Bear

The first thing that will strike you is Bear’s exquisite aesthetic. Its UI has a level of polish that feels even nicer than some first-party apps on your iOS device.

Before reading the three introductory notes written by the developers, Bear’s design should feel familiar to anyone who has used a notes app before.



The app launches you into your list of notes. If you swipe to the right of your notes, the side bar will slide in from the left exposing settings, tags, and trash. If you tap into a note in your list, the editor will slide in from the right.

By default, Bear includes three helpful notes that explain how the app works and guides you through the features.

Bear is free to download, and the majority of its features come included. Bear Pro, which costs $1.49 per month (with a one-week free trial) or $14.99 per year (with a one-month free trial), includes three valuable features: Cross-device sync (Bear is also available for free on macOS), app themes, and advanced file export. This business model seems to be working well for Bear’s developers, and the app has quickly implemented many new features since its original release.