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I’ve tested tons of Android office suites and these 3 are as good as Google’s (if not better)

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I remember the days when you could go to the Google Play Store and find dozens of office suites available for Android. Unfortunately, some of these apps are no longer available (due to competition or lack of funding), while others have been found to be malicious.

During this time, I tested many of these office suites and found that aside from the usual features, Google Or Microsoft 365 (Desktop) applications – three options always rose to the top of the heap. Today, most of the equally exploited applications have disappeared, leaving behind only the strongest (and funded) ones.

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It’s a safe bet that most readers haven’t heard of these three apps. For what? Because Google and Microsoft maintain control over the market. Plus, most Android devices already include the tools you need.

But when these tools are not enough, where can you turn?

Let me help you answer this question.

1. WPS Desktop

I used WPS Desktop on more than just Android. For a while, WPS Office was my default office suite on Linux, so I know it’s not only reliable, but also one of the best alternatives to Google or MS Office. WPS Office offers some of the best Microsoft document compatibility on the market, along with a friendly user interface and all the features you need for a complete office suite on your Android device.

WPS Office can create/edit Word documents, spreadsheets, presentations, cloud storage, online editing, templates, file sharing, PDF editing, file encryption, document merging, file compression, etc.

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Besides document compatibility, what keeps me coming back to WPS desktop is the interface. While the desktop version takes a more traditional approach, the mobile version is a modern adaptation that makes creating and editing documents easier. With the cloud storage option, it is possible to access all your saved documents from any device that has WPS Office installed.

WPS Office can be installed and used on your Android devices for free.

2. Polaris Office

Polaris Office is similar to WPS Office (although I would give the edge to the WPS Office UI). It can create/edit MS Word documents, spreadsheets and presentations as well as create flat text documents. HWPX files (the proprietary Hangul Word Processor document format, published by South Korea-based Haansoft Corp.) are also supported.

You’ll also find features like activity tracking, filters and full-text search, file conversion/sharing, offline access, and cloud storage. As for the UI, tap the + button at the bottom center to reveal a dial that lets you create supported document types. Tap Open Document and you will have access to all the documents you have saved on the device storage, Polaris Drive or any other cloud storage you have added (which can be Google Drive, Box, Dropbox, OneDrive or WebDAV ).

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The biggest difference between WPS Office and Polaris Office is that the free version of Polaris Office may seem flooded with ads. There are four different versions you can purchase (to rid the app of ads):

  • Smart (edit and save up to 2GB per month, sync files across up to 9 devices, and export to PDF – $1.99/month)
  • Pro (unlimited recording, file sync up to 15 devices, and PDF editing – $2.49/month)
  • AI (adds 3,000 AI credits per month – $3.99)
  • AI-Plus (Unlimited AI Credits – $6.49/month)

You can also choose to remove ads from the device you are using for a one-time fee of $9.49.

3. OfficeSuite Pro

OfficeSuite Pro is probably – as the name suggests – the most professional of the three, which is reflected in the prices. (More on that in a moment.) This office suite includes creation/editing of all the document types you need (documents, sheets, slides, PDFs) and gives you 50 GB of cloud storage.

The user interface of OfficeSuite Pro is pretty good. I wouldn’t put it above WPS Office, just because it’s not as clean.

Feature-wise, you’ll find the full suite of apps, PDF export, conversion and annotation, conversion to ePub, up to 5GB of free MobiDrive storage, custom fonts, push notifications , dictionary lookup, proofing options (for things like correcting both initial capitals, capitalizing the first letters of sentences, detecting hyperlinks, smart quotes, and autolists), and more .

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The only downside to using OfficeSuite Pro is that it doesn’t offer a free option with editing capabilities included. You can start a 15-day free trial, but you need to add a credit card number, and then, if you don’t want to continue, consider canceling your subscription. Speaking of price, the personal license costs $39.99/year for one user; family license costs $59.99/year for six users; and Home & Business license costs $99.99/year for 1 user.

Out of these three, WPS Office is my choice. Not only do I find the user interface superior, but with a free version it makes perfect sense as an Android office suite.

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