I bought the 55R613 at BJ's Monday. I'll be adding the extended warranty for 5 years having just lost a LG UH5530 to a Power supply. I'm in the middle of a CC warranty claim. We'll see ..
The TCL is a much nicer set but the remote is WIFI which means AFAIK
that only that remote will work with this set.
I have an unused At&T ZTE cell phone which I've downloaded the TCL and Firestick remote apps to.
It's OK and it IS lighted which is huge but in order for it to really function like a grab it and use it now remote I've configured it to have no password and not dim out right away. 30 minutes is the max.
Just like my LG, the on board Amazon app's navigation is very clunky when compared to the fire stick, especially with that TCL remote. Major fail really when trying to FF or rewind a video. My LG was a bit better once I found a larger and better LG made remote from one of their other TVs. But it wore out quickly.
So I'd like to retain the capability to use the Fire stick's better control when I want but ... it only interfaces with other devices that are IR based for functions like volume, mute and on/off for the TV. Anything else for that TV is going to have to be done with it's own WIFI remote which is currently $80.
I've read so many confusing posts on multiple forums about whether the R615 which is IR based for remote control can also be operated by the WIFI remote and thus do the voice control as well? I'm not sure I beleive that. I'm also not sure I want to return this to BJ's and pick an R615 up at BB as the BJ's warranty is better on the face of it and half the price for 5 years.
So I had a thought.
What about a sound bar the operates via IR and also has a powered AC outlet to be able to turn the TV on & of when the sound bar is? Does such an animal even exist?