You may have noted that I recently got a new phone. One of my reasons for getting a Smart Phone like that is to be able to use it as a mobile computer, and be able to resolve emergencies from anywhere.
One of the tools I really need is an SSH client. On my last phone I used PocketPuTTY, and it was barely adequate. With this new phone I went hunting again, and found mToken. There are lots of screenshots on their site, but they’re all large, blinky, and annoying.
The client itself is amazing. Here are a few of the things I like about it:
- It’s not a port of a desktop app, it was designed with Windows Mobile in mind, so it tends to take better advantage of the platform.
- It’s amazingly fast, in every aspect. The interface loads quickly, and when I connect it interacts with the server instantly. I didn’t realize this was a problem with other clients until I tried this one. PocketPuTTY takes some time to load, then some time to put up what I type, and some time to draw the output, etc. mToken is as fast as the connection will let it be, which on wifi is pretty much instantaneous.
- Honestly, I don’t know if I’ll ever use it for anything other than regular ssh, but it’s cool to know that it can do stuff like ssh tunneling, telnet, and act as a modem. It also has loads of options like ssh compression, screen fonts, full screen, power saving, and session histories.
It’s not free, it’s $50. That was kind of a downer, but it’s an amazing product, far outshining anything else available, free or not. I highly recommend it.