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Best phones with an IR blaster for all your remote control needs

0. phoneArena 12 Mar 2014, 06:55 posted on

A decade ago, the sole purpose of cell phones' infrared ports was to enable the exchange of data with another device. These were eventually rendered obsolete by the superior Bluetooth technology, which was more reliable and worked from a greater distance. So why then are we seeing more and more Android smartphones launching with a built-in IR blaster? Well, because it allows the handset to act as a universal remote control. And that's pretty neat. With the help of a pre-loaded app, many Android smartphone models let the user control their TV, set-top box, and receiver straight from their smartphone...

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posted on 12 Mar 2014, 07:07 2

1. Commentator (Posts: 2494; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


"Best" phones with an IR blaster? This is more like "a list of phones with an IR blaster." Heck, there's even one on the list that DOESN'T have an IR blaster, but I'll leave the particulars of that little mystery to the audience!

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 07:18 2

5. Commentator (Posts: 2494; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


...Okay, so obviously the suspense wasn't killing everyone as I had intended.

It's the HTC One mini.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 09:22 2

14. apple4never (Posts: 974; Member since: 08 May 2013)


and what about the Xperia ZL its way better than those mini's

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 13:05

22. Astoni (Posts: 573; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


I'm sorry to tell you but the ZL is weaker than HTC's mini atleast

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 13:45 3

24. ihavenoname (Posts: 1520; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


No, it's not..

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 13:52

25. Astoni (Posts: 573; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Xperias are always weaker ;)

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 16:48 1

27. the_matchless (Posts: 42; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


Ok that stupid comment aside, ZL should've been in the list as it was one of the first few phones to have revived the IR feature and It's a wonderful phone.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 07:08 3

2. Xenaz (Posts: 106; Member since: 28 Apr 2013)


If I'm not mistaken, the Xperia ZL also have a IR blaster, but I don't find it useful actually

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 07:09 1

3. superkuiken (Posts: 51; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)


Damn it Sony, you're falling behind!!!

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 08:16 4

8. buccob (Posts: 1563; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


HA, now people just found out another excuse to bash and critizice Sony phones...

previous ones were:

big bezels (still holds a bit)
viewing angle
slow updates (still holds a bit)
Anti-Shatter Film

People will always find something to complain or to hate just because it does not suits them...

If so, just don't buy it and get a different brand.

I personally dont care much about the IR though I would like to have it... I don't mind narrow viewing angles... I don't mind current size of bezels... Updates have been somehow fair (but could be better)... and I actually love the ASF so I'm sad to see it gone on the Z2...

Still debating if I should get the Z1 Compact or wait for Z2 Compact...

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 08:44

9. oister85 (Posts: 410; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Sony was one of the brands that started the ir blaster, with the first tablet released. Ir blaster is a good feature to have I don't understand why sony is ignoring that.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 09:01 1

12. buccob (Posts: 1563; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Like I said, I would like to have it...
and I am glad that they are including it in their tablets

But there are other features I would probably use more... like the stereo speakers, or IP57-58, or dedicated camera shutter button...

Again, I agree that they should include it in their phones... but currently, I don't really need that particular feature, specially if it replaces another (which it shouldn't)

BTW I would have bought the Xperia ZL in a heartbeat if it was waterproofed...

it had a small bezel, IR blaster, waterproof, slightly better screen and speaker than Xperia Z... but now that's past. Size is still crucial to me...

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 10:11

17. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


or maybe wait for Z4 Compact it's out i guess next month #Fail #SonyIsForThe80s #Its2014Grandpa

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 10:30

20. buccob (Posts: 1563; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I actually still consider the Z1 Compact but there have been some issues with the device, reported by users... That is why I decided to wait, either if Sony gives an statement about the issues and release a revised version, or a Z2 Compact gets out... To me it makes sense to wait a bit... But definitely will get Z1 C or follower...

I don't see the point of your comment

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 09:27

15. iyngr (Posts: 66; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)


Also LG Phones with IR blaster are coded only to work with stock app and cant support other apps like samsung's smart remote or touchquid pro app.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 10:51 3

21. tasior (Posts: 256; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


Actually, Sony doesn't need IR blaster. If You have Sony TV, You can download Sony app on any android device, that works as a remote via wifi. It's actually more convenient, because:
1. You don't have to point phone in the TV's direction.
2. You can operate from another room. (Quite usefull, if You're tired of shouting that TV is too loud...)

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 07:09 2

4. hmd74 (Posts: 390; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


Shame on you Sony!!!

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 07:26

6. paynekiller (Posts: 139; Member since: 24 May 2010)


The IR blaster on my LG G2 seems to be weak as hell! I can't control my tv from my bed, I have to get up and almost be standing a maximum 3 feet away from the tv to control it. Almost useless.

But do not take this as an absolute judgment, the TV in my bedroom is Best Buy's Insignia brand, which I can barely get any of my other universal remotes programmed properly for (DirecTV and Google TV remotes). I haven't really found a need to use my phone as a remote on my other more reputable brand TVs as yet.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 08:49 1

10. JewBakaUCFG (Posts: 173; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


I use the LG G2 IR Blaster for my Vizio and ATnT UVerse box. Works just fine from approximately 10 feet away.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 08:54

11. paynekiller (Posts: 139; Member since: 24 May 2010)


ok thanks for your reply, I'm gonna try it on my LG tv and an Toshiba soon.. I'll update on how it works out for me

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 09:03 1

13. paynekiller (Posts: 139; Member since: 24 May 2010)


actually, scrap everything I said earlier. This is admittedly down to user error.
I just tried it again with the Insignia TV, and it works from far away, I just needed to be pointing the top edge of the phone more downwards and directly at the IR receiver on the TV. Difficult for me to see what I'm actually touching on the phone screen but it does in fact work from a distance.

I think I've gotten so used to the freedom I get with my google tvs RF remotes I forget I need to point directly at things with IR remotes..

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 09:27

16. iyngr (Posts: 66; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)


Also LG Phones with IR blaster are coded only to work with stock app and cant support other apps like samsung's smart remote or touchquid pro app.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 07:42

7. surethom (Posts: 321; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)


IR blasters are very good, but are there any good remote control apps for phone & for tablets, cannot find a good one for SKY+ appart from the one that come with the Sky+ app.

No good apps yet!

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 10:12

18. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


I Adore My IR Blaster In My Samsung Galaxy Mega. It's Funny As Hell In Restaurants And Shopping Malls

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 13:52

29. buccob (Posts: 1563; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Yeah, it is useful to make pranks a couple of times... after that you're just a douche

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 15:24

30. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


Nope, it's the coolest thing to have on a phone wherever I go, took a friend to the dentist yesterday, and while we were waiting the tv got her annoyed so first we changed channels then i turned it off, in fact i can control anything with it including annoying air conditioners, it's a helluva fun thing turning it from cold to hot, and getting out of the room/restaurant/store and have a serious laughter afterwards with your friends.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 10:17 1

19. wilsong17 (Posts: 1090; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Love it on the note 3.. it automatically change when I go to different room in my house and best of all I doesnt wasted battery

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 13:38

23. Deaconclgi (Posts: 329; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


I don't see the Nokia 5300 Express Music on that list....

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 14:04 1

26. Lauticol (Posts: 216; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)


IR blaster from the HTC One is the best, it can learn codes from other remotes!

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 12:07

28. kevvdogg88 (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Mar 2014)


The LG G2 is the best
App already on phone and takes less then a min to program for most entertainment devices

posted on 10 Sep 2014, 06:26

31. jorgex (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


How about the Nokia 6310i? :-P

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