POLARIS Office offers desktop-grade document editing and outstanding file compatibility

POLARIS Office has recently completely overhauled its popular PC-level Office suite for Android and iOS, introducing a clean and modern looking new interface and - best of all - slashing its price to zero...
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1. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

i have polaris on my galaxy note 10.1 (comes free on galaxy devices b4 its price gets slashed to zero). It has more features than the offical MS office but i must say it's horrible. All the files get displayed wrongly and when creating or editing docs, either they become incompatible with the desktop Office version so the desktop Office fails to display them properly, or the worse, Printers print them totally messed up. I had enough with it until MS office came to android. It is less in features like u can't save files to tablets (or phones),only to OneDrive but it's worth it. It gets the job done without any hassle or glitches, specially later when using docs on PC or printing. And, oh , unlike the article says, u can edit them unless, u r a business user. If u have an ipad, a Windows tablet (specially RT) or a Windows phone, better and better. Windows tablets ( RT or full W8 tablets less than 10") come with the full fledged Office for free. The ipad version is literally neck and neck with the full WIndows version ( but u need Office 365 account to edit even if u r not a business user, u can get one for free if u r student like me) making it the best on the app store. The Windows Phone version falls short of the full Win version and the ipad version but it's alot better and more feature rich than the iphone and the android version ( they r essentially the same). Creating docs from scratch on a Windows phone ( or any phone) is not a pleasant experience but editing is quite good and saves u when u need it, it renders files correctly, gets the job done nicely and doesn't give u headaches of the third party Office clients when viewing docs on Pc or printing.

25. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

How about Kingsoft office? Tried it?

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I use Quick Office no problem with compatibility.

4. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

QuickOffice is so much better.

7. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

QuickOffice pro for me

11. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

For commenting at PA, poweruser? Pro ver. does not exist anymore, the existing apks have ugly UI and have no updates.

14. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Its not bad but nice to know I didn't no updates are not available, but office7pro should be good?

9. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

How is editing docs later on Pc ( after u have edited or created the doc on ur android device ) ? and how about printing as well ? Polaris really fails miserably in these two very important features.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 6902; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Works for me.

3. sinple

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

is it MS office that is not compatible with other apps or is it other apps not compatible with MS office. It appears that MS office tries hard to make sure no other apps are compatible with it. Not limited to android, but google office suite and keynote are also not compatible with MS office. But most android office suite, google drive office suite and keynote are compatible with each other.

12. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

Hmm...As long as they release their solution to platforms other than their own, there isn't any much of a problem and no body would care. Companies like Apple and Google don't release (most of) their solutions or services to other platforms (unless there's a gold mine in doing this like in case of Google with ios). Microsoft, on other hand, releases their services to all platforms even to the minor platforms like OS X , FireFox OS, even symbian devices b4 acquiring Nokia and BB devices (BB7 or b4 and BB10). ofc their own OS's would have the upper hand in features, but at least everyone on every platform has an adequate access to their services and incompatibility if their solutions are used across the platforms is guaranteed.

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

OfficeSuite 7 for me :)

10. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

How is editing docs later on PC( after u have edited or created the doc on ur android device ) ? and how about printing as well ? Polaris really fails miserably in these two very important features.

18. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Office suit 7 has the most wide compatibility including supporting open office file format. However if you use certain word formating tools in desktop office save back and forth will give out of alignment issue. Nothing I can't live with just adjust them back.

20. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Pretty easy to edit docs later MS Office on PC with no issue of lost alignment. This is for edited document not a created one. I normally save at G drive and later access them via G Drive on my PC. Its very simple and it even gives you the option to save in .doc/.docx format or even in G Drive's word format, to edit. (.rtf, I think, not sure). As for printing I've never really printed any docs straight from that app as my printer isn't wireless but once saving the doc in G drive I normally give print command from PC and that setup works flawlessly for me and the doc prints perfectly too without any issues.

17. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Same for me, simply the best!

6. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Free pdf editor??

8. jibraihimi

Posts: 800; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

PA you should also try kingsoft office, its also very good, and gets the job done for me...

13. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

later processing on PC's and printing, what about it ?

26. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

It works great for phone/tablet - only use and printing over the Android cloud print. No need for a PC

16. datdaica822

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 01, 2014

IF you have note 10.1 2014 (anroid 4.4) or tab pro series, use Hancom office. It is the best office apps that i have ever use . (i tried Polaris, quick office, suite 7...) a Bluetooth keyboard + hancom office = true desktop experience ( which i'm sure other office apps could not bring to you)

19. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

third class i dont know polar office use by antartica polar bear .

22. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Trying to be ironic, but there is no polar bear foot in Antarctica, they neighbor Santa, on the Arctic Ocean surroundings (that is North Pole). But I agree with the classifications, it not the top Android Office suite, but again you will not do anything truly productive on mobile - view the files and have some small modifications, that's all. Any serious document editing will be done on PC/MAC, and this is especially true for spreadsheets. Hancom Office looks promising, but you need huge tablet screen and definitely a keyboard and mouse. This is the only serious alternative to desktop Office; the price kind of confirms it also.

24. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Ignore him. He is a senseless hater. +1

23. Cicero

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

What about a mobile spreadsheet app which can expand grouped rows or columns on a file made with excell in desktop msoffice? Somebody help?

27. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

use the free onedrive office suite. Put your phone in desktop mode for internet go to onedrive.com sign in and edit your document once you have loaded it up.

29. Cicero

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Thanks for info. But an easy way related to a app like kingsoft, msoffice, quickoffice etc. (topic of article). Seriously I start to think it is not developed yet. And so for serious work we will still rely on msoffice on pc or mac.

28. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Required me to sign up for an account to use it, so not happening. Does anyone know if this supports odt/ods open office file formats? I know AndrOpenOffice does.

30. gigantos

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

Every Office apps in Android has compatibility issues. I can say that because I try more than a dozen of the most popular ones among them. Especially in pptx files and in math formula. QuickOffice is a little bit than others, but its word rendering is still unacceptable in many cases. Only Microsoft Office can handle them well, but to boost their Windows tablets in a stupid way, they keep it exclusive in phones.

31. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

Sadly, no local storage save... makes it WOOORRTHLLESSS
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