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I was wondering if there are any viable note-taking applications without the bloat of Evernote? I'm sure most of you will say that Evernote is the best out there but that app is huge. Around 10.5mb when it's on phone memory, and still a whooping 2.9mb is consumed on the internal memory if I moved the app to the SD card. I don't have a very big internal space which is why I'm bothered with this.

I don't want all the fancy things that Evernote has to offer like audio, multiple "notebooks", and the lot. I just want to take down text notes from time to time and then I want it accessible online where I'll have a possibility to edit it and maybe add more notes. That in turn will be synced to my phone app whenever I'm connected to the internet.

I'm quite sure with those simple capabilities, the app will avoid reaching no more than 1mb in size and maybe even lesser if moved to the SD card. Is anyone aware of a service / app like this?

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Check my new answer to know a app smaller than ColorNote.. –  Sachin Shekhar Jun 20 '12 at 13:47
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Try ColorNote, the size in the current version, according to Google Play is 716KB, it recently got online sync although I don't think there is web editing yet though.

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There's Sync to google but no web editing as of 06/2012. It offers sticky note widgets. If I need online editing I use play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.dayup.gtask which is in fact a task planner that syncs with google tasks (which in turn has an online editor). It can also be used just for notes. Benefits: you get gmail reminders for free and it integrates well into google apps. Size is 3.5mb or 1.3mb when moved to sdcard. –  ce4 Jun 19 '12 at 6:30

Now is the time to recommend Google Keep to this question. Cloud stored data; all part of the Google-verse. Accessible everywhere.

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Use AK Notepad (468KB). It can sync notes via catch.com.

Its not a bloatware. It allows you to PIN-lock your notes. You can pin notes to homescreen using it.

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Create a folder. Place your notes as text files under it. There are many file managers to support viewing and editing text files. You can use a tiny text editor named Jota Text Editor if your file manager doesn't support it.

Then, sync this folder with Dropbox using a tiny Dropsync app (422KB). Done!

It's universal. You can take your notes offline to any platform where Dropbox sync is supported. And, you can access your notes from any device which can take you to the web.

Best of All: It's Future-proof. I have just got email from year 3012 that there exists text files, but no Evernote.

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in 3012, are we likely to still be using ASCII? Unicode? What if we discovered alien language, and the current scheme in Unicode proves insufficient to describe their writing? –  Lie Ryan Jun 23 '12 at 8:05
@Lie Even today, we can't write every thing. e.g. Music notes. So, don't expect alien language inclusion.. –  Sachin Shekhar Jun 23 '12 at 9:16
You may not believe it, but I do have contact with 31st century. :) Encoding specs are more advanced, but it's backward compatible... –  Sachin Shekhar Jun 23 '12 at 9:19

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