Originally Posted by Gracepreacher
Thanks for the feedback on the Smart Remote...I'm certain I'm not a smartphone/iPad remote guy...I was more asking if you felt like the Smart Remote had enough functions for, say 95% of your usage. Some have suggested that it doesn't have enough buttons, and more concerning to me, it appears that you cannot truly control each device, but it only operates in activity mode (please correct me if I'm wrong). Does anyone find this too limiting?
It really comes down to your usage. Do you like to tinker with surround modes or change other settings on your receiver on a regular basis? Do you use an HTPC with a lot of custom features you need to access? Do you have a lot of sources and plan to use a lot of activities? If yes then you might have issues with the Smart remote and will constantly have to use your phone or tablet to get into the deeper options.
On the other hand if you are the type of person that sets up each device once and leaves it that way, then the Smart is definitely a good option. The Smart remote has dedicated DVR, Guide, Info and Menu buttons, so most of your TV watching should be covered as well as HTPC and blu-ray functions. You also get the 4 color buttons, and everything has a long press option.
I use a Smart with my family room setup, there I have a TV, receiver, DVR, HTPC, blu-ray and Logitech Squeezebox. I haven't actually used the blu-ray on that system since I set it up last year, and knowing that would most likely be the case I buried that as a long press on one of the three activity buttons. So far I've been very satisfied with this remote on that system. It's so simple, and the battery lasts a long, long time.
In the theater I have a more complex system. But even with that I feel like I could use a Smart most of the time. I rarely use the touch-screen beyond zipping through commercials. Still when I'm doing a calibration or making other system configuration changes having the Ultimate is quite handy as it can easily be switched to device mode and control everything on my receiver.