MyShelf Review

MyShelf Review

Aug 28, 2012

People collect notes. Back before computers were popular, notebooks and post-its were all the rage. Now people use note taking applications. There are a lot of these applications out there. Evernote is popular but kind of bland looking. MyShelf is a more visual information keeper.

Like many of the other note taking applications for Android, importing more than text is possible. The option to add images, either from the picture gallery or by taking a picture, is super useful. Think of it like this, using an image to store the type and wattage light bulb is in the livingroom lamp or the tracking number of a package is much easier than having several notes to look through later.

The information MyShelf stores is local. The first time MyShelf is opened, there is a choice of storage location; either the microSD card if there is one or internal storage. MyShelf is a stand alone application for all platforms but there is the option of syncing with the desktop version. The directions are on their site

Sorting the motes and images will help make things easier to find later. So instead of having one big list of stuff to sift through, using tags and creating what is called an Element. An element is a folder to group notes and images.

Speaking of grouping and using tags, here are a few ideas to of how to use MyShelf:

  • An Element for each project.
  • A common tag for each type of project (e.g. web design, marketing, sales proposal) to make it easier to find like items.
  • Household items in an Element and tagged with each room or area.

When using any note taking application there really isn’t a set way to use it. Sure there are options and suggestions, but they work best when they are easy for the user. If it isn’t easy to use, it will feel forced and the user will abandon it. Try more than one note app. If it feels wrong, move to another one and another one.

MyShelf Review Rundown

User Interface - Not a lot of options with the interface. However, the ease of arranging the notes makes organizing them much easier than other apps.
Usefulness - Note taking apps are as useful as you allow them to me.
Performance - A cloud syncing option would be nice but being able to sync to the desktop app is adequate.
Value - I would have liked to see more features for the price tag.
Overall - MyShelf is a bit more on the basic side as far as note apps go. Depending on your needs, having a minimalist note app might be just what the doctor ordered.

App available on the Google Play Store »

Trevor Dobrygoski
Trevor is a freelance writer covering topics ranging from the Android OS to free web and desktop applications. When he is not writing about mobile productivity, He is coaching and playing the world's greatest game... Soccer.
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