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Top Office apps: creating and editing documents at its best

Authored by: Loie Favre — Jan 16, 2014

One of the things that we have so much of in our life is paperwork! A good way of reducing the mounds of paper around is doing it online! Thanks to mobile apps, you can now do this on the go right on your smartphone: creating, editing, commenting and opening up all types of documents has never been easier. Though there are so many office apps out there, here are the ones we believe are the best in terms of functions, productivity and user experience.

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DocumentsToGo Full Version Key

 This main application is free of charge and presents the basics for the entire office package. To use the full functionality you need to first buy and download the "Full Version Key" in order to activate the rest of the functions. The paid version is also free of advertising. You'll find the following options on the main page: recent files, local files, desktop files, starred files and other apps. You can use Word, Excel, PowerPoint. The app has it all to work effectively and easily, but shouldn't be used to create complex works and there were some issues with projecting a presentation for a projector. For more information, you can check out the complete DocumentsToGo Full Version Key app review.

PRO CON
Simple editing capability for Word, Excel and PowerPoint files Free formats like .odf aren't possible
Google Docs support Not optimized for tablets
At just $15 US, this is a fair price  Registering for Google Docs with two-step verification wasn't possible.
   
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DocumentsToGo Full Version includes many features in the main menu, all while having support for many types of files. © AndroidPIT
Docs To Go™ Premium Key Install on Google Play

Quick Office

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. Along with the main usage of creating and editing Microsoft Office docs, it has a lot more to offer. For more information, check out our complete Quickoffice app review.

PRO CON
Free Some file formats are missing
Intuitive access No version history
Fast editing of Office document ✕No cloud integration apart from Google Drive
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The menu bar found at the top has all you need for editing. / © Google Inc

Olive Office Premium

Olive Office by Olive Phone meets the basic duties of an Office application in a no fuss manner. When you first start the app the simple user interface immediately impresses. The functionality here is divided into four simple categories. The ''home'' screen is your most recently edited documents. It offers the possibility to access the local and external memory of the device: previously saved commentaries will open. For more information, check out our full Olive Office Premium (free) app review.

PRO CON
Comment function Display errors
Pleasant graphical presentation Cumbersome menu bar
Clear structure  
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There are ad-ons but at least it is transparent on how much they are. © AndroidPIT/Olive Phone

Kingsoft Office 5.8 (Free)

​Kingsoft Office 5.8 (Free) is a good counterpart to most Office programs for Android. The app supports a variety of different formats, including DOC, DOCX, TXT, XLS, XLSX, PPT, PPTX and PDF, while the latter can be opened easily, but not edited. The usual functions such as select, copy, cut and paste are quickly accessible with a double tap on the text and are fast and easy to use. Kingsoft Office may be used quite comfortably and, at the very least, will save on the weight of a laptop. You can search your document for content, make a spell check or change the font. However, on this note something must be mentioned: in the app you can't select different font sizes, you can simply enlarge or decrease the size of the text. For complete information, check out our Kingsoft Office 5.8 (Free) app review.

PRO CON
Cloud connectivity Formula function in tables has only limited use
Supports many file formats No support for OpenOffice and LibreOffice
Free without advertising  
Quick and easy operation  
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On a tablet, you have all your docs at your disposal. / © AndroidPIT
WPS Office + PDF Install on Google Play

What Office app do you use? Did you try any of these? Let us know in the comments below.

Loie Favre found her way to her present passion for Android and smartphone technology after experiencing an epiphany when she held her Galaxy Note 2. From that point onwards, you can find her with her nose buried in countless Android apps and different smartphone models, and thanking her lucky stars that she gets to work at something she loves.

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