5 Best Notebook iPad apps for students

Below is an overview of the 5 best note-taking apps. Berlage students can request access to the document with the description on how to download the apps here. Whichever note taking app you chose to use. Stop using the simple Notes app that came with the iPad. It is not good enough to use in class. You need to use all of the other features of the iPad like, drawing, adding pictures, sound and making back ups. Below is an overview of 5 different Note taking apps. Take this weekend to try out all of them.


After you have chosen your favourite note app. Make sure you use it for each subject so that you can easily find all of your notes. Leave comments below to tell why you think that note taking app is the best or why the others aren’t any good.


Pages

Pages is Apple’s Word. It looks clean and is one of the apps that makes the ipad great for producing assignments.

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  • If you also use a mac pc it syncs via iCloud with the documents on your desktop.
  • Clean look makes it ideal for handing in assignments.
  • Notes can be saved in folders per subject.
  • Easy to add diagrams and tables.
  • Chose from different templates
  • Auto sync notes to automatically upload your notes to a cloud service like dropbox.
  • Double tap a word for meaning and get the definition of a word.

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  • Cannot draw in the app.
  • Cannot annotate the text.
  • Cannot easily save documents to Dropbox or Google Drive.

 

Notability

Notability is the Notebook app with the most features. Most notable the option to record sound along with the notes that you take. If you don’t understand what you wrote you can tap on the word and it will play the sound that was recorded at the time. For example the teacher explaining something in class.

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  • Record audio along with notes.
  • Chose different lined, squared or coloured paper backgrounds
  • Zoomed in option to draw clearer.
  • Add figures, drawings, pictures to notes.
  • highlight text
  • Sync with Dropbox
  • Annotate PDFs.
  • Notability is now also available as a mac app

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Haven’t found a negative comment about this app yet. Let me know in the comments if you have got one.

Noteshelf

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  • Different lined paper including music paper
  • Protect your notes with a passcode
  • Wrist protection for drawing.
  • Zoom mode to make drawing clearer
  • Search and tag in typed text.
  • Add small icons and smilies to text.

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  • Upload to Dropbox but no autosync function.
  • No possibility to add audio

 

 

 

Paper

Paper is great for when you notes consist more of sketches than of text.

It looks like a stylish sketchbook rather than a notebook. Which is a good thing. Writing in drawing apps is much easier to read than you would expect in whiteboard apps. 

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  • Draw pretty sketches with different types of pens and pencils
  • Integrated with social media. Share notes via tumbler, facebook or twitter
  • Quickly flip through notes like a flipbook.

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  • Difficult to cram a lot of information on one page.
  • No extra features. Like adding text or pictures.

Notes Plus

Another note taking powerhouse. This one is much like Notability in that it has a lot of different possibilities. It has some nice features that no other Note taking app has like a mode for left handed writers and an in-app browser that makes multi-tasking a breeze.

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  • In-app browser for multi-tasking.
  • Full pages in full screen.
  • Includes a left handed mode.
  • Lock folder with a password.
  • Auto sync to Google Drive or Dropbox.

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  • Pages can be a bit slow to load.
  • So many features it can become a bit messy and crowded.

 

 

 

 

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6 comments on “5 Best Notebook iPad apps for students
  1. NDB says:

    I have tried Pages, Notability, Noteshelf and Notes Plus, but hands down the best notes app I have found so far in terms of usability is GoodNotes. I switched from Noteshelf to GoodNotes because I wanted zooming and PDF import/annotation, and although Noteshelf had prettier ink colors, GoodNotes won me over with its useful features.

  2. Kim says:

    Noteshelf is by far my favorite. I use my iPad and a stylus for taking meeting notes, writing my grocery list, and as a journal. It supports the new iPen I recently purchased too!

    • We recently added really helpful features in Noteshelf such as the Evernote Auto-Publish which allows users to automatically publish their selected notebooks to their Evernote Account. You can now also import and annotate your Microsoft Office files on Noteshelf which will be converted to PDF. Just make sure you have a Google Drive account to import those Word, Powerpoint and Excel files.

      On that note, we also support Google Drive and Pencil, this wicked writing stylus from FiftyThree (check that out! )

      Also we have a new feature called Air Transfer which saves you a lot of space as it allows you to backup and archive your notebooks. You can also share your files via your computer wirelessly by using Air Transfer.

      Hope you’ll find this informative. Oh and we’re also giving away promo codes to anyone who’d like to try out Noteshelf. Just visit our Facebook page for more info.

      Have a great day guys! :)

      https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/noteshelf/id392188745?ls=1&mt=8
      https://www.facebook.com/noteshelf
      http://www.noteshelf.net

  3. I’m very surprised to not see Evernote there. I use Evernote & CamNote together.

    I find the CamNote notebooks work well with Evernote. These are paper notepads that can be scanned using their free app. I find the quality of the scans very crispy. The app also automatically syncs to Evernote and Google Drive – stopping me from losing my notes, and allowing me to write.

    I’ve used a few note taking apps, but I still very much prefer taking notes on paper. Especially lists, drawings & diagrams.

    If anyone discovers a better solution, let me know – I’m always up for trying better ways – robjohn@outlook.com.

  4. dee says:

    I have used noteshelf for over a year or so and its been great especially after the retina update. The ink engine is fast and smooth. The organisation of notebooks with customization covers is nice.

    However I recently went back to explore other notepad apps to see what had changed since I reviewed them from way back.

    I can now say that Goodnotes has improved a lot. It used to feel very laggy but they have improved things there and now the engine is very similar to noteshelf.

    One thing that has now swayed me to Goodnotes is the ‘page’. Noteshelf feels to me now to be a small sized notebook in that I have only 24 lines to write on. Goodnotes has way more lines and looks like an A4 page. I have always written physical notes on A4 size pages so Goodnotes offers an exact replica of this. With Noteshelf it always felt like I had limited space to write notes and made it feel like an A5 paper in terms of a physical counterpart.

    I like the pages overview in Goodnotes, the one in Noteshelf just doesn’t feel right with my brain- and I feel some lag in my brain as it tries to get a quick overview. I think this maybe because Noteshelf displays it all in one column, from top to bottom which requires scrolling down. Goodnotes does it over three columns, left to right, very much like laying out a book. My brain gets this straightaway.

    The other thing I like about Goodnotes is the pdf backup sync. I know I can now access pdf replica’s of my notes on any computer. With Noteshelf I had to sync/send one page at a time. Its such a boring task I haven’t bothered to do any synching/backup.

    So I am now in the process in rewriting my notes from Noteshelf and I will be removing it once I am done.

    Hope this helps people. At the end of the day you need to try them out if you have the funds and see what suits you and what functions you will need. I think the inking engines have come a long way since a year ago. I’m excited to see what the future will bring -especially as new ipads come out!

  5. Njeri says:

    One con about Notability (and the reason I’m visiting this site) is that the handwriting has gotten laggy. A lot of people are commenting about the lag with the handwriting tool, and that using the recording feature often causes the app to crash. This has been going on for about 1.5-2 months now, and I and many others have completely lost notes after a crash, which isn’t ideal for me while in class.

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