Do you want to test-drive Android apps before you buy a tablet or phone? Is your phone too slow to play the latest Android games? An Android emulator may be just what you need.
Currently there are two main Android emulators for PC. You can run an Android image in VirtualBox or you can run BlueStacks. VirtualBox will let you emulate the entire Android OS, but is very buggy. VirtualBox will capture your mouse, much like VMware or Virtual PC, but doesn’t play well with multiple monitors (the VM must be on your primary display for mouse functionality to work properly).
If all you want to do is get up and running quickly and just run the applications, then BlueStacks is what you should use.
On the next page we look at BlueStacks…