The iPad is without a shade of doubt the most popular tablet out there, but after covering the best iOS office apps, we felt Android also deserved attention as there are tons of options on Google’s platform and they are often cheaper. So the question lingers - can those who can’t afford an iPad (or don’t want to spend the money on one) have a decent office experience? Are Android tablets capable of being productivity machines that can get work done?
Hardware-wise there should be no doubt about that as quad-core chips, more RAM and all the other guts arrived first on Android and it’s likely that it will stay this way in the future. What we’re looking here for though is software. Apple offers its iWork suite on both the iPhone and the iPad, and it’s a very, very solid argument in favor of office productivity on iOS.
Android, though, has many of the alternative applications that we already recommended on iOS. It also has Google Docs, which just recently got updated to allow online collaboration, and we expect it to continue growing really fast. It’s also absolutely free - and little can beat that. Check out our picks for Android office suites below and let us know your opinion about the best app and whether we should have included some other applications.