Quill ($1.00) might just be the best bang-for-your-buck handwriting app in Google Play.

This won’t be in the upcoming list of 2012’s Best Apps for Android (to be released November 12), because I found the app too late (okay, I added number 51). This will replace my other, semi-preferred, but soon losing favor app, PenSupremacy.

There are some slight annoyances with the app, like a bad eraser function (I haven’t noticed that), and the “I can’t write quite like a pen and paper” complaint, but that’s a given with tablets. Other than those, I have started to love the app, and have actually used it a couple times for note-taking during semi-unimportant meetings. I’m not quite ready to give up pen and paper yet.

The app has a lot of good features, and I really like the fact that I can use an “ultra-fine” ink tip to sketch or write with. Quill also looks fantastic in portrait or landscape mode, though the available space is somewhat limited.

I also love the ability to arrange the tools on-screen depending on whether you’re left-handed (me) or right-handed.

Quill features the ability to export a notebook to PDF, which is one thing some of the other handwriting apps lack.

I can envision a number of uses for the app, which don’t include simply note-taking.

The multitouch abilities of your Android device are a major factor in the app’s overall performance. This app didn’t perform well on my Viewsonic gTablet, but works great on my Asus Transformer Pad Infinity and Mrs. The Droid Lawyer’s Samsung Galaxy S III.

Get Quill for your tablet or phone.

Jeff Taylor

I'm just an ordinary guy living an extraordinary life. I'm also an attorney and I blog about Android for lawyers. You can follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, or Google+.


REvers · November 8, 2012 at 7:33 am

Do you like it better than Supernote?

    Jeffrey Taylor · November 8, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Well…that’s my dilemma. I love what I can do with Supernote as far as typing and writing, but I prefer to export directly as a PDF document to store directly in the file. That said, I do love how Supernote shrinks the handwritten text so you can fit more onto the page. I’ll probably still continue to use Supernote over Quill, but for those without Supernote, Quill would be my option.

Android App Review: Papyrus | The Droid Lawyer™ · May 5, 2013 at 7:19 am

[…] certainly offered my share of recommendations for handwriting apps, including my current favorite, Quill. I found Papyrus a few days ago from a “Play Picks” suggestion on Google […]

Let's discuss this (you can use Markdown in your comment)

%d bloggers like this: