HippoRemote Review for iPhone and iPod Touch

By on Oct 20, 2009 at 8:34 am

hipporemoteEver since I set up my Mac Mini Media Center I’ve been searching for the ultimate iPhone remote app. I want to completely control it from my iPod Touch or iPhone. Let’s see if HippoRemote is up to the task.

Review
HippoRemote works on both Mac and PC. For this review I used a Mac.

HippoRemote is super easy to set up. Most remote apps require a helper program of some kind running on your computer. As long as screen sharing is enabled on your Mac, HippoRemote will work. Some of the more advanced features will require the installation of Hippo VNC, a free download. Once launched, HippoRemote connects very quickly to the Mac you want to control. On launch you see the trackpad, which is the best remote trackpad I have used. It is fast and responsive. The keyboard works as you would expect. Controls are available for several applications, called profiles. It’s missing a few key profiles for a media center (Eye TV, Slingplayer). Unlike some of the other remote apps, there is no way to create custom profiles. However, I contacted the developer and this is currently in Beta testing.

Three fingers on the track pad swiping down brings up the app switching (same as command-tab on the Mac keyboard). This works very well and is one of the best features of the app.

Launching a profile will launch the application by entering it into spotlight and opening it up.

The overall look and feel of HippoRemote is the best of any of the remote apps I have tried. But the functionality is not the best for a Media Center.

Tips

1. Read over the HippoRemote blog at http://blog.hipporemote.com/ for lots of tips and tricks.

Recommendation
I would recommend HippoRemote to anyone looking for a general track pad, keyboard and application remote. If you are looking for a remote app for a Mac Mini Media Center, I’m still recommending Snatch. Hippo Remote sells for $4.99 and is available through the App Store right now.

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