Using smartphones or tablets equipped with Android means having the opportunity to work on the move doing things that seemed unthinkable until a few years ago. I am referring to the drafting of complex documents with images, hyperlinks and graphics, to the development of spreadsheets and to the creation of presentations that have little to envy to those made on a PC.
The important thing, as in all things, is to use the right applications ... like the ones I'm about to tell you today. Below you will find a short, but hopefully useful, review with the best ** Office for Android ** style suites thanks to which you can draft documents, develop spreadsheets and make presentations without turning on your computer.
Most of the solutions that we will examine are free (at least in their basic version), they work in offline mode and are completely translated into Italian: you just have to choose the one that seems most suitable for your needs and learn how to make the most of it. following the directions I am about to give you. Good reading and good fun… or good work, depending on your point of view!
Microsoft Office per Android
If you often work with Office documents and you need absolute compatibility with the Microsoft home suite, your choice can only fall on the applications of Office per Android. These are the mobile versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook officially released by the Redmond giant, through which you can open, create and edit any type of document. The apps are free for all devices that do not exceed 10.1 ″ in size, otherwise they require a subscription to the Office 365 service, starting from 7 euros / month. The Office 365 subscription also serves to unlock some advanced features on devices smaller than 10.1 ″.
Office applications work quietly in offline mode but offer the possibility to take advantage of cloud storage services, such as Dropbox and OneDrive for saving and downloading documents. Their user interface is extremely intuitive: on tablets it almost perfectly follows that of the desktop counterparts of Word, Excel, etc. while on a smartphone it offers a convenient drop-down menu located at the bottom of the screen (and recalled by pressing the icon of the pencil located at the top right) that allows you to easily scroll through all the app functions. Furthermore, the wide range of templates that allow you to create various types of documents, spreadsheets and presentations directly from smartphones and tablets should be underlined.
If you don't have much space on your device, you can also opt for the all-in-one Microsoft Office application, which includes in a single package everything you need to view and create Word, Excel, PowerPoint files. It also allows you to scan documents with your smartphone (or tablet) camera, sign PDFs, convert images and documents to PDF, scan QR codes and much more. Again, we are talking about an app that can be downloaded and used at no cost.
Impossible not to report Google Drive and all productivity applications developed by Google. It is about Documents, Sheets e Presentations which, as widely understood from their names, allow you to create text documents, spreadsheets and presentations from Android devices.
They are based on the cloud. To use them, in fact, you need to authenticate with your Gmail account but they also work in offline mode. They also offer extraordinary support for simultaneous work with other users, which makes them very suitable for group work. They support Microsoft Office documents and are completely in Italian. Below are the Play Store links to download them, obviously for free.
- Google Drive - Download from here.
- Google Docs - Download from here.
- Google Sheets - Download from here.
- Google Presentations - Download from here.
Among the best alternatives to Microsoft Office for Android there is certainly WPS Office. It is a free suite that offers the ability to view Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, Excel sheets and PDF files almost always respecting their original formatting.
It also allows you to create text documents, memos, spreadsheets and presentations by saving them in various file formats. Saving and uploading files can also take place from cloud storage services, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and BOX, and from WebDAV / FTP servers set by the user.
WPS Office contains all its features within a single app and is completely in Italian. Its user interface is very easy to use: to create a new file just press the button (+) located at the bottom right, while to format the documents and access the main functions of the spreadsheets just press the button Means located at the bottom of the screen. An active internet connection is not required to use the application.
Also noteworthy is the availability of a Pro version of WPS Office which for 99 cents / month or $ 6,99 / year allows you to sign PDF documents and cancel the display of advertisements within the app.
Among the most used productivity suites on Android is Polaris Office, which allows you to view, edit and create simple text documents, Word documents, presentations and spreadsheets. It also includes convenient preset templates for creating professional-looking documents in just a few taps.
There are two versions of Polaris Office: a free basic and a paid one (€ 4,19 / month or € 29,99 / year) which offers the possibility to edit PDFs, export Office documents as PDFs, protect file with a password, take advantage of the handwriting function, synchronize the application with up to 15 devices and much more.
The Polaris Office interface is very similar to that of Microsoft Office: at the bottom left there is a practical drop-down menu that allows you to access all the main functions for editing documents, spreadsheets and presentations. To create a new document, then, just "tap" on the button (+) located on the main screen of the app and choose the type of file to create.
Support for various cloud storage services cannot be missing, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box, Amazon Drive and uCloud, but the application can also be used in offline mode. Also, although initially required, you don't need to create an account to use it.
As its name suggests quite easily, AndrOpen Office is a near-perfect port of OpenOffice/LibreOffice per Android. Unfortunately it is not stable in the same way on all devices and its interface is not particularly comfortable to use (as it is 100% similar to that of the desktop version), but for what it offers it is definitely worth trying.
With AndrOpen you can view, edit and create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, formulas and databases. Also available are add-on (to download from the Play Store) that allow you to add the spell checker in various languages, install additional fonts and import documents in PDF format.
Among the many add-ons available there is also a paid one, the AndrOpen Office Professional Pack, thanks to which it is possible to remove the advertising banners from the app and add support for the OpenOffice.org 1.0 and StarOffice 6.0 file formats.
For the rest, there is not much to say: in the home screen of the application you can choose whether to create a new document, whether to open an existing one (also loading it from external apps) or whether to install an add-on from the Play Store. The interface of Writer, Calc etc. for viewing and editing documents is identical to that of OpenOffice for PC (with tools that allow you to simulate the operation of mouse and keyboard on the touch-screen).
OfficeSuite is also worth a try, which is available in two versions: a free basic version and a paid one (€ 3,21 / month or € 21,45 / year) which allows you to install additional fonts, search for terms in the dictionary, sign documents, edit PDFs, password protect documents and includes an image editor.
The application in both versions allows you to view, edit and create new Word documents, PowerPoint presentations and Excel sheets with impressive ease. The credit goes to its user interface which is completely translated into Italian and has a convenient toolbar (located at the top) through which you can quickly access the formatting and editing functions of the files.
It should also be emphasized that OfficeSuite supports all major cloud storage services (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, SugarSync and Box) and that it includes some pre-set templates for the creation of documents, presentations and Excel sheets. Despite this, it also works offline and without registration (which is requested, but you can skip it by pressing the appropriate button).
At this point, all you have to do is choose your favorite productivity suite and install it on your smartphone and / or tablet to begin creating (and viewing) documents of all kinds.