General Vs. Special Purpose Apps: Evernote or Action Method for iPhone?

If you search this blog using the keyword “Evernote”, you’ll find that I’ve discussed news items and use scenarios related to it many times. Last week Frank McPherson gave a detailed accounting here of the reasons why he finds it so useful.

Mission Critical: Evernote

While reading through the list of South by Southwest (SXSW) web award nominees and winners I learned about the Action Method Mobile web service and free iPhone app.

Action Method is one of many GTD (Getting Things Done) organizational apps and web services. There is a free starter (introductory) plan and a Premium Plan that costs $12 per month or $99 per year. This is twice the cost of Evernote’s premium plan.

The project-oriented focus of the web service and iPhone app looks very interesting and potentially useful to me. However, I wonder if I could simulate many if not most of Action Method’s look and feel using Evernote. This is always the question that comes up when comparing a general purpose tool like Evernote (which I literally use every day) with a more focused function tool like Action Method (or any other service or app that follows the GTD methodology). My preference is to stick with general purpose tools that can be used for all kinds of tasks so I don’t have to remember how to use many different tools. But, there is a place for special function tools. And, I wonder if there is an organizational tools (doesn’t have to be GTD) that might be right for me. Until then, I’m going to keep using Evernote.