Ever since HP’s revealed the Pre 3 and the TouchPad and showcased how they can interact with each other (ability to call and text from your TouchPad via your docked Pre 3, etc..) I’ve been slightly jealous. Although I love my iPhone, I wish it didn’t feel so much like an island. For example, I’d love to be able to pull up a viewing window of my phone’s screen and see its going’s on. If I’m hard at work on my computer and don’t want to be interrupted by taking out my phone to see who called, I wish I could just glance over and get a peek of what’s going on in the far off regions of my pocket. (If anyone knows of an app that accomplishes this, please let me know, though sadly I don’t think it is possible due to Apple’s terms.) I wish I could say that the myPhoneDesktop was that app, but if it was, I probably wouldn’t have started with that introduction.
MyPhoneDesktop understands my frustrations and I think does what it can to alleviate with them within Apple’s allowances. This $4.99 app essentially helps you get simple bits of information to you iPhone from your computer. Say you are in the situation I mentioned above and need to send a text from your phone. You can simply pull up myPhoneDesktop, type in the lengthy SMS, and hit send. The message is then sent via your iPhone as if you had typed it on that glossy glass screen yourself. The app also pulls up phone numbers ready to call in your phone app that you run across on the web, opens web URLs in your phone’s browser, and even links Google Map URLs to the maps application directly. No need to send yourself an email, open it up, open the app, etc.. As seemless as it can get.
I’ve used this scenario with my iPhone and Mac, but the app works with Windows and Linux as well and also with the iPad and iPod Touch.
At this point the app only works “computer to iDevice” but according to its developers they are working on visa versa capabilities. Again, not my dream scenario but considering Apple’s restrictions, not bad for a $4.99 app once you work it into your workflow. Check it out here.
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