What’s The Difference Between Google Drive And Quickoffice, And Which Should You Use?

Quickoffice was a very popular cross-platform office suite for mobile platforms that supported importing, editing, and exporting files in Microsoft’s ubiquitous .doc and .docx formats. The company, and therefore the app, was eventually bought by Google last year and went MIA for many months. But just last month, Google released an updated version of Quickoffice into the Play Store and made the app free to download. Great, but here’s the thing – Google already has an office suite called Google Drive, and by releasing a separate app into the Play Store, the two office suites now compete with each other. What sets these apps apart, and which should you choose?

Quickoffice Vs Google Drive - Quickoffice Store

Quickoffice’s largest advantage is its ability to edit Microsoft Office documents that aren’t stored on Google Drive. It can pull files directly off your phone’s internal memory. Before being bought by Google, the app supported many providers such as Dropbox, SugarSync, and others. While that’s no longer the case, the ability to load local files still means Quickoffice can load from more sources than the Google Drive app can. So if you don’t want to store your documents on Google’s servers, the issue’s resolved already. Quickoffice is the option for you.

And as far as being a competent document editor goes, Quickoffice is still the superior app. Google Drive is no slouch, but Quickoffice simply offers more features. If you have to create a document on the go that contains tables, images, colors, and charts, you will have better luck using Quickoffice to crank it out. Not only is the interface easier to handle, but since the editing takes place offline, it’s going to provide a smoother experience.

Quickoffice Vs Google Drive - Quickoffice

But Quickoffice has a serious drawback. It can load Microsoft Office files saved to Google Drive, but it displays Google Documents as PDFs – unless you have the Google Drive app installed, in which case it will load that instead.

Quickoffice Vs Google Drive - Drive Store

If you’re content with working with Google Documents, then the Google Drive app is a solid mobile companion. It’s nothing intensive, and it’s not as feature-rich as the desktop version, but it’s capable of getting by in a pinch. If all you need is something to type out a few paragraphs on or even a lengthy, text-heavy paper, you should be fine.

Quickoffice Vs Google Drive - Drive

Google Drive in a desktop web browser can import and export Microsoft Office files just fine, but if you try to load such a file using the mobile app, you’re provided with read-only access. But with the Google Drive app, creating and editing documents is only half of the point. Perhaps the app’s strongest advantage is the ability to collaborate with others. It can show how many other people are looking at the open document at the same time, where they’ve placed their cursor, and the changes they make as they make them. Users can leave comments for others to read, and there’s a certain pleasure pulling out your phone to edit a document a colleague has open on their desktop.

Neither Quickoffice or Drive are limited just to word processing. Both can handle spreadsheets and presentations as well, but the commentary dished out above is the same across the board. Quickoffice is a more capable option for people who need to do more intense work using their Android devices or want to work with documents saved to internal storage. Drive is good for people with solid internet connections who aren’t put off by saving data to Google’s servers. The latter app also has nice collaboration features that could make it worth using on its own. But at the end of the day, these two apps work better together than they do alone. If you have the space available to run both (and with most modern phones, you more than likely do), then that’s your best bet.

7 comments

    • No, no it isn’t.

      Kingsoft Office is only a VIEWER of MS Office documents. You cannot edit MS Office documents with Kingsoft Office.

      I had Quickoffice Pro on my iPhone long before I had an iPad. Quickoffice Pro is not perfect but it does a decent job of editing MS Office documents.

      Frankly, I am still befuddled by Microsoft not creating a port of Office to the iPad. If they had brought out Word, Excel and PowerPoint for the iPad they would have made bank!

      There is another (pricey) candidate, Documents to Go ($17.99) that has been around since I had a Windows phone. It is kind of expensive but might be okay since it has been around a long time.

      To tell the truth, everything I have needed to do was doable in Quickoffice Pro.

      • Kingsoft Office is better. IT DOES EDIT MS FILES BETTER AS WELL.

        Thus, it seems you have never really used Kingsoft Office

  1. To the best of my knowledge quickoffice cannot create tables (word) or graphics (excel). However the article states otherwise. Can you please clarify

    • Using either Google Drive or Quickoffice, it’s true that you can edit contents of existing tables. Unfortunately, you cannot modify the layout or create new tables within a document. You can also only delete an image from a document, you cannot re-size or insert a new image into a document. Personally, I’m hoping for these exact same features in a next release. (Very soon I hope!) 0 o . l8v0

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