It finally came; and by it, I mean Microsoft OneNote Mobile for Android. You can download your copy from the Android Market here. I’ll let Ben Schorr rave the praises of OneNote, but needless to say, lawyers will be hard-pressed to find a better note-taking system (sure Evernote is cool, but tabbed notes and notebooks are so much better).
This is the long-awaited (some say too long) app from Microsoft designed to compete in the Android universe. The app features sync of up to 500 notes (free; unlimited for paid), allows you to take photos, make checkbox notes, add tags, and draw tables, among other things. Unfortunately, as some of the reviews point out, there’s no way to add audio notes, move to SD card, and the UI on tablets is to be desired (the app doesn’t even work on my tablet running Brilliant Corners ROM).
Fortunately though, OneNote Mobile is pretty straight forward, but you’ll need a Windows Live account. I suggest signing up for Windows Live from your desktop, and not your device. Some of the input fields are all jacked up, including the phone field that totally messed up my mobile number:
Then, after the Hebrew Captcha characters, I thought, “this is going to be a disaster.” Fortunately, signup using the desktop was much easier. Use your desktop to create a Windows Live account.
The interface is simple and easy to use. Notebooks are stored on a homepage screen that is clean and organized.
The auto-sync feature is really nice, which saves you from having to remember to sync your notes. Adding notes or notebooks is easy too.