For many of us smartphones have truly become an indispensable work tool. That said, many formats that you might receive in an email aren't supported by Android, which is annoying when you're on the go and need to access something that's been sent to you. There's a preview option with Gmail, but the quality is nothing to write home about.
An app that takes care of this issue is the only viable solution, so let's take a look at OfficeSuite Viewer 6 together. This is an app that can open a whole bunch of formats that aren't usually compatible with Android, and it also provides users with a few other functions. Read on for more details.
Features & Use
Test device: Samsung Galaxy Note II
Android version: 4.1.1
OfficeSuite Viewer 6 supports all generic office formats: DOC, DOCX, DOCM, RTF, TXT, LOG, XLS, XLSX, XLSM, CSV, PPT, PPTX, PPS, PPSX, PPTM, PPSM, EML, PDF and ZIP. What's missing is Open Doc formats for OpenOffice, which I think is quite a shame.
All of the above mentioned formats are displayed without any issues. There are options for enlarging or minimising views as well as leafing through docs, even when they are very large. You can also search for key words and there are several different views to choose from.
A feature I appreciated very much: the developers have a number of dictionaries available for download from their website, which I found particularly useful for when dealing with academic texts.
The Viewer can do almost as much as the pro version, which we had reviewed for you guys a while back. The only differences are that there isn't an option for actually editing docs.
The free version supports the following services: Google Drive, box, SugarSync, Dropbox and SkyDrive.
There is also an option for printing docs via Google's Cloud Print, which can really help you out when you're in a pinch.
Only two docs were not displayed 100% correctly during our test phase. Aside from this minor glitch our general impression of this app is very positive.
Screen & Controls
Using OfficeSuite Viewer 6 is simple enough. Setting up a remote folder is a good case in point: if you wish to use one but haven't yet made configurations you will be able to access these directly. Using Google Drive doesn't even require a password, which is excellent.
Documents are also displayed in a way that super straight forward, if not very inspired design-wise, but that's something we're more than willing to sacrifice in exchange for a reliable and effective office app.
Speed & Stability
OfficeSuite Viewer 6 is fast enough, though searching remote folders such as Google Drive can take a while as the app will comb through everything. This will happen every time you start up the app, meaning you will always have to wait a little. Aside from this, however, I found the app to perform very nicely.
OfficeSuite Viewer 6 is free and there are no ads, which is quite simply awesome considering the apps functionality. Creating documents using a smartphone or tablet is a bit tiresome, which is why I would imagine that most users will be perfectly satisfied with an option for viewing different formats.