A couple of months ago the remote for our Samsing TV stopped working. We replaced the batteries, but to no avail.
My first instinct was to see if there was a remote app I could download from the app store to replace the physical remote, and indeed there was. In fact there were many to choose from.
I went with the SmartThings app, which seemed to be tied into Samsung devices.
The app works fine, but it is slow and awkward.
For example. we can use the app to navigate to the YouTube TV app, record a show, and then play it at a later day. So far, so good.
But every time you want to fast forward through a commercial, you have to start the app again, and then make sure you are touching the forwared arrow in just the right spot (hard to do because you have to be looking at the TV to see how far to advance it, and so you end up pressing the wrong part of the app screen. As I said, it’s both slow, and awkward.
But it does work, and there is no need to worry about losing your physical remote.
However, after a couple of weeks, we just couldn’t take it any longer.
So we decided to order a repalcement remote.
It arrived yesterday, and what a difference it has made.
We didn’t realize how much we took that remote for granted. Well, no longer.
It is so much easier to use than the remote app. It’s also faster and more accurate.
The physical remote cost $15, while the remote app was free.
But I think it’s one of those times where you get what you pay for…