Want to take a voice note? This free, standalone app is one good way to do it. Voice Recorder simply and intuitively lets you record a voice note and save it, or send it on from your
's default Gmail account (no SMS attachments or uploading to social networks yet). If you're disciplined enough to shut down your apps at a specified time of day, you can set an alarm that turns on Voice Recorder for a predetermined duration. You can also choose to turn any recording into a ringtone, for instance, if you favor singing into the mic or performing some spoken word arrangement. Launch a recording from the app or from a widget you can pin to the start screen. Performance was mostly good during our tests, though the app did crash once.