Notes vs Byword

Side-by-side comparison of features, reviews, pricing and more

Notes

Category: Note Taking
Industries: Students, Businesses, Professionals

Byword

Category: Note Taking
Industries: Educators, Content Creators, Students

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Notes reviews

This is the best notes app for Android 12 I was able to find, similar to the iOS notes app. All the basic features like text notes, checklist and tables are available in the free version. Some of the editing tools are hidden on the side. So, it may feel difficult at first. It also has Google backup support. I wish this app would be available in iOS as well for easy transition between iOS Android. My only request to the developer is to not move any existing free features to paid one.

- Edwin Chirayath

Honestly, this is my absolute favourite app - I use it for journalling, writing songs, making checklists, you name it. Haven't had any trouble with it other than eventually my Dropbox filled up and I had to delete some old versions of files. You can make notebooks and access everything from a computer as well as your phone. Love it.

- Jessica Jurgenliemk

Great App. But if we have forgotten the 'lock note' password, we can't even change it. And also the 'lock note' password is put on the settings too. That's the only problem I faced. Kindly make some updates, so that we can change our password, if we have forgotten, so that we don't lose our important notes.

- Deepika

Byword reviews

I feel iOS version is better than Mac version. Would love to see a safety mechanism from deleting files or folders by accident. As of right now, all you have to do is swipe a file or folder to expose the delete button. One touch and file is gone. I accidentally deleted a file once from grazing the button by accident. There needs to be a pop up menu or something to prevent that. Thanks for listening

- OneCornerstone

Been using the Desktop version for several months now. Really enjoyed writing Rich text based documents on my computer with this app. When I finally bit the bullet and purchased the iOS Version, I unfortunately discovered after the purchase that the iOS version does not support Rich text. That detail was at the very bottom of the description and to be fair I made an assumption that the iOS version of the app would work the same as the desktop version. I can’t understand why rich text is not supported, and if I had known (I guess it’s my bad for not reading every single bit of description all the way to the very bottom) that I would be unable to sync those types of documents across devices, I would’ve gone with a different platform.

- clarkeleland

Byword is my go-to distraction free writing app on the Mac and I used it on iOS for a while— but unfortunately the slow Dropbox syncing led me to explore other solutions for iOS. It seems like updates this year might have fixed this so hopefully it’s better now. I had Byword configured for a Dropbox folder that I use for journal entries and it has a couple hundred markdown files in it plus two sub folders with some text, markdown and a couple of old rtf (rich text) files in them. When I opened up Byword it would hang on ‘Downloading items’ or ‘Syncing Items’ for minutes and it made me nervous to open recent files and create possible conflicts in my Dropbox. That was a big blocker when I just wanted to open the app and start writing. I recently reinstalled the app and also removed the rtf files from this Dropbox folder (just in case) and things seem to be better— fingers crossed.

- bikemike

Pros & cons

Notes

Pros
Icons and color selection for folders
Quick full-text search function
The app can be used offline without an internet connection.

Byword

Pros
Distraction-free writing app with support for Markdown language
Lets you publish directly to popular websites
Inexpensive, one-time cost

Cons
Not useful for long-form writing
No library or tools for reference materials
Lacks templates

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