We use and love Notion here at Keep Productive, there’s no doubt about it.
But our job is to help you find the most suitable productivity tool for you, so we’ve spent some time looking at Notion and painfully listing their flaws to help you make the most informed decision about the software.
Our objective is to help you to fully understand whether Notion is suitable for you or not.
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Notion does work offline, but not amazingly.
The major issue with Notion offline comes when you haven’t preloaded the pages, in that case, you won’t be able to access them.
Also, some updates made while offline don’t always get synchronized. This has happened when people have been working on planes and the result isn’t nice.
Notion have shared that they are working on this and would like to make this their key priority in the next major update.
2. The searching experience
You can search for things very easily inside Notion, but not extensively like on other apps such as Evernote, for example. Additionally, you can’t search for specific files.
Finding dates, authors and pages is not an exact science like in apps like Evernote.
3. Mobile app upgrade
They released a slightly improved iOS version of the Notion mobile app but it’s still slow, however, they are currently working on a “Quick Notes” feature for easily logging notes on mobile devices.
The last update did introduce some faster performance improvements but nothing revolutionary.
4. Loading up databases
Bigger databases can take a few seconds to load and they don’t work well offline.
This is a pain if you’re a business and you have a heafty CRM that needs to be loaded up or you’ve started to use databases for managing a journal and want to go back and loom at all your history.
5. File management
Currently, Notion lacks local file storage and management, the uploaded files can only be opened via web service.
All files are also backed up on AWS which means you are limited to accessing via Chrome or Safari - whatever default browser you use.