Remote Control for Vizio TV IR

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  • Last update: 10 months ago
  • Version: 2.8.1
  • Compatibility: 2.3 and up
  • Author: Tools App Shop TV
  • Content rating: Rated for 3+
  • Package name: com.Tv.Vizio.Pro
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Remote Control for Vizio TV IR review

Vizio TV sets became popular due to its perfect bang for a buck. Not as famous as Sony, Samsung or LG, Vizio specializes in TV devices production since 2002 and has a lot of devoted users concerned that their choice was the best possible.

We’re not here to discuss the vendor’s policy or the goods quality. Enough to say that the company produces the most affordable UHD TV’s and that's the reason it has made its way to the customers so fast. Yes, these models need a lot of support: post-sale service, accessories production, and, as we see now, software development.

The app we review now is meant to replace your TV remote if you lost it, the batteries have run low, or you just need another one. Any vendor producing TV sets offers this kind of app.

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Vizio TV sets became popular due to its perfect bang for a buck. Not as famous as Sony, Samsung or LG, Vizio specializes in TV devices production since 2002 and has a lot of devoted users concerned that their choice was the best possible.

We’re not here to discuss the vendor’s policy or the goods quality. Enough to say that the company produces the most affordable UHD TV’s and that's the reason it has made its way to the customers so fast. Yes, these models need a lot of support: post-sale service, accessories production, and, as we see now, software development.

The app we review now is meant to replace your TV remote if you lost it, the batteries have run low, or you just need another one. Any vendor producing TV sets offers this kind of app.

Functionality 2/5

The main limitation you should consider before installing the app is using an IR blaster. Unfortunately, this return to infrared port only influences the top phones or tablets. So, you can’t use it the way you can with Samsung or LG apps that have a Wi-Fi connection. You should handle your smartphone like a regular TV remote and point it to your TV receiver to control it.

When a remote is on, you can switch channels, adjust volume, mute it, select input, navigate through menus via virtual joystick and Back button — that is, do most of the things the regular remote can. The remote settings differ according to the TV model you have. First, you need to select the year your TV set was produced, and then the app automatically connects.

We consider it logical that a third-party development could have made its app more versatile. But it only works with Vizio devices. We have tried this app with other vendors’ TVs. Alas, the devices didn’t react either when they were on or off. We must conclude that the app is compatible with Vizio devices only.

And no, the app doesn’t offer remote control via Wi-Fi, even if your TV and phone/tablet are connected to the same network. You’re restricted by IR port.

All in all, such limitations make this app a doubtable selection for controlling your TV.

Design 2,5/5

It looks good on low definition screens. But if your phone display has Full HD or 4K resolution, you’ll notice something wrong, as if the fragment of the picture was too zoomed in. Pixels are noticeable like in 1990s software. That’s what spoils the picture.

The developers positioned the buttons just the way they are on real hardware remotes. It won’t take much time to get used to it.

It’s also funny that the app’s name is displayed as “Vizo Remote,” with either a typo or an illogical renaming. Maybe it’s made on purpose, to avoid unauthorized usage of the name.

Usability 2/5

The app seems to consist of flaws and bugs more than of the useful code and design. First, it’s stuffed with ads like Swiss cheese with caverns. You can’t turn the video ad off before 5 seconds, and if you want to switch the channel or adjust volume immediately, it’s impossible.

The model selecting section seems quite logical, so does the remote layout. It resembles the real Vizio TV remotes, so, let alone ads, it’s easy to make out.

Cross-platform use 1/5

“Cross-platform” here means compatibility both with phones, tablets, and TV sets, and both are poor. The app only works with Android phones equipped with IR blaster, mostly flagship ones, with no Wi-Fi control. On the other hand, you can’t control your Sony or Samsung TV with the app, though versatile TV remote apps are there for a long time. Both restrictions lower the chances this app will be suitable for you.

In-app purchases

This kind of app is supposed to be free, as they make sense only for those who have already paid for a TV set. So it looks mauvais ton to make a profit on it. Still, Vizio developers don’t care. The app offers more ads than functionality, and it’s no exaggeration. Video ads with sound on or banners pop up literally after any action, and there’s another one always on the bottom, with no way to turn them off even if you’re ready to pay for that.

So there are no in-app purchases, but we surely wish there were. Even if there were no other Vizio remote apps, while there are some, this one is doubtable.

Conclusion

The app for TV controlling formally does its job, but there’s a great lot of side effects. Restrictions on hardware, ads, incompatibility with other TV vendors — it all makes this app an uncomfortable solution for replacing your remote. Maybe it’s worth considering that you go and order another remote instead of the one you’ve lost instead.

Bottom Line

A strange app that formally does its job, but is spoiled with restrictions and ads.

Pros

  • Works with Vizio TV sets;
  • Easy to select the right model.

Cons

  • Doesn’t work via Wi-Fi;
  • Monstrously stuffed with ads;
  • Poor design;
  • Not compatible with TV sets by other vendors.
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Conclusion

A strange app that formally does its job, but is spoiled with restrictions and ads.


Pros : Works with Vizio TV sets;
Easy to select the right model

Cons : Doesn’t work via WiFi;
Monstrously stuffed with ads;
Poor design;
Not compatible with TV sets by other vendors.



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2 Comments


  • H
    Henry
    Samsung SM-J320A (Galaxy J3 Duos)
    6 months ago
    Can't get remote to change the tv to channel 3 so I can get cable
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    Melisa
    Samsung SM-G900A (Galaxy S5)
    7 months ago
    I like this.
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    Reply

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