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Word Processing Apps on Your Droid

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Have you ever wanted to do word processing on your Android device? Word processing apps aren’t just limited to iPads. Maybe you just need to read documents or spreadsheets on your phone?. Look at PowerPoints and PDFs? Or maybe you like to create document on your tablet? Whatever you want to do, there is an App for that!

Office Suite Professional 6

The most robust app that I have found is Office Suite Professional 6 . This app lets you create, edit, and view Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel documents from versions 97 through 2010. The app also provides the ability to view PowerPoint and PDF items.

I have used this app with great success. I like how easy it is to work with margins and align text with ease. I also prefer how this app handles the insertion of images and other media. I can easily format text and move around in the document. In my mind, the best feature is that it rarely drops formatting from my documents. This means that I can work on a document on my laptop in Microsoft Word, save it my cloud (I use both a Microsoft cloud and a Google cloud), access on my phone or my tablet and edit the document. When I open the edited document on my laptop, all of the original formatting remains.

The drawbacks to Office Suite Professional 6 are how it handles Microsoft Excel. I do not have as much luck with retaining my spreadsheet formatting as I do with my Word documents. The app also has problems displaying formulas. The other main drawback I have is the fact that you have to pay to upgrade the app.

Google Drive

Google Drive allows you to create and edit new documents. However, Google Drive is not a Google Docs app, it is a Google app that links all of your Google accounts.

While it is a great service that enables you to share your files across multiple devices, it does have many drawbacks when it comes to word processing. First, it drops formatting. This is a major pet peeve of mine. If I open a document on my tablet or phone, I do not want to lose my formatting. Second, text scrolls under the keyboard, making it virtually impossible to read documents. Third, it does not support tables or charts. Overall, while I love the theory behind Google Drive, I would not recommend it as a word processing app.

Quickoffice Pro HD

Quickoffice Pro HD (for your tablet) or Quickoffice Pro (for your cell phone) is another highly rated app available from the Google Play. This app allows you to create and edit Microsoft Word documents, as well as PowerPoint Presentations and Excel Spreadsheets. Quickoffice Pro also provides you with a PDF Viewer.

Quickoffice Pro includes the ability to add list to Word Documents, view word counts and edit Word 2010 documents. It works with multiple versions of Microsoft Office, going back to Office 1997, as well as Google Docs.

Documents To Go

Documents To Go is another app with decent word processing reviews. Here is an app that gives you access to your Word, PowerPoint, and Excel 2010 and 2007 files, as well as the ability to create new files from scratch. This app is one a few that also supports iWorks files, as well as GoDocs.

Documents To Go offers extensive formatting options, including bulleted lists, styles, Undo and Redo, find and replace, and word count. This app also uses InTact Technology to retain existing formatting.

For advanced features, such as spell check (yes – they consider this advanced), you do need to purchase the full version.

Give It A Try!

Have you tried any of these apps? Maybe you have a different app that you use? Please share which app you have on your droid for word processing and what you love about it!

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