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Thread: Review: Google Drive VS iDocs
07-12-2012, 12:40 AM #1Review: Google Drive VS iDocs
In recent years Google has developed an online document storage system. However, it is not always easy to find a Macbook and get access to the Internet. Two applications, Google Drive and iDocs, both provide us with the opportunity to view documents on iPhone and iPad. Now let's have a further look into these two apps.
Google Drive is the official iOS version of Google Docs. Like its web version, Google Drive is a good application for managing files.
● Syncs with desktop and mobile apps
● Google Docs integration;
● Documents not editable
● Fixed file sequence.
One special category in Google Drive is the 'offline' files. Users can choose if they want a document to be downloaded and read offline. All offline files can be viewed in this category. This serves a very essential role when users' mobile devices are having poor signals.
A main limitation of Google Drive is that users cannot use it to edit documents. This might be a problem for those who want to make an amendment. And unlike its web version, Google Drive does not allow users to create or add files to it, nor can it play music saved in Google Docs, which makes Google Drive a mere tool for viewing and managing files.
As a third party app, iDocs also provides us the opportunity to view these documents on iOS devices. What's more, it enables users to edit their documents.
● Editing features
● Creation of new document available;
● No 'shared with me' category.
The most important feature of iDocs is that use may rewrite any unit by tapping on it and inputting the new data. Any amendment will be saved automatically and will sync with Google Docs on desktop. Other users who are shared with this document can also view the updated one in their apps.
Another special function iDocs provides is the creation of new documents, such as document and spreadsheet. All these created files will be automatically synced with Google Docs. Furthermore, music files stored in Google Docs can be downloaded to iDocs through the internet and users can listen to them in the app. Obviously from this perspective, iDocs is closer to the original Google Docs than the official app of Google.
Renaming documents is easier in iDocs. Tap the file name on the top of interface and it can be directly changed. Another advantage of iDocs is that the sequence of files can be changed. Tap 'title', 'owner', or 'last modified' and the files will be ordered accordingly.
However, there are still problems with iDocs. There is no specific category for documents one's friends have shared with him. Users have to either search for it among their many documents or go online to see this category in Google web page. For those who want to specifically check the documents others shared with them, iDocs is not as handy as Google Docs.
In sum, The official app of Google Drive is a good app for managing files on iOS devices, though it lacks many functions compared with Google Docs. iDocs, as a third party app, has made advances in making documents editable and enabling creation of new documents. If you simply need to view your documents and images on your iPhone or iPad, Google Drive can help. But if you want an app where you can view and edit your files, iDocs is your absolute choice.
Click here to download:
App Store - Google Drive
App Store - iDocs Pro for Google Docs
iDocs HD Pro for Google Docs
Last edited by foxsofts; 07-12-2012 at 04:18 AM.