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Published on May 10th, 2010 | by Greg


Universal iPhone Remotes: Re and i-Got-Control

There are those of us who love our for iPhone for what it is and those of us who love our iPhone for what it is developed to do. Though we recently reviewed the Redeye iPhone Universal Remote, which undoubtedly caused excitement for those of us who enjoy our televisions but would prefer to never let go of our previous iPhones, we felt compelled to see what else was on the market at different price points. Look no further than the Re Universal Remote Control for iPhone or the I-Got-Control Universal Remote for iPhone. No batteries, no wifi needed, and once setup, a one-stop handy device for your A/V needs as long as you are running iPhone OS 3.1 or greater.

We got our first glance at the New Kinetix Re Universal Remote Control for iPhone at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas a couple of months ago. We have to admit that we couldn’t wait to get our hands on the decent mix of functionality and technology.

We were able to put away our other remotes and give all our undivided attention to the Re Accessory. This plug-in accessory is available on Amazon for around $70 and works in conjunction with the Universal Remote Control App, downloadable from the App Store for FREE.

What sets the Re apart from other iPhone remotes is that it has a fully populated IR code database chip (415 to be exact) for instantaneous, no-hassle support of almost all the home entertainment and AV devices. We were pleased that more brand codes were included for cable and satellite users as well as for DVD, Blu-ray, and HD radio. If we happened to lose our remote, we could easily replace it by making a copy from Re. We would suggest checking with the manufacturer’s website before purchasing just to make sure your particular devices will be compatible.

What we enjoyed most about the Re was the ability create several rooms, activities/presets, and favorites with no problems. The favorites list made setting up our prime television spots easy and convenient. We were able to customize our remote screen layout as well as use this in an unlimited number of rooms which was a nice bonus. Our A/V equipment responded up to 40 feet which was enough distance in any of our rooms. We also took to a local bar and found we control their television with the IR database- we must impress upon you that this is not the best way to form a good relationship with your bartender.

The I-Got-Control Universal Remote IRB1 shares many similarities with Re’s version, though it does lack some of the features. This dongle, from i-Got-it or iGi, will give you a limited function replacement remote for each device but for virtually the same price, the Re gives you more functions.

The i-Got-Control remote accessory is available on Amazon for around $70 and is also a free app through the Apple App Store. You simply hook up the accessory to an iPhone, Touch, or even the iPad, and after launching the app you should be golden.

The application worked well, allowing us to save quite a few devices at one time, which made it easy to access any device in a few seconds. The application uses the tilt sensor, and will flip vertically when set up so the user interface is not upside down. Over 40,000 IR codes are also available so there is no problem finding your device generally. The i-Got-Control’s built-in IR library made connecting, selecting, and controlling our A/V components a cinch.

We must say that not relying on our inherent ability to find our remote stuck under the couch cushion is a definite plus of either accessory. Choosing between them was tough- they are about the same size, price, and the apps were preferred by by different folks. In the end, we had to go with the Re, primarily for some of the nifty extras, a nice included carrying pouch, and some odd advertising in the iGi App.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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