This topic is something I’ve been struggling with for the last 2 years. I have excluded Evernote because I don’t want yet another monthly bill (already have so many) it’s hard to justify another one.
I have constantly bounced around between note taking apps. Keep in mind my primary computer is Windows 10. I have a Macbook for development and my main phone is an iPhone. So, I needed something that was completely cross platform.
Apple Notes though not available natively on Windows, the web version wasn’t bad, and as an iPhone user it was important to me to have it on the phone too.
OneNote has been pretty reliable for me with their latest updates (both iPhone and Windows/Mac apps). Endless possibilities of hierarchical organization. There’s just something about it that feels clunky though.
[Google] Keep is a fantastic app. No installable app on the computer, but the browser extensions are nice. The iOS app works great! Downside here is that you can only attach photos (OCR is awesome here) and there is very limited formatting. The power here is the tagging system and search.
Dropbox Paper is pretty good. It has more functionality than one would think. I like their commenting system. The ability to embed documents and other resources is neat. They follow the markup syntax but it immediately translates (kinda cool). Can’t remember why I don’t use this one again; might have to rethink things again. Dangit.
I’ve been experimenting lately with using Trello as my notes repository. Bear with me here… I know it is supposed to be for a workflow, but having columns for categories, labels like Keep, attachment capabilities, checklists, etc. It’s not a bad idea, isn’t it? Plus, Shortcut support and the API is vast and easy to use.
I’ve tried countless apps and other services. I always have this thought in the back of my head, what if this company/note app stops support or goes out of business. So, I’m trying to stick to reliable sources that I can tell will be around for a while.
Hope this helps. Good luck and let us know what you decide on?