Getting serious about mobile productivity
We live in an increasingly mobile world -- and while many of us spend our days working on traditional desktops or laptops, we also frequently find ourselves on the road and relying on tablets or smartphones to stay connected and get work done.
Where do you turn when it's time for serious productivity on an Android device? The Google Play Store boasts several popular office suite options; at a glance, they all look fairly comparable. But don't be fooled: All Android office apps are not created equal.
I spent some time testing the six most noteworthy Android office suites -- DataViz's Docs to Go, Google Apps, Infraware's Polaris Office, Kingsoft's WPS Mobile Office, Mobile Systems' OfficeSuite 8 Premium, and Microsoft Office, which finally joined the official fray late last week -- to see where they shine and where they fall short. I looked at how each app handles word processing, spreadsheet editing, and presentation editing -- both in terms of the features offered and regarding user interface and experience. I took both tablet and smartphone performance into consideration.
Click through for a detailed analysis; by the time you're done, you'll have a crystal-clear idea of which Android office suite is right for you. The shocker is that the obvious choice -- Office -- isn't the right one. Microsoft's iOS version is quite good, but not the Android version.