Android is continually improving as a viable platform for the business user, with a number releases from big brands filling in some of the gaps in the platform’s functionality.
LogMeIn is the latest such release, giving users remote access to their computers, or enabling systems administrators to give users access to office machines without needing to set up a VPN.
LogMeIn is relatively painless to set up. You can access as many computers as you need through the Android software, but each one will need the LogMeIn desktop client installed and running – and there are both pro and free versions available offering differing levels of functionality.
There’s little technical configuration needed to get started, although clearer instructions would benefit for the more casual user. Remote machines are accessed securely over Wi-Fi or 3G, and access can be managed through a web client as well.
Once set up LogMeIn works a treat. Your computers desktop is displayed on the smartphone’s screen, and you can scroll around and zoom into specific parts of the display.
It’s fast and responsive, depending on the quality of your connection, and stable, making it ideal for regular use. All the functions of your remote PC (or platforms are also supported) are available, so you can retrieve files, open and use applications and even remotely manage computers.
At the price, LogMeIn Ignition is probably not for occasional use, but for anyone who regularly works away from the office and needs instant, reliable access to their files and services, this application really cannot be beaten.