Exploring Two Tethering Apps on Your Android Phone
"How do you hook up your laptop to your phone?" asked a colleague who had just invested in an Android phone. She was sporting the new buy one-get one free Samsung Vibrant from T-Mobile and curious about what apps to install...it made my Motorola Cliq look like a brick!
Brick or not, if you own an Android phone, you’re set to go with several inexpensive apps. I own both apps mentioned in this blog entry, so I feel comfortable elaborating about my experiences here. A quick explanation of what tethering is from EasyTether:
[Program Name] shares your Android smartphone connection with your PC. This app allows you to tether your Android to a desktop or a notebook computer. EasyTether uses exactly the same data plan that is used for the on-phone Internet access like in the built-in browser or e-mail app or youtube application. No additional tethering fees.The two main competitors that I know about and discuss here--share if you know others that don’t involve “rooting” your Android phone--include (in alpha order) Easy Tether and PDAnet. Both are great products and I confess that both will remain on my phone, although I'm sharing my preferred selection in this blog entry.
|Cost||$9.99 per phone. |
|$15.95 for license. |
|License||Uses your IMEI number to track the license per phone.|
|*You can use it on any phone and install the client software on any computer. Consider this when rating the cost.|
|Installation||Download the app on your phone, install the driver on your computer, start the app on the phone while connected via USB to your computer, and it works.||Download the app|
|Operating System Compatibility||Windows|
|Usability||You can turn tethering on by simply connecting your phone via USB and activating the EasyTether App on your phone. To turn off the tethering, just quit the program.||You turn on tethering by connecting the phone and turning on the app, enabling USB tether (bluetooth also supported), then connecting on your desktop.|
|Comments||I found this to be much easier solution to implement and convenient. . .no need to mess with control panels, etc.|
It just worked, which was a pleasant surprise.
|This solution involved a bit too many steps to get tethered and I found it cumbersome at times, especially when the desktop program would quit unexpectedly.|
|Overall||For Android phones only, I’d buy EasyTether due to the lower cost. Since I work on all 3 operating systems, this is now my tethering app of choice.||Great choice but it needs some work on minimizing the steps involved to get it working and crashing (on a Mac...no problems on Windows).|
What are you using and would you consider switching based on the recommendation in this blog entry?
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