Tablets and smartphones are amazing tools that allow you to step away from your desk and work on just about anything. However, there are times when you need to connect to your physical desktop PC and control your system remotely. There are dozens of different RDP/VNC apps on Google Play that can get you connected at varying levels of security, performance, and reliability. Certainly one of the best apps that I’ve come across for this is Wyse PocketCloud Remote RDP/VNC.
PocketCloud is primarily directed at the business crowd, though it works perfectly well for your personal needs. Because it’s directed more towards businesses, it has a higher level of security options, great performance, and great support. You can choose to connect to your machine through either RDP or VNC connections. There’s also an Auto Discovery option that will walk you through connecting to your machine if you don’t know which option is right for you.
The free version only allows one connection, but if you’re using for personal use, most people don’t need more than that. Upgrading to the paid version gets you unlimited connections, higher encryption, better resolution scaling, and a few more other options. Here are a few of the standard and pro features pulled from the Play description for the app:
PocketCloud standard features:
– Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablet support
– Three connection options:
– RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol)
– VNC (Virtual Network Computing)
– Auto Discovery (through your Google account)
– Intuitive User Interface
– Touch Pointer: high accuracy screen control
– Keyboard auto-activation
– Custom keyboards with shortcuts
– Limited to 1 computer
Upgrade to PocketCloud Pro to add:
– Connect to multiple computers
– RDP 256-bit NLA/TLS encryption
– Auto-fit and extended resolutions for RDP
– VMWare View support
– 3rd party app integration (URL scheme)
– RDP File Redirection
– Microsoft RD Gateway
My absolute favorite thing about this app is the virtual mouse that appears when you connect to your machine. It’s what allows you to perform right clicks, send Ctrl+Alt+Del keystrokes, fast scroll, even resize the screen. It makes navigating through Windows much easier than having to jump to an alternate menu to perform the same actions.
PocketCloud is extremely easy to use and fast to setup. There is barely any lag when moving throughout your desktop menus and folders, and the colors aren’t all washed out like with some other remote control apps. I can’t remember ever having a problem with the software itself outside of making sure appropriate ports are allows or Remote Desktop is enable on the target machine. The controls once connected are intuitive and generally react accurately to whatever task your attempting.
In fact, the only real downside to the software is the price. The Pro version runs $14.99, which is usually pretty steep for your average user. But if you plan on having more than one consistent connection then, for me, it was certainly worth the purchase.