Ever wanted to know what a really good iPad note taking app is and what kind of a stylus you should use? The best way to know is to use a lot of them and find the ones that work the best. Here are a few and one of the best styli that you can get as well.
iPad Note Taking Apps And The Best Stylus To Use
There are several categories of note taking apps for the iPad. Some of them don’t allow you to use a stylus and some do. Some are far more complex and include tasks, lists, projects, etc. But for most people they just want to have a note taking app that works and one that they can also use with a stylus if the need arises.
Taking notes on the iPad is one of those basic fundamental things that a lot of people will ask about when they first get theirs. It’s natural to want to use it for that since it has a nice big screen, is light and portable, and is generally a great tool to use for meeting or especially in school. Using the virtual keyboard on the iPad is great after you get used to it but also it’s nice to have something you can write with once in a while. And this is where the stylus come in handy.
The Best iPad Stylus
I want to start off with the stylus before getting into the apps. A stylus for a tablet computer is a pen-like device that has a capacitive tip. That means it can be used with the screen of the tablet kind of like you can use your fingers. One thing about the stylus is that while it looks like a pen, it really has some differences.
For one thing, it does not have a sharp tip like a pen. For reasons of usability with the capacitive nature of it, the tips can only get so thin before they do not work well. A lot of people are shocked when they first use a stylus because it just does not feel like on would expect and indeed they are very good at sketching or drawing but not as good at writing words.
There are also models that are not as heavy as a good, quality pen. So you might pick it up and it feels cheap and like a toy. For the most part you get what you pay for when it comes to a good stylus. The one thing to be aware of that I have heard from users is the tip of the stylus. Some people say that the ones they have tried have a tip that feels like rubber skidding across pavement. It grabs at the screen and does not provide a “smooth” writing experience.
One stylus, however that I have been getting a ton of great feedback on is called the Cape Cod. The site that sells it calls it the “best stylus on earth” and judging from the feedback I have from those that own one they are not exaggerating. The Cape Cod is perfectly weighted, has a fairly sharp tip, and does not grab at the screen of the iPad. It actually looks just like a pen and has a metal casing with rubber grips down where your fingers go.
The Cape Code sells for $33.99 and can be found here on the Best Stylus site. Warning….this site has some bright colors.
The iPad Note Taking Apps
So now you have a darn good stylus on the way and you wanna get ready with a good note taking app. But you don’t want to waste time or money so you are wondering what the best ones are. Fair enough. It can get expensive rummaging through app after app so here are a few you can check out.
Notes Plus ($5.99)
Notes plus is rated with a 4.5 out of 5 stars by users. It is a full featured iPad note taking app that has some really nice things that it can do. But the best thing this app does is allow you to take really good notes with your stylus. In fact, it’s completely geared toward that. It fully supports handwriting, typing and audio recording.
One thing it does is provide a feature called “Close-up handwriting”. This is a handy little feature which support writing very small text but what you see is a lot larger. And another nice thing is that it support palm handling. And that means you can rest your palms naturally on the iPad screen without interrupting your writing, etc.
The overall interface was designed to be clean and neat and it is one of those apps you can take with you to a meeting and use for notes or for doodling images or sketches. Best of all, if something comes up that you want to record, then it allows you to begin recording audio. If you want to see the app in action, there is a great YouTube video below that you can watch on their website.
Sundry Notes Pro ($2.99)
Another iPad note taking app that can be used with your stylus. Sundry notes has been around for awhile and they have a very solid app for taking notes with. It allows you to type, draw, sketch, record audio, and even create tables.
It definitely has all of the features you would expect to find but it has something else: WiFi collaboration. Now here is what makes this app stand out from the other note taking apps. If you are on the same WiFi network as others using the Sundry app, then you can all collaborate together on the same set of notes. And that is great for group meetings or if you are a student wanting to share notes together.
Beyond that, it provides a nice clean and crisp interface that looks just like a pad of paper (lined or unlined) and let’s you sync all your notes or sketches right up to the cloud.
Audiotorium Notes ($4.99)
Here is another iPad app for taking notes that is fully integrated with Dropbox. This is super for those of you out there (and there are a lot of you) using Dropbox to store your digital information. Audiotorium is actually directly connected to your own Dropbox account which means that you can take notes with it and not have to worry about syncing it or sending the notes to your email, etc.
It also happens to have a massive list of features and a beautiful interface. The developers did an amazing job with this one. Like the others it lets you take notes, record audio, and organize everything pretty much any way you want.
It also supports a technology called TextExpander. If you are not familiar with that, it is a way to use short codes in order to expand out to frequently used words, phrases or sentences. Those that rely on TextExpander can save massive amounts of time. So using this app, you can cut down your actual writing time and be far more productive (provided you know and remember your codes).
Audiotorium also support the inserting of photos right into your notes.
It would not be hard to recommend the Cape Code stylus at all based on the user feedback. But to recommend one iPad note taking app over another might be more challenging. They are all great and they all will offer the same set of base features. Notes Plus is the one that is middle of the road while Sundry offers you wireless collaboration and Audiotorium gives you instant Dropbox syncing.
I would pick the one which gives you what you need beyond notes because they all do that very well and are in a similar pricing range.