OneNote vs Evernote – 5 Key Differences

After much encouragement from the entire Dotto Tech community, we take on the topic of which is better, OneNote or Evernote! Actually we are NOT going to tell you which one is better, but instead, we will concentrate on five key differences between the two applications.

Research and Retention

Both Evernote and OneNote have browser-based Web Clippers The OneNote Web Clipper is a stripped down version with only basic capture available. The Evernote Web Clipper is a mature implementation that provides total control over the capture of most types of online data, including the ability to annotate, catalog and add notes to the clipped content.

Winner in a landslide Evernote


OneNote vs Evernote – 5 Key Differences
OneNote vs Evernote – 5 Key Differences

Composition and Editing

While Evernote provides basic editing and formatting features, Onenote excels in rich formatting and page layout capabilities as well as the ability to incorporate rich media (such as YouTube Video for payback on the page)

Winner in another landslide OneNote


OneNote vs Evernote – 5 Key Differences
OneNote vs Evernote – 5 Key Differences

Mobility

The Evernote mobility app is far more sophisticated that the Onenote App. However if you use a pen-based mobile device (Microsoft Surface or stylus based Android device) OneNote becomes a joy to work with, doing a great job of mimicking a paper notepad.

The winner is a Tie; Evernote wins in the quality of App, OneNote in user experience with a stylus.


evernote and onenote apps

Organization

Evernote provides far less visual organization, with limited hierarchical structure, being search based. Evernote provides far less visual organization, with limited hierarchical structure, being search based. OneNote will allow far more structure to your notebooks. However Evernote is build to search rather than scan for recall, so again we have a tie.

Winner – Whichever style works for you.


evernote organization
onenote organization

Recall

Because of the power of Evernote search, and the flexibility of the Evernote Tag structure this one is no contest, as Evernote outperforms OneNote by a wide margin in search and recall. Because of the power of Evernote search, and the flexibility of the Evernote Tag structure this one is no contest, as Evernote outperforms OneNote by a wide margin in search and recall.

Winner Evernote (mic drop)


Summary

Evernote is a more modern, more sophisticated app than OneNote. BUT OneNote is a more comfortable app for many to use. Both are going to make you far more productive than ever before. Personally, if I had to recommend one, I would still go with Evernote, all things being equal. BUT if you are a Microsoft Surface user, or like using a pen-based system OneNote is your hands down choice.

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