Android Candy: Google Keep

I love Evernote. I pay for a premium membership, and to be honest, I don't think I even use the premium features. I just love Evernote so much, I want to support the company. But in the spirit of fair comparison, I forced myself to try Google Keep.

It's pretty neat. Honestly though, even though Google Keep has matured quite a bit, I don't see it as a competitor with Evernote. I thought that was what it was going to be, but to me it seems more like a really awesome sticky-note program that syncs seamlessly between devices. The Web interface mirrors the Android app almost exactly, and it syncs in what seems like real time. You can grab notes to rearrange them, and yes, you can search notes using Google's powerful search engine.

Perhaps it's the lack of integration with other apps, or perhaps it's just that Google Keep is so new compared to Evernote, but I couldn't use it on a daily basis for more than quick notes here and there. I'd be curious to know if there are any Google Keep fanatics out there who can't imagine life without it. For me, Evernote combined with Nixnote is still the ultimate tool for keeping track of, well, everything! Download Google Keep from the Google Play store and give it a try. It really is a neat app, and if you're not an Evernote addict, it might be perfect!

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Shawn Powers is a Linux Journal Associate Editor. You might find him on IRC, Twitter, or training IT pros at CBT Nuggets.