Who mostly uses Notes links and places anyway?
I use mostly Tasks, Notes and Checklists.
It'd be quite the lovely if they adjusted this very pretty update to have the most frequently used items on top as a shortcut.
But I will note, while it's predictable to have shortcuts on the top, most people use smartphones with their THUMBS. Stretching to the top of the screen with your thumb(and I imagine this would be more exaggerated with a phablet), shortcuts would be better placed at the bottom so your thumb doesn't have to stretch as far.
Just my 2 cents and I plan to update soon on the Springpad Board!