Hands on: RMC30D universal Touch Control TV remote

Samsung unveiled yesterday at their press conference an update to their popular touchscreen remote. The new model, the RMC30D was shown off and has the ability to browse a channel before you change it, even swap video between the TV and your remote, and do a host of other things but like any remote, how does it feel in the hand? Neowin got some hands on time with the device and are pleased to report that it feels just as good as it looks.

It's hard to ignore that the device does resemble the iPhone 4 especially with its three inch display. Overall the device is solid, has a responsive touchscreen and can control nearly everything you could ever desire. While the price was not mentioned, it will be competing in a tough market that is lead by the Harmony series of remotes. But if you have always said a touch screen remote is better than one with buttons, this is the remote for you. 

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Why didn't they just build an app for iOS/Andriod and a module that would recieve a WiFi signal from the device and generate a RF/IR signal.

jr.flynn said,
Why didn't they just build an app for iOS/Andriod and a module that would recieve a WiFi signal from the device and generate a RF/IR signal.

I thought about doing that (but for Windows Phone 7), but then decided I didn't want to have to find my phone or open an app every time I needed to change the volume on the TV. For convenience, it's probably best to have a separate device that just always sits near the couch and is always ready. That said, it would be a decent alternative for old phones that are sitting in boxes now.

Skwerl said,

I thought about doing that (but for Windows Phone 7), but then decided I didn't want to have to find my phone or open an app every time I needed to change the volume on the TV. For convenience, it's probably best to have a separate device that just always sits near the couch and is always ready. That said, it would be a decent alternative for old phones that are sitting in boxes now.

I think the app approach would be far easier than designing their own iPhone clone, probably more profitable too. I have two Samsung Series 8 TVs and two Logitech Harmonys (an 890, and a 900) while that is my preferred method I would buy and app/hardware combon for ~$50 to achieve the same thing on all of my iPhones/iPads.

that looks good ?

I think I'll stick to my Harmony one. if I where to upgrade it'd probably be to one of the HArmony's 1000 models with voice control and stuff. but I don't see that working with my mediaportal anyway