Documents 2 for iPhone review

Yes, of course, you can use your iPhone like a Palm or BlackBerry. You can create and share documents, too, including spreadsheets. An app such as Documents To Go will even let you work with Microsoft Word and will support Excel eventually. Savy Soda’s Documents2 enters the arena of office apps. But the all-in-one offering is rather less than the sum of its parts.

Documents 2 does not compare well with QuickOffice or Documents To Go, both of which are more powerful, support Microsoft files, and despite a few trade-offs here and there, are relatively hassle-free. Documents 2 boasts eight applications under one umbrella: a text editor, a spreadsheet, document preview, in-app email, a sound recorder, a photo album, and Google Docs connection, which turns out to be the lynchpin – and the ruin – of the entire app.

Documents 2 also promises the ability to transfer files between the iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, PC, or “any network device with a web browser.” The app is supposed to incorporate Savy Soda’s Wi-Fi HD app, which lets you set up an http server and use your handheld as an external drive, but we couldn’t get this feature to work in any of four different locations.

At least we could connect to a Google account. But of the several files from Google Docs we downloaded and attempted to edit, none would open or display text. You can preview (but not edit) files in a variety of formats, including Word, PDF and Powerpoint. You can shoot, edit and resize pictures and create slideshows. The audio recorder does a pretty good job too.

OUR VERDICT

Savy Soda offers a free version called Documents 2 Free, which includes banner ads. We suggest testing the free version first.

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