What are the best note taking apps?

I've used Evernote for a handful of years, been forced to use OneNote for work, and picked up Google Keep along the way recently as a test. I'm looking to consolidate by at least one. Cheers!
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    Bear

    A beautiful, flexible writing app for notes and prose

    AhmediOS/macOS Engineer. Founder of Flawless · Written
    This one is really great! I use it daily for note taking and note management. It has beautiful UI, cloud sync and supports Markdown so you can create truly rich notes.
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    Juha LiikalaFounder, Stripped Bare Media · Written
    Highly recommed Bear! Been in love with it the moment I first tried it. 👏
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    Ga HuyUI Designer · Written
    absolutely right!!! 👍
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    Google Keep

    Save your thoughts, wherever you are

    Sahil SardessaiExperience designer, autodidact · Written
    You can add quick notes, and add tags/labels to them to sort. Photos, doodles, audio etc. are also supported. It's a digital color-coded post-it board. Cross-platform, seamless.
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    Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré10SaaS Consultant & Community Growth · Written
    Add notes, lists, photos, and audio to Keep.
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    Frank SchwarzExec. Producer of The SEO Show · Written
    I love the ability to share my notes with others and the ability to take a picture of something (book cover or handout) and use the OCR feature makes life better.
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    Evernote

    Note taking gets even simpler

    Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré10SaaS Consultant & Community Growth · Written
    Inspiration strikes anywhere. Evernote lets you capture, nurture, and share your ideas across any device.
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    Jakub Rogalski34Community Manager at Brand24 · Written
    Not only do I use it for taking notes but I also find it extremely useful whenever there's no image scanner around, and I urgently need to send a scan of an important document, for instance.
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    iA Writer 4

    Embed images, tables and text as blocks of content in text

    Fred RivettCo-founder @ The Dot · Written
    If you're looking for a simple not taking app I've had a great experience with iA writer. It's by far the most distraction free note taking app, and easily syncs over iCloud. It handles markdown beautifully, and has some powerful features too, like including one note inside another. 99% of the time though it's just simple notes, to do lists or blog posts I write in there. Never leaves me wanting anything else.
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  5. I recommed Boostnote! Boostnote is not an app suitable for everyone, but it‘s a handy note-taking app for programmers. mainly ・Markdown editor ・code snippet
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  6. Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré10SaaS Consultant & Community Growth · Written
    Do you scribble great ideas on napkins and sticky notes? Is precise filing more your style? OneNote's got you covered whatever way you shape your thoughts. Type, write or draw with the free form feel of pen to paper. Search and clip from the web to picture ideas.
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    Sahil SardessaiExperience designer, autodidact · Written
    This has great organization as a notebook, with subject-specific sections, and pages. However, there are layout issues, and it doesn't support fonts. I have annotation/highlighting issues. It's not the same experience on mobile, Mac and Windows. But if fonts and layout is not much of an issue for you, this app is great to take notes, if text is all that matters. You can draw/doodle with a stylus/pen. But it's not as good on smaller screens.
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    LandenHigh school student · Written
    I'm a student, and OneNote is invaluable to me. - It's the only note-taking app I've found that supports equation formatting. - There's a rich array of text formatting options. - A newly upgraded interface makes my notes look fantastic on all platforms. - You can take photos of whiteboards and documents and have them edited to look good. And all of this is completely free.
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  7. Sahil SardessaiExperience designer, autodidact · Written
    Seamless syncing within the Apple ecosystem. Simple and minimal, intuitive and easy-to-use.
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    I've gravitated towards this as well. Especially with iOS 11, I find that this is the fastest notebook app to open and get the thoughts out of my head.
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    Notebook for Mac

    The beautifully simple note-taking app from Zoho. Now on Mac

    thomas rossStartup analyser and investor · Written
    The app is very well designed. Its very cool and fresh. Probably the best notes app I have seen in a while. It's interesting how so many new note-taking apps are popping up
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    Kyle PetersenStudent at Oregon State University · Written
    Very intuitive note taking app. I use this on a daily basis.
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    Akhil PrabhakaranTechnology Evangelist, Zoho.com · Written
    The refreshing look on the Notebook and its clipper features are a life saver. Love the app.
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    Notion 1.0 Web + Mac App

    Docs, wikis, tasks – a minimal & unified workspace for teams

    Arijit BhattacharyaHonest effort admirer. UI Dev@freshdesk · Written
    A notes app is about - the writing experience (markdown support, quick rich text editing) - organization and curation (Notebooks, Folders, Tags) - embedding information other than text (Youtube, Vimeo, Books, iFrame embeds) - collaboration (Real time collaboration, comments, and public sharing) - Retrieving existing information(search) I think Notion brings focus to each of these pillars. And it offers the right amount of flexibility in layout (creating columns of data) to enable a document to work as a wiki or a basic to-do list. I like it that took on the challenge between minimalism and versatility.
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    Muhammad UsmanWeb developer @ Weebly · Written
    Clean and intuitive. Gets out of your way when you want to just write a lot of notes, helps you when you're trying to add something like a bookmark or embed. The design is minimal yet beautiful! Great for real-time editing, sharing permissions are easy to understand. I discover a new feature almost every day!
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    Workflowy

    Turn your entire life into a list.

    This is a clean and simple tool to write. It lets you focus on the writing itself somehow. It can be categorize by tags as well.
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  11. This App which is an Andorid exclusive is clean simplistic and has a nice concept of categorizing the your notes with #hastags
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  12. 6
    Simplenote

    Simple, lighter alternative to Evernote

    I love simplenote. It is... Simple! And works / syncs on all platforms, for free.
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    ManikandanFounder @ Radiohere.com 📻 · Written
    I use this for last 2 years.
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  13. 5
    Standard Notes

    A simple and private notes app.

    Andreas Wagnerlooking for..........😎 · Written
    The best for keeping Your notes private!
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  14. Sahil SardessaiExperience designer, autodidact · Written
    Syncs really well, cross-platform. It's very simple and easy to use. You can export everything to PDF. Unlimited space for documents created with Google Docs on Google Drive. Real-time collaboration is a big positive. Only gripe is offline availability on desktop (it supports that on mobile).
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    Easy To Use, Collaborate In Real-Time, Version History, Share To Anyone, Export And Import, Store Files In Folders, Available On Mobile And Online.
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  15. 4
    Notepin 2.0

    Extremely simple note-taking + blogging ✍️

    Amrith Shanbhag7Community at Product Hunt & Feathrd · Written
    The simplest way I've taken notes before, so easy to get started with and it's actually distraction free and gets the job done.
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  16. 4
    Drafts 4

    Quickly capture text on iOS and send it anywhere

    All note taking should start here - then can be routed anywhere
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  17. 3
    Box Notes

    A note-taking app built for teams

    Tweegenic1Noble Investor · Written
    Seems awesome. Suddenly seems this the one to collaborate
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  18. 3
    Dropbox Paper

    Collaboration tool built for teams

    Arijit BhattacharyaHonest effort admirer. UI Dev@freshdesk · Written
    Paper offers a delightful writing and collaboration experience. Although the app lacks in the department of curation, the minimalism of the tool is worth the trade-offs. I also appreciate its export to markdown and print layout. The iOS app is a thoughtful companion to the web experience.
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    nValt

    Notational Velocity with MultiMarkdown features

    The fastest way to search, edit and create plain-text-notes. Seriously, it's FAST. And free.
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  20. Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré10SaaS Consultant & Community Growth · Written
    Take collaborative notes, share data and files, and use comments to share your thoughts in real-time or asynchronously. Every contribution is marked with the author's name, so your breakthrough idea won't get left behind.
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