Use your Tablet or Smartphone as an Extra Monitor

Monday 30th, January 2012 / 11:30 Written by

Everybody loves the idea of multitasking. Imagine having an extra monitor when you need more screen space and not having to spend much for it. Well, that’s possible and all you will need is your personal computer (Windows or Mac), an Android/iOS device and a Wi-Fi connection. There are a number of apps available  which allows you to use your device as an external monitor. But two apps seem to hold a firm place in the market. Let’s have a look at them.

Celio corp’s REDFLY Screen Slider is an app which will help you use your Android tablet or smart phone as an extra monitor. Priced at $1.99 in the Android market, you can download it to your smart phone and request a download link for your computer or laptop. Once you get the download link from the official website, you can start your installation process.

• After entering the name of the system, select the option that finds devices from a list.
• Once the device has been selected, double-click on it and enter the code that is displayed your Android device.
• The screen will flicker for a short time after you accept the license agreement. And now you can enjoy your extended desktop space.

Presently, the service is available for Android devices, iPhone and the iPad, and  is expected to support other devices soon. Currently, this app supports windows XP (32-bit),Vista (32-bit) and Windows 7 operating systems (either 32 or 64 bit), but there’s no Mac support. This app can also be upgraded. The key feature of the screen slider pro is the built-in android keyboard and the speech-to-text feature where you can enter/edit in PC apps and the multi touch control.

Mac users can use the iDisplay app which supports both PC and MAC desktops. The installation steps are similar to that of the screen slider except that there is a code. You have control over the app either by using the cursor or using the touch screen of your iOS or Android device. Of coruse, the app would function better when used with tablets instead of the small screen  on your smart phones.

You can completely duplicate the display of your android device using this app. Priced at $4.99, this app can increase your productivity. MobileCrunch said, “That’s brilliant. I can think of a billion uses for this“. This works on Macs running OS 10.5 Leopard or later and  Windows XP 32-bit, Vista and Windows 7 except for its starter version. However, non-Intel Mac’s are not supported. With improved bug fixes, some of its key features include automatic connection to the last known host and the improved cursor responsiveness

The newly optimized interface is available in three languages which include Italian, Spanish German and French can work in portrait and Landscape device orientation.

You can download Screen Slider for your Android phone or tablet from the Android Market, hereand you can download the companion PC app from Celiocorp’s website, here.

You can download iDisplay for your iPad or iPhone running iOS 3.1 or later from the App Store, here, and you can download the companion PC and Mac apps from the Shape Services’ website, here.  You can also download iDisplay for your Android Device (with the companion desktop app), here.

Do you know  of any other app that does the same thing? Do let us know in the comments below.

About the author

Deeptaman Mukherjee is one of those rare names in the Indian blogosphere, who pursues blogging as his hobby. In the 4 years of his blogging experience, he has worked with some of India's top blogs. He presently blogs at My Portable World and Tech Buzz Online. For any engagements or just to say a Hi, do get in touch with him at Twitter & Facebook. Know more about him, here.

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