For many, digital note-taking, particularly on the fly, has yet to really surpass the traditional notepad. Sure, lots of people type faster than they write, but most slow down when they get to a touchscreen keyboard, and the immediacy of putting pen to paper is hard to beat. The Android app Papyrus, however, gives it a largely successful shot. The app doesn’t fiddle around with handwriting recognition, which may be a drawback for some, but it does recognize things such as the pressure you’re applying to the screen to make a digital pen stroke thicker or thinner. Users who have an active pen stylus, such as the Samsung S Pen, will get the most out of the app, which can also be operated through pen gestures. But if you’re looking for a good — and free — replacement for your pocket pad, it’s worth a download. Free, for Android devices.

Hayley Tsukayama

Papyrus app for Android. (KochPhoto)