Review Bamboo Paper
A virtual notebook at your fingertips
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 02 Apr 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Dynamic drawing tools, very responsive input
Limited customizability, gesture controls sometimes react while you're drawing and don't want them to
Bamboo Paper for Android is one of those apps where an interesting idea actually works well when it’s integrated. So what exactly is it? It’s a note taking app. It’s also a drawing or sketching app. It’s basically a virtual collection of notebooks you can create for just about anything you need.
You start off with one notebook that is simply named Notes. The default view is of the first notebook you have, though you can create new notebooks, name them what you want, and even customize the way they look. You can swipe left and right to cycle through the notebooks, and tap on them in order to get started.
Once you’ve opened a notebook you’re presented with a blank page and a few options in the toolbar at the top. In the toolbar you can go home, import pictures or documents, share, change your drawing tool, customize it, undo, redo, and lastly, a button that hides the toolbar.
The app is really basic, and that’s just about all you can do. There are 6 different writing tools, and each has three writing variants for each tool. I found each tool to be really high quality and responsive. I enjoyed using each, and they all had their own purpose; but there is limited functionality when it comes to the customization options. There are even a limited number of colors for sketching.
I think the app is great for taking notes because it works well with a stylus, and it’s even good for a basic sketching app; but what it can do in the latter department is rather limited.
Bamboo Paper is great for what it does as a notepad for your tablet. If you don’t like carrying around pencil and paper then this is a perfect substitution for that. However, there are a lot of other good apps that does note taking and does drawing much better, although they are individual apps.