Last week we shared an app called Phonedeck that let users manage their phone from their desktop computer. The app was well received and made it into our popular list, but several readers pointed out some bugs and suggested there were better alternatives.
If you like the concept of controlling your phone from your desktop, then you might want to check out AirDroid. It offers most of the same functionality of Phonedeck, but AirDroid has a much higher average review score of 4.8, vs the 3.9 of Phonedeck.
The AirDroid team just released a new video of their latest 1.0.5 beta, so we thought this would be a good time to share the app. We haven’t seen this latest version in the Google Play Store yet, but we expect it to drop any day now.
Another alternative is LazyDroid Web Desktop. It allows you to take the control of you mobile phone from a WiFi, mobile internet, or USB connection by using your web browser and accessing their website. LazyDroid is free to download, but the app only contains a 24 hour demo and you will have to pay up to get full access. The app and website doesn’t appear to be as well polished as AirDroid, but it has a lot of positive reviews and we thought it should be included.
Finally, we should also point out that most of these same functions can also be accomplished with Google Voice and Google Drive. Voice lets you access all your contacts, SMS, and voicemails from the web and Drive lets you easily transfer files between your mobile device and desktop computer. The whole process might not be as seamless as others, but it still gets the job done.
Feel free to try out the different solutions and let us know which you like best. How do you manager your phone from your desktop computer?