Tonido Makes Remote File Access Simple and Free to Use

Tonido Makes Remote File Access Simple and Free to Use

Apr 3, 2013

Tonido wants to make it extremely easy to access your data from your computer – even your videos – and their new Android app makes it possible to do it from your tablet or phone. After installing their server software from and setting up a local account, connecting to the Tonido ID URL with username and password will make it possible to log in to your computer and access your files. From here you can stream your videos with transcoding, listen to music from your computer, browse photos with an easy photo viewer, or just download your files as necessary. The app and server client are totally free to use for this basic functionality and unlimited remote access, with extended file synchronization available for an additional yearly subscription fee. They even sell a device called the Tonido Plug with a 2.5″ SATA port that could be used as a dedicated remote access drive on your local network. The possibilities are endless! The Tonido app is available for free from Google Play. Review Review

Oct 10, 2012

What is Why, it’s an incredibly powerful tool for remotely accessing an Android device, one that provides useful features, but at the cost of battery life. A lot of it.

Start by downloading the app and running it on the phone, setting up a unique passphrase required to access the phone. The app can be remotely accessed from any web browser in one of three ways: by connecting a Google account, connecting a Facebook account, or by scanning a custom QR code on the phone itself in order to authorize the app. Then, the five features can be accessed. Text messages can be read from the web and responded to. New messages can be sent, and it’s possible to export lists of messages to a computer.

Need to remotely access contacts that are on the device? That’s posssible with Pictures can be uploaded to the app and made accessible. Granted, these are both functions that other apps like Dropbox have also done, and have done them very well, so this may not serve much use.

Now come the fun things. Location allows for a device to be found based on its current map location. It can also be tracked to see where it is going. Need it to make an alarm sound? That’s possible through the map function as well. Great for finding that phone. It may serve as a rudimentary anti-theft feature, though turning off is pretty simple. It also would make for a very poor spying utility.

Also, there’s a Spy-Cam feature, which opens the camera and takes photos every 2.5 seconds. Flash can be enabled, and torch mode for illuminating what’s around. Note that the photos do seem distorted on a 16:9 device, there’s no actual video capture, and only the front-facing camera can be used with it.

The downside to as a tool for regularly checking SMS from the web is quite simple: it uses up too much battery life. I noticed at least a 15% drain in about 45 minutes on the Galaxy S III; not something for leaving around with the phone unplugged. As well, it sent about 35 MB of data over cellular at the time; if on a tiered data plan with wifi unavailable, that could be problematic. A low-power mode for just sending/receiving messages would be a great addition! Until then, this app serves as an interesting diversion, but maybe not quite the useful tool that it really could be.