Notes Plus

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The iPad is perfectly designed to take notes, but the iPad’s built-in notes application is rather basic, lacking a lot of the features really needed for it to live up to expectations. Due to this, lots of different apps have been released to take advantage of this and fill the gap that Apple have left. Notes Plus is one of them, however, with some many apps available, it must be good to survive.

It’s important that an app contains all the features that you will ever need, and this does. With things such as close-up, palm handling, typed text and easy organisation, it’s a joy to use. At the same time, you’ve got plenty of style options, from different colours, font and size to choose from. It gets even better, as it’s also got lots of extra polish that really makes it succeed, with things like automatic shape recognition or handwriting recognition.

One of the main criteria for a notes app is that it needs to be easy to use, and Notes Plus certainly is. It’s easy to get to the menus that you need, and with the great design, that is built to ensure that it works well with handwriting and notes taking, it’s perfect. While the app works well using your finger, it’s the perfect candidate to use with a stylus. I found that this makes it more accurate and easier to use, especially as it more natural to use a stylus when compared to “writing” on the touch screen directly.

Although the app is really good, the price is higher than we are used to seeing on the iPad. While it’s fully featured, it is also a bit more expensive than similar apps that are also available. However, these don’t tend to offer as many features, which means that Notes Plus is still great value. When you consider that a note app will usually be used quite frequently, it’s important to make sure that you are buying the best possible app, even if it does cost a bite more. This means that Notes Plus is still fantastic value for money. If there was one complaint, it would be that you have to pay extra for the handwriting recognition when the app is already quite expensive. However, it’s worth paying the extra as it’s still great value and it gives you a product that can truly be considered brilliant.

While the app certainly has all the features you need, one of the best things about the app is the developers. They have always been adding to the app, which has brought various new features such as Dropbox integration. This means that the app will always be growing and getting better. This is crucial with the recent release of the new iPad, with the retina display, as you want to be sure that retina support will be added if you’re going to be using Notes Plus as your main notes app. The fact that the developer is also willing to answer emails quickly is also a fantastic promise.

For the most part, the app is well designed. It’s got everything you could ever need and the developers have clearly put a lot of thought into the app. This means that there are very few negatives. One of these is the fact that the shortcuts can sometimes be difficult to use, meaning that a few mistakes can be made so you have to stop briefly, but it’s not a major problem.

Overall, this is a brilliant app and with all of the features available it manages to stand out in a crowded market. It might cost more than comparable apps, but everything considered it is still great value and worth a purchase. It’s certainly one of the best note taking apps available and a good substitute for fully fledged note taking app from Apple.

Rating: 5/5


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