Many people remember how easy it used to be to send a picture from a computer to a phone or from a phone to a phone: it was enough to just turn it on Bluetooth, find the right addressee and you're done. In iPhone, the possibility of such file transfer is absent, and DeskConnect is one of the applications that compensates for this disadvantage using Wi-Fi.
In the list of supported devices, unfortunately, only products Apple: iPhone, iPad, iPods and computers on macOS in all possible variations. For this review, iPhone 5s (iOS 03/10.) And MacBook Air Early 2014 (macOS 10.12.1) were used.
So, the first thing that comes to mind of any user who has two or more “apple” devices – why didn't AirDrop please you, what do you need to download a third-party program? The main reason is the greater number of compatible firmwares or devices. For clarity, tool compatibility is as follows:
- AirDrop: iOS 7 or later and one of the following devices: iPhone 5 or later iPad Pro; iPad (4th generation or later); iPad mini or later; iPod touch (5th generation or later) or a computer on OS X 10.10 Yosemite or higher.
- DeskConnect: iOS 8 or higher, or a computer running OS X 10.9 Mavericks or higher.
Thus, DeskConnect is suitable for use on a larger number of versions OS X, but at the same time it is not available for users iOS 7. At the same time, it does not have limited hardware requirements, which means that the user iPhone 4s on iOS 9 DeskConnect is available, but AirDrop is not available.
Let's move on to the program itself. After registering on iPhone, it is proposed to install the application on other devices by finding it in the app store or by following the invite link that is sent to the e-mail specified during registration. After installation on a Mac, the program will settle on the control panel.
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In order to send a file to iPhone, simply drag and drop it onto the icon of the desired device. Thus, you can send not only images, but also documents in various formats. There is no way to transfer notes and links.
In addition, DeskConnect does not appear among applications to which images and other files can be exported, it can only be sent by dragging and dropping.
When iPhone receives a file, it is displayed in the program itself. You cannot export an image directly to Camera Roll, but there are workarounds: import through third-party programs (for example, Adobe photo editors). You can immediately add to Notes, print or send to social networks.
The list of files that can be sent from iOS also includes links, the clipboard, and documents from iCloud Drive. You can send them not only in the application itself, but also in the list of applications for export in Camera Roll, browsers and other applications. In general, you can send from iPhone much more than download to iPhone.
On a computer, unlike iOS, the received images can be immediately imported into Photos. Links are opened by simply clicking on them (like other documents, links are stored for 30 days), but the received Notes and the contents of the clipboard (both are saved as .txt) have not been opened.
In general, the application is an AirDrop with somewhere advanced, and somewhere significantly reduced capabilities.
There is not enough ability to send notes and links from the computer, while the greater number of supported devices and the sending of text from the clipboard from iOS pleases (if the files were then opened, the price of this function would not exist, but here we can only hope on developers). I am also glad that the files are stored in the public domain for a month (unless they are deleted, of course): a handy feature that AirDrop does not have.
Has AirDrop been hit? For me – absolutely definitely not. It is because of the easy transfer of images, and also in no small part due to working through Bluetooth rather than Wi-Fi, that AirDrop wins: I love working on trains, and often they do not have Wi-Fi , and even the mobile Internet does not catch, and the files need to be synchronized somehow. If these shortcomings do not seem critical to you, then the application is definitely worth downloading.