3 Alternatives to Evernote and Notability for Note-taking

Check out these great student and teacher-friendly note-taking apps.

August 07, 2017
Tanner Higgin Director, Education Editorial Strategy


You’re probably already familiar with Evernote and Notability -- two of the biggest players in the world of note-taking and productivity apps. While they’re both great options for you or your classroom, you might be itching to find something new or just curious about what else is out there. Below you’ll find three alternatives to Evernote and Notability, ranging from pretty similar to quite different in how they approach recording and organizing notes.

Full-Featured, Learning Curve

Microsoft OneNote

Price: Free
Platform: Android, iOS, Windows (all), Mac, Chromebook, Web
Grades: 7-12
The closest analog on this list to Evernote, OneNote is Microsoft’s free, full-featured, and all-platform note-taking and organizational tool. It’s incredibly flexible and a great option for power users as well as high school students; it was clearly designed to do everything Evernote does and more -- for free. The design is a bit more cluttered and overwhelming than Evernote's, though, so it’ll take some time to wrangle. But once you do, you might just find it’s your go-to option.

Focused, Fewer Features


Price: $2.99
Platform: iOS
Grades: 6-12
Whink focuses on a simple and clean workspace without sacrificing some of the core features teachers and students expect: typing, drawing, and audio recording as well as document annotation, folder organization, and search. The ability to switch to modes that focus on reading, writing, and note-taking can be particularly helpful to keep students on task. It’s iOS-based like Notability, so might be worth a look for those who find Notability offers more than they need.

Gorgeously Designed, iPad Only

Paper by FiftyThree

Price: Free
Platform: iPad
Grades: 3-12
Paper started as a sketchbook app, but has recently added more robust note-taking features. It also dropped in-app purchases in favor of being completely free. Though it can’t compete with Notability or Evernote in terms of feature set, it’s the most gorgeously designed note-taking app on the market. Paper’s focus on quick notes and sketches will particularly appeal to those looking to capture inspiration on the go.