Monday, May 12, 2014

Thing 5: Note Taking

was recently involved in a car accident in which another driver ran a red light and struck my vehicle on the passenger side. The damage was bad enough for the insurance company to deem my car a total loss. As a result, I have been on the hunt for a new car. 

What I've realized in my search is that there are really only two types of people in this world. People who believe less is more and people who believe more is more. After driving around a rental Prius for a week and test driving various vehicles, I can tell you I am in the less is more group!

The Prius has lots of capabilities, modes, data, and displays. Every aspect of it as a car has been rethought or redesigned. I feel like the designers thought to themselves, "What else can we add or change?" For example, the Prius has a push button start, a button for parking, and the gear shift knob has been shrunk and relocated to steering wheel level in a monstrous center console.

It seems so unecessarily complicated! Why should there a be park button when I have to use a knob for all other functions? Can't they be streamlined into one? Not to mention the seemingly infinite number of displays and readouts. There is even an animated depiction of how the energy is being transferred between the engine and the battery. Talk about distracted driving!

Like the Prius, the apps listed in Thing 5 are just too much for me. I tried SpringPad, but was immediately turned off by how much set up there I had to create an account. I looked at the others and came to the same conclusion. Too much fuss for something that could be so simple. 

Maybe I'm old school, but I like the simplicity of iOS Notes. I know it's very basic, but I think there's a lot to be said for minimalism. I don't need to go through a tutorial in order to use it, the organization is intuitive, it's free, it's quick to use and organize, and it fulfills its purpose.

I recently read this article about maximizing your use of iOS notes. I discovered a few hidden features I was not aware of. For example, did you know you can set up syncing between devices? You can! Learn that and more here: