Agree to most of your points, except that Evernote desktop is a web app. It is not. 1) Ian Small stated in an interview with Tom Solid that the desktop app has been developed from the scratch and isn't a web app. 2) Tried myself and put my laptop into the flight mode. I had access to all my notes, including notes I have never touched since I installed version 10 of Evernote. So all notebooks and notes are stored locally on your device, not internet connection required.