May 10, 2012, 7:50 AM — Although office suites have been available on mobile phones for more than a decade, touch interfaces have made them much simpler and more efficient than before. Now, iPhone and Android users wanting to work with office documents while on the go have at least three great options each, and two of them in common. This guide will walk you through the process of choosing an editor and getting started in editing documents on your smartphone.
Both Documents To Go ($10) and Quickoffice Pro ($15; a stripped-down iPhone-only version is available for $10) offer a full editing suite for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. The extra $5 for Quickoffice will be well worth it to some people, as that suite offers the extraordinarily convenient option to sync documents with cloud hosting services such as Dropbox automatically. This feature is terrific, since it allows you to keep all of your documents up-to-date without having to plug your phone into your computer. Of course, the choice is yours--Documents To Go has plenty to recommend if the automatic Dropbox sync doesn't appeal to you.
One aside: If you're new to cloud storage, you could do worse than signing up with Dropbox. It's one of the most popular cloud storage services--almost a household name by now--and it gives you a nice 2GB of storage space for free. By default the desktop installer will create a Dropbox folder within your Documents folder, and unless you have reason to be concerned about cloud security issues, I recommend keeping the majority of your documents in there. Not only will the Dropbox folder provide seamless access to your files on your phone, but it will also help to keep them safe in case you ever experience a hard-drive failure.
Quickoffice Pro vs. Documents To Go