Millions of people are forced to work from their homes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now is the perfect time to meditate, build a habit, learn new skills, read books, start your journaling journey, and implement some of them into a daily routine. In short, keep a notebook using your old pen and paper. It is boring and does not provide security or functionality. With digital solutions like Day One, Journey, Momento, etc., you can create entries with location, attach photos, add password lock, sync across devices, and more. And that too without wasting any paper in the process.
The Apple App Store is filled with dozens of diary apps to let you jot down ideas at the end of the day. Among them, Day One and Momento are two of the best and highly regarded apps.
In this post, we will compare Day One and Momento based on various factors including UI, features, theme, security, availability across platforms, price, and more. Let’s get started.
Availability on platforms
Day One is available on all Apple devices, including the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and even the Apple Watch. Meanwhile, Momento is exclusive to iOS only.
Both the apps provide the classic iOS bottom bar menu with key functions. In terms of overall fluidity, I found Day One to be better than Momento.
Day One Use the classic hamburger menu and blue/white theme to get started. Apart from the search menu, I like how all the functions are within easy reach. The app intelligently uses haptic feedback throughout the user interface.
In terms of customization, one can change the app icon, apply dark theme, change font style and size from the settings menu.
Momento uses a light brown theme to give you an idea of a real diary. The app also supports various themes like red, green, gold, blue, black, etc. from the settings.
The Settings, Calendar, and Search menu are at the top, which is hard to get to.
Add a new entry
This is the most important part of any diary app. In Day One, click on the options from the house or select the “+” button. You can either use templates (we’ll talk about them later), create an entry with audio or photo, add a graphic or text, or scan a document.
The entry attaches the current location, time, weather, altitude, and build device by default. I like how the small details are added before the user starts typing.
You can change the font color, add bullet points, numbers, a check box, combine a comment, and even add a symbol to the entry. The Attach option at the bottom allows you to add a photo, video, input information, and more. Hit the Done button whenever you’re done typing, and the entry will be displayed at home.
Momento is not as smart as Day One. Manual entry is required to add the site. There is no way to integrate weather information. One can add people, tags, and photos to the note.
I love how Momento breaks down the added input into a series of events. It does not correspond to the usual menu method. The app groups entries by day and displays them in ascending order.
Organize and search entries
Day One makes it easy to find the note you’re looking for. You can either use the search function or go to the filter menu to search the note via image, video, audio or PDF. It also displays all downloaded files in one list.
Day One has integrated map functionality into the app. You can click on it and see the feedback generated via the location on the map. You can just click on the location pin to view the notes. Adding a calendar helps you view entries by day.
Momento is straightforward. From the home screen, you can tap on the calendar icon above, and it will let you select notes by day. One can also customize the home screen by day, month or year. Both apps have done a commendable job with the organization of entries, and you won’t have a hard time finding a note.
Day One and Momento are filled with a large number of functions to enhance the overall experience. Day 1 lets you create multiple magazines for health, parenting, travel, self-care, and more. With social media integration, it allows you to import entries from Instagram, Fitbit and Foursquare, with the help of IFTTT.
The first day counts every minute spent in the app as an awake minute and helps you export that data to the Apple Health app. It also supports Siri Shortcuts to create entries via Siri.
The app offers built-in templates to end the day with a summary, plan, ideas, and more.
The function of Momento events is what everyone should have. You can create an event like “Italy Travel”, add a start and end date and write down your travel experience. The social feed tab is better implemented. However, the IFTTT integration would have been great.
One can directly import events, check-ins, saved music, stories, and read history from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Spotify, Goodreads, web feed and more. Simply head over to the feed menu and link the social account to Momento.
Day One and Momento follow the freemium model here. Day One offers basic features for free, but IFTTT integration, templates, cross-platform sync, and many customization options come under a $40 annual subscription.
Momento is priced at $20 per year, and unlocks functions like the engine, Face ID support, unlimited feeds, and more.
Start Pinning Your Ideas
As you can see from the comparison above, Day One and Momento are capable diary apps. With the first day, you will get a better user interface, more features, and better customization options. Momento beats Day One with superior Notes organization and social integration.