NOTION VS OBSIDIAN: WHAT TO CHOOSE
Good morning dear readers of Tecnogalaxy, today we will talk about the differences between Notion and Obsidian.
The productivity market is booming these years. On the one hand we have modular solutions like Notion and Airtable. On the other hand, startups like Roam Research and Obsidian are exploring the second digital brain concept with charts and notes. Among them, both Notion and Obsidian are becoming popular among users.
NOTION VERSUS OBSIDIAN
The comparison is based on cross-platform availability, user interface, functionality, sharing, note-taking functionality, price and more.
Notion is available on Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, and Web. The software also has platform-specific features such as push notifications and widgets.
Obsidian, being new, doesn’t have a dedicated mobile app. You can only access the app on Windows, Mac, Linux, and the web. The company is currently testing the beta version of its mobile apps with a select group of users.
You will begin to notice the differences directly from the user interface and later when organizing the notes in Notion and Obsidian. In Notion, create a workspace and start adding pages to it. You can also add subpages within pages and link one page backwards with another. Everything in the cloud and local
There is also a favorites section. You can add a page or subpage to favorites and quickly access them from the left sidebar.
Obsidian uses the term Vault. Create a repository and start adding folders and notes to it. By default, you have an option to save the Vault to your device and to the cloud.
Notion builds on templates to get you started. You can use community-built and integrated templates to enhance the appeal of the Notion page. You can also add third-party widgets to design a custom page based on your preferences.
You can use Notion as a task management or project management tool. It is totally customizable and it is up to you to make the software work.
With the use of emoji, banners and blocks, a basic Concept page will look better than Obsidian. Users also have an option to view pages in multiple views such as List, Timeline, Calendar, Message Boards and more.
Sharing and collaboration
No competition here. Obsidian only allows you to export a note in text or pdf format. You cannot invite others to collaborate at the Vault.
Notion offers seamless collaboration with other members. Invite members into your workspace and you can tag them with activities and other project details.
Looking to the future
As of now, Notion is working on the much-needed offline mode. Notion recently released the Notion API to explore third-party app integration with the software.
Obsidian is working on mobile apps in beta version. It also added a clean plugin store to improve the functionality of the software. We look forward to seeing how Obsidian will bring the experience further.
Notion is free for personal use. The Pro version with API access and advanced collaboration features is priced at $4 for month.
Obsidian is also free. The company offers additional packages like Sync and Publish for $8 and $16 for month respectively. We found it a bit confusing and hope that Obsidian will simplify the pricing structure in the future with a single pro or premium plan.
The main difference is how much clearer it can have for Notion and Obsidian. The Notion is preferable when it comes to project management, task managers and personal databases. Obsidian has the best graphical menu to display your second digital brain. It also beats Notion with a proper offline mode, backlinking and native apps for Windows and Mac.
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