May 10 AT 10:45 PM Anthony Domanico 17 Comments

3banana: Organize your life online and on the go

I’m a forgetful person. Often I’ll be talking with someone and come up with some good idea or something I need to remember for later on during the day, only to blank out when I actually need to make use of that information later on. Recently, I have taken to making a calendar appointment for every little idea I have or thing I need to pick up on the way home from work. Needless to say, my calendar is now one big organizational nightmare.

Enter 3banana notes. This simple but powerful note taking program allows me to take quick notes while on the go, and syncs them with my phone and Snaptic’s website for easy access anytime. Users can simply select their Google or Snaptic account, log in and start syncing. Then head over to and login with either account to view your notes right from your PC. 3banana also allows you to share notes with your Facebook and Twitter friends.

The app itself is fairly basic but is very pleasant to use. The main screen features your most recent 4-6 notes, as well as a text box for entering notes and a camera button to enter a picture note.

One nifty and extremely useful feature is the ability to categorize your notes by adding twitteresque hashtags to your posts. This comes in very handy when you have hundreds of notes to go through to find the one note you’re looking for.

Another addition to 3banana is the ability to scan a QR code into the note using the Barcode Scanner application. I personally don’t know that I’d ever use this feature, as if I’m going to scan the QR code of an app I’d prefer to just go download the app right then and there anyway, but either way this is a very welcome addition to 3banana’s repertoire.

3banana also includes a widget for quick access to add a text and picture note. The widget makes note-taking ridiculously simple and quick, and works really well. You can also pin a note to the homescreen for a quick reminder for later on.


  • Widget for quick and easy note-taking
  • Easily sync with with your google account
  • Twitteresque hashtags for simple categorization
  • Ability to take photo notes and QR Codes

Things I’d like to see in future versions

  • General Color coding (although that may get out of hand with too many categories)
  • Cleaner/More polished UI

Final Verdict

This app has really been a lifesaver for me. If nothing else, it has made my life (and my Google Calendar) much more manageable and organized. 3Banana (currently in version 1.17) can be found for free on the Android market, and is arguably one of the top Android apps there is.

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  • Canterrain

    I’ve been using this app for awhile now, and between it and the calendar that comes with the hero I finally (look like I) am organized.

    I sometimes wish it had a larger widget view that would let me see my last two or three notes.. cause y’know… sometimes I forget to actually look at my notes until I go to write a new one.

    *write down to get app…hey what’s this note about getting apples?*

    I’ve never actually used the QR scanner as I just download the app right away and do so from shopsavvy.

  • http://Website eeprom

    I am looking to this as we speak. We seem to share the same style of forgetfulness. Thanks for the review, I can’t wait to look into it!

    ps: What Android keyboard are you using? I’ve been looking for an iPhone-esque skin forever!

    • Canterrain

      They keyboard in pic 5 is Swype. Awesome keyboard, good for one handed typing on the go.

  • http://Website ObsceneJesster

    I have used all of the major note taking apps available for Android. This is my favorite one so far.

  • http://Website Maxy

    Everything is fine with this.. but there are no reminders.. which is the key for any notes!

    • Anthony Domanico

      Yeah I’m torn on that one. That’s the one reason I like using calendar, and still will use it for things I absolutely need to remember today, but will use 3banana to do everything else.

  • http://Website PK

    I have to agree with you on that, Maxy. Looks and feels great, but sadly no remiders. Somebody could make Astrid+3banana app… that would be awesome.

  • Jericho

    Reminders would be helpful.

  • http://Website Roshan Shrestha

    I have been using “ColorNote” which has reminders as well as the ability to choose different colors for notes. I haven’t used 3banana, so I cannot comment on which one is better. I think ColorNote does not have widgets, although I have no space on my homescreen for widgets.!

    • http://Website Roshan Shrestha

      I was wrong about ColorNote not having widgets – it does.

  • http://Website rodrigo

    I love that keyboard on the screenshots. What is it?

    • Anthony Domanico

      It’s swype. Go to and sign up for a beta

  • Hugh

    Thanks for the review, Anthony! We definitely have big plans for 3banana for Android. Your cons list is well-taken and we’re always working to integrate user feedback into future revisions.

  • http://Website wil

    It’s a good app. But downside is it’s relatively new and what happens should it closed down one day? Your notes will be gone?

    I’d rather used GTasks that will sync to Google Tasks. This also keeps google calendar clean with only appointments. For Google to suddenly closed down.. hmm.. unlikely in the forseeable future.

  • http://Website rhea137

    amazing! but I wish there was an option to choose between sharing a shortened and a full note (especially when sharing via sms)

  • Brett Kromkamp

    Obviously, a set of notes, in and of itself is a valuable thing. However, said set of notes becomes much, much more valuable if the notes themselves are related in an appropriate manner.

    Having context gives you a lot of benefits. For example, context enables both easy and quick discovery of information saving you time. Furthermore, context enables you to expand your knowledge without the risk of your knowledge becoming disjointed or fragmented.

    Hence, PolishedCode‘s NotesMappr’s distinguishing feature is the ability to both establish formal relationships (or associations) between notes and subsequently “navigate” said notes in a very straightforward manner.

    NotesMappr: semantic note taking app for Google’s Android platform. In other words, NotesMappr is note taking that fits your brain.

  • Chris Watkins

    I think this is now known as Catch Notes. ( is the new site & new name for Snaptic, at least.)

    I’m finding it good, and like the sync & backup options.