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Now that we've got a proper native Google Docs Android app, it's time to take it for a spin. Here's the thing: It's a native app, all right. But if you're looking for an experience that's far and away better than editing Google Docs on the mobile site, you're going to come away disappointed. It definitely borrows from the mobile side of things.

But that's not to say it's horrible. On the contrary. It's relatively fast (your data connection will affect that, obviously), and the app's pretty intuitive to navigate. And, more important, it lets you search through all of your docs, making for easy reading and editing.

The optical character recognition -- where your phone takes a picture of a piece of paper and turns the text into a Google doc -- works surprisingly well. Our first test was flawless. Our second test -- the one you see in the video above -- didn't go quite as well. Your mileage may vary.

Peep our hands-on video above, and hit up the download link after the break if you're ready to give it a try.

 
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kind of weird that you still have to Edit Docs in the Browser! What if there's a bad connection at the time... or no connection at all? It's not like we were expecting the app, so they should have had that figured out before releasing it.

BlackHawkA4 says:

This feature does not work what so ever for me. I get maybe one word and the rest of the document is missing. I tried different camera settings, etc. Samsung Epic 4g.

joelnet says:

this app left me feeling underwhelmed. I think they should have waited to release, put some more time into it and release something worthy of the google name.

i also wrote up a review of it here with a screenshot of the OCR it produced.

http://joel.net/wordpress/index.php/2011/04/official-half-assed-google-d...

seanp666 says:

Can you not delete documents from inside the app? I had to go the the desktop version on my computer to delete documents. That really sucks. The app is kinda clunky but I'm sure it'll get better with a couple updates.

icebike says:

Version 1.0. Give it time.

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violent23 says:

I can not click on the conversion option. It says this account can only accept converted files. Anyone know why, or how to fix this?