Tired of all those remotes? Peel provides an amazing universal remote control that allows you to use your iPhone’s touch screen to replace all your remotes. Not only does this device and app combo help replace the four remotes I had but it also helps remember what shows are on at a given time and help you find show similar to ones you like. The depth of this app paired with the usefulness of Peel Fruit make it a killer combo for making your TV viewing experience better.
One of my favorite features about the Peel application is that it allows you do away with your provider’s clunky menu and replaces it with an intuitive and sharp looking guide. The app took me about 10 minutes to set up to work with my TV, home theater, Apple TV and DirecTV box. The mere fact that it replaces all those remotes was awesome but then add in the fact that I don’t have to use the slow and clunky DirecTV guide anymore I was ecstatic. Don’t get me wrong, I love my DirecTV but the guide can be slow and tough to use. I don’t like sifting through all 400 channels only to find that in my haste I passed up the show I wanted to see. This is where the Peel app flourishes in telling me the shows that I like that are on at that time and also shows similar to those shows.
When you launch the Peel app it shows the following sections: Top Picks, TV Shows, Movies, Sports and Search. Each section has groupings by genre such as: Comedy, Drama, etc. When you begin using Peel you will see that most shows are there. As you click the “Star” for the shows you like, that show and shows like it will be displayed more. As you click the “X” for the shows that you don’t like, those shows won’t appear anymore. This is a really cool method making it less painful to browse through the suggested shows. If you aren’t sure what a show is, you can click on it and a brief description of the show or movie will be displayed along with the channel, duration and a picture for most. You can also “Watch on TV” to easily browse to the channel. A feature that has recently been added was the ability to set reminders for a show. There is also a share button that allows you to share via Twitter and Facebook. This adds a little bit of a social feature that is pretty much a must have these days. Overall the app is very robust and simply makes viewing and controlling your devices a better experience.
With the release of the Peel Fruit more functionality came to an already impressive app. The Fruit is simple to set up. You connect an adapter via power and Ethernet into your router and then you put a battery in the Peel Fruit itself and place it somewhere that it has a clear line of sight to the adapter and you are done with the hardware set up. This is awesome because I did not have to put the Fruit on my always crowded coffee table but instead on a lamp stand in the far back corner of our living room. This kept it up and out of the way and has been working nicely. The Fruit has lasted a long time, well over a month on a single battery and is still going strong. After being connected to my DirecTV box the app was able to mimic all of the controls that are found on my DirecTV remote like record and menu. There is one downfall which is the fact that it doesn’t have a mute but to avoid this I simply hit pause on whatever I am watching and it instantly mutes and I don’t miss any of my show.
The Peel Fruit and app combine to make my TV viewing experience awesome and allows me to put away all my stinking remotes that I have come to despise. It is incredibly easy to control which is nice because I don’t have to teach my wife how to use all the remotes. The one downside I have seen is that when my brother-in-law stops by and wants to watch TV, he can’t use the Peel Fruit if my wife and I are gone. The resolution to that is going to be my iPhone 4 when I buy the new iPhone this year but for most this won’t be an option or at least not an option they like and I can hardly blame them. Short of that the device and app are amazing. They have changed the way I watch TV and interact with all of my devices.
- Awesome and Sleek Interface
- Smooth Controls
- Combines all my remotes
- Remembers my shows and discards those I don’t like
- Must have an iOS present
- No Mute but easily resolved by pause
Free (View in iTunes)
Updated: Mar 11, 2011
Current Version: 1.1
1.1 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
Size: 12.2 MB
Seller: Peel Technologies, Inc.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later