Android Quick App: Quickoffice Pro

Using your phone to do everything is all the rage these days, be it sending emails, connecting on Facebook, or editing documents. There's a few popular options in the Market for this, but we'll start by taking a look at Quickoffice Pro.

Quickoffice Pro is one of the more widely known viewing and editing apps, largely in part because a free version of Quickoffice comes bundled on certain phones. As far as a document viewer goes, this app is great, but how does it stand as a full editor?

Before we delve into that, I've got to talk about the look. The interface is slick as oil, with a kind of glossy, iOS feel to it, but that's not a bad thing. It's polished and really refined, plus it's obvious where everything is located. Want to deal with PDFs? Fine, click the big PDF icon. It's this kind of simplicity combined with functionality I can really get behind.

Opening or editing files is a snap. If you know what kind of file it is, just click the associated menu button, and pick the appropriate location of the file. Is it on the microSD? There's an option for that. Is it hosted somewhere in the cloud, like Google Docs or Dropbox? Tap that menu and within seconds, your file will be loaded up and readying for viewing or editing, right on your mobile phone's screen.

Speaking of cloud services, Quickoffice Pro supports, Dropbox, Google Docs, and MobileMe from the get-go. To add one of these accounts, click on 'Accounts' and choose the appropriate option. You'll be prompted to enter your information, and once it's been verified, your cloud storage will appear as an option on every menu to pull files from. It's quick and easy, and it gives you more freedom about where you're storing your files. Quickoffice Pro also supports syncing with SugarSync, and if that's something you're interested in, your registration email will tell you all about it.

As far as the file editing capabilities go, I couldn't be more pleased. I tried on both a Word document and an Excel file, and with both, it was a breeze. Word documents are especially straightforward, just type and you're off. Excel can be a bit trickier, depending on how many cells you've got, but that being said, I could still navigate and type without problem in landscape and portrait alike. With Excel files, you've also got the option to format cells, numbering, alignment, and borders.

Something you'll notice almost right off the bat is that the menu button actually brings up dual menus on your document, so if there's one menu you're after, you might need to exercise a bit of double tap to get where you want to be, but that's such a small, split-second thing, it won't ever become a bother.

Overall, I think Quickoffice Pro is a great option for people who need to be able to access and edit documents wherever they are, no matter the time of day. It's clean interface, easy-to-navigate menus, and rich, full rendering of files makes this an easy app to navigate and take full advantage of. At $9.99, it's far from free, but still priced competitively when compared to the other options in the Market.

Download links as well as more pictures can be found after the break.

  • I have this on my Tab. One nice feature I noticed is if you load a file from the cloud (dropbox, gdocs, etc) and then edit and save it, it saves those changes directly to the cloud instead of creating a local copy.
  • But how does it compare to Docs To Go, other than being "priced competitively when compared to the other options in the Market"? Don't you think this is the question every reader who uses Docs To Go and not Quickoffice Pro is wondering while reading this article?
  • Don't get ahead of yourself. I'm working on it.
  • Thank you for taking the time to reply to me. I always think it's really cool when a blog writer personally replies. However, I'd like to point out that I did not get ahead of myself. I commented on the article posted. If your intentions were to add a comparison to Docs To Go to this article or to post another with this information, I would have had no means to know so as it wasn't stated above. Apologies if you took offense to the wording of my comment; I suppose you could have read it as accusatory--but my intention was only to point out what was to me a glaring omission, and the foremost question on my mind as the reader. Best regards.
  • All good. I just don't think it's fair to compare one app to another if I haven't given both the time to stand by their own merits yet. Fret not, everything'll get covered in due time!
  • I'll take a quick stab at an answer to that. Quickoffice was my first app purchase after buying my epic about 6 weeks ago. I use document editing a lot, so this as an important purchase for me. I decided on quickoffice initially because of DataViz's history with webOS. I was initially quite disappointed with quickoffice due to the fact that you can't sort and filter your speadsheets. This was important to me, so I ended up buying Doc2Go as well as I knew it could do this already. What I have found in the mean time is that both programs have their strengths. The pdf viewer in qo is much better, offering a very good search feature, and the rendering seems more accurate with smooth scrolling between pages. The word editor in qo also seems to render complex word files better, though neither program will do a great job if you have text boxes and pictures. I feel that overall Docs2Go has a more complete feature set for creating and editing word and excel files, and lean towards it for most uses. But, I am glad to have both on my phone. Do what I did, and get them on sale in the amazon app store.
  • Thanks for the detailed reply.
  • Exactly what virtualhuman said.................
  • "As far as the file editing capabilities go, I couldn't be more pleased. "
    Really! Your writing a review about a productivity app where a Word Processor and Spreadsheet are the most important products and that is all you can say about the WORD Processor! In an area(Android) where Word processors and spreadsheets are lacking you talk more about other features than about the core of the product. Until app developers can take care implementing an easy to use set of core features: spell checker, text selection, copy & paste, fonts, embedded images, multitasking. I don't care about any other "neat" features. Also compare this product to other products. =X=
  • It also does not handle docs or LibreOffice docs.
    (Neither does Docs To Go). At least 70% of my work documents are arriving in OOo format these days. There are OOo readers, but no document handlers that can manipulate them. Hooray for Google Docs. Google docs handles other formats and and Docs to Go can deal with google docs these directly. No separate dropbox account to deal with. Its time for these high priced applications to step into the 21st century.
  • I originally bought DocsToGo when I got my Epic and used it for a while. I thought it was great until I started using SugarSync and DropBox. I didn't like having to do all the manual work to download a file, change it and upload it back. I ended up buying QuickOffice Pro and have never stopped using it. Here are a few reasons I like it over DocsToGo:
    - In PDFs, its a lot easier to access Bookmarks on QuickOffice Pro. I like to put bookmarks on my documents on my computer so I can find things easier in larger PDFs.
    - You can browse the DropBox and SugarSync folders DIRECTLY through QuickOffice Pro.
    - It seems to load a bit faster than DocsToGo. This is hard to prove and is more of a personal opinion. One thing I wish QuickOffice had that DocsToGo has: 'Starred Files'. It is nice to tell the program what file(s) I access repeatedly so I can have easy/quick access to those.
  • Thank you for the comparison.
  • Any time. I'm always happy to help out.
  • The biggest thing I noticed between QuickOffice & DocsToGo was scrolling in Excel spreadsheets. It's very difficult to scroll left to right in DocsToGo. If I select a particular Cell in DocsToGo and try to scroll to the right to see the remaining cells on that particular row, I will end up on another row. For instance if I highlight cell #10 and try to scroll to the right to read A,B,C,D all pertaining to row #10, it's very difficult to do. As I swipe to scroll to the right, I would end up on another row all together. Unless I can swipe on the cells on that row, which is very hard to do. Doing the same in QuickOffice is a breeze. It stays on that row no matter where you swipe. It's also faster to jump to different workbooks within a spreadsheet, because QuickOffice has the tabs at the bottom of the screen. To do the same in DocsToGo I have to go through menus every time I want to go to a different workbook. I had a few spreadsheets that QuickOffice was not able to open, but DocsToGo was able to. They weren't anything fancy. Just a basic spreadsheet. QuickOffice also allows you to put borders around cells. This isn't a feature in DocsToGo. I like both programs, but I like the Excel in QuickOffice better.
  • I bought QuickOffice Pro after using the reader on my Evo. After the first update that brought the "slick as oil" interface I noticed that many Word and Excel files created on my PC wouldn't open anymore (where they opened fine before said update). After a couple of months of emails with the developer team I had about enough so I tried Documents To Go. With DTG I was able to open all my files, those created on my PC as well as those created on the phone itself by QuickOffice. I have not experienced any issues with DTG to date after a year or so. While is true DTG don't have such polished (iOS like) interface, nor has so many cloud document options, it works for me and allows me to do what I need done. There is significant room for improvement on DTG (including refreshing the interface) but overall as a reader/editor seems more stable.
  • caught it on Amazon Appstore for $3. Pretty cool. I had D2G on my BB and shelled out ~$20 for it. I refuse to pay another $20 to have it on the Android.
  • D2G was on sale in the Amazon app store for $7.99 a couple weeks ago.