So we have finally been able to test out the iWork suite which was released to iPhone users this week.
Overall, we have to say it is impressive and sits comfortably alongside the iWork suite that is also available for the iPad. Functinality is in fact pretty much the same as the iPad with a lot of formating, insertion and reviewing options available.
We will not go in to the full nuts and bolts but generally, if you are out and about and need to quickly adapt a document or review a document and you do not have your laptop with you, the iPhone auite handles to the task you would expect to be able to do impressively. Having said that we had some trouble opening up some of our Keynotes saved to iDisk but otherwise it all seemed to work pretty well.
If you have been thinking of buying the iWork suite or part of it, then we would highly recommend them but one word of caution, if you are planning of working your whole document requirements from the iPhone screen we would found that this was just a little tedious. Our view is that the iPhone use is great for quickly reviewing or changing docs sent to you or that you have run out of time to work on in the office, but it will of course not replace the full suite on your Mac. That is probably the intention. Keynote however is oretty handy on the iPhone if you want to connect your device to an external display to make a presentation from your device with functions to assist.
The suite offers a good variety of the standard templates you can pick up from the full version of iWork, all of course customisable. Opening up Microsoft office docs seems to work pretty well too. Edit and format functions work well, write using the onscreen keyboard, customise using various fonts, colours, charts and tables. You can import documents from iTunes, Mail, the web, iDisk or a WebDAV service (we did not test the latter) all pretty well. Sharing your work is pretty straight forward too via MobileMe iDisk, Mail or via the iWork.com public beta. Airpint works well too with printing options to boot.
Our preference overall to review docs on the fly would be via an iPad as you would probably expect, but the addition of the suite to the iPhone is welcome and will come in very handy, particularly given that purchase of the iWork for iOS suite means it is ready for iPad and iPhone without separate purchases making the price even better value for money.
All in all, Apple has delivered a great transfer to the iPhone at a good price. Let us know what you think and any of your own observations in the comments section below.