I love Obsidian. But when I open Obsidian on my iPad or iPhone, my primary intent is to access a note.
Almost instinctively, I scroll down to search for a note because this is the behavior in all iOS/iPad first-party apps and many third-party ones, like the spotlight search on iPad or iPhone.
However, in Obsidian, scrolling down brings up the “select a command…” view.
This is confusing. To access notes, I have to cancel this operation and then tap on the icon (+) below.
This feels counter-intuitive as my intention isn’t to add content but to open an existing note. Upon clicking the (+), the “Find or create a note” view appears.
While the (+) icon is relevant for creating a new note, it doesn’t capture the “find” function well.
Considering the established iOS and iPadOS convention where “find/search” equates to “scroll down”, this behavior feels out of place.
A more intuitive approach would be to align Obsidian’s behavior with the established iOS and iPadOS pattern. When a user scrolls down, it should bring up the “Find or create a note” view directly, rather than the “select a command…” option. The (+) icon can be kept exclusively for creating new notes. This would offer a more seamless and familiar user experience for iOS and iPad users.
Currently, to search or access a note, I cancel the “select a command…” operation and then tap on the (+) icon to get to the “Find or create a note” view.