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I personally dislike tablet and touch screen remotes for several reasons: can't be used without looking, expensive, delicate, need to be charged often, large programming effort required, no state tracking. They do look great though and are very extensible, not to mention IP and RS-232 capable. If you go that route, iRule is the way to go.
If I were buying today, I'd stick with harmony or URC. My personal preference is JP1 of course.
If configuration effort is important, consider this. I moved some inputs around on my system the other day and had to change about 5 activity macros accordingly on harmony and JP1. It took me 10 minutes on harmony, but less than 30 seconds on JP1. This is because on JP1, I can put the input selection part of those macros in one common subroutine, hence only one thing to change. Plus I can download the changes in 3 seconds on JP1, whereas harmony takes a couple of minutes.