If you are looking for the best word processing app for the Apple iPad 2, the following are the applications receiving the most attention at present. What follows is a list of four, beginning with the as yet best rated by customer reviews on the iTunes App Store.
iA Writer by Information Architects, Inc.
If you are looking for a simple and straight-to-the-point word processor, this app offers a no-distraction interface. By removing the multitude of options for formatting what you are writing, iA Writer creates basic formatting on its own, allowing you to focus on your writing. And speaking of focus, this application has a unique FocusMode which eliminates the tendency to cross-edit what you have already written. Importing and exporting as plain text, iA Writer syncs flawlessly with iCloud, Dropbox, the built-in Mail program and iTunes File Sharing. Currently priced at a discounted rate of $1.99 in the iTunes App Store, iA Writer holds a customer review rating of a solid 4 stars.
Pages by Apple, Inc.
Created by the makers of the iPad 2, the Pages application allows you to view and edit Pages ’09 (.pages), Microsoft Word (.doc and .docx) and plain text (.txt) files, while exporting under your choice of Pages ’09, Microsoft Word or PDF extenstions. With a drag and drop feature, this app syncs to iCloud and automatically keeps documents up to date across all iOS devices. Pages includes 16 Apple templates, the use of the onscreen or a wireless keyboard, as well as charts and tables for organizing data. iTunes File Sharing allows for easily importing from Mail, the web, a WebDAV service or any other PC or Mac computer. Currently priced at $9.99 in the iTunes App Store, the Pages app holds a 3.5 star rating for the currently released version and 4 stars for all versions.
Office2 HD by Byte2
This application offers a complete office suite for your IPad 2, allowing you to open, view, create and edit files from Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint. A video providing an overview of the program can be found here: http://bit.ly/iK1vFT. Office2 easily connects to stored documents from Google Docs, DropBox and MobileMe iDisk. Byte2 also offers a more basic app which works only with .doc and .docx formats, Doc2 HD. Currently priced at $7.99, Office2 carries an average of 3 stars in the iTunes App Store.
Documents to Go Premium Office Suite by Data Viz, Inc.
Doc2Go offers similar services as the Office2 Suite listed above. With the same rating of 3 stars, this app is priced at $16.99 through iTunes App Store.