I often won’t use the memo or notes apps on my phone because those notes live on the device; I can’t always access them from another computer, and I can’t easily share them with friends and co-workers. I’d taken to using Google Drive, but Drive is a bit more powerful than I need to jot down a quick idea.
Keep is an offshoot of drive. When you’re not using the app, you’ll access your notes from http://drive.google.com/keep. Like many Google services, the idea is to deliver common functionality simply and efficiently. Keep is designed for notes, lists, and photos. Very basic categories to help you organize your thoughts.
Organization is simplified as well. Color code your notes for easy identification. Swipe away notes to archive them. Done.
Speech to text dictation is appreciated, as I often have my most brilliant moments of insight while doing something like operating a motor vehicle, and I’m not always able to type out my genius.
I’m a sucker for services like this tied to my Google account. Being able to write up a grocery list on my tablet at home, access it from my phone at work, and send it to my wife in an email is sublime functionality. You really start taking that kind of integration for granted.
Now let’s just hope Google doesn’t decide to kill this little project during their next culling.