Lets you see edits in real time; Can leave comments in Docs, but not in Sheets; Print option; Offline editing
Can't make charts in Sheets; No track changes; Can't insert images; Limited sharing options
Google Docs for iPad brings its productivity suite from the Web to an app, but competitors offer more features.
Apple, Microsoft and countless others have their own productivity apps for the iPad, so why not Google? The search company has taken its very useful Web-based Google Docs and turned them into standalone apps for the iPad. While Google has done a great job with Maps, Drive, and Gmail, will it be as successful with its free productivity suite?
Google's productivity suite is made up of Docs for word processing and Sheets for spreadsheets. As with Apple's suite (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) and Microsoft's offering (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), Docs (19MB) and Sheets (39.8MB) must be downloaded separately. At this time, there is no PowerPoint-style app.
After creating or opening a document, along the top of the screen are menu items for changing the font, color, size and alignment of text. We like that the menu takes up very little real estate on-screen.
That's where our enthusiasm for Docs ends, however. For while you can leave comments, you can't track changes, there's no autocorrect or word count, and you can't insert images. Not only are these features present on competitors' apps, they're also available on Google's Web-based version of the app, which you can also use on your iPad via the Chrome browser. Google did not have any specifics to share, other than it is working to add new features.
Google's Sheets app holds an advantage over Kingsoft Office in that you can resize, insert, freeze and sort columns and rows -- simply tap on the header. Like Kingsoft Office, however, there's no way to create charts. While Sheets supports formulas, there's no way to look up a particular formula. Excel for iPad not only has a voluminous guide, but also sorts formulas based on function.