Works as a viewer, but editing requires Office 365
- Easy to create presentations
- Syncing with OneDrive and Dropbox
- Includes a selection of themes
- Less robust compared to other Office iOS apps
The presentation creator
Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad has always been a go-to presentation creator. While there are more powerful tools now on desktop, mobile has been lacking. PowerPoint for iOS has been developed to work with the touch controls of the iPhone and iPad and it works.
The app is a bit simplified compared to the desktop app, but it does allow you to create well designed presentation from one of the existing templates. You can also import photos from the Camera Roll which turns your iPad or iPhone into a last-ditch media recorder as well.
One of the standout features is that you can press the screen and get a laser dot come up for presentations. There is also a marker where you can annotate on slides in the slide show. Since PowerPoint is a visual tool, there aren't as many options compared to the desktop, but has all the necessary tools included in the app like tables or transitions from slide to slide.
A very patient person could make an incredible presentation through PowerPoint for iOS, but it's also possible to create that last minute project through the app if you have all the photos required on the device.
All the basic tools are available
PowerPoint for iOS doesn't have the power of a desktop with multiple apps. But if you're looking to create a good looking presentation inside one app, then it's a great app to use. As a free app, being able to view and edit presentations is very handyl, but like the other Office for iPad apps, the Office 365 subscription is required for the more advanced features of PowerPoint.
The simplified design intelligently switches from tab to tab depending on what you're working on and the OneDrive and Dropbox support means that you can work on the presentation on the desktop and add the final touches in the app and sync it.
Your pocket presentation station
Powerpoint is not the strongest productivity app in the Office suite, but serves its purpose well when required. The iOS app makes for a handy tool for checking and editing presentations when you're tight for time and can't get to a computer.