Although the remote desktop access offered by BlackBerry Link with BlackBerry 10.1 is insanely awesome, there are a lot of folks out there who need full on access to their computers while on the go. Looking to help in that situation, Splashtop has now brought their remote computer access software to the platform. The app looks as though it was created using native tools (it's certainly not an Android port) and although I've not spent a ton of time with it, I have to say the five minutes it took to get myself up and running was all pretty painless. Download the app, install the streaming software, and you're good to go.
Let's have a quick look at what features it brings:
- Access all your PC / MAC applications and files with 100% compatibility, including PowerPoint, Keynote, Word, Excel, Outlook, Quicken, IE, Chrome, Safari, and other personal and business applications
- Faster and more productive than traditional RDP / VNC and VPN solution for remote access and remote control and support of PCs & MACs
- Watch all the videos / movies / music content stored on your computers -- iTunes, DVDs, and Windows Media Player even Netflix
- Play all the 3D games running on your PCs and MACs
I'm not sure I'd want to run a full on 3D game over it but the ability to access everything on my Mac as if it were in front of me is pleasing. Splashtop 2 is offered as a free download but if you're looking to be able to access your stuff from anywhere, not just over your own network, then you'll need to consider purchasing an "Access Anywhere" subscription which goes for $1.99/month or $16.99/year.
I should note though, the app does have one small bug on the BlackBerry Q10. When you go to purchase the Access Anywhere pack, the purchasing option is cut off, so I expect an update to correct that. The BlackBerry Z10 version, however, does not have this small bug in it.