Recently I reviewed m3me’s Remote Conductor, an iPad app that turns your tablet into a Magic Trackpad, but with far more features for much less money. M3me has subsequently rebranded its iPad app Remote Conductor HD, clearing the way for a newly released iPhone/iPod touch version of Remote Conductor.
Everything that holds true of the iPad app applies to the iPhone edition of Remote Conductor—only smaller. Like its big brother, Remote Conductor for iPhone provides three functions: trackpad, app launcher and app/window switcher. All those features are quite comparable to their counterparts on the iPad.
As can you might expect with the iPad’s larger screen, some features—namely the app/window switcher and the keyboard—are a little easier to use on that device. However, I think that the iPhone app’s trackpad is easier to use due to the greater sensitivity of the smaller screen. (I still wish the app would support scrolling with inertia like the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad though.)
This is not a universal app, so you need to purchase the iPad and iPhone versions separately if you own both devices. However, at only $2, the iPhone app is quite reasonably priced. And, it can be argued, keeping them separate helps keep each app’s price lower by letting you buy only the version you really need. In my case, I can easily justify needing both.
[Brian Beam is a software designer and partner with web development firm BOLD Internet Solutions, living somewhere near Kansas City.]