When the iPhone Makes a Perfect TV Remote? Author - Mark Anderson
I'll start off by saying that I agree 110% with the article from our friends at DSI Entertainment on the subject of iPads, etc. as remotes: 5 Reasons Why I Love my iPad but Hate it as a TV Remote Control. In general, I think they're terrible. I need hard buttons, don't want to be blinded by the light, and don't want the whole Swipe and Wait experience.
I'm not easily impressed, but on a recent trip to New Orleans, I was pleasantly surprised to discover a case where the iPhone was way better than the TV remote.
I was staying at the Inn on Bourbon Street (note to self: take earplugs next time). I got into the room and flicked on the TV for some white noise while I was working. On the welcome/please-buy-an-overpriced-movie screen, there was a note about an App to control the TV. What the heck, I'll check it out, I thought.