It all started with a simple, yet common problem. A 237 page document from WestLaw (a Thomson Reuters company) would not open in any mobile office suites. Lawyers often have to read through long documents, whether it be caselaw, documents pertaining to ongoing litigation, lengthy contracts, or treatises. Being able to read those documents on one's tablet, therefore, is pretty much a dealbreaker.
Our first option, Documents to Go, was a no go when we tried to open the file. Another popular option, QuickOffice Pro, also failed. Then we stumbled upon another contender when Google ran a sale late last year: OfficeSuite Pro. At the $0.99 sale price, it was an impulse buy that we're not regretting. Even at the $15 regular price, knowing what we know now, it'd probably be worth it to someone who regularly uses it.
Much to our surprise, it opened the document with ease, along with many others like it. In fact, we have yet to find a document that won't open. We also discovered an unexpected, yet indispensible feature: the Web View. This opens the doc in a read-only view, editing disabled, and allows you to increase the font size for reading without editing the document itself. It essentially operates like eBook reader software. If you've ever used a text reflow feature, you'll know how handy this is.
Beyond reading big files, simple edits are a breeze. We've never tried to write anything more than a few notes or quick edits on our tablet or phone - after all, who wants to type a novel on a touchscreen?
Beyond word processing, it also has Excel and PowerPoint equivalents, which we've played with to a limited extent. They work. Quick edits are fine. The built-in PowerPoint templates include one with an awkwardly zoomed in photo of someone's derriere in denim as the slide's background image. Really though, who is going to author an entire presentation on a tablet?
The most important feature for many will be the cloud storage integration. The app can connect to your DropBox, Box, Google Drive, SugarSync, or SkyDrive account. This is probably the handiest way to save and edit documents on the go. After all, you're not going to stick a thumb drive in a tablet or phone.
We began with the simple task of opening and reading a large legal document. This not only opened it, which the others failed to do, but impressed us with the Web View reader feature and robust cloud storage integration. Frankly, we don't do much writing or content creation on our tablet or phone - few do. Everything we have tried with OfficeSuite Pro, however, has worked. That's why it's our choice for best Android office app.
Editor's Note: We are not in any way affiliated with this product, this is the writer's (totally) unvarnished opinion. If we are afilitated with, or if a post is sponsored by the product, we will be sure to let you know.
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