Throughout the years at BBGeeks we’ve gone over hundreds of BlackBerry applications. Each has its own particular use for a certain subset of BlackBerry users. Yet the overarching idea was always that not every app would work for every BlackBerry user. If any BBGeeks reader were to download all of those apps, they’d run out of memory in just a few weeks. Even with the newer, higher capacity models there is a reasonable and actual limit to the number of apps you can store. Further, if you install hundreds of apps, what are the chances you’ll actually use all of them?
Yet there is one type of application that nearly every BlackBerry user can find use with.
The more information we can story on our BlackBerry devices, the more effective they become. It’s one reason memory expansion via SD cards is so popular. They allow you to store more information on your BlackBerry, therefore making it more useful. It doesn’t matter whether that additional information is entertainment-based or professional-based. It still adds to the BlackBerry’s personal usefulness.
The BlackBerry would be most useful, though, if you were able to store your entire desktop on it. That, of course, is not reasonably possible. Hard drives run into the terabytes these days, while BlackBerry storage maxes out at under 100GB, even if you somehow figure out how to shove a 64GB microSD card into your device. Yet there is another solution that can give you the power of your desktop from your BlackBerry.
In the past we’ve written about what they call in the industry a VDI, or virtual desktop infrastructure. In the past these were mostly associated with enterprise accounts. But in the past few years personal users, even those who don’t utilize hosted exchange services, have been able to access their devices through remote desktop applications. Every BlackBerry user should try out one. They can be more useful than perhaps any other type of BlackBerry app.
The premise is simple; even if you were unfamiliar with remote desktop apps you probably could have figured out its purpose. You install an app on your computer, and one on your smartphone. The two apps then connect, allowing you to browse your desktop from your BlackBerry. You can imagine the numerous ways which you can take advantage of this feature.
Ever forget a file that you really need? Have to conduct a presentation but need material from your desktop or laptop? Remote desktop apps are here to help. Just by logging in you can see your desktop exactly as it is, browsing around and clicking through files and programs as you would if you were at home. Many of them even allow you to stream video, thereby circumventing the lack of Flash on BlackBerry devices.
We’ve reviewed a few remote desktop apps, such as RDM+. But don’t let our selection limit you. There are tons of remote desktop apps in App World. Take a look around and check out some of the free ones (which are basically free trials, since most remote desktop apps cost a few dollars). You won’t be sorry you tried.