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. 


  • •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


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.


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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8 thoughts on “Android App: Documents to Go (full version)

  • So is there a better alternative for those with Android tablets ???

    • Avatar of Allen Schmidt

      I’m checking at Quickoffice now, but honestly it all seems the same. Thinkoffice is also available, but Documents to go is rated much higher than these other two. At this point, I wouldn’t recommend ditching MS Office for anything (not that you would do that). Nothing out there that I’ve seen can offer a smidgen of the features, nor the ability to easily and joyfully make you want to use it. At around $15, I wouldn’t be interested at this point in the game.

      • I was able to get the quick office pro from the amazon store when they had it for 2.99, for the price it works well, at least the word part of it which is the only one that I have used. I like it becuase it gives me the opportunity to modify my files on the tab. But for the 9.99 they are asking today it seems really expensive and like you said you won’t be leaving me office.

  • Allen,

    Can you take or modify notes within powerpoints in Slideshow to Go? I know I can’t with my Blackberry Playbook (using Slideshow to Go), but I’m curious if an Android 3.0 tablet can. Thanks!

    • Avatar of Allen Schmidt

      Yes you can. You can edit or even create a powerpoint from scratch. It’s pretty bare bones though, and I wouldn’t recommend it.

  • Hi there,

    I recently discovered that a Kindle doesn’t swim too well. As a more useful replacement I’ve bought a cheap Android 2.2 Tablet with a Kindle app. Needless to say the tablet can carry out loads more functions than a Kindle and comes with “Documents to Go”

    I work away from home PC so get my e-mailed instructions from the office via laptop and print out on a portable printer. If I’m unable link to the internet via a suitable internet link I download from my Blackberry Docs to Go everything I need to print. I want to get away from lugging round laptop as the info sent to me is fairly basic – docs in .pdf and word format the occasional photo and spreadsheet.

    Can you tell me the best app to get to facilitate printing from Docs to Go installed on an android 2.2 tablet. (my home printer (HP)is wireless, the portable (HP) is via USB)

    Your help would be very much appreciated.


    Mike J

    PS: Do you know if it’s possible to print straight from Docs to Go from a Blackberry Bold 9700?

  • Avatar of Dmitri T.

    You wrote: “They do an excellent job of support for Dropbox….”

    Really? I’ve found numerous posts and reviews online saying that Word To Go has no support for Dropbox. If you have information to the contrary, please provide details on how this works.

  • Yes, I agree with Dmitri. There is no sync with Dropbox in this version. It only syncs with Google Docs.


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