Office Suite for Android in the Test

To no other mobile systems, there are so many options if you want to read and edit Word, Excel and Powerpoint files. We’ve compared them.

To be able to read the attached Office documents tend to be one of the main arguments for a smartphone, and for most smartphones, it follows, often with some kind of preinstalled Office suite. In many cases it is as if some kind of light version where you can only read the document and not edit them. He pays for the program, you get the full version where you can also edit the document.

Most might settle for just being able to read a Word document, but as more people use smartphones to its full potential will probably interest more to even go in and poke in the documents. Tablets are probably going to change the rules of the game. If you have an appliance that is almost as big as a small computer awaits you probably also more advanced features in the applications. Have the expectations of today’s Office suite for android will unfortunately be disappointed, for it is much more feature indigent programs than the real thing.

To Android, there are more options for Office suite than to any other smartphone system. It is of course fine with freedom of choice, but it can also be a burden to have to test and compare all the options, but that’s why we are here.

The real veterans on the field is Dataviz Documents to Go with the package, and Quickoffice. Documents to go has been around ever since the handheld computer time for Palm, while the Quickoffice was first to Symbian. Both have since branched out into a number of smartphone system. However, we have found no less than four full-fledged contenders, where probably Thinkfree is the best-known option, which often come pre-installed in their light version on many Android mobiles.

It can be hard to say anything about the prices on software packages, promotional rates are common. We’ve set the rates that were in effect at the time of purchase.

In addition to Word, Excel, and Powerpoint Office function has most of the packages in the test also supports viewing PDFs. However, we have jumped over to compare the feature, then the default reader for PDF in Android works well and it is difficult to improve functionality significantly in a document format that still only is meant to be read, not edited.

Documents to go

Version: 3.0

Price: approx 105 kr

That Dataviz has been around for a long time and have an eye on what people are asking for can be seen directly when running the program. It helps to look for readable files on the memory card without the need to scroll them among the folders. There is also extensive support for cloud services. Sign in to Google, you can open and edit Office documents in the same way as Google doc. Directly from any application provides the ability to send a document you work on that email, or if you have it, to Dropbox or Evernote. There is also a synkprogram to your computer to sync files between your phone and computer. It seems a bit superfluous today when there are so many better ways to do it.

The software package does not support pinch-to-zoom, zooming with the fixed step and zoom button, but transparency when reading documents is still good. Generally, for applications in the package comes to there are many features, but sometimes you dig deep into the menus to find them. It is also the software packages that show at least compatibility issues, in almost all other packages, it happens that you get weird layout errors in at least one of the tested documents, but not in Documents to Go. Plus points for an exemplary good manual to download from the net.

In Word to Go appears, Word files in screen adapted format with good readability, however, there is no option to view pages in print layout. The menus are similar to those you are familiar with from Word, but with sharply reduced the number of choices you can make some formatting, style, size and color of text, paragraphs, bullet points, indentation, and even tables. A big bonus is that you can see the version changes to documents, and read comments and footnotes, Word to Go alone to complete the test.

Sheets to Go has many formatting features of Excel sheets, but it is sometimes very yxigt to access them To change the size of a cell, for example, is extremely meckigt compared to doing it in Excel on a computer. You cannot merge cells. You should input the values in cells there are pre-defined mathematical functions that facilitate the entry and, for example, you can select multiple cells to stop them into a formula to calculate average, but fiddly it gets. Sheets to Go also has shortcuts for mathematical operators such as non-equals, and the like, which might otherwise be tricky to dig out the on screen keyboard. A great feature is support for freeze panes, that is to say that you freeze header fields while you scroll in the rest of the content in the document. Tables are displayed in a separate window, and you cannot edit directly in the tables or change the format.

Slideshow to Go showing Powerpoint presentations that are good, but there is no real full-screen or playback mode. You can rearrange slides or replace the text, and read notes to the slides, but the slides and notes cannot be displayed at the same time. Text editing is done not in the finished presentation, but in an outline-mode where only the text of the various presentetationerna shows. The correct sense.

Plus: Many features, good compatibility

Minus: Sometimes difficult Steering

Officesuite Pro

Version: 3.0

Price: free to try 30 days, about 105 kr

Officesuite is available in a light version for reading documents and in the 30 day trial version for full editing capabilities, then you get to pay. Support for cloud services is very limited, you can open Google doc, but only by saving a copy of your phone. In the other open files, browse around on the memory card (or click on email attachments). In the program, you can only save files on the memory card, so if you want to send them, you have to browse them with, for example, your email program. You can pinch with your fingers to zoom in and out of the document. The manual is frugal.

Word document appears transparent, but it’s a hassle to get to text formatting. It provides otherwise, tables, paragraph formatting, bulleted lists, and more. However, you can forget about the document with the version history and comments, they get the layout total kvaddad and Office suite are unable to tell the difference between the new and old version of the text. Editing features are too limited for some advanced text editing.

There are decent with formatting functions for Excel-sheets. For example, there are ready-made shortcuts to math functions, but on the other hand, there is no way to select the cells you want to include in the function, it must be set manually. It is fairly easy to adjust row and column width by pressing and holding down, and you can also align the cells. The chart is displayed in the same window, and you can edit the graphs, but on a true basal levels. Support for freeze panes are missing.

Powerpointfiler can be shown, among other things, in full screen mode and in a playback mode, but it is not true, for example, to see the animations in your document. You can bring up an outline of the text in the presentation, but there is no editing capabilities of Powerpoint documents.

Plus: Good cell formatting features in Excel files

Minus: No editing capabilities for Powerpoint, bad cloud support


Version: 1.0.3

Price: free

OliveOffice is the only free alternative, and it shows, unfortunately. Throughout, the suite more amateurish, feature-poor and unpolished. For example, there is no support for cloud services or the ability to send documents, you open and save on the memory card. The package also exhibit problems with handling of åäö.

For Word files are very limited layoutmöjligheter, think bold, italic or underline style. There’s no pinch-to-zoom, zooming in with the zoom buttons. For some reason the program is not capable of displaying the document across the screen in landscape mode. Text input is so buggy that it is in practice impossible to edit documents. See the version history or comments in the document, it becomes unreadable. The best one can say is that it is fast.

The situation is slightly better for the Excel spreadsheet, but the features are few. Click on a cell, one sees not automatically what the cell contains for example, if there is a formula, because there is no data field. It may be up if you choose to edit a field. No shortcuts to formulas or similar is available, and you cannot change the size of the cells or merge them. In practice, it is best to view finished documents and perform simple edits.

For Powerpoint presentations, we reach new lows. It does not take much for the program to say that the file is too large to be opened, Powerpoint files is of course feel free to big. Presentations that are open are displayed in a small window in the center of the screen that are not possible to zoom in. When I try to edit the text, I get most error messages, but sometimes I manage to get to it and manage to write something minimal and unreadable. Clear fail.

Plus: Free

Minus: Buggy, feature-poor

Picsel Smart Office

Version: 1.2.4

Price: approx £ 65

Picsel has not considered so much on sharing or cloud computing, here to open and save files on the memory card in the traditional way. have clear user interface quirks. For example, ignored completely in the menu button for the benefit of a menu bar at the top. Back button seems to not feel any respect for, when it expects to close down a menu or similar with the jumps instead of the program.

The man put the powder on it’s Visual, with good översiktsvyer for example print styles and neat scrolling between the sheets. And as a special gimmick, it has added the ability to view documents in 3D. Do you have a few old-fashioned blue and Red 3d glasses (not like that used on the bio that can show 3D in color that is), you can get the text to stand out a little from the screen. Incredibly pointless.

For Word files make up the presentation possibilities best. You can switch between layout styles and good readable format, and browsing is good looking. Editing is meagre; It seems to not really be the intention to edit text. You can select text and cut it away, or select a location and add text. This will open a separate input window. Very awkward. Otherwise there is decent with the formatting capabilities of style, punktilistor, fonts, and more. Comments and version history is not shown, but the jams in all cases nor the document layout.

For Excel window is missing the window of cell content, it must be opened separately. The chart is displayed in the sheet, but generally are advanced editing completely excluded, it can barely enter values in the fields in an acceptable way. Formatting is basically limited to text format. Ability to adjust the cell size and shape is missing.

For Powerpoint files, we have only Picsels words on editing functions, for we did not edit any presentation. The display is normally good, but there is no opportunity to see the notes to the presentation if there are such.

Plus: Great display capability

Minus: Very weak on edit functions


Version: 3.3

Price: approx £ 65

Together with Documents to go is Quickoffice it software package where you put most effort into cloud services. You can sign in to Google Docs, Dropbox, Box, Huddle and Mobileme to open and save documents remotely. On the other hand, lacks a function for sending via email or the like. Manual available online is rich and good. You can use pinch-to-zoom to get the files in readable size.

Word documents can be displayed both in readable form where the line length is adapted to the screen and in print layout view. You can format the text style, font, size and color, but otherwise there’s not much formatting features. If you have a document with the version history and comments kvaddas layout.

Excel spreadsheet appears with data fields that display the contents of a cell and where you can input the data. However, there are very limited options for editing the cell contents, and no shortcuts to math functions. It’s mostly text formats that can be changed. The chart is displayed properly in the sheets they are created, but cannot be edited. The ability to change the shape and size of cells are missing, as well as more advanced display as Freeze Panes.

All Powerpoint presentetationer we test drive with Quickoffice gets deformed in one way or another. Either it is text that ends up in the wrong places or figure that disappears. Otherwise, there is a good overview with good zoom options. There is a kind of play mode, but it’s not real playback, animation does not appear and you cannot see comments to slides. You can edit text on slides by pressing and holding down where you want to write, but considering how unreliable the display of the layout is in the program, it seems difficult to attempt.

Plus: Good support for cloud services

Minus: Get editing option


Version: 2.0

Price: approx 105 kr

Android is the home ground of Thinkfree, and it shows among other things support for third-party services that are typical of Android. For example, you can send the document either by mail or to Evernote or Dropbox. You can also edit Google documents, but they must be downloaded and saved on your phone, you can not save directly to Google. ThinkFree also has its own cloud service to save documents online, but I’d rather choose something more established.

The user interface has its idiosyncrasies. The menus are completely icon based, and sometimes the icons very cryptic. You can press and hold to bring up a short text description of the feature, but I still think the menus are more annoying than practical. Annoying is also not as expected, close the menus with bakpilen no jumps out of the document you are working with no manual available to download, but choose Help in the program you will be taken to an acceptable web guide on the net.

Word document appears only in screen layout, with pinch-to-zoom and good readability. You can enter text and choose text style, size, color, and alignment, but just not very much more. However, you can install images, something I generally think that you should avoid in your Word documents in General, and in particular that it cannot see how the finished layout will look like. Document version history, and comments will be wrecked when to open them, but a plus in the edge of the only program that can open files saved in rich text format.

When working in Excel sheet switches between display mode and edit mode, which can be a practical solution to avoid unwanted effects when pushing and pulling on the screen. Icons for editing cells become unusually cryptic here, but it is easy to access all features with the menu system. You can merge cells and adjust the text size, but it is a little yxigt. The chart is displayed in the sheet, and there are great shortcuts to math functions, although it is easiest to manually specify which cells are involved. To select more than one cell by double-clicking it, something that may not be so easy to figure out by trial and error.

For Powerpoint presentations is Thinkfree surprisingly ambitious. There is no direct playback function, but the best full-screen mode, you can view and edit notes, and text on the slides. But you can also move elements on slides and even add and move around and rotating the images. Perhaps a little too ambitious to try with a small mobile phone screen, but if you have a Tablet, the situation in a different light. Minus, however, because charts in one of the presentations we test are displayed incorrectly.

Word processing

The absolute minimum feature one can demand from a word processor is to be able to open and read the word document. It is therefore surprising that so many of the programs that not even can do it if you have a document with revision history turned on, something I suspect is quite common. Just Pcsel and Documents to go are able to view these in readable condition, and Documents to Go alone to actually be able to view version history and comments.

As far as editing features vary between programmes ambition. Bold and similar can handle most, bullet lists, and text alignment is the looser with. Most ambitious features have Documents to Go and Thinkfree, who both have trouble providing these options convenient accessibility in the form of handy menus.

Winners: Documents to go


Trying to mimic Excel on your phone is well really something of a mission impossible, if somewhat overly ambitious programme is already installed on your computer. The user interface is completely overloaded with features, and what happens when you click and drag with the mouse pointer varies wildly depending on where on the millimeter when you pointed out and what you were doing just before.

If you use Excel to create text-based tables are perhaps most interested to write text decently smooth and format the cells so that you get a nice layout. This is probably the best, followed by Thinkfree Documents to Go which does not have a function to merge cells.

However, if you are an economist or statistician would have access to mathematical functions in a simple way. This made many features. None of the programs are capable of, for example, to repeat an operation across several fields in a column (for example, calculate the average of all the fields to the left), a standard feature in Excel which saves a tremendous amount of work. Documents to Go, Thinkfree and Officesuite Pro offers in all cases completed mathematical functions to speed up input. Freeze Panes, the ability to lock a row or column headings and scroll the rest, can handle only Documents To Go.

Winners: Documents to Go and Thinkfree


To edit a presentation on mobile is perhaps a little too ambitious, but it would at least be able to correct spelling mistakes, and go through the presentation. If you have a tablet with Android, you can probably afford to be more ambitious. You just want to edit text Documents to Go is almost more comfortable to work with, but Thinkfree offers more layoutmöjligheter for the ambitious.

When it is now beginning to get Android mobiles with HDMI output, it feels that you should be able to obviously play up their presentation directly from your mobile and leave your computer at home. But unfortunately passes none of the packages. A feature for future versions, maybe? We think that we should at least have one location to play a presentation with the correct animations so that you can practice your presentation on the subway, but even that is lacking in all packages.

One of the tested presentations include tables from Excel. Documents to Go is alone in the test to be able to view these properly.

Winner: Thinkfree


Generally it can be said that it is often that the tested documents causes problems for officepaketen. Version history jams word documents, Excel files with mathematical formulas appear sometimes illegible and some powerpoint presentations will be wrecked. The only software package that displays all of the tested document correctly is Documents to Go. Documents to Go is also the best handling of Google doc, that can be edited and saved as if they were on the phone. Quickoffice supports most cloud services, but is careless with Miss a button in order to send documents via e-mail, which stand out rather than Documents to Go and Thinkfree.

Winner. Documents to Go

Winner: Documents to Go

The contenders in the test surprised unfortunately not positively. Olive Office and all Picsel may fail while the more established packages such as Documents to Go and Thinkfree ports in the top. There are many small details that make Documents to Go win. It is lonely to view all tested documents correctly. It has good support for cloud computing, many features of the programmes and, especially, good manual. Documents to Go is not perfect, but as a package, it still a bit better than the competition.


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