How do you view and edit Microsoft Office docs on an iPad?

I am thinking of buying an Apple iPad as a piece of portable work equipment, but I am mainly a desktop PC user for most of my day-to-day work. Will there be any issues transferring Microsoft Office files (such as Excel and Word) - for viewing and editing?

I've only used iOS in the form of the iPhone 4, but have only used it for basic purposes, like emails, apps, games, so I am a bit worried about system shock if I change my laptop to the iPad. I did a bit of googling and heard about the "Documents to Go" app - is this the best solution?

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 30, 2011 at 23:47

I may be wrong, but I used an iPhone until last Nov. and I couldn't find a single easy to use office suite. With Symbian, winmo and Android you have apps that work like your PC office program, and you can just drag and drop files between phone and pc via usb-cable; or email docs, and open/edit docs you receive on your phone by email etc etc... I don't think any iPhone office suite works that way because Apple don't allow apps full access to the phone's file system.
In other words: I think the iPad wouldn't be as comfy to use as a laptop or Android tablet (the Samsung Galaxy Tab comes with a very nifty office suite preinstalled...).

Anyone else?

emmajk42 / MOD  Jan. 31, 2011 at 11:00

I suppose I could give it a try on my iPhone first and see how it feels.

I'd like to hear from someone who has maybe tried it on an iPad.

Otherwise, I am going to have to try and find somewhere I can give the Samsung Galaxy tab a test run to see how it feels. I've never used Android though.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 31, 2011 at 12:07

I test ran a Galaxy Tab for a month - it's actually quite handy. And the office suite really surprised me. Well suited for the touchscreen and, unlike many smartphone 'word' programs it is very intuitive to use.
But yes, maybe you should try a couple of doc apps for the iPhone first, to see how that goes for you.

emmajk42 / MOD  Jan. 31, 2011 at 15:27

Has anyone used "Documents to Go" on the iPhone? Didn't really want to fork out $10 just to try it out...


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