Transform your iPhone into a keyboard and mouse.
You dim the lights, you can crank up your painfully setup 5.1 surround system, you open your favorite, suspiciously acquired Blu-ray rip, you get cozy in your little sofa and…you lug out a large size wireless keyboard and mouse you paid inordinate amounts of money to get (or if you are cheap, you are rocking a wired setup, increasing the chances of dropping your popcorn bucket you made in the microwave – which may not be a bad thing, really). What if I told you that you can chuck out your clunky wireless setup and just simply swipe out your iPhone instead?
Mobile Mouse is what I am talking about – a simple, easy to setup, easy to use app that works as a mouse and brings full-featured keyboard right onto your palm.
Like most such software, you are required to have a wireless internet network at your home and a ‘server’ client to be installed on your PC. Thankfully, not only does the client support Mac and Windows operating systems, you can practically install and forget for an out-of-the-box pre-setup configuration.
Once your client is up and running, you simply fire up the app on your iPhone and let it connect. Connection is instant and the software remembers which PC you connected last so you won’t have to select it again if you have set it up on multiple PCs on the same network.
At first, Mobile Mouse can look intimidating but once you wrap your head around the multiple tabs, it’s pretty simple. The default view is of the keyboard – you have controls like Shift, Alt, Ctrl and Windows button on the left, and options to access the F1 keys, numerics and QWERTY keyboard on the right.
Pressing the little arrow on the rightmost will you give additional controls over your PC. The first tab presents controls for the media player where you can play, pause, reduce volume and eject the disc tray. The second tab has you access to features over your web browser – you can open a new window, a new tab, enter web address, refresh page, increase font, bookmark sites, etc. The third tab has a simple 3-button setup for your music player with rewind, forward and start. The last tab is a quick launcher of sorts to your most used applications. Although I wish it would mimic my Windows quick launcher setup, this works just fine as well.
If you find the tabs and icons a distraction to your scrolling, you can simply wiggle the device to hide them, giving you a large area to scroll.
The only little quirk I found was that the software did not reconnect after being woke up from a lock state. I would have to manually ask it to reconnect, which it did instantly. This means that if you want instant access all the time, you will have to configure it to prevent your iPhone from going into sleep mode – not an ideal setup considering battery is a premium.
But it’s too minor of an issue to disregard the app. RPA Tech has nailed the concept and works just so wonderfully well. If you have an iPhone and like to ‘home theater’ your movies, this $1.99 app is a no brainer instead of a keyboard + mouse combo that will cost you AED 100+ and may not even provide the range you require. Absolutely recommended.