Hello there, this thread is quite old, but I am in a similar situation,
so I would like to add another possible solution which I just tested.
I was looking for a way to have a diary which I can sync between an iPhone and a desktop app.
(I dont have an iPad, and I am using a Mac for the desktop part.) Most importantly, I was looking for a way
to manage short notes with tags in a bi-directional way. And I think I just found a very nice solution for that, finally.
Awesome Note is an iOS app, which can sync with Evernote. It has a very nice interface, and the app just "feels"
very mature and