Evernote vs Instapaper

by Jeff Hilimire on January 24, 2011

I’ve seen a lot of people asking about the differences between Evernote and Instapaper. Being someone that uses both religiously, I’ve answered this question a few times and would love to hear what others think.

First, there was a discussion on my Products I Loved in 2010 post about Evernote vs Instapaper, which you can find here.

Then I answered the question on Quora (not connected with me on Quora yet? Do that now!).

So rather than doing the copy-paste thing, check out my thoughts via the links above and then let me know what you think!

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  • http://www.brainwads.net/drewhawkins Drew Hawkins

    From looking at everything, I think it just comes down to what you want. If readability is a priority, it sounds like having Instapaper is a good move. Personally, I have to have everything in one spot. It helps me keep track of what I need or want to do more efficiently. That’s just me.

    I will agree that if Evernote had a function that improved readability, it would be even more amazing. Maybe that’s something we’ll see in a future upgrade. Fingers crossed.

  • Caroline

    I use both apps in my personal workflow. For reading, I send things to Instapaper. If I think I might want to access it again, then I email the full text to my Evernote email address. For basic storage/reference (not reading, especially not long-form articles), I send things straight into Evernote.

    My default Evernote notebook is labeled Inbox, so it’s only a waypoint before a final notebook. I funnel a lot of my work and personal data through Evernote so I try to keep things very organized.

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  • http://twitter.com/thedigitalists Greg Horowitz

    Any thoughts on Evernote vs Springpad? I’ve had Evernote for awhile but barely use it. Meanwhile, my (highly gadget-averse) wife started using the latter recently, and swears by it, although she hasn’t really explored many of its features. I just installed it yesterday and am trying it out. I can definitely see the potential, although again, I don’t know enough about Evernote to make a comparison.

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