I posted this article a while ago and it seems to get a lot of traffic still so I figure I’d update it for 2014.
How many times has this happened to you. You sit down at your desk to get started and you get a text. You break out of your work to pick up your phone, complain about autocorrect for 10 minutes, then hit send. By the time your phone is back where it was 2 more texts pop up. And on and on.
I hate constantly having to switch between phone and work. Fortunately Android offers some nice alternatives, but which one is the best one?
In one corner we have AirDroid which gives you total control of your phone from any web browser. You can send files, interact with contacts and send text messages. You just have to be on the same wireless network and you have to pair your phone.
AirDroid works great and I LOVE being able to push and pull files from the phone without having to go through a ton of steps. It’s also very responsive and gives you a nice desktop view of your phone in your web browser.
Airdroid updated to a version 2.0 which removed the on the same network restriction which was very problematic for me. They created an Airdroid account which houses your devices information which is also great because having to re-connect all the time was very annoying. They also added a premium account feature you can pay for which gives you more remote control (find my phone, remote wipe, turn your camera on, etc.)
MightyText is in the other corner. MT lets you send and receive texts (including MMS) to your phone. Just install the app on the phone and open their website up and you’re all set. Recently MT opened up to allow all browsers, but in my experience it works great with Chrome.
Mighty text has added features as well. They’ve delved into the photo editing and syncing which is really great for those of us who love MMS. You can call from your computer through your phone which I find to be an incredible time saver. They’ve also added the ability to text from Gmail as well as Facebook if you happen to have both of those.
There is also a pro version coming soon for MightyText which adds more features such as themes, the ability to bulk message people, create message templates, and selectively sync MightyText with certain numbers
The verdict (Updated for 2014)
Two years since I posted this and MightyText is still the winner. Admittedly I did not stick with Airdroid as much but I never found a need to really explore it further. Yes AirDroid does give you some more security features as well as wireless file transferring, but that’s just not something I ever find I need.
Mightytext from Gmail is awesome since it works just like a Hangout chat window. There’s a MighyText tablet app which lets you SMS from your Tablet, it’s simple to setup, and it also has a Chrome extension with notifications, and quick reply.
I VERY rarely run into any issues syncing with MightyText (mostly it’s because I use Incognito mode at work a lot and that can get a little weird), and solving it usually just takes some permissions tweaking. All in all MT is still far and away the winner in my book.
In terms of straight text messages I have to give it to Mighty Text. You don’t have to be on the same wireless, it just works. I also got no MMS messages from AirDroid which was kind of a downer. I also like how you don’t have to pair if you’re using Chrome. Just install and go.
But if you’re looking for more file management and total control of your phone AirDroid is the clear winner. Mighty Text does text messages and that’s it. AirDroid basically gives you remote access to your entire phone which for people who live on their phones can be hugely beneficial.
The bottom line they both rule and they are both Free which is even better.
You can check out their sites here