The lack of an IR sender on the iPhone has always been one of those small things that annoyed me about the platform. It meant that I could never control the many IR enabled devices in my house, including my TV.
Now, thanks to the advent of Internet connected smart TVs, you do not need IR to gain complete control of your TV. Samsung’s range of Smart TVs and Smart Blu-ray Players are considered by many to be some of the best in the industry, and they are certainly some of the most popular smart devices around. So, it makes sense to have iOS apps that control these interesting and popular devices.
The problem is, many apps are just not that thoughtfully designed, and suffer from various problems, both technical and in terms of their user interface.
Remotie is not one of those apps, as it is a breeze to set up and sports an interface that is both easy to use and attractive enough that you won’t miss your Samsung remote if you can’t find it.
Remotie supports any Samsung ‘Smart’ device released between 2010 and 2013 so check the details of your TV, Blu-ray player or home theatre. Set up is easy, as Remotie will automatically find any compatible device, and once you are ready to go you can fully customise your remote to your liking, with up to 50 buttons available to play with for advanced users, although the remote is perfectly usable for basic users.
Here, straight from the developer, are the app’s best features:
- Pleasant and simple design in iOS7 style; - Support of all Smart devices released in 2010-2013; - Fully functional remote control for Smart TV, Smart BD-ray and Smart Home Theater; - Customizable remote control with unlimited number of buttons; - More than 50 buttons available for adding; - Arrangement of buttons in any order; - Large touchpad (In-App Purchase); - Keyboard with voice input (In-App Purchase); - Automatic connection to a device; - Help Center;
The app is completely free to download and use, but you can upgrade it to a larger touchpad and voice input for the keyboard via an IAP. It really is incredibly easy to use, and the developer has used the design ethos of iOS7 well, as it fits in nicely with the rest of iOS7 while also retaining the look and feel of a Samsung device with a nice mix of blacks throughout the app.
The app is designed for iPhone, but will still work on iPad if you need it to in a pinch. One of the best features is the text input, which really takes the hassle out of typing on a TV, with things like search and posting online made so much easier by the use of touch typing, or even your voice if you upgrade.
Overall, this is an essential app for anyone with the correct TV. I had no technical problems with it during my time with the app, and I will most certainly be keeping it on my iPhone for regular use.
To put it simply, if you have the right TV, you need this app.