HAVE YOUR PHONE ON YOUR PC. Free | www.airdroid.com
By far and away our standout app for this month, AirDroid 4.0 gives remote access to your smartphone so you don’t have to constantly pick it up to check messages, look at photos and so on.
For anyone who runs a blog, a small business or is tethered to their computer for hours each day, it’s a remarkable time-saving app, and very slick too. Connect your phone and computer to the same Wi-Fi network and log in to the provided URL, and your phone is then presented as a new desktop in a tab of your web browser.
While this is not a mirror image of your phone, you’ll soon get used to the smart GUI layout as you browse photos, receive and reply to text messages, and alter the files on your phone as you see fit. There’s also the option to mirror your phone’s home screen to your computer (should you need to demo an app, for example), and also backup your files. It’s remarkably versatile, and pretty solid too.
Go premium for $2.49 per month or $24.99 per year, and you can transfer larger files, but the free version offers a lot for nothing at all.