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Notion Reviews

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Notion.so are receiving well-deserved praised for their attractive-looking, flexible and very feature-rich platform. Primarily, Notion enables users to organize data in a Wiki-style system within inter-linked pages. Many templates exist for those pages, everything from simple blank pages to calendars, meetings, tables of various kinds, and far beyond. Each page can have embedded links, documents (including embedded), images, tables (with different column types), calendars (whole-page or inline), formatting, code highlights, markdown and lots of other options. It is an extremely versatile approach to organizing information.

I do have some reservations few seem to mention. Here they are:

Privacy: Notion don't impress me in privacy terms. It's actually every bit as bad as its competitors - and that's not good. There is no option for end-to-end / zero-knowledge encryption, which means everything you put on Notion is readable to them, whoever might subpoena them (and laws in the US for doing that are ample and often used) and also whoever might hack their servers. Few will agree with me, but I think end-to-end encryption of user data is an absolute must these days. At the very least, know that whatever you put on Notion (or Evernote, or OneNote), may slip beyond your control for both legal and illegal reasons. They also don't mention what happens to your data if you delete your account (is it irrecoverably deleted? after how long?).

The login system: Notion seem to have chickened out of storing user passwords. I can understand this; they don't want to be the next company to discover a leak of user credentials. But their solution is appalling. The first option to login online (web app) is to use Google credentials. Not everyone has a Google account, not everyone wants one, for privacy reasons. For me and my company, Google is as no-go as you can get; I respect my customers too much to store their data on Google's privacy invading systems. The other Notion.so login option is that you type in your email, and - in lieu of a password - you receive a login link or code to that email address. So that means the security of your account is outsourced to your email provider. That makes logging in online hugely inconvenient. I have to login into my email account just to login to Notion.

The overall process is this:

  1. Go to notion.so, type in your email.
  2. Go to email account.
  3. Type in credentials
  4. Use 2FA.
  5. Open email from Notion.
  6. Click link or copy code
    (7. Paste code back into notion.so page.)

What it should be:

  1. Go to notion.so
  2. Type in username + password
  3. Optionally, a 2FA code.

Apart from the inconvenience of this, Notion are assuming that my email account is well secured. It's a terrible assumption, given that virtually every email provider in the world is hackable, people use weak passwords, no 2FA and that companies like Yahoo have managed to have every single account hacked into. Notion are just being lazy; if someone gains access to my Notion by hacking my account, they can wash their hands clean. They are also saving money and time by not implementing a 2FA system. But the fact is that it's Notion's dumb decision to rely on the security of email providers they don't know. That's a very dangerous game to play. They should do their own login system, and just do it properly.

Linux: There is no Linux client. This is par-for-the-course in the "productivity" world. Windows and Mac are appalling from a privacy perspective, but companies like Notion, Evernote and their ilk know which side their bread is buttered on. So Linux users are stuck with using the online version and the tedious bullshit login system (see above). All I can say at the moment, though is that at least the web version is every bit as nice as the app, which in Evernote's case is not at all true; Evernote's web version is laughably slow and poorly implemented.

Not an Evernote replacement: It's tempting to think that Evernote and Notion are competitors, but for all of Notion's innovative and flexible features, it's note-taking capability is nothing like Evernote's. There is no structured note-taking system, no scanning or ability to deliver notes directly via email. At least not at the time of writing. Perhaps that will come in the future. Notion are perhaps more similar to Dropbox paper or Nuclino. Except better implemented and feature-rich.


Presently (2018-06-24), I'll give Notion.so 3 stars for innovation and for making a clearly popular and desirable product. And they don't get more because of the poor privacy, the inconvenient, lazy and dangerous login strategy and the lack of any Linux support.

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Notion is a fabulous all round productivity app!

  • In the field of purely notes based apps it is better than the likes of Standard Notes, Laverna, SimpleNote, etc. due to its extensive markdown support, additional features (like inserting images, links, LaTeX, highlighting and text color), and the 'block' architechture that makes arranging and organising information very easy.
  • It serves as a very powerful productivity app that can be made to your preferences, supporting Kanban style views, ToDo lists, Calenders. While It may not be as focused as programs such as Trello, Asana or Monday, its customizability makes this a more powerful tool.
  • It is built for team use, is good for personal use, and can replace shitty shared OneNotes, Google Docs, and other collaborative tools. It more accessible than ever now with a new Android Version
  • It looks really nice
  • Active support

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I no longer use Notion, as while I was enthralled with the software to begin with, underlying issues drew me away.

  1. the system is slow and clunky. inevitable based on the drag and drop based UI, Notion slows down your workflow dramatically. Unlike other word processors, you have to click into boxes and do more setup instead of actual writing, selection and editing of text and lines of text are made more difficult and slow based on the design decisions employed
  2. the login system is highly inconvenient. I had frequent problems with the login system, I understand their wish not to create their own login system, however the email verification system created numerous issues the made me unable to assess my files.
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Everything gets organized in Notion... Plus: Markdown support.

Airtable competitor killer.

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Cons:

Desktop app doesn't work without online connectivity.
Auto-installs under %APPDATA%. Looks like the usual Electron-based app misbehavior.

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Multiplatform support, quite quick and easy to use. More intuitive than onenote or everlast and have awesome features (like code styling) and programming inside of the documment.

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I've tried quite a few notetaking apps, and Notion just blew me away. It does all the things I liked about OneNote, Evernote, Joplin and Notable, all in one package! I use the free version, which is great for the price (nothing!) I would pay for the free version!

It's also great because you can import from Evernote, Trello, Markdown, PDF, HTML and lots of others too.

By one bugbear is that the upload limit for the free version is a bit low (5MB). Otherwise, great!

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Creating wikis, pages, kanban boards, there's a lot to love. Although, it diesn't yet offer offline syncing.

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Notions is going to be one of my favourite apps for managing projects and I use it too for preparing my courses and to share comments with clients and coworkers. It's very easy and intuitive to use.

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Good product, except some minor bugs that I encountered

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There is neither right to left or right alignment. Weird choice

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Super flexible and powerful, awesome free personal plan! For Linux, I use the Lotion app which works flawlessly as well.

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Just started using it and it's a great flexible note taker and seems to work well - I doubt I'll use it for a team, as that requires others joining in- and I can't even get my team to use email properly !

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It's like a box of lego, I can built almost anything with it! :D

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A pesar de estar solamente en idioma inglés (no en...

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Despite being only in English (not Spanish) it is the best program I have tried lately. I use it on my phone and on my desktop PC, synchronized. It has what is necessary: text editor, database and spreadsheet with basic functions, but the necessary ones. Very easy to use and install. Calendar, reminder, etc. It would only be good if you had themes with other colors to customize the screen. But as it is, it's great.


A pesar de estar solamente en idioma inglés (no en español) es el mejor programa que he probado últimamente. Lo uso en el celular y en la PC de escritorio, sincronizados. Tiene lo necesario: editor de texto, base de datos y planilla de cálculos con funciones básicas, pero las necesarias. Muy fácil de usar y de instalar. Calendario, recordatorio, etc. Solamente sería bueno que tenga temas con otros colores para customizar la pantalla. Pero así como está es genial.

[Edited by Maoholguin, August 03]

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