Originally Posted by fsrenduro
Mine doesn't really work for turning the TV on.
I was very briefly looking at one or two of the Vizio sets on BG's site, of all places, and was fascinated by the inclusion of a tablet remote in some models. I have a remote control app for my iPhone, Android phone, and iPad for EVERY TV I own, plus some other devices, like a Blu-Ray player, and you know what? I never use them. Why TV manufacturers cannot create a function on new TV's that leaves them on in some phantom power mode, is completely beyond me.
Way back in 2000 I purchased one of Sony's last CRT panels, a perfectly flat XBR400 that, at the time, was awesome. But the TV had to be in Stand By mode in order for the remote to turn it on and off. There was a little red LED that you could leave the TV on stand-by all the time, 24/7, which I did, and this allowed the remote to be used to turn the TV on and off.
I got rid of that TV several years ago, but my point is that these smartphone/tablet remotes are completely useless, to me at least, when you can't turn the TV on with them. Why would I want to pick up my physical remote, turn the TV on, then cycle through my mobile device for the remote control app, and then use that for the duration of my watching? It seems to me that as long as you cannot turn a TV on and off with a remote, app or otherwise, it is pretty useless. Not to mention the navigating to the proper app. That's why I liked the idea of the tablet remote I saw on BJ's site, because it would make a good dedicated remote, and at least save you the constant navigating through Android and iOS I would do with my phone or other-use pad.
Maybe I am missing something here, and if so, please enlighten me.