This is a discussion on Splashtop within the iPad Apps forums, part of the iPad App Store category; Originally Posted by Asharp I was wondering if it's worth it to switch back and try again: Logmein is dependable but as slow as molasses. ...
It took me a while to set it up, but it is good now I have it working.
Glad to hear you got it working....Originally Posted by Spiritinthesky
Also, if you haven't already, install dropbox on ipad and pc. Acts as a networked shared drive. Free with a 2gb limit...anymore then it's supscription. So anything you drag into the dropbox folder on pc shows up in the dropbox app on the ipad where then you can use the "open in" functionality to open the file with any compatible app on the ipad.
Thank you for your advice about the apps. I love Dropbox. Although iWork.com is working out just fine as a substitute of sorts, I wish Pages was integrated with Dropbox. Hopefully it will be in a future update.
I've completed a quick test of Splashtop and it is noticeably faster than LogMein. I normally use Verizon 3G for the Internet and under the same conditions, I definitely find Splashtop more satisfying to use. It is certainly faster to open folders and easier to drag open windows around the screen than it is with LogMein. When dragging open windows on the screen, (I have a MacBook Pro at home), the lag time is still short enough to be able to successfully place a window where I want without it being frustrating.
I did experience a problem dragging the entire screen about, something I can do with LogMein, but that is due to my being a Splashtop novice and I need to go back and reread the gestures explanations. I'm probably just inadvertently using a LogMein habit with the Splashtop app.
I'll start using it more often now and if I have anything more to add, I'll give an update!
I am curious to know how people who use remote pc apps like splashtop and pocket cloud feel about the interface. Here you have a beautiful iPad interface and then you overlay old Windows interface on it and then try to insert sense of touch to Windows interface that it was not designed for. This seems like a bad user interface no matter how you cut it but people use it because there is no better alternative or what?
You had your entire life to prepare for today.
I was a big user of Gotomypc with my laptop and then on the iPad but then I found Splashtop and never looked back. In fact I canceled by gotomypc subscription because I never use my laptop anymore and it was costing me $170 or so while Splashtop was a few bucks. I use it all the time to access my home Windows computer and work only iPad, it's awesome, you can enlarge the screen with pinch and zoom if it is too small for you to see initially.
When I learned about remote desktop apps for the iPad, that was the final and decisive piece of information that motivated me to buy an iPad.
After trying first iTeleport and then LogMein, with Splashtop, I finally have the remote desktop app I've been looking for.
I use my iPad 2 to remotely access software programs on my MacBook Pro for which there is no iPad app version like my grading software program and sending files to my iPad via Dropbox. This more detailed review of the product is based on using Splashtop in this context.
The responsiveness to commands is fast enough that I'm able to focus on my task with very little wait time within my software program. Because I almost forget that I'm using a program from my laptop at home, I'm spending a greater amount of time each day using Splashtop.
There are two occasions when I am aware of the difference between using a remote app and my laptop. The first is when I'm dragging an open folder on the screen. The folder does respond with a slight lag as if it's been dragged by an invisible "leash," but this doesn't interfere with my productivity and is more of an interesting quirk.
The second is when I'm dragging a file from one folder to another. I'm experiencing some "misfires," e.g., I'll be presented with a series of unwanted options when I tap an icon. Perhaps this slightly frustrating issue will become less of a problem the more I use the Splashtop app.
This app has had an immediate and positive effect on my work efficiency. Having to wait until the end of a 15 hour work day to complete data entry at home was daunting. I truly apperciate being able to record students' grades immediately and sending a PDF of them to my iPad in Dropbox.
Splashtop is a winner!