Evernote For Pebble Looks Interesting, But it’s Not Yet For Me

March 7, 2014

Apple, Evernote, iOS

Earlier today Evernote announced that they are coming to the Pebble Smartwatch (source). While I don’t wear a “smart watch”, I am most certainly an Evernote fanatic, so I’m always intrigued when the app pops-up on a new platform, or when it offers some sort of new functionality.

In fact, I shared the news of Evernote’s foray into “wearables” via Twitter and the reaction was favourable.

The more I thought about it though, the more I began to hear my non-technical friends say things like “why?” and “what’s the point of this…why would I want to use it?”.

I’m sure there will be a thousand uses for having Evernote on my wrist by the time this article is five minutes old, but for now, I have to say I kind of side with my friends.

In fact, I have a small confession to make: the smaller the Evernote platform gets, the less likely I am to use it.

Don’t get me wrong, I take notes in Evernote quite frequently. If I were to break down the ways in which I capture notes though, I’d bet you 85% of my notes are recorded using the desktop application. I love saving .pdf files, web page clippings, and typing things I want to remember, and on the desktop I’ll go out of my way to save something in the event I MIGHT need it later. On my iPhone though, my attitude is the opposite. Unless I’m certain that I need to save something, I’ll bypass entering it into the mobile application. The less I have to use it the better, aside from taking pictures of things and saving them as notes – that part works very well. What I’m saying here is, the smaller the Evernote platform, the less apt I am to use it. I’m a big screen, high definition kind of guy. I like big TV’s, big iPads, and big computer monitors. I enjoy spreading my work out and having lots of real estate to toy with. On mobile devices I feel like everything is so damn tedious when it comes to capturing real information.

Maybe the Pebble Smartwatch will open up a world of unique possibilities not possible on other devices, but for now, I have to say I’m not sure I get why having Evernote on your wrist would be particularly useful. I think it’s cool, I want this kind of functionality to continue to grow and mature – I’m just not personally sold yet.

Take for example the following photo used to showcase Evernote’s functionality on the Pebble:

Image From Evernote Blog

Image From Evernote Blog

I can see two problems here immediately:

1) When you have hundreds or thousands of notes in Evernote, how long will it take you to find the one containing your grocery list on a screen that size?

2) When you eventually do pull up your grocery list, how long will it take to find “juice” if the list is any more than five items long? The Pebble appears to display three items at a time so that’s a lot of scrolling up and down, especially when nine times out of ten you’re going to have your phone with you anyway. Oh, and your phone has a colour HD screen and a hell of a lot more real estate to work with.

I love Evernote and I use it almost daily, but when the time comes to buy groceries I find it far easier to write ten items on a piece of paper and throw it into my pocket. I can’t imagine a situation where I enter everything electronically on a computer or on my phone and then call it up on a tiny black and white screen in the store.

In six months when you see me wearing a Pebble at the grocery store feel free to come over and say “hi!”. Until then, let me just say that while this news excites me as a technology/Evernote enthusiast, it does very little in the way of convincing me I need either the Pebble or a Pebble with Evernote.

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2 Responses to “Evernote For Pebble Looks Interesting, But it’s Not Yet For Me”

  1. Damian Mehers Says:

    Hi David,

    Good questions! We do make it easier to find your shopping list by filtering the notes we list under “Checklists” to only show notes that have unchecked checkboxes in them, but if you have a lot of those, then it might not work.

    I found (when my kids were younger) that when I’m juggled a child in one hand, and a supermarket trolley in the other, I didn’t always have a spare hand to hold my phone in, but YMMV 🙂



  2. Tech Barber Says:

    Hi Damian,

    Thanks for the information. As a non-Pebble wearing Evernote user I wasn’t aware of this short-cut, so that would definitely help.

    When Evernote arrives on an iWatch with a bigger, more colorful screen I may have to investigate this “wearables” thing with a little more precision!



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