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An Apple Watch was recently added to my collection of tech gear. It was inevitable. When Apple announced the rose gold sport model, that’s all she wrote. It’s actually better than I expected. It can go two days between charges, probably because I have it set to display on touch, not wrist movement. Hey, I’m Italian. My hands are always in motion. Tried it the first day, but it was too distracting.

I’m still finding my way through useful apps, but one thing that was a disappointment was the lack of a Watch counterpart to Apple’s Notes app. I use Notes to keep current data where it’s easy to find it. It keeps my info in sync across my computers, iPads & iPhone. Changes made on my iPhone when away from home are automatically available when I get back to my iMac. They have Watch counterparts for the rest of the native stock apps, but not Notes.

I played around with several iPhone note apps, but while all would let me see notes on the Watch, only two allow you to add notes. Evernote is one, and I’ve used Evernote for more than 4 years now. The other app is Microsoft OneNote. I make no bones about the fact that I have a love-hate relationship with all things Microsoft. OneNote may be the exception. While both do what I need, OneNote does a better job at syncing from my Watch to my iMac. OneNote syncs almost immediately. Evernote syncs eventually. And yes, I do have a paid Evernote account. Evernote has a search feature on the Watch app, but it doesn’t work. OneNote doesn’t have search, but the interface is clean enough that it’s not a big deal for me. On the other hand, Evernote’s web clipper wins, hands down.

At this stage of the game, I’m sticking with OneNote for info that I want readily available. It hasn’t been around as long as Evernote, so I expect to see improvements. Microsoft also gives you 10 GB of storage — free. Can’t beat that. Evernote will still be my go-to for storage of recipes, knitting patterns, general how-to articles, that sort of thing, but things like my current list of meds and allergies, medical lab reports that need to be shared with my doctors will stay in OneNote.

Both apps will do much more than just keep notes, but that’s all I want for my Watch. Both apps are free. Take them for a spin. You may find something to like.

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  • Art in LA

    Agree, better Notes integration on the Apple Watch would be great. For me, I’d also like to see better Reminders integration. My favorite Watch features — Apple Pay, calendar event integration with watch faces, GPS navigation … all pretty cool.