By Nate Adcock on Tue, 09/24/2013
I have used Microsoft Office desktop programs along side many alternatives over the years. I have benefited hugely from the various mobile editors out there, and am always on the lookout for new or updated options. The oldest example of this is the mobile editing suite called Documents to Go from Data Viz ($9.99). I use MS Office more than anything else, but often do minor edits on the go, and since I was evaluating a new DTG version, I figured it couldn't hurt to do another shootout. This time Documents to Go will go head to head with newly acquired and rebranded Google QuickOffice (Free). Both are good editing options, but read on to see who will emerge the victor! I'll also roundup some other editing apps you may not have been aware of....
Call this Doc Editor Shootout 2 (see my previous here), where I compare and contrast more doc editing apps and re-examine some previously mentioned ones. But mainly I'll focus on two primary mobile office programs I have used over the years. I also wrote this with iPad in mind, since I often use it for second screen or mobile editing, and figure that is the more common case. I know it is also occasionally important to work on docs on the iPhone, so I will swing back in the future and round-up that experience as well.
You can create a slide package from a range of shapes and insert images from your camera roll as well. This excellent package is also completely free, and though there is some grumbling since Google snatched up QuickOffice (particularly from previous paid users of other now non-supported cloud services), it is one of the best I have used thus far. There were a few minor issues like wonky keyboard behavior (which could have been my keyboard as indicated above), and much of the spreadsheet cell formatting from the desktop Excel file versions was lost in QuickOffice.
Online Editing Apps
The free version of Documents Unlimited that I tested was not as responsive as CloudOn, and included ads that pop-up full screen at times and also appear during slide present mode. The laggy performance and tiny buttons and menu items make it hard to justify the $4.99 for the full version that cancels out the ads. The full version also unlocks access to cloud accounts, but you can save documents to your iPad in the free one and sync with your computer over WiFi or USB. It is possible the experience is greatly improved in the newer full version, as it appears that it was expressly addressed in the developer update notes.
SkyDrive Web Viewer/Editor
I like Docs to Go for quick reviewing of docs, or taking notes that I may need to sync back to both my computer and a cloud service like Dropbox. It is fine for basic review and update of files on the go (like the name suggests). I highly recommend QuickOffice, and in fact wrote this review using the Doc editor (though I wrote different parts with each tool), and even glommed in screenshots to an accompanyingslide set. Cloud On remains the best online option for a full featured Office experience, one which also supports other storage services, but a quick pop-in to Sky Drive, is equally effective alternative.
QuickOffice. Great features for free (with 15GB of free space), and non-Google users can always get a free account if they want to sync up to the cloud.
CloudOn. Free online editing that is fast and reliable, not to mention flexible. Internet required, however.
SkyDrive Live. Skip the app altogether; the website lets you manage, access, and edit all your cloud data. It also requires constant internet presence (and requires signing up for MS Sky Drive, which provides 25G of space for free.)