App Review: Google Docs, Sheets & Slides iPad Apps

With the release of Google Apps for Education in NSW DEC, it's a great time to look at the support for Google Apps on various devices.  

While you can use Google Apps in your web browser on a Mac, Windows PC, Chromebook, iPad, Windows or Andriod Tablet – Google have also been steadily developing their apps for iOS and Android, which give a 'native app' feel to the excellent web-based Google Apps.

Let's look at the iPad versions of these apps:

  • Docs – create, edit and share word processing documents
  • Sheets – create, edit and share spreadsheets online
  • Slides – create, edit and deliver presentations via the web 

Recently updated for iOS 8, the latest versions also include editing of tables, spellcheck and support for Touch ID fingerprint sensors in the latest iPhones and iPads.

These apps provide you with quick and easy access to your Google Apps applications, saving your login, so you can open the app and get straight to your documents.  The apps have been designed to allow for easy editing on the touch screen based iPhone or iPad with a simple menu system.

These apps are probably best used on individual iPads, rather than iPad sets shared by multiple users due to the saving of logins.  We highly recommend installing them for staff use, in student 1 to 1 programs and BYOD.