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I'm planning to buy an Android Tablet a cheap one as recommended by this earlier question: http://lockergnome.net/questions/128511/the-most-inexpensive-android-tablet

but I'd like to know if there's an Android app that's a counterpart for Microsoft Office. MS Powerpoint and Word are the important to me as I do not really need that much of intensive computing, except when I play games.

I pondered that I'd just buy a tablet instead of a netbook for office needs and a little of mobile gaming that doesn't require serious graphics. then a Desktop or Xbox+Monitor for my gaming needs. (whichever comes with more bang per buck)

i'm also looking at the Asus EEpad Transformer since I think it would be useful even after Windows 8 is released. (do you think I could run MS Office in a Windows 8 tablet? Along with other windows-only apps? remember it's a tablet, I wouldn't question the compatibility if it's installed in a netboook)

sorry i made 2 questions, but its important that the first one is answered. Thanks!

asked Nov 28 '11 at 20:01

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I can't answer the second. But i'm going to take a stab at the first one. This is a tough question. Tablets are starting to get to a point were they can be a laptop/netbook replacement. But the software just isn't there. I have the Asus Transformer, i love it but i couldn't live without a pc at this point. Since it sounds like your going to be doing alot of powerpoint, excel, etc. I have to recommend going with a netbook, or laptop. The Asus Tablet ships with polaris office, its a decent office suite but not as good as ms word.

The best use imo for tablets right now is more of a secondary computer.

In summary they aren't good for office work, but they aren't bad.

answered Nov 28 '11 at 23:37

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well I'd be using an office software basically maybe to make resume's, letters, Legal documents, some charts etc.

I was actually looking to buy the Acer Iconia. that's for around half the price of the Asus Transformer.

but I can see that the good thing about that transformer is that IF / WHEN windows 8 is released that'd seem like a good machine to install it (since MS claimed that Win8 now supports the Arm Architecture)

Hey man, thanks a lot for that. are you sure you already did a wide Software search for an Android Office App?

I was planning to have a tablet since it's ultra portable (even better than a netbook) but

If that's the case, then Tablets are pretty much just like a Chromebook to me right now. which is a WANT and not a NEED. :(

(Nov 28 '11 at 23:55) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image

You might try Kingsoft Office Free 2012 - includes Writer, Presentation and spreadsheets.

From their website: "Kingsoft free office software suite is compatible with all of the latest Microsoft Office file formats. It can easily open, read and write documents created with Microsoft Office as well as a wide variety of other formats. Microsoft Office can also open Kingsoft Office files without having Kingsoft Office installed on the same computer"

Specifically for Android: "Kingsoft free Office for Android is an efficient mobile office solution made exclusively for cell phones and tablet devices running the Android OS (2.1 or later versions). Kingsoft free Office for Android allows you to CREATE, VIEW and EDIT all documents used by Microsoft. It is integrated with an Email application that allows you to send documents as attachments and to download and edit attachments. Furthermore, you can access Box.net by default and any other cloud storage which supports The WebDAV protocol"

And, no, I'm not affiliated with them :-)

answered Feb 15 '12 at 08:21

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There are many office apps to help the android table act as a PC and it is very convenient to do the job with the apps.

answered Sep 26 '12 at 00:14

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