PocketCloud Remote Desktop Pro Review

Our Review by Angela LaFollette on March 18th, 2013
Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: USEFUL
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A fast and secure remote desktop app that makes accessing files, applications and media a breeze thanks to its easy-to-use interface.

Developer: Wyse Technology Inc
Price: $14.99
Version: 2.2.244
App Reviewed on: iPad Mini

iOS Integration Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Re-use Value Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar

Overall Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar

With today’s technology, everyone desires to be connected at all times. Owning iOS devices helps many to achieve this, but iPads and iPhones simply cannot do everything that computers can. Remote Desktop apps have made it possible for anyone to access files, software and programs from any computer directly on an iOS device with minimal effort, which in turn have made them quite popular.

There are many remote desktop apps available, with some being better than others. PocketCloud Remote Desktop – RDP/VNC ranks close to the top, but users must ask whether the price is worth everything that it offers.

To get started, users need to download the desktop version for either their PC or Mac. The app suggests using a password on the computer to make it more secure, but it’s not a requirement. In addition, the app suggests that users have a Google account to make finding PocketCloud easier. Once installed on the desktop, users can then download either the iOS or Android apps or access PocketCloud on the web from another computer.

When PocketCloud is up and running, just open the app and choose the desired computer. Users can then immediately begin accessing files with the toolbar located at the bottom of the screen. This toolbar includes a workspace switch, touch pointer activation, keyboard activation, right-click activation, zoom toggle and an option to show and hide the toolbar.

There are many features loaded into PocketCloud that I found to be quite useful like Microsoft RD Gateway support, optimization for 3G, VNC support and universal support. There are also many settings to help the app run smoothly such as the RDP performance tuning where users can toggle settings on and off like the wallpaper, window dragging and menu animation.

While it is loaded with features, there are a couple of concerns worth addressing. One is that after users pay the $14.99 for the Pro version, it’s necessary to subscribe to premium for additional features like downloading files to the device for offline viewing, uploading files to the desktop and streaming video media. Granted, users can try this feature out for a month for free before committing. Since the app is already pricey, some users may not enjoy subscribing for these additional features. Secondly, I did experience some lag time with the app.

Anyone looking for a quick, simple and fast way to connect to their PC and Mac should consider checking out PocketCloud since the setup is quite easy. There are many ways that users can take advantage of its interface like keeping it on hand for presentations, business meetings and even school assignments. Those who like to try before they buy can get a feel for it first by downloading the free version.

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