Penultimate is an extremely cheap and effective notebook application.

Penultimate is very simplistic and takes only minutes to get used to, you will be able to perform thousands of tasks on it, the most obvious being, doodling, taking notes, jotting ideas and images down and drawing things that you may need to remember etc. I have been using it mostly for studying and it is extremely helpful.

To see the an ‘In Short’ review of the app head down the bottom of the page.

You can choose from 3 different types of paper to write/draw on, these are:

  • Graph paper
  • Lined paper
  • Plain paper

You have 2 tools, the rubber and the pen(see right).

You also have three different pen thicknesses obviously being thin medium and thick. You get 6 colours to choose from, these are:

  • Black
  • Dark grey
  • Light grey
  • Dark blue
  • Dark green
  • Red

This doesn’t seem like a lot and to be honest it doesn’t offer a very wide range of colours or thicknesses, but for the app’s purpose you will not need a wide choice, this app is not for complicated drawings so you do not need a lot of variation, if you did the app would be very complex and confusing which is not what the app is about, Penultimate is made to be quick and simplistic.

To start a new notebook you tap “new notebook” and in your notebook you can keep adding pages by taping in the bottom right corner and to go back, you tap the left. You can also clear and delete pages.

The pen can be tricky to use for the obvious reason being that your finger is marginally larger than a pen so joining up lines or circles etc can be very hard but it’s good for quick drawings or trying to get ideas down onto paper before you forget or to help you imagine something.

You can also send the page you are working on or the whole notebook by email which is always handy.

For 59p penultimate is worth every penny and should definitely be bought as it is a must have app that you will find yourself needing every now and again. It’s a 8/10 app.

In short:


  • Simplistic and easy to use
  • Good design
  • Very practical


  • Lack of variety
  • Hard to draw relatively complex drawings

Courtesy of Matthew Pickett


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