BlackBerry 10 significantly reduces entry time because the "Active Frames" multitasking system provides a shortcut to any app in a "running state." It takes just the usual exit swipe-up, selecting the Active Frame and creating a note. On other systems, from desktops to competing mobile devices, leaving apps "ready to go" is not as straightforward.
Even with BlackBerry's fast multitasking, note-taking apps still feel slower than reaching for a pen and paper because grouping, dating, attachments, reminders all seem like separate actions. Discovering the utility of the Calendar has been a true revelation for me. Not only does it start faster than Remember or any specialised app, but it also allows creation of a fully featured note when a new "Task" is created.
Like most computing functions, perspective can be very useful in discovering unintended use cases. I never used planners, calendars or organisers before because I don't feel busy enough. I feel my memory works well enough; I haven't been able to develop the habit of updating such a tool and, pen + paper + notes has served my basic needs so far. Regarding the Calendar as a notebook / journal instead of a planner has increased my productivity, motivation to record my experiences and appreciation for this built-in BlackBerry facility.
Following is a short guide to taking notes using the Calendar as a companion to Remember:
BlackBerry make productivity tools and this fact is evident in the features they include with every device. I hope you've been inspired to explore new ways to "write this down."