)Drive to also be a SaaS since it provides a document syncing/editing service.
    Any online service is SaaS under that guide. However the issue is that Evernote Premium is a subscription service. That's SaaS. Where you pay a monthly/annual fee to continue to use the software and if you stop paying, you risk loosing your data. In this case, to be able to access your own data offline, you have to pay them a subscription. OneNote, otoh, can be used free forever with offline access via your mobile apps, and the desktop client is a one time purchase that can be used until the Sun goes nova.
    02-16-2014 01:45 AM
  25. fb2's Avatar
    Now OneNote is also available for Mac, maybe that's a good reason to abandon EverNote hahaha

    Here's a good article with comparisons

    OneNote To Rule Them All — carpeaqua by Justin Williams
    03-18-2014 04:39 PM
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