At Life Of Android we offer an open policy door to any app developer whocatchesour eye or spams our inbox with review requests. One such developer was Fluffy Delusions, the extremely insistent creator of Classic Notes. ‘A home-brewed alternative alterative to Evernote,’ we thought. ‘Lets step down from our ivory tower and give it a spin.’ So we did…
If we had a penny for every note-taking app, location-based offers app or tower defence app sent our way, then we’d almost have enough for afternoon tea at the Ritz. The fundamental problem all such offerings face, even if they happen to be set “in the mystical realm of outer space”, is that they’re tackling a flooded market. Being good isn’t enough, you have to be original.
Classic Notes almost succeeds here. Its actual note-taking function is pretty dry with two fonts to choose from and no options for bullet points or numbered lists. You can make a to-do list but you can’t merge that with another set of notes. On the plus side, voice dictation works well with the app, your musings can be backed up to Google Docs and Dropbox and besides, you’re taking notes, how much fancy magic do you really need?
The app only really comes into its own when you begin to tap into its substantial array of add-ons and extras. So long is the list of other bits Classic Notes can do, it actually covers such things as Planetary Weight and a VAT calculator. Annoyingly you have to select the functions in advance to including them in your note, this means if you feel the sudden urge for to know Body Mass Index midway through writing a missive you can’t drop it in.
Furthermore, some features are prone to failing depending on your use of them, basically the information for (relatively) minor league musicians and movies is non-existant. Not that this is an especially huge deal, it is symptomatic however of an app that has turned its hand to a great deal in order to justify a £1.23 asking price. Considering you can purchase Evernote for free and it now comes with Skitch compatibility, that is some asking price.
For all its flaws, Classic Notes is still a solid Android outing from a clearly ambitious developer. If you’re after an idiot proof note-taking app with a torrent of extras and this will serve you well.
The Bottom Line
A solid, simple note-taking app for Android smartphones.
Version reviewed 1.0.38
Requires Android 1.6 or higher