December’s app of the month – Note+ (Windows Phone)

Note+

Some apps like to give you bells and whistles, while others focus on doing one thing well. Note+ is our December app of the month and sits firmly in the latter category. It’s a note taking app that gets out of the way and lets you do what you need to do.

The developer of Note+, Aälejandro Díazs, had to take an unusual route to getting his app on the app store. Based in the Dominican Republic, where Windows Phone Marketplace support isn’t currently available for developers, Díazs went through Nokia’s Ambassador scheme, after falling for Windows Phone’s Metro design.

And you can tell that he loves it too. As soon as you open Note+, you notice how much it looks like a native Windows Phone app. From its typography to menu styles, everything about Note+ appears designed as part of the operating system itself. For an app that has one primary purpose – note taking – that’s no bad thing. It feels right.

So how does it work? Well, it couldn’t be more simple. Open the app, tap the plus icon at the bottom of the screen and start typing. It’s perfect for quick reminders, brilliant ideas and shopping lists of all shapes and sizes. Once you’ve finished, hit save and your new note is added to your full list of notes. That there is little else to it is its strongest selling point.

And that’s because the main feature of Note+ is its speed. It opens like lightening and every screen transition is perfectly smooth. When many apps get these basics wrong, it’s refreshing to use one where the core user experience works seamlessly. It’s a great lesson for any developer.

However, it would be unfair to say Note+ was featureless. It has some good sharing options, which make it great for jotting down an amusing tweet that you can come back to and post later. More practical, perhaps, is the ability to transform a single note into a tile on your home screen. Again, perfect for reminders and notes that you refer to often.

Note+ is an app that will become a part of your every day mobile experience. It’s looks great and does its one task exceptionally well. It would be fantastic to see SkyDrive or Dropbox support in the future to enable cloud syncing, but as a good-looking, robust note taker, you can’t go far wrong.

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