How does the same OneNote page look on different mobile devices?
We decided to make a short research and compare the results.
Here is the original page:
As you can see, it contains several tags, a table, a picture and a very important handwritten reminder!
Now let us load the page to different mobile OneNote applications and see if they help us not to forget anything and carry all necessary information with us.
1. Participant number one. MobileNoter for iPhone.
Well, everything seems to be in a place. The page does even fit the screen resolution, so you wouldn’t need to scroll. Excellent result.
2. Participant number two. OneNote for iPhone by Microsoft.
Formatting is gone, fonts are not nearly the same and where are the table and inks? The key information - handwritten reminder is absent too. We risk to forget about Mom’s birthday if the page is displayed such a way!
3. The third participant. MobileNoter for Android.
Everything is ok, like in the iPhone version of MobileNoter. Though here we need to scroll a bit to view the entire page.
4. The fourth and the last participant: OneNote Mobile on Windows Phone 7. Ironically, we had to use the iPhone 4 to take these “screenshots”.
Tags and inks have disappeared, but the table stays with us. Outlines order differs from the desktop OneNote and the iPhone version. Also, it is the longest variant – you have to scroll 3 screens to view the page.
According to the research results we can make a conclusion that possibly Microsoft is not going to make pages look on iPhone the same way as in desktop OneNote. Even on their own platform in the native OneNote Mobile application pages look different! Will they change their mind? We don't know, but our priority is to keep users' information as close to the original look as it possible.