They said it was bound to happen eventually. The Windows Phone app store, well known for its lack of popular apps, is finally showing signs of catching up to offerings from Google Play and the Apple App Store. One sign of that welcome — albeit belated — development is the arrival of Sticky Notes HD, a simple yet elegant productivity app previously available only to iOS users.
An application as intuitive as it is straightforward, Sticky Notes HD shines by virtue of the fact that it doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel. Instead, it does what it can to refine the desired functionality of a note-taking application, and succeeds well. A diverse, 20-shade palette gives users plenty of options to color code notes. Dimensions of notes can also be adjusted for greater or diminished visibility depending on importance. Different levels of priority can also be set, as can calendar reminders that set off a notification tone when a task is due.
There is no limit to the number of notes that can be created — from simple to-do bullet lists to phone numbers and email messages — and the app’s wide range of sharing options make it possible to forward created notes via email, SMS, and social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. More importantly, Sticky Notes HD can be synced to Microsoft OneNote for backup and restore, and users can import content to other connected devices for collaborative purposes. Password protection for specific notes can also be used to safeguard sensitive information.
All of this is pretty great, but one feature that sets Sticky Notes HD apart from other note-taking and reminder apps is that it allows users to pin notes to their Windows phone start screen. It works just like a bona fide paper sticky note, only without leaving a gross residue behind. But it doesn’t stop there. Thomas Tsopanakis, the application’s designer, has taken this functionality one step further by enabling the user to add sticky notes to the phone’s lock screen for optimal visibility.
The only complaint about this application is its lack of support for speech-to-text entry. Considering it’s currently available as a free download it’s only a minor gripe, rather than a deal-breaker. However, the app’s ability to gain long-standing footing could be hindered by this if not addressed in future updates.
Back in the old days — and as recently as the 90s — people used to tie strings to their fingers in an effort to remember important tasks. Today, smartphone apps like Sticky Note HD make it possible for even the highly forgetful to stay on the ball without making ridiculously embarrassing fashion statements. Sticky Note HD is presently available for free from the Windows Phone app store.