While there are plenty of office apps around, none of them has quite the full functionality of a desktop suite. The ambitious aim of the developers of AndrOpen Office was to fork the Apache OpenOffice suite to Android.
So here it is,
complete with six built-in programs:
Writer (word processor), Calc
(presentation), Draw (drawing), Math
(equation editor) and Base
(database). But can such a straight
port of desktop software really work
well on small touchscreens?
It all takes a while to get started.
After downloading a fairly hefty app
fi le and launching it, tapping one of
the options (text fi le, spreadsheet
etc) on the main menu results in a
further download of resources. Then
you have to wait for it to start up.
After eventually getting to the Writer
screen, we were greeted by a
standard desktop-style menubar
atop a zoomed-in blank page.
Tapping the monitor icon brought up
a panel enabling us to zoom out and
navigate/scroll the page via various
arrows – hardly ideal and taking up
more screen space. While the
keyboard input supports swiping for
predictive text, it doesn’t
automatically insert spaces after
Switching out to open a
spreadsheet in Calc, we
encountered an error and had to tap
it several times. Again, the interface
doesn’t make it that easy to navigate
documents on a small screen, but the comprehensive Excel-style
spreadsheet functionality will prove a
boon to some users who need the
Indeed, this is a theme repeated in the other
modules – including, unusually, a full
database application. So, while a
clumsy interface and complete lack
of cloud options mean this is unlikely
to be your go-to mobile offi ce suite, it
could prove useful on occasion when
you need that extra functionality.