I use a standard stand alone Dirctv remote for all my receivers and I have just gotten into using an app on my android smartphone for kicks and giggles. I would have to admit for being somewhat tech savy I like the "old fasion" remote in my hand. And here is why. It can just be more cumbersome to press the touchscreen while I know exactly where the remote buttons are in the dark with the D* remote. If I have the remote across the room or I can't find it in a pinch, sure I LOVE the option of my phone as a remote cuz I always know where that is. Otherwise I don't think I will ever pay for a remote app on the smartphone just because I find it more of a hassle to use it all the time but it sure is nice to have it as a back up! Thanks Stuart Sweet and the others for some great write ups!!!