This has been an informative thread, but one thing that was a bit frustrating as I read it is that people have been saying which they liked best, but they usually haven't been saying what they use it for. One's opinion of "Best Remote Desktop App" is likely to differ based on things like:
* are you trying to access a Windows machine, a Mac, or both?
* are you mostly using it for remote location access via the internet, or direct (computer-to-computer) access to a computer that is nearby?
and other things I'm sure!
My own desire is to use an ipad to control a Mac (that eliminates the RDP-based apps from contention), and while I may want to do remote computer access over the internet, 90% of my iPad control use will be within shouting distance of the Mac I'm controlling. The extra wrinkle is that I will sometimes be doing this where there will be no internet connection and no router.
From this perspective, does anyone have any particular recommendations (for or against)? I'm focusing on these at the moment:
VNC Pocket Office Pro, $7.99
RealVNC VNC Viewer, $9.99
iTap VNC $11.99
Probably what I'd most like to hear about are experiences doing things like dragging windows around, picking menu options, clicking little things like the minimize button, selecting text... I'm really interested in the the speed and accuracy of accomplishing these kinds of tasks, and whether this is something that really distinguishes any of these products from any others.
I'm also curious about how they work with a bluetooth keyboard, as I'd like to have the option to be able to use it with or without a physical keyboard. Again, I'll usually be using this within shouting distance of the actual computer... which means I could often actually pair the bluetooth keyboard with the Mac itself rather than with the iPad. That could address some shortcomings I've read about in using the BT keyboards on the iPad, but it only makes sense if the iPad image of the screen is updating fast enough to keep up with my typing on the host computer. Has anyone tried anything like this?
I sure wish I could download 24-hour trials of all of these!
all excellent points. my reply isn't going to be fully helpful, but it will thicken the plot:
before the ipad was introduced, i did an exhaustive search for a remote app for the iphone, and the winner, hands-down was "RemoteTap." (google it for the web site; as a newbie in this forum, i can't post a link.) its feature-set is absolutely amazing, and for $5 it's a steal.
now, the caveat:
there's no ipad version, yet. users have been begging for an ipad version, but the developers haven't been responding lately. we don't know why they've been silent, but the lack of updates is responsible for the lower rating now. (previously it was at 4.5 stars!)
of course it runs on the ipad, but only in the dumb 1x or 2x modes -- not at native resolution.
all this time, i've been holding out for what seemed like the inevitable update. but as time passes, i no longer know what to think. with my luck, i'll break down and buy iTeleport, only to have RemoteTap for ipad debut within days. this developer's attention to detail is unparalleled. but obviously we can't wait forever (hence my poking around in these forums, looking for possible alternatives).