A word processor or a note taker is a must-have app for any smart phone or tablet. There are tons of word processors on the iTunes Store or Google Play Store and my favorites continue to be Microsoft OneNote (as a planner), iWork Pages (as a word processor), and Evernote (as a note-taking app).
5 Note-Taking Apps For iPad, iPhone, & Android
As you probably know there are 100s of 1000s of apps at the iTunes Store and Google Play Store and it’s pretty difficult to find the perfect word processor or note taking app for you. So I’ve made sure that only the best of the best remains in this list.
1. OneNote (FREE)
Microsoft OneNote is my all time favorite note-taking app. It’s perfect as a planner and for note-taking. You can create up to 500 notes with the free version and then you can upgrade via an in-app purchase ($4.99) for unlimited usage. You can access your notes from any PC via OneNote Web App or from your PC using Office suite or the Windows 8 app. OneNote supports multiple notebooks, sections, pages, and subpages so that you can organize your data the way you want.
2. Evernote (FREE)
Evernote is one of the best productivity app to manage notes, to-dos, lists etc. It’s a cloud-synced free app that supports multiple platforms – iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, Mac, Windows, and Web.
Evernote is as powerful as OneNote or maybe more powerful than OneNote as its free and there’s an app for all platforms. Just like OneNote, Evernote supports multiple notebooks, sections and also allows you to record audio as well. It supports tags so that you can organize your random notes using tags and the search is fair enough to find your notes quickly.
3. Catch Notes (FREE)
Catch Notes is a free note-taking app to manage your notes and tasks. Add a # before any word and it becomes a tag (or a category) so that you can easily group notes. It’s good as a note-taking app and as a task manager to organize your daily notes and tasks.
You can backup your notes at Catch.com so that your notes can be synced to a new device easily.
An alternate app to Catch that supports hashtags is Fetchnotes. It’s more simpler than Catch and makes use of hashtags so that adding a note is like writing a tweet. It’s a free app that’s simple with limited features and works in landscape mode only.
4. Springpad (FREE)
Springpad is another highly rated note-taking app that offers a rich user experience. You can use the app to scan barcodes, save recipes, to bookmark webpages, collaborate with others, add reminders, tasks, audio, events etc.
Some of the popular websites featured Springpad as “Works like Pinterest, But Smarter.” and “Better than Evernote for managing information.” so it’s definitely a must-try app especially if you love rich graphics.
5. Notability ($1.99)
An alternative for Springpad could be Notability app. Notability was featured as the best selling note-taker of 2012 by Apple. It integrates more powerful features like handwriting, PDF annotation, word processing, audio recording, media insertion, etc. and is currently supported for iPad only.
Download Notability App: iTunes
5 Word Processor Apps For iPad, iPhone, & Android
Last year there were rumors that Microsoft Office is coming to iOS and Android devices this quarter but Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer doesn’t want Office on the iPad. However I still hope that we’ll get a Microsoft Word for iOS. So here are some of the best alternatives to Microsoft Word for iOS and Android.
1. Pages ($9.99)
Pages by Apple is a part of iWork suite. It’s probably the most powerful word processor app for iOS. It comes with beautiful templates and is designed exclusively for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Pages syncs with the iCloud so that you can access your documents from any PC via iCloud.com. And it’s probably one of the very few apps that supports real-time word counts, a feature that I want to see on every word processor app.
Download Pages App: iTunes
2. CloudOn (FREE)
CloudOn virtually brings Microsoft Office to your iOS and Android devices and is linked to your Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and SkyDrive account. It comes with a built-in Adobe reader and file reader that allows you to open PDFs and image files. You can even e-mail your documents from within the app. CloudOn offers Microsoft Office type interface and supports Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Though it’s very popular I was not that impressed with its interface and I feel that Pages is the best word processor out there.
3. Google Drive (FREE)
Google Drive acts as a cloud storage app as well as document editor. It allows you to create, edit, and share your documents with 5 GB of free cloud storage. You can make items available offline so that you can access them even if you’re offline. The most exciting feature about Google Docs is its real-time collaboration. It allows multiple people to access the same document and make changes so that everything is synced with cloud instantly.
If you’re looking for another free word processor app then try CloudWord. It’s the first app that lets you customize the app the way you want, but for a fee. You can request a feature that you want to see within the app from the developers. CloudWord is currently available for iPad only.
4. Elements ($4.99)
Elements is a Dropbox synced app that lets you create, view, and edit text files (.txt) on your iOS devices. All your data is synced to your Dropbox account so that you can access your files from your iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), Mac or PC. Other features include: auto-saving, word counts, export (as HTML, PDF, email), and multi touch gestures for quick navigation.
Download Elements App: iTunes
If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to Elements then try iA Writer. It costs only $0.99 and supports Dropbox integration and like Elements it doesn’t support formatting (fonts, colors etc.) or doc files (.doc and .docx).
5. Office² ($5.99 ~ $7.99)
Office² Plus is a word processor that supports Word (.doc & .docx), Excel (.xls & .xlsx), and PowerPoint (.ppt & .pptx) documents. Though this app is listed as free in iTunes, I’m going to feature it as paid since it requires an in-app purchase to save Office format files. With Office², you can access your Google Docs, Dropbox, and SkyDrive files. It’s a full featured Office app that supports formatting, spell check, tables, file history, save as PDF etc.
Other popular Office suite apps that are top rated include Documents To Go and Quickoffice Pro. It’s a bit pricey when compared to Office² but they’re available for iOS & Android and comes in different flavors.
Documents To Go:
Unlike other word processor apps Office², Documents To Go, and Quickoffice Pro are all Office suites that support Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files.