Android App: Documents to Go (full version)

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One of the constant topics of the tablet industry seems to be whether a tablet can replace a normal laptop. Of course this isn’t possible yet, and frankly the amount of docks, keyboards and adapters should give a glimpse at why. This really just means that a tablet, in it’s current form, is an excellent accessory to your home computing needs. But even if your home computing needs are basic, and you just need some web surfing, email checking, and a little document work, is this still the case? Let’s read on to see if Documents to Go can help out in the final department. 

Features

  • •Word To Go includes rich formatting features including bold, italics, underline, font color, alignment, bulleted and numbered lists, tables, bookmarks, comments, footnotes, endnotes, track-changes, word count, find & replace, etc.
  • •Sheet To Go offers powerful data computation with support for 111 functions, cell, number and sheet formatting, row and column preferences, auto-fit options, freeze panes, sort, cut, copy, paste, undo, redo, charting, etc.
  • •Slideshow To Go allows you to effortlessly “flick” through slides, review notes, rehearse timing and make last minute modifications to presentations when on the go.
  • •PDF To Go provides high-fidelity viewing of important reference materials with options for page view, word wrap, auto-rotate, bookmarks, search, select and copy text, and more…
  • •Google Docs Support Download, view and edit your files from your Google Docs account directly in Docs To Go. Any changes you make can be saved and synchronized back to Google Docs so that you’ll always have the most up-to-date version. You can even create new files in Docs To Go and upload them immediately to your account.
  • •Desktop Synchronization: Transfer your files from your Windows PC to your Android device over USB. Any edits made in either location will automatically sync and 100% of the original file formatting will be maintained via our Intact Technology.
  • •Total access with support for attachments, password-protected files, built-in file browser, memory card support, and new Live Folder for recently used documents
  • •Localized in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, traditional and simplified Chinese

Use

The app works pretty well for basic creation, editing and management. You won’t find yourself creating your resume or any other actually important documents with this at all. There is basic text, and layout settings which give you some control, whether you’re working in Word, Excel or Powerpoint. Speaking of which, the former 2 are actually somewhat useful while the PowerPoint creation is pretty much a nightmare.

Word to Go was definitely the most useful of the bunch leaving me to do mostly of what I wanted. However, there isn’t much beneficial use to the extra tablet screen real estate. In order to bold, Italicize, or any other useful feature, you have to go through the menu, select “format,” then from there select the option you need for your document. It would be much more beneficial for there to be a “ribbon” at the top or side of the screen much like Microsoft has with their own Word program. From there, it would be easy as pie to format the document the way you want, as oppose to going through a 3 step process. Oh, and if you want to not BOLD the word again, you need to go through that same 3 step process to turn that option off, which isn’t even highlighted as being on in the format menu.

The rest of the app pretty much all feels the same as this. Tablets aren’t the best scenario to create documents for any kind, and there are plenty of trade-offs and downright annoyances to make it a real PITA to deal with. In all honesty, I have only used Documents to Go a handful of times because it really was simply too annoying to use when compared to the old fashioned computer method. In fact, I’ve been sitting on this review for the last 2 months or so because of it. So, that might tell you something.

Conclusion

Docs to Go isn’t a bad app by any means. It’s just simply nothing that you will want to use. They do an excellent job of support for Dropbox, and Google Docs as well as having a Documents to Go Dektop application which syncs files back and forth between the app similar to DropBox as well. There is some basic creation features built in, and the UI is very touch friendly. However, at $14.99, this shouldn’t be something to be interested in unless you travel a lot and your secretary re-formats your files for you to make them look pretty in Microsoft Word. I really wish I could get a refund for this app, but the new(ish) Google 15 minute return policy doesn’t let me have the chance. This is also available for the iPad (and phones) as well, but the developer doesn’t let you buy one and have access to all.

Android Market: Documents to Go

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Allen Schmidt

Allen is a former contributing editor at Nothing But Tablets, which was merged with Pocketables in 2012.

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