Originally Posted by grahambr
Thank you so much for the reply...I think I get it now. Do you know how long the battery lasts with the app running and not using it? Is it like hours...or days?
It lasts thru an evening's use, with the time/date standby mode automatically occurring. Remember it's just a tap of the screen to get back into the remote app.
If we'll be watching a show for a while, I'll put the tablet back on the charging stand which is right next to the couch. Plus since it operates via WiFi (not IR), it doesn't matter where the remote is pointing. Also nice that it sends commands while charging, unlike the Harmony remotes (One and 1100 that I know of).
I'm still having occasional incidents where the battery does not seem to charge while on the charging stand. The red light is on like it is charging, but the battery will definitely not be charging. There is a firmware update for the TSR tablet that's supposed to correct this, so I need to update my tablet to see if that solves the problem.
From my comparison to the Samsung Tab 8.9, the Sam seems to have a better battery life than the TSR, and is easier to wake from regular standby mode (if the TSR app is not active).
Im just trying to decide between this or the harmony 900. I have heard horror stories that the 900's rf sucks and that is what i am experiencing now with my AR Insight remote.
I've never owned a 900 so cannot make comparisons. We do have the 1100 downstairs and have been very happy with it. The only equipment utilizing the RF-to-IR blaster is the Lutron Maestro IR dimmer switches, and works just fine with them. Well, the 1100 now feels somewhat like a small toy after using the bigger and slightly heavier tablets...
I'm preferring the Sam's bigger 8.9" screen over the TSR's 7" screen, but mostly when using other apps such as web browsing, email, AVS app (of course!), etc. But for remote control use, the 7" screen is probably the better size as it makes the overall remote size itself just right...IMO.
The other thing that I am concerned with, with the tablet is that it wont be as quick to use...for example, with a regular remote, it is easy with one hand to use it... I dont think that will be the case for a tablet. And to be honest, if you have to unlock the tablet, execute an app, then wait for it to load..it wont get used. So I would need to use it in the "Standby" mode. BUT...I LOVE THE WIFI portion as that will eliminate my RF issues....
When you first start up your AV system fresh and
the tablet has been unused and in "regular" standby mode, you'll need to do the multiple steps as described earlier. However, once you are in the remote app and it goes into it's "pseudo" standby mode (time/date stamp), it's just a quick tap of the screen to awaken back into the remote app. I hope you understand that it's not as time consuming as I think you might be fearing...
What are your thoughts with this compared to the Harmony 900, 1100?
I really like(d) the 1100 for our "bigger and better" system downstairs (60" Kuro, 5.1, huge sub, controlled lighting, Berkline seating), but will eventually replace it with a dedicated Android tablet running the TSR app. The TSR app is just so, so, SO much more customizable and the screen quality is miles ahead compared to the Harmony. I do like the 1100's minimal hard buttons which makes it easy to operate without looking at it, but you can't have everything...
Using the TSR remote and Sam 8.9 on our "daily use" system upstairs (40" LCD, 3.1, regular couch and chairs) has really been great, esp. when I want to check email, sports scores, satisfy an Amazon fix, etc. Plus with the Xfinity TV app on the Sam 8.9, just makes the system that much more fun to use...