Recently I’ve tried Evernote vs OneNote web version and made a comparison table for you. Hope it will give you more understanding regarding these two products and help you make a right choice.
|Sign Up||Users require registering with name, email address, password etc.
||Users need to sign in with Microsoft (e.g. Outlook, Live) account. No additional sign up required
|Platforms||Windows (Computers and Smartphones), Mac, Android, iOS, Blackberry, Browser extensions and WebOS||Windows (Computers and Smartphones), Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android and Web|
|Packages||Free and Premium
||Free and Premium
|Notes Homepage||Evernote home sports lots of features and options
||OneNote home comes with simpler and basic interface having a few options
|Notes View||By default list view
||By default grid view
|Note Editor||Has advanced tools
|| Has advanced tools
|Text Formatting Options||A good number of text formatting tools
||A range of text formatting tools
|Note Text Color||Customizable
|Customizing Note Title Font||Not possible||Possible|
|Text Background Color Customization||No||Yes
|Inserting Other Files||Possible||Possible|
|Adding Pages||Not possible||Possible
|Sharing & Collaboration||Available
|Arrangement of Notes||In Evernote web app's home page, users can arrange notes by tags, notebooks etc.||OneNote web app's homepage shows the notebooks in alphabetical order. Here is no custom arrangement option|
|Tags to Notes||Yes
|Optical Character Recognition||Yes||Yes|
|Shortcuts for Quick Access||Yes||No|
||No, OneNote web app does not have a reminder option|
|Storage on Free Account||Unlimited, but 60 MB upload per month||It uses your OneDrive storage (currently 15 GB free there)|
|Native Helper Add-On||Evernote Web Clipper
||Send to OneNote
So from our Evernote vs OneNote comparison we see that they offer almost similar sets of features on their web versions. Both of the services are available on a wide range of platforms. OneNote introduces it notes as ‘Notebook’ which inherits some additional benefits like inserting new pages, sections etc.
Both of the services have free and paid packages. Premium OneNote comes with Office 365 plans which starts from $9.99 per month. There is a one month free trial available. On the other hand, Evernote premium plan costs $5/month or $45/year.
OneNote home page is clear and simple. It sports a default grid view. Evernote offers a three column list view with lots of options and shortcuts on the welcome page. Still it is well responsive and smooth.
When it comes to note editing and formatting tools, I found OneNote more flexible and feature rich. In the above table you can get the proof. OneNote has better customization facilities than Evernote.
Surprisingly, there is no reminder or custom arrangement option in OneNote web app. Evernote provides these features. Evernote offers an add-on called ‘Evernote Web Clipper‘ for browsers which enables quick note taking while browsing the web. In contrast, Microsoft OneNote has an independent tool dubbed ‘Send to OneNote’ that comes handy to capture screenshots and take quick notes.
If you’re interested in Evernote, I’d recommend you to read Jeremy Roberts’ book called Evernote Every Day. It will bring you to a new level of using Evernote through a series of practical, easy to follow guides.
Another book that you may find interesting is Evernote Essentials by Brett Kelly. Everybody who buys this book gets all future versions, free of charge, for the life of the product.
However, summing up, I liked both Evernote and OneNote web apps. Did you use them? Which one did you like?