As my Twitter followers know, I’ve been pretty peeved with Evernote recently. The iPhone client version has decided that it absolutely, positively will not complete a sync with the Evernote servers on my 3G. I’ve done everything I can, even sent my log files to the company (no response as of yet), and all of my toubleshooting comes down to the same thing. Even after a fresh reboot of my iPhone, with 30MB of RAM available (the most a 128MB 3G ever gets after loading the mobile version of OS/X), Evernote will fight for a while and then either spit up the error message you see here or just crash completely and dump be back to the homescreen, the typical reaction when an iPhone app runs out of RAM. (The new iPhone 3GS seems to run Evernote just fine, but then it would; it’s got 256MB of RAM, or five times the free RAM on boot as the 3G has, 150MB compared to 30MB.)
The problem with this is that up until just a couple days ago, the mobile web version of Evernote wasn’t all that impressive.
This was a pain in the ass to use on my Windows Mobile devices, and it’s a pain in the ass to use on my iPhone. It’s a simple WAP-style page that doesn’t do much. But hey, it worked on my iPhone when the dedicated client didn’t, so at least it was something. I only used it for looking up notes, opting to email new notes to my private Evernote email address when I wanted to create something new. It wasn’t pretty, but it worked.
Well, now it’s pretty too.
The new version of the mobile web Evernote uses some nice iPhone/Androidish CSS to look far more professional, more like a real app than a web page. It even sports some slick new menus that are both touch friendly and easy to use.
It’s a webapp rather than a native app, but that really isn’t a problem for me. I’m already using the Safari-optimized Gmail instead of the iPhone’s Mail client for reading my Gmail, the Safari-optimized Google Reader instead of Byline, and iPhone-friendly versions of Google News, AP News, GoodReads, Wikipedia, the list goes on and on. Using webapps instead of native clients is a way to multitask on the iPhone without jailbreaking and running Backgrounder since you can have up to eight pages open at a time. And the interface for managing them even bears a striking resemblance to managing cards on the Pre.
And it works.
The problem, as you can see above, is that this script directs you to the full size version of Evernote rather than a mobile page. This is especially awkward when trying to tag what you just clipped.
And nothing seems to work. So for now, I’m dealing with the awkward clipping in Safari, but pretty happy with the rest of the Evernote Mobile Web experience. So much so that I’m really not even all that worried about the iPhone client. The mobile web version does almost everything I need, and for the rest—photos and other multimedia—I can email stuff to Evernote. All I’m really missing is the iPhone client’s offline favorites, but I’ll live.