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I'd like to put all my eggs in one basket. Which have people have found most successful, and why?

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Keep a real paper and a real writing pen and you are done! –  Ashutosh Dave Apr 13 '13 at 11:57
    
@AshutoshDave - paper and pencil for notes I create has its place, but what about photos, file attachments, websites, sound files, etc? You can only carry so many note books, so scanning some into an electronic archive is what it's all about. –  JeffO Apr 14 '13 at 15:13
    
@JeffO If its about electronic archives, I would suggest using Evernote as it is available on all platforms and also it can be accessed and easily managed when not online. I do use Evernote of electronic archiving. –  Ashutosh Dave Apr 14 '13 at 18:35
    
Google Keep is also a web app, and thus is also available on most platforms. –  Stefan Lasiewski May 29 '13 at 22:04
    
@StefanLasiewski But not always available offline which is another advantage of Evernote. –  Frank B May 31 '13 at 16:18

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I am a Google power user since 2001, but I have become disgruntled with the company due to its service cancellation policies. Many applications I have poured data into have been discontinued. Given the recent cancellation of Google Reader, there is a high risk that Google won't keep Keep (pardon the pun). So evidently I recommend Evernote:

James Fallows: After Reader's demise, many people noted the danger of ever relying on a company's free offerings. When a company is charging money for a product -- as Evernote does for all above its most basic service, and same for Dropbox and SugarSync -- you understand its incentive for sticking with that product. The company itself might fail, but as long as it's in business it's unlikely just to get bored and walk away, as Google has from so many experiments.

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Google keep is only Android and web, as far as I know. Evernote has native applications for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and a very nice web application. I use multiple devices with different operating systems, I appreciate my productivity applications being available on all of them.

Evernote has a web clipper and a browser addon (Clearly) that do a very nice job of making the task of saving information from web sites very easy. As far as I know, Google Keep does not.

There is an active community of developers creating products (both free and paid) using Evernote and it's APIs. Evernote markets several applications built on the base Evernote datastore. This speaks to there being a wider community of stakeholders in the ongoing viability of Evernote than there is for Google Keep.

Evernote the company makes its income by licensing Evernote and add-ons to it. Google makes its income by selling ads. Evernote is at the core of someone's livelihood, Google keep is not. The maker of each product has very different incentives to keep it current and available.

I use Google's products for a lot of things, but in this case I see Evernote as the clear better choice.

Update 2013-05-31: Evernote now has reminders! They're not implemented on all platforms yet, but will be soon.

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The thing I like about Evernote is that this is all they do (for now). Unlikely they would/could discontinue their core product....whereas Google, this is a nice little product that they could easily live without. Plus, Evernote has a lot more functionality right now - things pretty much work as expected, very few bugs.

Go with Evernote for sure.

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I would agree with this 100%, but Evernote needs to expand what they do and provide reminders. I'd pay for that. –  JeffO Apr 14 '13 at 15:09

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