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Quickoffice – A free gift from Google!

Kris Carlon (translation)
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A good text editor does not have to cost a lot of money. In fact, you can get mobile access on your phone to create and edit text files and PowerPoint presentations and not pay a cent for it. When Google bought Quickoffice, they intended to redefine the way we view free office suite applications. Our current test candidate makes these scenarios possible, but whether it's worth an install or you should just cough up some money for a paid version, you will learn in today's review!

Quickoffice
4 ★★★★

Rating

Good👍
  • Free
  • Intuitive access
  • Fast editing of Office documents
Bad👎
  • Some file formats are missing
  • No version history
  • No cloud integration apart from Google Drive
Tested on Android Version Root Modifications Tested version Latest version
Google Nexus 4 4.3 No 6.1.181 6.1.183

Features & Use

More than a year ago Google announced its purchase of the Texas start-up behind Quickoffice HD. Quickoffice was then made available for free. Google already had an application that was created for text editing and storage "in the cloud" with Google Drive, but Quickoffice differs in various aspects to Google Drive, and can, by its free availability, rack up enough points to make it worthy of consideration.

The first time you open Quickoffice, the user will be asked to join with their Google account or create a new account. This account is used for synchronization so saved Google Drive files can be retrieved in Quickoffice and vice versa. But compared to many other cloud providers, Quickoffice is not limited to records available online but also offers the possibility to access the internal memory of the device and thus edit locally stored data. This local memory is then displayed in a directory system, but a creation of shortcuts is not possible - this is a disadvantage particularly when the same directories are accessed again and again.

The integration of Google Drive is, however, very good. Files stored on the cloud are accessed in seconds, unless the internet connection is, of course, particularly lackluster. Unfortunately, other cloud service providers are not integrated into the Quickoffice application. Hello Google. Competitors such as Dropbox are systematically excluded from Quickoffice. This may be understandable from Google's point of view, but this reduces the application's functionality and ultimately reflects poorly on the usefulness of the application for the user.

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The editing of the text file is found on the top menu bar. / © Google Inc

The core business of Quickoffice is the creation and editing of Microsoft Office documents. The application cuts a fine figure whether you are viewing or editing files and the basic functions of a good text editor are well met. Word documents (.doc files in this test) can be opened without problems and even the house Google Drive application refers to Quickoffice. The editing of these documents goes smoothly and only formatting aspects are sometimes messed up.

Unfortunately, important functions such as the insertion and retrieval of comments is not available and reduces the overall impact of the application. In evaluating the application, however, I had to keep reminding myself that Quickoffice is not a full Office suite, even though sometimes it feels like it is. Quickoffice simply tries to fill the gap in simple and intuitive text editing applications, which ultimately is reflected in its functionality. I doubt anyone would try to do full editing of documents on a smartphone anyway.

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The mobile editing of PowerPoint presentations is well done. / © Google Inc

To give an example of the limited functionality, Excel spreadsheets can be populated with (relatively) sophisticated formulas and even more complex tabular views are reproduced appealingly. On the other hand though, the integration of tables in Word documents often fails and the more professional editing options are missing for Excel spreadsheets. Fans of sophisticated and complex document "art" will also be missing out.

However, I was very positively surprised by the good integration of PowerPoint. Here, too, it must be kept in mind that Quickoffice puts a focus on quick and easy editing. PowerPoint files can be processed quickly and efficiently, with a limitation on the use of animations. This makes, for example, the Keynote application from Apple much better. But again, for a free app, Quickoffice is doing ok.

A major criticism, with all the focus on intuitive handling, is the limited number of supported file formats. For example, the .rtf format cannot be opened and it appears quite simply as an error. This was particularly annoying in the test because supported file formats are not listed in the application description and I, for one, was dependent on this file. Likewise, PDF files can be opened and viewed, but that is all.

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Some tables are not as well done as this one. / © Google Inc

Screen & Controls

Quickoffice is well done from the perspective of graphical presentation. The design language is evidently from the Google house style, even if the operation is a little confusing. So I was not entirely clear as to why no collapsible sidebar is available. This is especially confusing when you are already used to this in the Google Drive application.

I personally like the in-text editing of Kingsoft Office much better. There editing options are set to different icons instead of being text based. While this may seem confusing at the start, it is good for space-saving. However, this is a matter of taste but it is worth mentioning.
The text-selection tool is somewhat unfortunate, however, since a long press on the screen does not open the selection tool, but instead opens a pop-up menu where the text selection must be selected (it is about as awkward as this sentence).

All in all though, the operation and graphical presentation of Quickoffice is very well done even if there remains in some places some room for improvement.

Speed & Stability

In the test period Quickoffice ran without any major criticisms.

Price/Performance Ratio

Quickoffice is available free of charge and free of advertising.

Final Verdict

Quickoffice is a very well-done application that allows users to edit Office files. At the same time it is certainly not the flat-out solution to all your Office needs. If you work a lot with Office files without having to rely on complex functions and also use Google Drive to store your files, you will be completely satisfied with Quickoffice. Anyone else will be missing a few things.

Quickoffice provides easy access to documents and is quite intuitive to use. However, this simplification is not so great for "power users," considering the limited range of supported formats and the lack of complex functions. Those users would be advised to spend the money on a more full-featured Office application. For all "normal people," such as yours truly, who only want to quickly correct a mistake in a presentation or quickly read or edit a text file, Quickoffice is a very good choice, especially when it plays the trump card of price.  

(originally by Nima Begli)

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  • Азу Кипоси 5 months ago Link

    No version history is a deal breaker for productivity app, but guess what: Quickoffice for iOS has version history, so Google once again left his own OS behind. So all you need to do is...

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  • CJ Brown 5 months ago Link

    I am waiting for the bugs to be dealt with before I download QuickOffice (read the reviews on PlayStore - its getting bad comments)

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  • Omri Kehat 5 months ago Link

    Am I supposed to update from Quickoffice pro to free Quickoffice after these reviews?

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