Evernote beta comes to Nokia S60 5th Edition devices

One application that I have been missing badly on my Nokia devices for years is Evernote and I have actually kept my iPhone and Windows Mobile devices on hand to use the application. I was extremely excited this morning when I read a Tweet from Brettq that he was using Evernote on his N97. I did a quick search on Twitter and found a link to this Evernote forum where you can find the download for this WRT. This is stated as a beta, pre-release, but so far it is working very well for me on the Nokia N97 mini and is pretty full featured.


In case you are not familiar with Evernote, here is a bit of an introduction. Evernote is used to capture thoughts, ideas, tasks, business cards, plane tickets, meeting notes, websites, and just about anything you want captured, stored, and made searchable in the future. There are desktop clients for Mac and Windows, along with mobile clients for iPhone, Windows Mobile, WebOS, Android, and BlackBerry devices.


There are free and premium (this is what I pay for) options for Evernote and I imagine that most people can get by just fine with a free account. I think the product is so compelling and useful that I want to support them with my money even if I don’t use all the features of the premium service. The premium services is $45 per year and gives you 500MB of uploads per month, more file upload support, advanced collaboration, and enhanced security. Premium accounts are also free of promotions and ads that may appear on free accounts.


Before today I have been able to get notes into Evernote by taking photos of business cards, handwritten notes, documents, signs, etc. and emailing them to my special Evernote email address. I could then use the web interface to try to search and view notes, but it definitely was not a clean and simple solution. With Evernote Mobile for the N97 (should work on all S60 5th Edition devices) you can create new text, snapshot (photo), and audio notes and upload files to your Evernote account. The only other client I have seen with File support is Windows Mobile since the iPhone has no directory/file access and is locked down.

With the text note creation you will see fields for a note title, what notebook you want to upload to, any tags you want to assign to the note, and the actual note text field. After taking a photo and recording an audio clip you will then be taken back to a field to enter some text into the snapshot or audio note. There are discard and save buttons at the bottom to upload notes or cancel them if you change your mind. BTW, you can create text notes and snapshot notes offline with this client in case you are out of signal range and want to create a new note.


The real power of Evernote is in the search technology that will actually recognize text in photos and handwritten notes. You can search with the Evernote for N97 client and your search result will appear in the app highlighted in yellow. IMHO, the search technology is like magic and I think you will agree when you try it out too.

The only thing that bugs me with this current version is that there are lots of connection prompts when you start the app, but I am going to see if changing settings in the Application Manager can minimize some of these. Otherwise, I am ecstatic to see Evernote finally appearing on the world’s most popular smartphone platform.


12 Comments to Evernote beta comes to Nokia S60 5th Edition devices

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December 9, 2009

Its a fairly polished product for an early release. I still would like to see a better homescreen widget. But then, thats not a reason to gripe about..

December 9, 2009

oh! and the snapshot and the audio note features still don’t work.

Matthew Miller
December 9, 2009

The snapshot and audio note features work fine for me on the N97 mini.

December 9, 2009

Nice overview. I really wish that other apps, like Gravity or gReader, would have gone the WRT route. Just would make a lot of sense IMO.

Brett Q.
December 9, 2009

I would have linked to the download, but I was dualing devices, and was too lazy to type out the URL 😉

I’m still on the fence about WRT. The biggest memory hog (well, other than Gravity) seems to be the browser. Since any WRT invokes a browser instance, wouldn’t that just bog down the device even more? If Nokia gave S60v5 devices the same memory as say, the E71, then this would be a non-issue.

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January 10, 2010

I tried this on my Black Nokia N82. No joy – it gets as far as the login screen each time then shuts down.
Is it my Symbian version that’s the problem? I’m not entirely sure what version I’m running or how to find out…

April 25, 2010

how do you use the offline mode?
I cannot seem to find it.
Thank you.

July 8, 2010

Doesn’t work on nokia 5230. :-/

July 25, 2011

Thanks. Works on my Nokia C6

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