microsoft-onenote-android-icon-sync-cloudMicrosoft OneNote is a fairly popular product. While not as ubiquitous or widespread as other Office programs like Word or PowerPoint, OneNote still has a fairly dedicated base of users whose productivity depends on it. The average smartphone user might not get much use out of this service, but it can be absolutely lifesaving for business professionals who need to juggle multiple tasks.

For that matter, this could even be used by college students. If the class allows students to take notes on a laptop, you could save your notes to the OneNote server for access anywhere. Wouldn’t it be nice to review your World History II notes on your smartphone while riding the bus or waiting somewhere? With OneNote, all that is easily possible. A collection of helpful productivity aids and its lack of cost make OneNote an attractive proposition.

Save It For Later

The basis of Microsoft OneNote is… well… taking one note. OneNote comes in Android, iPhone, iPad, and Windows Phone flavors. We went hands-on with the Android version and came away satisfied. OneNote functions by a very simple principle- write a note anywhere, access it anywhere.


The Android app is by nature more limited than the desktop version. That’s alright, though. It would have been impossible to cram all the features from OneNote 2010 into a single Android app. Besides, the OneNote app functions just fine. It includes check boxes, bullets, numbers for lists and such.

OneNote also features some pretty cool camera integration. Just tap the camera icon and you can insert a picture from file or take one right there. That picture is placed into the note, embedded into the text. It’s a really nice addition, especially as a memory aide. For example, you could take a picture of a basket of overflowing laundry to remind yourself to wash your clothes.

The only disadvantage to OneNote for Android is typing on a touch screen. It’s hard to write out long lists or really anything over a few words on a touch screen keyboard. That’s not OneNote’s fault though. Can’t blame them for Android keyboards.


If you’re like us and prefer typing on a physical keyboard, OneNote comes with a handy web app. Navigate to Microsoft’s website and you can operate a well-designed web application that seamlessly interfaces with your OneNote files. Ideally the web app will work on most operating systems.

Access Anywhere

Once a document in OneNote is saved, it uploads itself to the cloud. Microsoft’s SkyDrive servers keep your notes in one place for access from any device. This does mean breaking out that old Windows Live ID you haven’t used in three years.


For free users, there is a five hundred note limit. To be honest, we can’t really see an issue with that. If you find yourself butting up against the maximum, you would probably get a lot of value from actually buying OneNote. The limit is to encourage power users to upgrade.

Final Thoughts

In the end, Microsoft OneNote is simple and effective. As a service, it does a good job of keeping things simple and easy. Sign up, write down, sync away. Whether that’s useful depends on what you use OneNote to do.

If you’re looking for a good app that can boost productivity, OneNote is a well-designed and professional choice.


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