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Review: Evernote for Windows Mobile

Every once in a while, you come across a killer app (or service) that you cannot believe that you’ve lived without for so long. I’m sure many of you have been using Evernote for some time, and will find this review a day late and a dollar short; if so please head straight to the comments. For those who haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing what Evernote has to offer, keep reading.

Concept

Evernote is designed to be a tool that will allow you to capture thoughts using a variety of different methods and then store them in a centralized way that allows you to access your thoughts from whatever device you find convenient. Through the use of the Evernote website (www.evernote.com) and staggering array of software clients that encompass everything from Windows and Macintosh computers to all of the major smartphone platforms, including Windows Mobile.

Service

Evernote allows you to capture notes as text, drawings, pictures, or file uploads. The Evernote servers also attempt OCR (Optical Character Recognition) on all of your images in an effort to allow you to search any text contained within the images.

Two levels of service are available from Evernote; a free service and a premium service which costs $5 per month or $45 per year. The free service allows you 40MB worth of uploads data per month, and allows a limited amount of file types. Premium subscribers are allowed up to 500MB of uploads per month, and gain the ability to upload a number of additional file types as well as getting the ability to allow others to edit their notes.

Software

The Windows Mobile client for Evernote allows you to create and view notes from your Windows Phone. Everything from text to drawings and pictures to audio can be created within Evernote and synced to the cloud. For the most part the application is fairly Spartan; it does what it is supposed to do and little else, but the real power to this is the service.

When a text or drawing (aka Ink Note) is created, Evernote automatically transfers the note to the cloud. Obviously there are some tools that handle data backup and synchronization by using cloud based servers (notably Microsoft’s MyPhone service) but Evernote does this on the fly, and even gives you access to other notes that you have created using other devices.

Conclusion

I don’t know how many of you are note takers, but Evernote is by far the best solution that I have found for handling note taking and managing those notes after the fact. The fact that this service is available for free is equally amazing. The amount of scenarios where Evernote can assist you in capturing a thought or a concept is simply amazing (if you’ve got any stories about how Evernote has helped you out, give us a comment). For a full rundown on all of the ways that Evernote can assist you in your life, head on over to the Evernote site.

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says:

yeah evernote is great. but it doesn't work properly on my HD2! what's up with that?

Tim Ferrill says:

Not sure. Works great on my Tilt2, so it shouldn't be a resolution thing. What's broken?

says:

i can see the thumbnail of my notes, but when i select one it just shows the title with a blank page

Tim Ferrill says:

Yep, that's weird. I'm gonna ask the obvious...are you running the latest version? I'm running v3.3 (build 64861).

says:

Hi,
I can confirm this behavior also on my X1 with WinMob 6.5.5. I see pictures in picture note as thumbnail but when I press on it all I get is a blank screen with title. I am using the latest version of Evernote.

Regards,
Marijan

says:

I've the same frustrating experience. I use a TouchPro witha a Win 6.5.5 cooked ROM and with the latest version of Evernote I can only see thumbnails, as when I open a note it appears to be a blank sheet... :(

says:

I think the thing you all have in common might be a cooked rom. I was reading about this on the evernote forums and there are a lot of people with this problem. Does it work for people with the original roms?

Tim Ferrill says:

I'm running EnergyROM, but it's a 6.5 build. I'm wondering if it's 6.5.x that's killing it.

Anyone running a 6.5.x build successfully with Evernote? How about 6.5 that's having the same issue?

says:

yeah, i have the latest version, coincidentally i am also running an Energy rom 6.5.5 or .3, can't remember.

says:

I'm having the same issue. Not sure which cooked ROM I'm using, but it's also 6.5. Running on a Rhodium (Touch Pro 2).

EnerQi says:

It sounds good, and I did try it for a while, mostly because the WM OneNote app is as close to garbage as you can get with the most limited functionality possible. Other than the limits of the free version, I do love the desktop version of OneNote, and hope that with WP7 I will get a full fledged mobile version, so I don't want to invest in this application and have to find a way to migrate in just 6ish months.

says:

Isn't this pointless anyway since MS will not support these apps on Windows Mobile (phone) 7?

Tim Ferrill says:

First of all, this application is free. Second, I'm fairly certain Evernote will be available in Seven. Thirdly, storage is cloud based, so there shouldn't be any issues upgrading to a new device.

says:

Winmobile client is totally useless until it need mandatory internet connection. Do you plan to fix it?

says:

Evernote is my killer app and is totally integrated into my workflow. I manage a large fleet of vehicles and scan ever scrap of paper that comes into the office, take phone notes whenever someone calls and all of our maintenance records are scanned. This allows me to have a full service record for each of our vehicles, as well as notes associated with operators.

I think the WM client is very usable. I have no problems on my TP2. No weird bugs at all.

I do wish that other WM developers would get better at integration with evernote. I saw a list of 10 iphone apps the other day that integrate with evernote. But since no one is bothering to develop for WM anymore, I won't hold my breath.

I just can't say enough good things about evernote.

says:

Evernote is my killer app and is totally integrated into my workflow. I manage a large fleet of vehicles and scan ever scrap of paper that comes into the office, take phone notes whenever someone calls and all of our maintenance records are scanned. This allows me to have a full service record for each of our vehicles, as well as notes associated with operators.

I think the WM client is very usable. I have no problems on my TP2. No weird bugs at all.

I do wish that other WM developers would get better at integration with evernote. I saw a list of 10 iphone apps the other day that integrate with evernote. But since no one is bothering to develop for WM anymore, I won't hold my breath.

I just can't say enough good things about evernote.

says:

I have been using Evernote for over a year and it has become an indispensable tool both in my professional and personal lives.

I am responsible for 3 manufacturing plants and about 1,500 employees. I attend lots and lots of meetings in various locations. As long as I have my TP 2 with me I can leave each meeting with my typed in notes and a photo of the white board where notes were written. These notes are then searchable from any computer or web enabled phone I want to try from.

When we are out at dinner and we want to remember the restaurant or a dish I just pull out my phone and take a picture of the menu and the food. We can go back anytime we want if we want to recreate the food at home or if we can't remember what all you can get there.

It's truly awesome.

says:

Does not work on my HTC Touch HD with Energy ROM.

Also blank screen after double clicking a note. Only the title bar shows (with the title).

Robin