When comparing Org mode for Emacs vs Joplin, the Slant community recommends Joplin for most people. In the question“What are the best note taking apps for Linux?” Joplin is ranked 3rd while Org mode for Emacs is ranked 10th.
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Pro Cross platform
Emacs runs on all platforms, Windows, Linux, OSX, even Android and IOS
Pro Libre/open source
Pro Can be as simple or as complex as you want
Org mode started out as a simple outlining/note taking app. Then each outline heading can optionally be a TODO list item. And if you desire, you can add SCHEDULE and DEADLINE dates. (Schedule being the date you'd like to start the item.) You can customize the TODO states to add things like DELEGATED, WAITING, BLOCKED, etc.
Pro Exports data to PDF, LaTeX, HMTL and other
You can even build presentation or blog from your data
Pro Supports tables with formules (quite powerful!)
Pro Inline image displaying
Pro Plain text data storage
Pro Uses Emacs
Pro Free but copyrighted
Pro Fast interaction
Once muscle-memory sets in, can be much faster to use than a point & click program.
Pro Supports markdown
Supports Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS.
Pro Offline access
Pro Open source
Peace of mind that there is no malicious piece of software in the app.
Pro Supports file attachments
Pro Nextcloud support
Pro Web Clipper
Browser extension saves full pages, clean content, or screen selections to new notes.
Pro Supports tags for notes
Pro Optional CLI interface
Provides a CLI interface for terminal lovers.
Pro Active user forum with support from app creators
Support, troubleshooting, and new feature requests are easy to make at the user forum and you can contact the app creator directly.
Pro Supports multiple languages
English, French, and Spanish.
Pro Dropbox Support
Can sync using Dropbox.
Pro Timed alarm reminder for to-do lists
Con Complicated to get started
Con Obtuse documentation
The documentation assumes a level of understanding of basic Emacs usage that not all users may have.
Con Difficult to use as a database
For example, if you need to quickly populate client details on quotes, unfortunately its easier to find, copy & paste.
Con Uses Emacs (for those who prefer vi, menus, etc.)
Con PDF export can be difficult
Latex assumes you're a (compliant) student, have to do a lot of research to get what you want out of it.
Con Sync issue under Linux
The Linux client has a bug that requires the user to click the mouse frequently in order for sync to proceed. This bug has been open for a while.