Standard Notes v/s Day One


Summary:

    • Day One: all the note-taking features of SN; offers social media integration; and, offers some features not available on SN.
    • Standard Notes: has all the note-taking features of D1; has some features not available on D1; but, is way better for privacy.
    • Day One: lacks in Privacy and Security compared to SN.
    • Standard Notes: all the same note-taking features but lacks some UI features and social media integration option offered by Day One. 


    Legend: 

    • ❌ feature unavailable  ☠ 
    • ✅ Feature Available ◎
    • ✔ Feature Available But Comparatively Not As Convenient As The Other App ⚛


    Evaluation CategorySubcategoryFunctionDay OneStandard NotesNote
    SafetyNotes PrivacyNotes End-to-End Encryption✅ ✔❌

    Day One:

    1. ✔notes content is encrypted when sent from your device to Day One Servers,
    2. ✅Notes are encrypted on Day One Servers; BUT
    3. ❌notes are NOT ENCRYPTED ON YOUR DEVICE.
    4. ❌notes metadata is NOT ENCRYPTED on servers.

    SN: standard notes encrypts data on your device, over the network, and on its server.

    1. You need to use App Passcode for SN to encrypt data on your device.
    2. Without app passcode, app data is stored in plaintext on the device.


    SafetyNotes PrivacyEncrypted Note Metadata

    Day One tracks following Note Metadata which is NOT ENCRYPTED ❌:

    1. Note Create Datetime ❌
    2. Note Edit Datetime ❌
    3. Names of Journals ❌
    4. Total Number of Journals ❌
    5. Total Number of Notes ❌
    6. Total Number of Images ❌
    7. Attachment Image Type & Size ❌
    8. Device Info ❌

    Source: https://dayoneapp.com/blog/end-to-end-encryption-for-day-one-sync


    SN does NOT ENCRYPT the following Note metadata:

    1. Note Create Datetime❌
    2. Note Modified Datetime ❌
    3. Note Type (Note or Tag/Folder) ❌
    4. Browser ❌
    SafetyUser PrivacySafe Personal Info

    Day One collects and shares Name, Address, IP Address, Location, Device ID.


    SN: collects no user information.

    SafetyUser PrivacyNo Tracking

    Day One Tracks Location, Time, Day to add to note.

    SN: collects no user information.

    Safety
    User PrivacySafe Behavior Info

    Day One uses Google Analytics to track and analyze your behavior.

    SN: does not run any analytics software, BUT

    1. To avoid spamming, SN Servers Firewall stores IP Address for 5 Minutes, but the IP addresses are not logged in long-term storage.
    SafetyApp SecurityApp Password 


    Safety
    App SecurityBiometrics Password


    DevicesApp UsabilityUnlimited Number of Devices


    FeaturesIntegration
    Integrate with SM

    Day One integrates Instagram
    SN offers no integration.
    FeaturesNotes-StorageUnlimited Notes


    FeaturesNotes-StorageUnlimited Cloud Backup


    Features
    Notes-StorageSync


    Features
    Notes-StorageExport Backup


    Features
    Notes-StorageExport Encrypted Backup


    Features
    Notes-CreationRich Formatting Editors

    Features
    Notes-CreationPublish Note To Blog


    Features
    Notes-CreationOffline Notes


    Features
    Note-CreationReminders


    Features
    Note-CreationNote Templates

    Day One; provides note templates like "Meal logging note".
    Features
    Note-CreationSpreadsheet?

    SN; has a built-in Spreadsheet editor which allows you to create notes in in-app spreadsheets.

    • Spreadsheet in one note is limited to 70 rows, but allows multiple sheets/tabs within a single note.

    Day One: Needs to be checked.


    Note-InfoNote Statistics

    Word and character counts for a note.
    Features
    Notes-BrowsingSearch By Note Content


    Features
    Notes BrowsingSearch By Tag

    Day One: Search Function allows searching by tags out-of-the-box.

    Standard Notes: has Smart Tags which allows you to create "Views" to "View All Notes With This Tag" in a single place.

    Features
    Notes Browsing
    Activity Feed

    Day One: has an in-built UI for activity wall.

    SN: has Smart Tags instead of UI elements that allow you to create any sort of "Views"  view your activity like "All Notes Created/Updated On-This-Day/Days/Years/Weeks/Days Ago" in a single place.
    Features
    Notes-BrowsingCalendar View

    Day One: has an in-built Calendar view which shows the days on which notes were taken.

    SN: no in-built Calendar View, but allows you to create "Views" using smart tags/folders to View Activity like "All Notes Created/Updated On This Day A Years/Weeks/Days Ago" in a single place.

    Features
    Notes-BrowsingMap View

    Day One: Show locations of notes.

    SN: does not track location data.

    Features
    AttachmentsUnlimited Images Attachment

    Standard Notes has a file size limit of 50 MB on attachments.

    Day One: Needs to be checked.

    Features
    Attachments

    Encrypted Images Attachment




    Features
    AttachmentsUnlimited Audio/Video Attachment

    SN: Attachment file-size limit of 50MB
    Features
    AttachmentsUnlimited File Attachment


    FeaturesToolsIn-built 2FA App

    SN: has a built-in 2FA editor which can be used to generate 2FA OTP for other apps/websites/accounts.
    Features
    ToolsScan-To-PDF


    Features
    ToolsBrowser Extensions


    Features
    ToolsSiri Shortcuts


    Features
    ToolsHealthKit

    Day One: allows integration with Apple Health App to track the time spent on the app as "mindful time".
    Features
    Tools


    Day One: allows you to import data from YouTube, Facebook, Spotify, Twitter, Fitbit etc.
    Customer Support
    Regular Support


    Customer Support
    Ephemeral Support

    SN: allows you to send support requests which get deleted after a time (set by you) by using the ProtonMail Disappearing Mail functionality: they offer a SN ProtonMail email support account.
    AvailabilityAccount & Data Lifespan


    Day One:

    1. will sell your data in case of merger or take over. 
    2. no information available about what happens to your data if the company shuts down.

    SN:

    1. does not analyze or share data.
    2. provides tool to retain and keep using the app in case the company shuts down.
      1. provides a self-hosting option.


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