Instead of mocking tools that aren’t suitable for every task, consider what they can actually be used for and why.
I take notes for a couple of reasons. The most important is to help me think, to bring structure to what I read, listen to, watch, what I hear colleagues say in a meeting, or my own random thoughts while driving to work. It's not so much "note-taking" as it is "note-thinking".
How a little road bump in your iPhone nudges you to make more deliberate decisions on where you spend your time.
What I want is better control over the algorithms, both on a general level and also access to some settings to fine-tune how they perform.
You have to practice to become better. And trying out tools – be it features you are not using in your current one or exploring something completely new – is a way to practice.
Online services come and go. A personal domain name is there for as long as you want it to be.
Open tabs, mails sent to yourself, printed papers. For articles you want to read, there is a better option: Readwise Reader.
On freeform structure, complexity, and data portability.
Obsidian plugins help with different parts of your knowledge work, and with different kinds of notes. Understanding those differences can help when deciding what plugins to use, and how.
In 2020, I found out about Readwise. And so far, it solves all three challenges with annotating and making highlights.