Awesome Note for iPhone full review

The iPhone’s built-in Notes application works well, but sometimes a little more power would be nice. Brid looks to fill that need with its £2.39 Awesome Note. It delivers the additional power, but, unfortunately, overdoes things a bit.

Awesome Note can organise notes by folders, export and import from Google Docs, and search notes. The app also offers a quick memo option – separate from regular notes – and gives you the option to password-protect your notes. What’s more, you have a number of note themes to choose from, to give the notes a distinct look.

The application looks great, and it functions well, but the feature-set is just too large. It takes too long to figure out how to work the application, because there is too much going on and its icons are unclear. For example, it isn’t immediately obvious how to edit the folders – the icon that brings you to the edit page is just a folder with a down arrow on top of it.

More damaging is that while Awesome Note brims with features, we found that it didn’t bolster our productivity. Since there’s so much on the screen at one time, there are a lot of distractions. What folder should this go in? What theme should I use? What font? Is the size right?

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