Springpad is a note-taking app for mobile devices and the web which lets you create a series of virtual notepads with all sorts of content including links to web sites, maps, restaurant or other business listings, movies, books, or other media. You can access your account from an iPhone, iPad, or Android device, or using the Springpad web site. Today the company launched an updated version of its Android app.
Springpad 2.1 for Android lets you share data from other Android apps. But it also adds information when available. For instance, when you click the share button in the Yelp Android app and send a restaurant listing to Springpad, you won’t just get the restaurant link, address, and phone number. Springpad will also add menus from menupages.com when available. And clicking the address will bring up directions in Google Maps.
Some businesses listings will also give you the option to check-in with foursquare. And if deals or coupons are available, Springpad will let you know.
The new version of Springpad for Android also offers new ways to sort and display data in the app. The company has also launched new configurable widgets including a “List It” widget which you can customize to show alerts, incomplete tasks, or other data, and a “Save It” widget which lets you add notes from your home screen or flip through existing notes. The Save It widget also lets you create a note by clicking the camera icon to take a photo, or the bar code button to scan a physical item. You can find nearby places by tapping the navigation button.
Overall I’m pretty impressed with the sheer number of features offered by Springpad… but also a little overwhelmed. If you’re just looking for a to-do list app or a program that will let you bookmark web pages and other content for later reading, Springpad might be a bit more than you need — although it will certainly do that. But if you’re looking for a single app that can manage your favorite restaurants, book store wishlist, to do list, and TV shows, while also offering driving directions, menus, and additional information from your friends’ lists, Springpad can do all that and more.
Springpad 2.1 for Android is available as a free download from the Android Market. There’s also a version available [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/springpad/id360116898?mt=8&uo=4″ title=”for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad” text=”for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad”].