Remote RDP Lite
Cost: Free | Developer: Youngtao Wang | Platform: Google Android| Version 3.4.2 | 506k | Requires Android 1.5 and up
A few weeks ago, I had written up an article on my home computer, saved it on my USB thumb drive, brought it to work only to realise I had saved the document file in the wrong place.
As I rubbed my temples in frustration, I wished that I had a way to remotely access my home PC.
Had I known about Remote RDP, maybe I wouldn’t have been so down on myself.
Remote RDP is short for Remote Desktop Protocol. As the name suggests, it allows users to take control of their PC remotely through an Android-based phone or tablet via the Internet.
It works on a number of Microsoft Windows operating systems including Windows 2000 Server, Windows XP Professional, MCE 2005, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista Business or Ultimate, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 Professional, Business or Ultimate, Windows Server 2008 R2.
Remote navigation of the desktop is surprisingly smooth, possibly because it is optimised for use on a large screen with external mouse and keyboard. For phones and tablets, RDP features a virtual mouse feature as well as a full keyboard.
Files can be downloaded or uploaded between the PC and the controlling device by attaching an SD card to the remote computer as a disk.
Data is encrypted but a strong password, as per usual, would do wonders to keep your PC safe from getting into the wrong hands when your phone is lost and so on.
Pros: What is there not to love about remotely controlling your desktop on your phone or tablet?
Cons: Only supports Windows-based operating systems, not particularly user-friendly.
Verdict: A very handy app for the forgetful.
Get it here: Android Market
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