Ask LH: What's The Best Dropbox-Friendly Office Suite For An Android Tablet?

Hey Lifehacker, I have recently purchased a Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 and want to use it for study. I currently have all my study documents (Word, Excel and PDF mainly) on my Dropbox account. What is the best app for editing those Office documents on my Android tablet? Thanks, Tablet Toil

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Dear TT,

Office on Android on tablets is in an odd state right now. We've been promised an official native Android version of Office with full editing capabilities for tablets eventually, but we don't know when it will emerge. Microsoft's existing Android app allows editing but isn't optimised for tablets and doesn't offer Dropbox integration. Google's own Drive app can edit Office docs quite efficiently, but won't sync directly with Dropbox.

Our previous independent favourite for this role, QuickOffice, is no longer an option for new users as Google has retired the app (having integrated much of its code into Drive). The most prominent standalone contenders now are Docs To Go and Polaris Office. Both offer Dropbox integration as an optional feature, though you have to pay for this as an in-app purchase. Since they're free to install, you can easily try both and see which one suits before paying for the Dropbox features. If readers have other apps to recommend, we'd love to hear about them in the comments.

Cheers Lifehacker

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    I use WPS Office (formerly Kingston Office) on my Sony tablet. Works seamlessly with Dropbox and reads and writes in MS Office formats, PDF and plain text (.txt).

    And it's FREE.

    Last edited 12/09/14 2:13 pm

      +1 to that. I've used it for years and it's never let me down. A free desktop suite is also available that is virtually a mirror of Office.

    +1 for WPS Office.. integrates nicely with Drive and Dropbox. It allows editing of the office docs and viewing of PDFs

    Have been using it since Drive lost its ability to edit documents

    Should ditch the DropBox requirement and use Google Drive. Same features as DropBox Plus an integrated Office Suite.

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