Originally Posted by guiri
So, what are the options if I get a cheap tablet to do this and what apps are available?
Is there one where I can custom make my own remote control layout and map the codes for the buttons to it
and is there a cheapo tablet with a good screen that has an instant on?
How would it control my pc though?
Any iOS or Android device: iPod, iPhone, iPad, Galaxy tablet, any Droid phone.
It's just a touchpad and keyboard, not a remote screen display. I don't even look at it unless I'm typing. Check it out HERE
and you'll understand what I'm talking about. The advantage is it's cheap and the range and response are excellent, unlike hardware wireless keyboards/mice. As far as I know, there's no custom layout capability per se, but the included ones work very well and switch automatically depending on the app running on the PC. For example if you open a browser, you get browser controls, and if you open media center you get playback controls. It handles task switching, hot keys, app launching, etc.. If you want to use it as a universal remote for your TV and other devices, you need a different app and more hardware (iRule, RedEye, etc.). I don't do that. I just use the touchpad/keyboard aspect for my PC and use a normal universal remote for everything else.
I've tried every wireless keyboard/mouse solution under the sun, including the ones posted. They all pale in comparison to MobileMouse (or similar app).
I understand about the difficulty of using a small screen for typing. I have the same problem. But I just don't do that much typing on mine. Even so, what little typing I do works well because you can make the keyboard full screen. A full size keyboard is the best solution, but takes up a lot of space and eats batteries. So you have to compromise. So the smartphone works for me. When I'm not around, the family just uses the same app on the iPad. I've designed my system so I don't actually use the PC very much. I use media extenders and normal remotes for everything except web surfing.