I guess all of us encountered problems regarding the remote controls: they mysteriously disappear among the couch cushions, get possessed by dogs, their rubbery buttons go defunct, etc. Luckily there’s a solution that can liberate you from these burdens: SURE Universal Smart TV Remote Control.
The app in question turns your smartphone into something similar to a magic wand. After you have installed it you’ll be able to manipulate a large number of devices and home appliances – from robotic vacuum cleaners to TV-sets – using your iOS/Android-powered gadget only.
Smart TV RC designed by Sure eliminates the necessity to have an armada of RCs by your side and the next time your TV remote control disappears you won’t have to undertake a tedious quest of identifying its location.
However there’s a pretty important nuance – the app is compatible only with those smartphones that have integrated infrared emitters. (Search for the List of devices with IR blaster in Wikipedia).
In case your phone doesn’t have the emitter mentioned above, and you’re not planning to buy a newer gizmo any time soon then you might resort to a tricky remedy. You can obtain a WiFi-to-IR converter at an average price of $40 although it slows down the app performance a bit. The score is 8/10.
With this wondrous application you can operate:
And so on.
Other notable features include:
The app has been designed with the conception of “intuitiveness” in mind. It offers you a plain list of device types to choose: TVs, projectors, disc players and so on. After you select a category, there’ll be a list of brands starting with the most popular ones – LG, Sony, etc.
Truly they say that simplicity is a sign of genius – you won’t get lost while navigating through the app and its visceral mechanics are accompanied with an eye-friendly color palette of white, blue, purple and black. It’s laconic, elegant, smooth. The score of the interface is 9/10.
Unfortunately, the app doesn’t find compatible devices automatically – you’ll have to find them yourself, manually scrolling through the list of brands. I guess sometimes the developers enjoy being sloths too.
Another shortcoming that may leave you puzzled is that sometimes a device you manipulate through the application does the opposite of what you want it to do. The volume may rocket up instead of going quiet; air conditioner creates an artificial Sahara in your house instead of cooling the air and so forth. Darn bugs.
The app is free to get. Nonetheless, it wasn’t spared from ads-infestation, but I must admit they aren’t much obnoxious and pop up only when you start/finish using the app.
You can restrain with this slight nuisance or just part with $4.71 to banish ads forever, and I should admit for the first time in my life: this investment is worth it. No other purchases are offered. The score is 5/10.
Sonos Controller compatible with both iOS and Android. The score is 9/10.
Universal Smart TV Remote Control can be your little helper if you happen to lose/damage/smash against a wall the original analog RC or if you’re just reluctant to dig through a pile of remotes, searching for the one you need.
Sadly it may not be compatible with like a half of all of your house devices but I can assure you the other half will work like a charm.
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