When comparing Apple Notes vs Joplin, the Slant community recommends Joplin for most people. In the question“What is the best cross-platform note taking app?” Joplin is ranked 19th while Apple Notes is ranked 36th.
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Pro Sync with other Apple devices via iCloud, other cloud/email services
It syncs with iCloud, and surprisingly, also with Gmail and possibly other services too.
It's a default system app, making it easy to find and use since it is already installed.
Pro Rich-text editing
Allows for simple text formatting and making TODO lists with checkboxes.
You can add files to notes and then filter notes by attachment types.
Pro It's fast, and syncing is very dependable
The app launches quickly on both Mac and iOS, it also syncs quickly (in seconds) and very dependably across different Apple devices.
Pro Supports sharing
Pro It remains simple to use with a gentle learning curve
Despite the significant new updates in iOS 9 and iOS 10, you can start using Notes immediately, then try/master new features with ease — definitely a gentle learning curve.
Pro Supports markdown
Pro Offline access
Supports Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS.
Pro Supports tags for notes
Pro Supports multiple languages
English, French, and Spanish.
Pro Supports file attachments
Pro Web Clipper
Browser extension saves full pages, clean content, or screen selections to new notes.
Pro Open source
Peace of mind that there is no malicious piece of software in the app.
Pro Nextcloud support
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 Optional CLI interface
Provides a CLI interface for terminal lovers.
Pro Timed alarm reminder for to-do lists
Con Cannot export to a format that can be imported again
This makes it impossible to backup your notes as files that could be managed by your backup system, you can only use things like iCloud and Google or export to PDF which would not be able to be re-imported in the case of storage failure.
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.