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New Semester, New Technology: Three of the Best Note-Taking Apps for College

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Whether you received a new smartphone during the holidays – or you just want to figure out how to make taking notes in class simpler – you've come to the right place. We've got info on all the best note-taking apps* for college. Let's take a look!



  • Google Keep: Not only does Google Keep work on your phone, tablet and computer, but you can sync your notes across your devices, so you'll always have access to the information you need when you need it. One nice feature is that you can color code your notes so they're easy to find and group. In addition to taking notes, you can also add photos, and record audio, among other things, that can make studying simpler.
  • Evernote: As one of the best note-taking apps for Android and iOS devices, Evernote is a must. Not only does it allow you to take notes using your smartphone, but because you can access your notes from your laptop, desktop or tablet device, you won't have to rely ONLY on your smartphone to use them. In addition to taking notes in the usual (written) way, Evernote gives you the power to clip and save web pages, PDFs, and images, take voice notes, search your notes for specific verbiage, share notes with others, etc.
  • Notability: With the power to combine handwriting, sketches, photos and typing in a single note, you can jot down all of the concepts and information you'll need to study for exams or simply synthesize information for later use. Adding to its functionality, Notability also lets you record lectures, take notes on PDFs, zoom in on your files to get a detailed view of the information, and sync your notes across all of your devices – so you'll always have access to your study tools.

All of the best note-taking apps for Android and iOS devices give you the power to do more than just jot down ideas. Of course, they do that – but they also allow you to organize your notes, capture voice and images within your notes, and basically gain access to everything in your "notebook" from virtually any device, including your smartphone, tablet, desktop and/or laptop computer, so no matter which technology you're working with at the library, at home, at your favorite coffee shop or in the quad, you'll always have access to the information you need.


If your phone or tablet isn't capable of helping you in college, it might be time for an upgrade. Check your upgrade eligibility from Sprint, or browse online for a new phone when you're ready.


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*Sprint does not endorse any third-party apps. App details are provided for informational purposes only.