Google Sheets is part of Google’s G Suite of products which was formally known as Google Apps. Google Sheets is Google’s answer to Microsoft Office Excel. Some like it better and some do not. Personally, I think Google sheets is great if all you are doing is viewing and editing data in a tabular format. perhaps doing some simple math computations, then Google Sheets works very well. If your computational needs are a little advanced, then it may not work as well.
That is not to say you can not do statistical analysis with Google Sheets, but it’s a lot harder, and the tools are not as advanced as what you have with Microsoft Excel.
In all fairness, I do have many years experience working with Excel as a DBA, so I may just be biased as I’ve used it since the early versions and before that, it was Lotus 123. So, it’s possible I just haven’t done enough homework yet. I am planning on doing some tutorials on this product as part of the Google classroom series, so I may change my mind.
One of the great things about Google Sheets is its compatible with other spreadsheet programs like Microsoft Excel, so you don’t have to only use Sheets. You can work on your spreadsheet while you are at work using Excel, then open it up with the Google Sheets mobile app and continue later. This is very useful if you only need to view the data from your phone. You can have your class rosters in Excel( Even exported from Banner and then display them on your iPhone or other mobile devices.
Since Sheets is a Google Suite product, it works will other the Google apps such as Google Drive. This makes it an ideal part of tools you need when using Google Classroom. Since the interaction is already there, you can have a Google Form available for your students to take a quiz, then have the results imported into a Sheet for the analysis or grading portion of the task.
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Google Sheets Reviews:
If you look on the app store at the user reviews for Google Sheets you may think not many people use it, but that’s not true, it’s just a part of everyone’s daily life they don’t think to go review it. The app just works well. It’s not Microsoft Excel as we have stated, but it’s still very useful. The mobile version of Microsoft Excel is not as near robust as the full desktop or even online versions.
We need to just realize sometimes you still need a computer when working with complex documents and that will likely continue until the mobile devices become even more powerful in terms of memory and processing power. Even once the processing power is increased on mobile devices you still will likely want to use applications such as Google Sheets from a desktop computer just because of the screen real estate. It
Even once the processing power is increased on mobile devices you still will likely want to use applications such as Google Sheets from a desktop computer just because of the screen real estate. It can be difficult to see all of a large spreadsheet and work with it on a mobile device. The lack of screen space is the only reason this mobile app did not make it onto our list of the best iPad apps for college students.