There is no shortage of remote desktop software as a simple search on the market will reveal a myriad of choices, each promising to do more than the other but in truth you just have to ask yourself how many ways can yo skin a cat.
Pocket Cloud is different. First, as misleading as the name sounds, it is not a Cloud base service which box.net or dropbox, offer you copious amounts of storage space for you to share your files. On the contrary, pocket cloud uses the age old remote desktop concept to turn your desktop PC at home as a cloud storage of sorts.
I mean, why not? If you already have unlimited data on your Android device, why pay for cloud storage when you can set up your own?
Why would you part with your money when you already paid for, and have set up a WLAN network in which your home computer is left on 24/7? I use to remember using my iMac with my Macbook set up over Airport Express, allowing me to access my desktop iMac wherever I was in town sipping a nice latte and chatting up the baristas.
In the age of the LTE networks, and those of you with LTE enabled Galaxy Notes, will be a boon. Files can be accessed remotely, and quickly via a 4G network or at Starbucks.
To work, you have to buy the Pocket Cloud app on the Market and pair that with a download on your PC or Mac by going to http://www.wyse.com/pocketmac.
Here you will find two desktop programs that must be installed to allow access. Like most desktop remote apps, you use a Google account to sync your computer to your Galaxy Note and woe betide those who do not own a Google account as there is really no other way in which you can access your desktop. Why you ask? Well, according to the folks at wyse, it’s for your security. There are after all a variety of password trolls lurking in wifi hotspots and if you ever had the misfortune of being intercepted, the settings on the desktop could provide you with a firewall against stolen data.
Pocket Cloud works well on the Galaxy Note, and the only caveat is when you switch out and switch back into the app that you probably will have a hiccup where the connection is lost but this can be restored by hitting the refresh button.
I tested it with a few image files, downloading it from the Mac to the Galaxy Note and it worked fine until the it prompted me to use a imaging program to open the incoming file. The Gallery app was buggy at best when confronted with an image download, there was no option to save it unless you used another program to open the image. You could also resave the incoming file onto a cloud service when prompted.
You navigate the PC desktop using a series of tabs that denote which folder you are in. If in doubt, just jump to the root or user desktop. It is that simple.
Uploading from the Galaxy Note to the PC is equally simple. Just go to the desired folder and deposit your file there.
From this menu screen, you can create a new folder. Simple. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out.
The app worked flawlessly on the GN, and no, there is no fragmentation issues for this app. The large 5.3inch screen is well supported and there are no black unused borders in which to hide the true screen size of the app either.
For now, Pocket Cloud is on sale for US$0.99 cents and it is a steal. It will cost US$4.99 when the promotion is over so I would advise you put down that dollar to support the folks at wyse.
This app is only useful if you wish to set up your own desktop access and it is in no way a method for you to share your ill gotten stash from the Internet. You cannot share links and people have to know your gmail account login before they can have access to your desktop HD. So if you need to share your files with the outside world, my advise is for you to ante up on some cloud storage.