Conveniences and drawbacks
Once the Peel app is connected to your home theater components, it will learn what types of TV programs you like to watch, and make suggestions to you based on your tastes. For example, if you do never watch realty shows, the app will avoid presenting them to you. As you watch more TV, the app's learn-and-recommend ability gets better. It also learns your preferred lineup of channels. Once you have programmed in different channels, you can flip between them just by swiping. This is a convenient and intuitive feature.
Another interesting feature of the Peel is that it allows you to connect to your friends if they also have the app. This makes it easy to watch TV together with friends, no matter where they are. With the Peel, you do not even have to aim your remote at the TV - you can do everything by tapping on your iPhone or iPod Touch.
One problem with the Peel app user interface is its minimal DVR and Blu-ray integration. The Peel app's five-way navigation does not give you enough control while using those devices. Another minor glitch of Peel app is that it does not take advantage of bigger iPad screen; actually, iPad does not have a native Peel app. The Peel app will appear as the same smaller iPod Touch or iPhone interface on your iPad. Also, the Peel's speed depends on the speed of your Internet connection, so you may experience some delays loading program preferences, recommendations, and switching channels if you use a slower internet connection.
Because the Peel is a third of the price of a Harmony remote and can be improved and updated as new features are introduced, this remote can save you a lot of time and add convenience to your TV time.