Top Rated Android Remote Desktop Access Clients

By Steve McFarlane

Some of the apps in this review come at a premium, but considering the fact that they enable their users to be productive, even while they are away from their workstations, more than justify the premium that consumers are asked to pay; nevertheless, there are free VNC apps as well. We will not show you how to use these RDP clients, instead we are presenting an overview of some of the best Android remote desktop apps

Android-vnc-viewer (Free)

This is an open-source Android VNC viewer that can connect to most VNC servers including TightVNC, RealVNC that are running on Windows and Apple OS/X. The app does take some time to load the first screen, but once it is done doing so the response times are more than adequate.

There is also an issue with the drop-down menus in that they are invisible until you touch the area of the screen at which the menu should be located. The app also lacks a file transfer option, but owing to the fact that is free and otherwise performs well, we think its place on this list is justified.

Remote RDP ($10.28)

This remote desktop mobile client was one of the first on the market to support TLS (SSL) encryption and the following operating systems: Windows 2000 Server, Windows XP Professional, MCE 2005, Windows Vista Business or Ultimate, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7 Professional (Business or Ultimate).

The app has all the features that many come to expect from the best Android remote desktop clients, including support for pinch to zoom, 128bit and TLS (SSL) encryption, support for admin and application modes, copy and paste to name a few.

This app also has a bi-directional audio support. However, if you wish to record the audio stream you will need to get the Enterprise version of the software. The audio support makes the Remote RDP a standout because it makes possible for the user to enjoy not only the sights but also the sounds of the remote computer, or perhaps talk to a user who is sitting at the other machine. This is no doubt a handy feature that technical support personnel will surely find useful.

There is a lite version of the app but the developer has disabled the following features in this free version: sound, drive mapping, touchpad mode, trackball as mouse, clipboard, console, auto-rotation support, pinch zoom and some program and color settings.

PhoneMyPC (($14.99)

At $14.99, this is a premium Android remote desktop app, but it justifies its high asking price by delivering awesome response rates and great user interface. The developer says that the app allows users to remotely listen to a sound stream from the remote computer but the feature doesn’t seems to always works, or may be it is just particular to certain Android devices.

LogMeIn Ignition ($29.99)

LogMeIn is one of the most popular, powerful and useful remote desktop apps for Android phones and Tablets, and the near $30 price reflects that fact.  Just like the other apps that are included here, Ignition can be used to remotely run an app that resides on a remote computer and even transfers files to the computer you are using just as if you were sitting in front of that computer.

To access a computer using LogMeIn you must first install software on the remote computer and create an account at LogMeIn.com. Once you have done so you will be able to access as many computers as you want.  Other notable features include:

  • The ability to switch between multiple monitors on the remote computer
  • Stream sound from a Windows-based PC and
  • Remotely start a computer that is Wake-On-Lan compatible.

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