The best office apps for Android

Microsoft finally got serious about mobile, and Android office contenders have been forced to keep up

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The pricing breakdown

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let's take a minute to break down the pricing -- because there's a fair amount of saturated fat to digest.

We'll start with the most straightforward of the bunch: Google's Docs, Slides, and Sheets are free to use without restriction on an individual basis. For managed company plans, the G Suite (as it's now known) goes for $5 per user per month at the lower end or $10 per user per month for a more feature-rich enterprise setup.

Microsoft's Office apps are similarly free for individual-person use, though with some feature limitations. With Word, for instance, the free Android app doesn't allow you to track and review changes, alter page orientation, insert manual page breaks, or create custom headers and footers for different pages.

To get all of those features (along with a handful of others across Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), you'll need an Office 365 subscription: $7 to $10 a month for an individual plan or $8.25 to $12.50 per user per month for a business plan. Microsoft also offers more robust enterprise-level configurations starting at $12 per user per month.

MobiSystems' OfficeSuite app, meanwhile, is even more complex in its pricing: The main app is free to use, though with rather extreme feature limitations and the presence of obtrusive and annoying ads throughout the interface. In order to make the app more viable, you'll need to complete an in-app purchase of $3 a month or $20 a year to upgrade to the fully featured "premium" level. MobiSystems also offers business-grade licenses through its website at a cost of $4 per user per month.

As an alternative (ready for a migraine?), you can download the separate OfficeSuite Pro app for a one-time cost of $15. It includes most but not all of the significant features from the regular app's "premium" subscription, with conspicuous omissions of full Microsoft font compatibility and an integrated spell-check function. In order to add those functions into the package, you'll need to download two separate add-ons -- priced at $9.99 and $4.99, respectively.

Got it? Good. Now let's get into the specifics -- starting with Google.

At a Glance
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