When comparing Emacs Org-mode vs Google, the Slant community recommends Google for most people. In the question“What are the best Android apps for location-based reminders?” Google is ranked 3rd while Emacs Org-mode is ranked 5th.
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Pro Files are usable anywhere at anytime
Users are not tied to one service provider, program, platform, or database engine.
Pro Ultimate flexibility
This app's flexibility is based on its minimalist approach, giving the user near-infinite freedom.
Pro Agenda views
Pro There are a lot of extensions, for exporting to html, bootstrap, js-reveal and much more.
Pro Absolutely free
Emacs with Org-mode is free as in beer and free as in speech – that is, it costs nothing and it’s totally open source.
Pro Incredibly extensible
There are many plug-ins for Org-mode, including Org-habits and Org-notify. If Org-mode lacks some piece of functionality, it is very easy to add it.
Pro Supports plaintext spreadsheets
Pro Excellent unofficial Android app (orgzly)
Pro Quickly add rich text
Pro Efficient features for deadline organization
Pro Great GPS
Pro Voice-generated location reminders
Add a google search widget to your home screen, tap the microphone or say "Ok, Google", and say things like "Remind me to buy a Banana Hammock at Banana Republic." The next time your phone is at Banana Republic, an alert will be generated.
Con Android app isn't very good
There are several user-created apps for Android, but none seem to offer the same level of functionality as other to-do apps.
Con Unintuitive user interface
The key combinations are unintuitive and difficult to remember. This is probably because there are a lot of hidden "modes" depending on where the cursor is. Actions aren't paired with reversing actions like in other todo apps. For example, hitting shift-tab does NOT reverse the effect of hitting tab.
Con By default, a hard-to-read display
The default way of writing an outline or checklist creates a very messy wall of text that's difficult to read with no vertical spacing. You can manually add vertical spacing, but the Org operations don't preserve it. There are pretty-display modes, but you need to remember how to enable them, etc. etc.
Con Location based reminders do not work
They just plain don't.
Con Some settings get automatically reset with updates
Settings such as support for "Ok, Google" from any screen default to on after every update.