OfficeSuite Pro Review: Great Office Compatibility

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Design
      • 9
      • Performance
      • 10
      • Total Score:
      • 9.50
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Fantastic online storage integration
    • Simple, clean interface
  • Cons

    • Attempted upselling
    • No spell checker

OfficeSuite Professional (OSP) 6 from MobiSystems has some huge shoes to fill, with big rivals out there like Documents to Go (DTG) and Quickoffice Pro. However, by featuring an elegant design and excellent feature set, it manages to impress even in a highly competitive field.

If you can get past the upsell efforts that you’ll encounter early on, you’ll discover a mobile office suite offering excellent compatibility with Microsoft Office, plus a range of online storage options that can’t be beat.

Product Overview

OfficeSuite Pro Exactly as it says on the label, OfficeSuite Pro is a set of Microsoft Office-compatible apps. Available for both Android OS and Apple’s iOS, the suite includes a word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation app as well as a PDF viewer. At $14.99, OfficeSuite Pro is priced exactly the same as both DTG and Quickoffice Pro. OSP is definitely not as large a name as DTG (the oldest and most famous mobile office app) or even Quickoffice. Based on my time with the Android OS edition, though, OSP might deserve a close look from anyone needing a solid, easy-to-use solution.

OfficeSuite Pro’s most distinguishing feature straight off Google Play is that it comes with both the smartphone and tablet interfaces in the same app. It then automatically chooses which one you should use based on the screen size of your device. In contrast, some other apps — including Quickoffice — make you pay first for the smartphone version and then pay again for the “HD” tablet version. OSP gives you both for one price, and that’s the way it should be.

Performance

On the other hand, when you initially launch the app, it prompts you to download an additional font pack to insure that your documents will look the same as on the desktop. You are warned that the fonts will take up 11 MB on your memory card, but there’s no mention until you get to Google Play that you’ll need to pay an extra $5 for the pack. You can ignore the font pack and use the app as is, of course. You’re not really likely to have a problem unless your documents use obscure fonts like Wingdings. Yet it’s annoying to see attempted upselling on a paid, professional-grade app.

On top of that, there’s also an option on the main menu of the tablet view that tries to convince you that you want the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary — that is, for the small price of $16. Fortunately, that’s not the only choice for OSP. You can get the WordNet dictionary for free, anyway.

After you’ve slid beyond the efforts to squeeze a little more money out of you, however, the OSP experience is really quite nice. The interface is very pleasant. There’s not too much clutter, and the full-size menus are nice and simple.

OfficeSuite Pro In the main menu, you can look for documents to open or edit, or you can create a new one. The main menu even manages to correctly tell the difference between internal storage and external SD card, on phones which have both.  You can also create your own “my documents” folder (under whatever name you choose) in a custom location; internal storage, memory card, or wherever. This is very convenient if you want to choose your own organizational system rather than having the app foist one on you.

Once you’re in a folder, you get a handy single-screen view which shows the important details of all of the files without forcing you to either scroll or pull up information one file at a time.

The editing controls are similarly easy to use. They cover the basics such as alignment, fonts, formatting, highlighting, etc. There’s no spell checker, but then only one out of the five leading Android office suites — namely, Quickoffice — features a spell checker, at this point. So I suppose I can’t gripe too much about that.

OSP also supports a full range of document files, including DOCX, DOC, Rich Text, plain text, XLS, XLSX, and CSV, for instance. It even supports importing .EML email files and opening ZIPs. So you shouldn’t have a problem getting to that important file someone sent you even if you have to drag it off of the Internet kicking and screaming.

Speaking of the Internet, though, I’ve previously dinged some of the available Android office suites for lack of decent online storage options. So it was a pleasant surprise to find out that OSP 6 supports not just Dropbox for online storage but all of the major providers. Dropbox, Box.com, Google Documents, and SugarSync are all directly integrated into OSP, with no need for fumbling around or using the “share” menu.

Moreover, OSP allows you to connect to accounts for each one, browse them as if they were native storage, and even create documents there. If online storage is a big part of your on-the-go backup plan, OSP has you well covered, much better than any of its competitors.

Conclusion

All in all, I am very pleased with OfficeSuite Pro. It’s easy to use, but it’s also robust in what it supports. Extra care has been put into important features like cloud storage. If this app gets a spell check function — and maybe drops some of the sales pitches — it could well outmatch its older and more seasoned competitors for the title of best Office app for Android.

Pros

  • Fantastic online storage integration
  • Simple, clean interface

Cons

  • Attempted upselling
  • No spell checker


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