You need information in the field. Carrying a laptop may not be the best option. You can load up your Android phone before you leave the office or home, or have someone email documents to you.
Once you have the documents, how do you read them?
The Droid is bare bones phone. Rather than ‘own’ everything you use, locking you in to what someone else thinks is the best tool for you to use, the Droid is wide open. There are many applications for viewing Word, Excel, PDF and other documents. One is Documents To Go 2.0.
I downloaded the free version soon after getting my Droid. It renders Microsoft Word and Excel files and attachments well. I am satisfied with the speed too.
While I don’t need greater capabilities yet, Documents To Go offers a paid premium version that includes greater capabilities. These include:
- Viewing Adobe PDFs
- Support for Microsoft 2003 and 2007 file formats
- Creating, editing and saving Word, Excel and PowerPoint files
- Sending files via email
- Viewing and updating charts
- Zooming and formatting
Most users report as good an experience with the full Documents To Go as I have had with the free ‘viewer only”‘version. It is about as close to the full Microsoft Office as you can get in the palm of your hand. You can find more details at www.dataviz.com.