Obsidian over Evernote, Standard Notes, Simple Note & Logseq

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Over the last few months, I was again looking for some “better” notetaking solutions. I re-tried tools like Standard Notes, Simple Note, Logseq, Evernote, and a few others that I don’t even remember.

After trying all these tools for 2-3 days, I came back to Obsidian as no other tool was offering me what Obsidian offers.

In this post, I will explain what I disliked about Evernote, Simple Note, Standard Notes, and Logseq. And why I chose Obsidian.

Problems with notetaking apps that I tried

Let’s go through each of them one by one…

1. Evernote

To me, Evernote doesn’t feel like a writing app, it feels like an information storing app, information that you save for future reference while browsing the internet.

Some of the things that I don’t like about Evernote are:

  • the interface is not clean and very user-friendly
  • the free version is very limited
  • if not using keyboard shortcuts, creating a new note takes 2-3 clicks
  • you don’t own the notes, if Evernote is down, you’re down (if your notes were not synced offline)
  • writing experience doesn’t seem very good to me
  • newer updates have made it more distracting

I still use Evernote to store articles, images, and PDFs for future references as it provides search functionalities which is not provided by any other notetaking tool.

But I don’t write inside Evernote.

2. Simple Note

While Simple Note is a very clean, intuitive, and completely free notetaking tool, it’s not reliable. It’s created by Automattic and it’s not a dedicated note-taking platform so if in the future they don’t see it going anywhere, they might easily decide to kill the project.

Here are some things that I don’t like about Simple Note:

  • notes are not synced offline, if you do not have an access to the internet, you can’t retrieve or take new notes
  • doesn’t allow to host images or attach files to the notes
  • not reliable

However, I really like the fact about Simple Note is that it is 100% free to use and provides a multi-device sync feature. You can even make notes public and share them as a URL.

3. Standard Notes

Another great product, the main highlight is it enables you to take 1000% encrypted notes. I tried the free version but it didn’t work for me.

Here are some things why I didn’t go with it:

  • only text notes, not even markdown support
  • can’t add headings and even bold or highlight texts
  • no way to add/embed images on pages
  • can’t make pages public
  • no option to export a page in PDF format

Again, Standard Notes provides a multi-device sync feature which I really like.

4. Logseq

I was very happy when I discovered the Logseq tool, but it didn’t work for me either.

  • you can take notes only in the bullet point format
  • writing long-form articles/notes is not possible

The interface is very clean and intuitive but it’s just that not being able to write long-form content is the deal-breaker for me.

But why Obsidian?

I have been using Obsidian for a few years now and the things I love about the tool are:

  • quick, simple, and intuitive interface
  • the daily notes feature where you can quickly write down your thoughts without creating a new note manually
  • a fast mobile app that can be synced with the desktop app
  • runs offline — works great for me while traveling
  • distraction-free writing experience
  • a powerful tagging and search feature
  • interesting Obsidian tools (like Markbase) are incoming soon
  • a huge community
  • open-source and completely free to use (unless you’re using the sync feature, however, the sync works with Google Drive too)
  • the graph feature is another thing that I use to visualize the parts of the notes folder

And I don’t think there are any negative things about Obsidian that I can think of.

What do you think? What tool do you use?

Let me know in the comments below.

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