Aug 27, 2013
A good, mobile note-taking app is essential these days, and that is what StackNotes is banking on. Its developers clearly want folks to depend on it, and the simple, clean design seems to attest to that.
In the free stack, there are a few customization options. Starting with themes, you can select from Jellybean, Classic, Safari or Princess, with a few more available to Pro users.
The truly refreshing thing about this application is the design. The filing structure stacks… virtually, that is. This “stacking” style was interestingly intuitive, and works quite well within the gestural precepts that govern the app. To create a basic note, you create a folder (or tap one that is already created) and go to town. From the main interface, existing folders are presented, a swipe to the right reveals the menu, from which new folders can be created. The parent folders have a number count beside the text listing which indicates the number of notes stacked therein.
To create a note, simply tapping on the folder invokes a slide-to page from which a new note can be added. The new note can be titled, and there are buttons to toggle emoji and even simple alarms. From the in-note menu, it is possible to add in audio, handwritten (or stylus-written) text in five possible colors, or a picture from gallery. It’s nice that if one is feeling especially artistic, it is possible to invoke the device camera from within the app and work from there. Such seemingly little features add up to increase the overall functionality of the note taking app.
The elephants in the room occupied by any note-taking app residing in Android-land are probably Evernote and Google Keep; a big part of the effectiveness of those apps is arguably the cloud syncing they offer. StackNotes provides this as well; there is a web portal that provides access to notes synced to its servers. The application offers a Pro set of features, which allows for unlimited sync and an extra batch of themes, but does feel quite useful in the free iteration.
StackNotes is a fine option in a stacked field, and earns big ups from for minimalist effectiveness.