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In Pictures: 7 office suites for Android devices

You can take your work with you, thanks to several office suites which let you view and edit your documents on an Android device

  • 6. Documents To Go ($14.99) Main features: View, edit and create text, spreadsheets, and slideshow presentations. View PDF files. Cloud storage: Can load documents directly from your Google Docs account for viewing and editing. Notable extras: A free app provided by the developer, DataViz, lets you sync your documents created with Documents To Go between your Android device and a Windows computer. Microsoft Office compatibility: Could not load images contained in .docx files. Could not display charts or images in either .xls or .xlsx files. Some .ppt files would not load. Conclusion: Very minimal feature-set in presentation app. Expensive for what it doesn’t provide.

  • ThinkFree Office Mobile ($9.99) Main features: View, edit and create text and spreadsheet documents, and slide-show presentations. View PDF files. Designed for use on Android tablets. Cloud storage: Can access files in your Google Docs account. Additionally, the company behind it, Hancom, gives you 2GB of storage for free on their own servers. Notable extras: Drawing tool lets you sketch freehand. Lets you snap a photo with your device’s camera. Microsoft Office compatibility: Successfully loaded all Office documents. Conclusion: Because of its wide set of options for creating images from scratch, this office suite is great for building slide-show presentations. Good compatibility with Microsoft Office documents and a cheap price also help to make ThinkFree Office Mobile the best overall value for Android tablet owners.

  • 4. OfficeSuite Pro ($9.99) Main features: View, edit and create text and spreadsheet documents, and slide-show presentations. View PDF files. Cloud storage: Can load documents directly from your Google Docs account for viewing and editing. Notable extras: The word processing app has several features you’d expect to find in a typical word processor. The spreadsheet app includes a useful and convenient tool for creating charts. Microsoft Office compatibility: Had difficulty displaying charts and images embedded in some .xls files. Conclusion: Although its low price is great, OfficeSuite Pro’s difficulty with loading a few Excel files with embedded images, and its presentation maker (which has minimal content-creating capabilities), make it fall just a bit short.

  • 5. Kingsoft Office (Free) Main features: View, edit and create text and spreadsheet documents. You can view and edit slide-show presentations, but oddly, you cannot create one from scratch. View PDF files. Cloud storage: Can load documents directly from your Box.net account for viewing and editing. Microsoft Office compatibility: Loaded various .doc, .docx, .ppt and .pptx files we threw at it, but had trouble with Excel formats (.xls and .xlsx). Conclusion: It’s disappointing that this suite can’t access your Google Docs files. Also, the spreadsheet app is really limited. But for a tablet, this suite has a cut-and-paste UI that works well, and is a decent reader app to view your Word and PowerPoint files.

  • 7. Google Docs (Free) Main features: View and edit text, spreadsheets, slideshows and PDFs stored on your Google Docs account. You can also create text and spreadsheets from scratch, but not slideshow presentations. Notable extras: You can view images that you’ve uploaded to your Google Docs account. Conclusion: You cannot upload office documents to your Google Docs account through this app, although you can upload images. Apparently, it’s meant to mainly serve as a companion tool to the Google Docs site -- i.e. you upload your documents to the site first, and then use this app to view them, do simple file management, and very basic editing.

  • 3. Quickoffice Pro (14.99) Main features: View, edit and create text and spreadsheet documents, and slide-show presentations. View PDF files. Designed specifically for tablet use. Cloud storage: Can load your documents stored on Box.net, Dropbox, Google Docs, Huddle, MobileMe or SugarSync. Notable extras: Lets you take a photo with your Android device’s camera and stick it into a document or presentation slide you are editing. Has a unified looking toolbar in its word processing, spreadsheet and presentation apps for conveniently accessing formatting functions. Microsoft Office compatibility: Successfully loaded all Office documents we tested on it (in .doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx, .xls and .xlsx formats). Conclusion: Good features, but pricey compared to the next choices in this article that have better or more features.

  • You can take your work with you, thanks to several office suites which let you view and edit your documents on an Android device. Most were originally designed for use on a smartphone, but here are seven that are compatible with most Android tablets that run Android 2.3 (codenamed “Gingerbread”). We’re listing these apps in reverse order, from the least to the most useful.

  • Smart Office+ ($9.36) Main features: View, edit and create text and spreadsheet documents, and slide-show presentations. View PDF files. Cloud storage: Can load your documents stored on Dropbox and Google Docs. Notable extras: Eye-candy UI shows thumbnails of the pages of your text document, or sheets of your spreadsheet, in a carousel-style display. Swiping through pages or sheets is smooth and fast. Microsoft Office compatibility: Successfully loaded all Office documents we tested on it. Conclusion: The word processing app lacks many formatting functions, but the hand-icon dragging UI is unique among them as a way move objects in your documents. We liked it for moving text (as well as images) when using a tablet.

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