Office2 for iPhone and iPad
The iPhone version of the Office2 app leaves a bit to be desired, not because it’s a poor application but because the iPhone is so small. Using the word processor on the phone is considerably tighter than typing on the iPad, but it’s a workable solution when quick edits are called for. Tweaking a spreadsheet in Office 2 is just short of impossible. The screen is simply too small to perform anything but the most rudimentary tasks. Using a spreadsheet with standard cell sizes I was never able to work with anything larger than a 3x5 grid, and for most of the spreadsheets I do any kind of real work in, I was typically only able to see and use a much smaller area. So overall, I’d characterize my Office2 iPhone experience as serviceable in a pinch, but nothing I’d want to use on a regular basis.
What makes Office2 an intriguing standout among its competitors is its support for a wide variety of cloud-based storage services. Using Office2, you can access your documents no matter where you’re storing them, whether that’s Dropbox, MobileMe, Google Docs, or virtually any other WebDAV-based file server. This unlimited access gives Office2 a versatility that is unmatched by iWork, making it possible for you to use Office2 in the real world with your work documents and without requiring you to step through the kinds of iTunes file syncing hoops that iWork does.
Office2 is a good word processing and spreadsheet application that offers significant value because of its link to cloud-based storage services. While iWork may offer nicer-looking and more capable editing and formatting options, the fact that you can use Office2 to easily access your work documents make it a practical and powerful tool for getting real work done.
Jeffery Battersby is an IT Consultant, (very) smalltime actor, and regular contributor to Macworld. He writes about Macs and more at his blog.