Many of the limitations seen in using iPad to access Google Docs apply with this app as well: creating/editing a doc is mostly limited to text, nothing complex. While I can view and edit most of the docs on my list, I have one doc that will not let me edit–I am still trying to determine why. Viewing a spreadsheet is good as expected for a small screen, but editing is a more convoluted: each row has an Edit button which will display an editing mode (a row of boxes) for that row of cells; click the Submit button when you are finished editing.
One interesting feature is Document from Photo. Take a picture of text and the OCR (optical character recognition) feature will convert the photo to text and place it in the word processing document. I was amazed at how well worked with small text. I fit nearly a whole letter in my viewer which made the print very small in the photo and it actually did much better than expected. I am looking forward to testing this feature more.
Google Docs for Android is a good choice for people to accomplish these tasks:
- viewing docs, spreadsheets, and presentations (trying to open drawings produces the message “No viewer can open the given file”)
- simple editing of text in docs and spreadsheets
- creating new simple docs and spreadsheets
- capturing text with a photo and converting it to text in a doc
If you are looking for this to be a laptop replacement, you will be disappointed. There are many, many features available for computer browsers that cannot be achieved with this app. Also, I have not found a way to access my Google Apps account yet which I hope to resolve soon. If you keep your expectations limited, this free app is a first step to accessing Google Docs from your Android device.