Evernote • Organize photos, audio, notes, web clips • Synchronize across devices • Works on Mac OS X, Widows, Safari, Chrome, Firefox, iOS, Android, Blackberry, Widows Phone 7, WebOS • Can add clips via email or browser app • Can share notes and notebooks with others • Can have subfolders • PDF search capability with premium membership
Springpad• Organize photos, audio, notes, web clips• Synchronize across devices• Works on computers, Apple devices, and Android devices• Can add clips via email or browser app• Can share notes and notebooks with others• Automatically categorizes and adds information from web• Can add calendar events and reminders• Can add items by bar code scan• Can customize by products, contacts, check lists, restaurants, books, recipes, etc. with information specific to each type• Can add tags
ComparisonFeature Evernote SpringpadStorage Cloud and offline (offline on Cloud and offline through Chrome Android and iOS devices with cache paid membership)Cost Free up to 60MB/month Free $5/mo or $45/yr for 1 GB/monthFile types Images, audio and PDF in free All version. All file types for paid accounts.Platforms Mac OS X, Widows, Safari, iOS, Android, HTML5 Chrome, Firefox, iOS, Android, Blackberry, Widows Phone 7, WebOS
ComparisonFeature Evernote SpringpadAdd clips via email or web Yes YesAdd via bar code scan No YesShare with others Yes YesSubfolders Yes NoSearch PDFs Yes (with premium No membership)Task list No YesCustomize note type No YesTag notes No Yes
Benefits of EachSpringpad has a more attractive interface and the task list is useful. The ability to customize information based on note type (book, recipe, product, etc.) is convenient, as is the ability to add items by scanning the bar code.Evernote has the ability to have subfolders and scan PDFs. It also runs OCR on handwritten notes.Overall, I would recommend Springpad for general use, but Everlook may be more helpful for business or academic use due to the PDF search capabilities.
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