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Dealing With Word Documents Is Made Easy With These Great iOS Word Processors

Dealing With Word Documents Is Made Easy With These Great iOS Word Processors

Creating documents on-the-go is made easy with these great word processing apps.

Google Docs

Collaborate with other users in real time on rich text documents

Google Docs

Open Google Drive files in Docs

For any group wanting to collaborate on a project in real time.

When constructing a document for any reason – especially school projects – doing so with a group of people can often be a hassle. Thankfully, Google Docs and other web apps within the Google Drive suite can take some of the pain out of hearing the words "group essay." For those who have used desktop word processors such as Microsoft Word, Google Docs' interface will be familiar as you use it to create and edit documents. However, the real magic comes in when you share your documents with other Google users and can watch them edit with you in real time. See who's typing and where, suggest edits, and view extensive revision history so you can know exactly who to blame for removing an entire paragraph. On iOS in particular, you can take this functionality on the go – and even offline – with the Google Docs iOS app.

Why we love it

The collaboration abilities in Google Docs are unmatched by similar services as Google has always lead in this industry. At the same time, Google's Docs and other Drive-related iOS apps are lacking in one area: keeping up-to-date with iOS' latest abilities. For example, Google is late to the game in adding split-screen multitasking support, which became capable in iOS 9 in 2015. But regardless, we still think that Google Docs is worth using for its collaborative abilities.

Pages

When you want a word processor that is just as sleek as Apple themselves

Pages

Pages

For anyone who needs a word processor that is easy to use and not convoluted.

Pages for iOS is undoubtedly one of the best iPad word processor applications available. Desktop-grade tools are at your fingertips for text manipulation and changing styles of text with just a few taps. Templates have always been Apple's specialty and Pages does not disappoint. Over sixty templates come with the app to let you make great documents. Of course iCloud sharing is front and center within Pages and you can share the document for realtime collaboration with another person. Just like in other editing suites, Pages will update your project as you both work to perfect it.

Why we love it

Apple's Pages has evolved quite a bit. It is now a beautiful and comprehensive solution for word processing on-the-go on your iOS device, and gives users plenty of great options for when they need to write a novel, book, article, or anything else they need.

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word for iOS is one third of the Office suite of applications for Apple’s iOS devices

Microsoft Word

It's Word, Jim, but not as we know it

This is one app that will surprise you with Dropbox support and constant improvements.

Microsoft Word is a staple for any office environment and is just one-third of the complete Office suite of applications from Microsoft that are available on iOS. Word on iOS is a powerful application that lets users view and read documents in a rich, revamped interface. However, if you want to create or edit documents, you will need an Office 365 subscription. You can try it free during the 30-day trial, however, so you can see if it's a good fit for your mobile office.

Why we love it

It's Word on your iOS device, which means it's familiar to those that are used to Word and let's people transfer documents to their iOS device if they use Word to begin with.

iA Writer

Take full control of your writing in a centralized hub

iA Writer

Tons of new features

For anyone who needs to write and wants focus, syntax help, and a separate editing section.

The developers of iA turned heads with the release of iA Writer Pro. This app is another desktop-grade text editor that looks to stand apart from the crowd based on features, workflow, and price. Its big standout feature is the innovative Syntax Control. This scans the syntax of your text. Then it will highlights parts of speech such as: adjectives, nouns, verbs, adverbs, prepositions or conjunctions. iA Writer sets up your writing into three categories: take notes and brainstorm, write, then edit. This structure works for many, but it can be a bit constricting if you don't usually work this way. Finally, iA has priced this app at almost $20. It relies on iCloud for all file storage. The feature set may work for many at that price, but the lack of Dropbox support (unlike the classic iA Writer) can be a deal-breaker for many.

Why we love it

iA Writer was a classic plain text editor back in the day, but the developers have really revamped it to become a powerful and complete writer's toolkit. If you're a writer who enjoys the **process** of writing, then this is the text editor for you.

Ulysses

Keep all of your writing in a single place with this powerful app

Ulysses

Powerful keyboard

For anyone who does a lot of writing and wants to keep everything in one central place.

Ulysses Mobile is a mobile port of the popular Mac writing client. Ulysses provides users with a complete library to store their writings in, and you can easily access your files on-the-go. The app provides writers with a distraction-free writing environment and there are even different colored themes and fonts that you can choose from to fit your writing style and needs. While you write, there is a keyboard extension that provides you with shortcuts for changing formatting, adding special characters, searching keywords, undoing, and moving the cursor left and right. No matter what kind of writing you do, Ulysses Mobile is flexible and will work with you, not against you. Plus all of your files are stored and synced effortlessly through iCloud.

Why we love it

Ulysses Mobile gives us a powerful toolset in a distraction-free writing environment, and the ability to have all of our files in a single place is a win-win.