App Review: Splashtop Remote Desktop

Whats better than having access to every file on your PC from anywhere with your Galaxy Tab? How about having the entire PC desktop experience everywhere you go, including full speed audio and video? (Yes that means Hulu and Netlfix.)  Splashtop Remote Desktop has you covered for all your remote PC or Mac needs, best of all, you can have the service up and running in less than 10 minutes.

The Android Market has seen its fair share of desktop streaming clients, however Splashtop Remote outdoes them all. Featuring high speed performance with little to no lag to speak of, Splashtop Remote is a dream of an app. For starters there’s full flash and video support, meaning Netflix and Hulu stream perfectly on your Galaxy Tab. In fact the first time I used this app i thought the service seemed too good to be true, I thought there’d be an update that would bring monthly payments, I thought the video would stutter and skip, I was wrong. I’ve been using the app for months now and i can happily say this app lives up to its claims found on the Android market.

The app performs perfectly at its advertised abilities, so long as you have a fast connection. With my setup, i was able to boot up Mirror’s Edge for the PC and stream the game to the Galaxy Tab 7. (A real jaw dropper for the friends) The controls are for the most part solid, with a few hiccups that are likely due to the imprecise nature of navigating a computer within a tablet with your finger. Splashtop does however implement a few tricks to make the process smoother, like two finger gestures for scrolling through web pages.  Also, if you are using a mouse and keyboard the experience is near identical to being on your actual PC.

It’s impossible to say whether this app will work well for everyone. At this time it doesn’t appear that the app will run over 3G or 4G, but that is subject to change as more and more 4G devices are released. Annoyances aside Splashtop should be on every power users list, and its available for both the original, and 10.1 editions of the Galaxy Tab.

Here’s a quick setup guide to get started with.

Step 1. First you need to hit up the Android Market and download the appropriate app for your Tab. All Original Galaxy Tab 7 users need to grab the original Splashtop Remote Desktop app for $1.99. While all Galaxy Tab 10.1 users need the HD version of the app, which runs for $4.99 (there’s also a free timed demo to see if it is for you or not).

Step 2. Head over to Splashtop’s homepage (http://www.splashtop.com/remote)  and download the streaming client for your computer, be sure to download the appropriate version. After a quick install you should be able to follow the instructions and have the server up and running.

Step 3. Pair your Tab with your PC within the Splashtop app on your Tab, it’ll ask for the address of your server, so be sure to be near your computer when setting this up for the first time as the address is displayed on the PC after you install the software.

Download: Splashtop for the Galaxy Tab 7″

Download: Splashtop for the Galaxy Tab 10.1″

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I'm an Android addict, and when I'm not glued to the Android Market, I find time to study web design and other scholarly pursuits.

  • Kathysiders

    Need way way more details!!! Can’t find any step by step instructions on how to install and use. I am not a computer person and I’m sure there’s more out there like me!!!