The Android and iPhone are at odds for a dozen reasons, but the center of these is that the Android app store is entirely open source. This is starkly different from the iPhone app store, which is filled only with Apple-approved and analyzed apps. Whereas the iPhone store is effectively a command economy under the complete control of the Apple corporation, the Android market strives to be a truly capitalist system with nearly no regulations in place but common sense and the limits of the hardware itself.
This results, as one might expect, in an extremely larger degree of freedom in selection. Whereas the iPhone store might have a few apps for any one task, all carefully priced, the Android store may have literal dozens of apps all designed in different ways to accomplish the same goal. These apps may be of any degree of quality and price. Thus, choosing even a seemingly simple application like a notepad can be something of an ordeal, both for reasons of precision, reasons of function, and the simple need for the buyer to beware of what they’re spending their hard-earned money on at the time of purchase.
Notebook applications come in a surprisingly larger variety than one would expect. There are many features that may apply or not, allowing Android notepad applications to be the equivalent of Windows’ Notepad, Wordpad, or even mimic full-on word processing applications like Microsoft Word. Other noteable notepad applications include, oddly enough, basic web browsers; these allow access to online services such as Google Docs, which are word processors and notepads in their own right.
Before making a purchase, users should consider what features they desire and require for their word processing. Fonts are available, but are they necessary? What scale text does it need to handle? Is a cap on maximum filesize desirable or a hindrance? Does it need to upload files automatically or on command to an external server? Does it need spell check? Grammar check? Readability check? Word count? A list of these possible features should be made. The Android apps should advertise which they possess; if the app doesn’t list what its features are prior to purchase, it almost certainly won’t be the money. More obsessive users might prioritize this list to allow for the best possible application to be selected if there isn’t a perfect choice available.
Android notepad applications come in a variety of flavors; it is up to judicious Android users to select the app that suits their desires and needs for their note-taking, word processing or whatever else they should require their notepad application for. Whether they need to take notes in class, write essays before class on their trip to school or debug code on the go, there is an Android app for them somewhere.