There's an Evernote (EN) stat, It takes a 2 year's for an Evernote Free User to switch to a premium account. I did the switch in less than a year. Overall I'm very happy with Evernote even though it hasn't been flawless. I'm probably not your typical Evernote user. I'm a heavy believer in Gordon Bell's Total Recall, David Allen's "Getting Things Done", Big on quantifiedself, and an overall information carnivore. I'm on all platforms including Ubuntu Linux via the Wine emulator & Evernote Web app on Chrome. Mac OS X, Windows 7, IOS7, and Android 4.3. I've defiantly used 101% of all Evernote features and value added apps.
I'd have over 10,000 notes if I didn't start merging and purging. In my trash is also about 10,000. approx 10GB.
One of the main drivers for me to go with the premium account was support. My overall experience is support is too slow to respond. When they do respond, its usually too late since I worked around the problems. Defiantly not 24/7. Typically toeing the line. Send the Error Log, reboot and reinstall. Information loss is inevitable in these cases. You just have to take your losses. Other than space, the extra premium features didn't add up to much. During the issues, I'd continue marching on another OS platform or via the web client.
On ben-evans.com, I read how the app economy is unbundling Facebook, LinkedIn, and Craigslist. I have similar personal experiences with Evernote. I recently moved my Reminders and Task Management to Rememberthemilk.com (RTM). Cloud app's like IFTTT.com make the process less fractured. The extra features is what's the meat and potatoes for me. The learning curve for RTM for me wasn't steep. I dove right in with over 100 tasks.
If you only have a hammer, all you see is nails. Cancer doctors see cancer :( Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
There's probably a better tool for the job. Just like how Evernote Food is better at Recipes.
The kicker is the "..." for me its getglue.com , foursquare.com, Amazon wish lists etc. All free services with great extra value in terms of context, content, search and recommendation.
- Reminders in RTM give you location alerts, Calendar synchronization, auto suggestion, smart lists
- Why keep a product's wish list in Evernote when Amazon wish list will also tell you market value, and give you great recommendation's on similar items.
- Why keep a media journal of you Movies & TV consumption when getglue will let you interact in a community and also give you great recommendations on similar media.
- Why keep a place journal, or place wishlist when foursquare will give you insight into your place history like "You've been here 4 weeks ago" and great recommendations on similar places.
- Why keep a contact's notebook when Facebook, LinkedIn give you more structured and upto date information.
Even though I'm not a believer in privacy, The trade off isn't privacy. Spreading yourself across multiple services is less of a big picture from any one of them.
When you start unbundling into other cloud apps you get more, for less money, and more features. Do you really need all that space on Evernote or Dropbox? All you really need is a pointer to that web resource. Just save a bit of meta data so you can look it up on a search engine. Upto date product manuals vs the stale one's in Evernote.
Like uneaten food in your Fridge, you get "note rot" in Evernote.
Eventually a few or single app developers cloning all the R&D will support such services. Like Feedly.com vs Google Reader. Running on virtual services, very focused app's similar to Evernote Food with a minimum footprint. Just a handful of premium accounts to pay the bills and make a buck or two. Not enough to support 500 employees. There's an app for that!