Philips TV Remote – Better than telekinesis. Read The Review!

Posted by on March 18, 2018

Phillips was one of the first brands that pioneered in a praiseworthy attempt to make the TV-sets and smartphones “get married.”

If you happen to own a Philips Smart TV manufactured after 2014 – rejoice! The company released an application that allows you to manipulate your Phillips TV and do some other nifty things.

Publisher: Philips Consumer Lifestyle
Last update: 1 year ago
Size: 22M
Compatibility: Android 2.3.3 and up. Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Price: free
Get it on:  Google Play

What Philips TV Remote Is

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The primary function of the application is being a substitute for a physical Philips Smart TV remote control. You know how it gets with the remotes: dogs tend to devour them (like homework), kids have a tendency to sabotage them, and the couch is like quicksand for the RC’s.

So after you install it on your iPhone, iPad or Android gizmo you’ll get instant access to the following features:

  • Standard RC options – volume regulating, channel changing, brightness adjusting, switching on/off and so on. It’s a life-saver should something happen to your analog RC.
  • TV Electronic Program Guide – enables you to check ratings of a TV-show and learn some unnecessary trivia extra-info about it.
  • Voice commands – supposedly the app is so intelligent, it can search for a show on your verbal command.
  • Sharing – broadcast videos, movies, photos and online-streams from your gadget directly to the TV screen. Sharing your kids’ theatrical debut at school with the rest of the family has never been easier. I guess.
  • Vice versa – reversed version of the previous function. You can digitally rebroadcast TV-programs to your mobile device.

 

Just remember that your particular TV-set must be manufactured no later than 2014. To learn about which models are supported and which are not, visit this place: https://www.philips.co.in/c-m/consumer-support. 8/10.

Interface

This abundance of features is complemented with laconic, even a bit brusque interface design – simple dark background and white buttons/inscription with only a power-off button being red.

A small but still pleasant advantage that the app’s design has is the outlay that automatically adjusts its size depending on what type of a gadget you’re using – it gets bigger and more spacious on the tablet screen and more compact on the smartphone. The score of the interface is 9/10.

Performance and Usability


If you have something to say about this app and make own review – write me.

I don’t know which evil forces cast a spell on Philips products but their quality dramatically plummeted and, unfortunately, their TVs and even the app in question hadn’t remained immune.

The serious shortcomings that have been detected and mercilessly revealed are the following:

  • YouTube and Netflix aren’t supported – I guess Philips decided to go a bit retrogressive here. Or maybe the company’s executives do not realize that such platforms have become a part of global society’s DNA.
  • Navigational crosshair – this little aggravating thing completely ruins the app’s ergonomics and makes you wanna smash the phone against the wall. Traditional arrow-buttons would’ve been a charm instead of THIS (annoyed grunt).
  • Lags & glitches – the app might be reluctant about finding your TV and connecting to it. And even if it does what’s it’s supposed to, it may become persnickety about the media files located on your device – some will be played and some not. Some of the “buttons” occasionally stop responding.
  • No Intuitiveness – although the GUI design is visually attractive, it remains rather cluttered and structured illogically.

All in all, it demonstrated poor performance. Way too impoverished for such a huge mogul-corporation as Philips. The app is entirely free, and it also is ads-free (sigh of relief). The score is 4/10.

Cross-Platform Use

This app is compatible with iOS devices and for Android. Due to this, my mark of the cross-platform use is 9/10.

Verdict

This app kinda makes you cringe. Seriously – it requires 22 MB but at the same time can barely do anything. What’s even better every time you launch the app you get to observe some guy’s both irrelevant and a bit creepy face. Philips TV Remote deserves a place in the purgatory.

7.5

Features

8.0 /10

Interface

9.0 /10

Performance and Usability

4.0 /10

Cross-platform Use

9.0 /10

Pros

  • Pleasant interface;
  • Free;
  • Available for iOS and Android.

Cons

  • Terrible performance.
  • Lags & glitches.


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