I've bought far too many notepad apps looking for the right one to suit my needs. I wish I hadn't wasted so much money on them, but...whatever. At least maybe I can help someone facing the same problem. My needs, I thought, were few and very simple. I wanted a virtual notebook where I could type, scribble and possibly paste photos, and then email the resulting "sheets" wherever I wanted. Here are the apps that are still on my iPad (I can't imagine how many I've already deleted). These are my personal views about apps in the version I have them today, on May 31st 2010. I am sure many will get better with updates over time. Desktop. A very useful app that splits the screen in two and allows either half to work as a notepad, calculator, web browser, etc. I use it every time I work on a translation (my job) because I can have the original on one side and the translation on the other, and consult the net for tricky expressions. But it's not a fully fledged notepad per se, so I didn't stop downloading there. PaperPad. I like this app a lot. It lets you scribble in different colors and thicknesses and create a PDF with the result. Your shaky lines get smoothed out as you make them. The app is fast and doesn't have a column of wasted space on the left showing an index of saved notes when in landscape mode. You can doodle or write on PDFs and images but you can't type or paste typed text, so it's nice to have but doesn't meet my needs. Notes N More. This one's okay. I didn't know you could change the texture till a week after I downloaded it because the option is in the iPad general settings, not in the app. Even so, I don't like any of the crinkly or woven textures and there's no plain white. There's also a column of option permanently on view on the left, wasting screen estate. Hmm. Pages. Of course Apple worked hard on this app. It does everything, except it strips out footnotes and creates PDFs that my Windows computers can't open properly. I don't like the interface, I'm always hunting in the toolbar for the functions I need. And I can't scribble with it if I needed to. So sadly that was ten dollars put on hold till the developers get around to adding more features, if they ever do. Office HD. This was the first app I downloaded, I think, and recent updates have improved it a lot. I don't want to criticize too much because it's pretty good for office work, but it isn't the friendly notepad I was after. Penultimate. I don't see what's attractive about an endless conveyor belt of identical brown notebooks where you can scribble in black ink. Dull, depressing and missing all kinds of functionality. It's not for me. PaperDesk. This one is pretty good. I can type, record audio, doodle...if I could paste images too I'd have stopped my search here. It doesn't waste space with columns on the left, it's big and bright and simple. Notes (not the native app). Interesting, but this is a sticky note or post it theme (with pins no less) and I'm not into that unless it's really special. MaxJournal. This is a wonderful application for taking typed notes associated with particular dates. It's like an agenda or diary, with dates running down the left hand side. Very smart. Nice scrolling. Not what I need right now but I've been using it occasionally. You can send as email, PDF, text, it lets you search, and so on. Very attractive theme, good design. WritePad. I bought this because I was curious about handwriting recognition. I used the same app on my old PDA. The trouble is that it made sense on the little PDA, but the iPad has a great keyboard. WritePad is a little too simple in design, too, so it looks like you're using a beta version of something. Not the right functionality for me anyway. Notes (the native app). No options, themes, PDF out, images in, or anything worth my while. Huge column of wasted space on the left. Annoying yellow and leather theme, can't stand it. Mental Note. I use this, it allows typing and scribbling and importing images and exporting as PDF. The trouble is that images can't be resized currently, which is annoying. But I've been using it for a few weeks and look forward to the next few updates. Notably. Very pleasant notepad app. I've been writing a book chapter with it. Very little functionality, though, so it's just good for typing. Big column on the left makes landscape mode a bit pointless (except for the larger keyboard, but I want to visualize my documents better horizontally too), but the developer says they'll work on that. Infinote. This post-it style app has a lot of potential, more than others of its kind. I've used it, and will do so again. I like how you can structure your notes and thoughts with its unique layout. Just needs a few more features, such as to be able to mix images with text, and it'll be very good indeed. A more formal skin would really help. The developer said he was working on improving functionality so we'll see. Browser Notes. Like Desktop above, with fewer options and features. Diary Book. Okay, this was embarrassing, and not cheap. I thought I was downloading another take on the journal-that-lets-you-mix-text-and-images-and-mail-it kind of app, but it's a girly notebook for 12 year olds that might as well say Hello Kitty on the front. I will delete it right away (...there, done). miWriter. This app supposedly helps you create a book you can send as a PDF afterwards. But the controls are clumsy, images can only be resized by squashing them and I can't tell if you can drag them because the app is really confusing. If you paste text it has to go into a text box, but then this doesn't automatically resize to the right width, and...well, Ill leave it at that. "And the winner is...." Okay, I think at long last I found my ideal notepad app. WhiteNote. Not a name I'd read much, and the icon is so run of the mill you'd be forgiven for not even bothering to take a look. But this one is superb. It is smooth, it allows you to combine text and images and handwriting, drag and resize images, play with the texture and use your own. You can change the fonts, colors, line thickness. You can send sheets as PDFs. You can access the Internet from within the app, and your PDFs and images, and take screenshots to add to the page you're working on....really, this one has it all. It's also relatively cheap.