Monday, February 24, 2014

Evernote Moleskine Notebook

I have been using the Evernote Moleskine Notebook for about 2 months.  Here is my review

Things I like:
  • Color,  Come on, who doesn't think the green band and the green page ribbon are cool?
  • Hard Cover.  Great for writing without a desk
  • Paper.  Excellent writing paper.  Slightly off white.  It is thick enough to use a gel pen without bleeding through.  
  • Grid lines.  It gives those of us who don't have a right brain a bit of incentive to be creative rather than follow horizontal lines.  
  • Getting 3 free months of Evernote Premium.  This was a great way to try out Premium.  Also, I got the book on Amazon for about $20.  So, it was a great bargain considering you got the book and the $15 worth of premium Evernote.  
  • Perfect size.  It is almost exactly the same size as my iPad Mini.  So they both fit in my hand very well.  
Things I don't like.  OK, there isn't much I don't like about this notebook, but here are a few items:
  • Grid lines are too dark.  I'm not the first person who has said this, but it is true.  They simply need to be lighter and thinner. The dashed lines help, but it isn't enough.
  • You can't use a sharpie or a fine point marker.  The ink bleeds through the page.  

Let's get to the real question.  Why would anyone need a notebook when they have an iPad, an iPhone, and a computer almost constantly at their disposal?  Here are my main reasons.
  1. It is still considered rude to be typing in a laptop, an iPad, or heaven forbid, a smartphone, during a meeting.  I don't know why except that almost everyone assumes you are working on something besides what is going on in the meeting.  Having a notebook allows me to quickly capture action items during a meeting.  I can certainly write faster than I can type into an iPhone.  
  2. For me, it is very cathartic to write.  I know that not many people write any more and maybe that is why there are so many emotionally constipated people.    
  3. It is difficult to brainstorm graphically on a computer or tablet.  Many will not agree with me, but when I'm trying to draw on a tablet I spend more time trying to make the software do what I want it to do and less time actually capturing my idea.  

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