Posted on Feb 5, 2013 | 20 comments
A few months back I documented my transition from the world of Apple to the world of Android. It was surprisingly smooth and I have to say that I haven’t regretted switching to my Galaxy S3 (Verizon) a single day. The iPhone 4 was a great device and I loved it for most of two years, there just came a day when I wanted a bigger screen and more customization. Android offered this and much more.
I didn’t worry too much about my personal journal at the time because I was using Penzu Pro which, as you may know, has apps for iPhone and Android. I knew that I could buy any new phone, log in and pick up where I left off in my journal.
This worked great and was a nice plan until I realized that my infatuation with Penzu was fading. Don’t get me wrong, Penzu has a fantastic web service that I highly recommend. Unfortunately, however, Penzu has an Achilles heel-
The mobile versions are awful.
This may not be a big deal if you journal mostly from your computer and occasionally want to add an entry on the go, but I love using my smartphone to write entries because it is so easy to take pictures and then add them in almost instantly. After nearly a year of using Penzu I had a realization- this great online journal had sucked the love out of journaling for me. (More on my breakup with Penzu in a future post)
As I have developed a more perfect form of journaling (sign up for updates and get the free mini-guide for more info on this) I have learned that if you take control of your data you can detach yourself from one particular app. This was an important moment for me because I now knew I could ‘break off the relationship’ and look for a more fitting partner. I’ve researched the best Android journal apps before, but I didn’t want the top 5, I wanted the top ONE. After some considerable effort trying out many of the top Android journals I found the absolute best and my new daily journal- Diaro 3.
This Android journal stood out above the rest for four reasons:
The best part about using Diaro is that it has made me enjoy digital journaling again! I now really look forward to discussing what is going on in my life, inserting pictures of my kids and having a place that I can organize and my life. Penzu offered many features (some of which I never used) and gave me a sense of security through encryption but the mobile applications were so bad that it made the entire process frustrating at best.
Diaro also works on tablet versions although I haven’t tried it out for myself yet.
There is only one thing I wish Diaro had- a dedicated email address so that I could email entries and have them inserted automatically into my journal. Penzu, LDSJournal and Everyday Timeline all do this and it is nice to have on occasion, especially if I want to write and entry from work.
See Diaro in action with this video created by the developer, Pixel Crater.
So give Diaro 3 a try, all of you fellow Phandroids, and let me know what you think in the comments! If you think I am wrong, let me know what your favorite Android journal is.