03-01-2016 01:02 PM
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  1. Paradroid01's Avatar
    It was a convenient feature, but not at all needed imo. I'll just go back to using remotes and voice command like the rest of the world.

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    Because Samsung said so. 😉
    08-31-2015 02:19 PM
  2. recDNA's Avatar
    It was a convenient feature, but not at all needed imo. I'll just go back to using remotes and voice command like the rest of the world.

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    Try doing that in a waiting room where they hide the remote and put women panel shows all day
    08-31-2015 08:06 PM
  3. Gray Area's Avatar
    Not gonna lie, It almost kept me from buying this phone but I'm glad I didn't let it hold me back. I still have the note tablet with the IR blaster so I still have the function available since when I'm at home I keep my tablet in arms reach. I know Samsung is trimming the fat off of all their phones to make them more streamlined, smooth experience but the IR blaster should be a mainstay. Yes get rid of some of the jedi motion gestures, some of the bloat (which ironically I found myself going to the galaxy app store to download some of it back), heck I don't even mind the dismissal of the SD and removable back! but Samsung needs to tread lightly on some of the good stuff ppl actually use.

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    Jalopiejoe likes this.
    08-31-2015 08:41 PM
  4. plumcrazy's Avatar
    not at all, i have used the IR blaster in my N4 as much as the spen....never
    09-01-2015 05:09 AM
  5. lyingfromyou's Avatar
    I'm a cord cutter. I use my Chromecast to run my Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, Pandora, etc.

    An IR blaster isn't necessary for me because when you hit the Cast button within one of those apps it automatically turns my TV on...
    09-01-2015 05:09 AM
  6. Brenda McKitric1's Avatar
    When I went into the Store to purchase my "s6 edge+", I had no idea the IR Blaster wasn't there! I was totally upset but didn't realize it was missing until a week later. It's not a deal breaker. I will sport this beauty until the next beauty comes along.
    09-03-2015 09:15 AM
  7. njshoremom4gurlz's Avatar
    Not for me I never used it on the HTC m8 iPhone don't have it (using it now till I change back to droid) and I don't think I'll care it's just something that takes up space in my eyes.
    I wish Att would stop w their dumb bloat ware not one app do I use .
    It's not like they GIVE us the phones! Even if I buy from Samsung would the bloat ware be there or can I avoid it?


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    09-03-2015 09:37 AM
  8. ctychick's Avatar
    I can't stand using my phone as a remote. I hate having to look down at the phone to hit the right buttons and then back at the tv and then back at the phone again if I'm flipping between stations or just browsing. This is especially frustrating since I need reading glasses to see my phone screen, LOL! With my regular remote I know where all the buttons are by feel and can flip around without ever looking down. In fact, I only realized my preference for "physical" remotes when I went from Chromecast to the Amazon Firestick, which utilizes a separate remote. If I'm going to be a couch potato, then I want want to just lay back and click away!
    njshoremom4gurlz likes this.
    09-03-2015 09:40 AM
  9. recDNA's Avatar
    Not everybody has Chromcast and most of you are missing the point. At home you have remotes. Advantage of ir blaster is to control tvs etc somewhere else...or to mess with your wife if she grabbed remote first.
    09-03-2015 11:18 AM
  10. Coney718's Avatar
    I understand ppl who have used this feature before it may be a bummer that its not there but i really cant imagine this being a deal breaker to not buy this phone. Thats just crazy to me.
    Paul Paradis and plumcrazy like this.
    09-03-2015 03:00 PM
  11. recDNA's Avatar
    Cuz u don't use it! It's the only reason I bought a Note instead of a Nexus
    09-04-2015 03:52 PM
  12. PoopooHead69's Avatar
    I never used the IR blaster on my Note 4 anyway. A real remote is always better. Im more disapointed about the lack of the sd slot and the smaller battery.
    09-04-2015 03:58 PM
  13. MaLik Hadi's Avatar
    never used ir on my note 3 and s5

    Posted via the Android Central App
    09-04-2015 04:07 PM
  14. njshoremom4gurlz's Avatar
    Btw there are apps like for XBOX and other things we can use the phone for lol


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    09-04-2015 04:37 PM
  15. jeremyan2's Avatar
    Based on the fact that you utilize the IR blaster daily (like I did), I would say its exclusion will annoy you daily. Peel's recent overhaul to their app is gorgeous, and that annoys me even more.
    Dominator81 likes this.
    09-09-2015 12:45 PM
  16. bassjo's Avatar
    I played around with this function on my older Note 3 and my S4 when I had it but honestly I never found it that useful. I have remotes where there needs to be remotes in the house so It's faster to pick up the remote to operate the devices than to pull out my phone and open a app to do the same. Plus for the main TV we have a Harmony remote that controls everything.
    09-10-2015 06:08 AM
  17. JBlinky67's Avatar
    This IS a dealbreaker for me. Won't buy a device without it. Which means I'll probably have a Note 4 til the end of time. (And a removable battery, stylus, SD slot....)
    01-31-2016 12:48 PM
  18. Felix Soh's Avatar
    This IS a dealbreaker for me. Won't buy a device without it. Which means I'll probably have a Note 4 til the end of time. (And a removable battery, stylus, SD slot....)
    02-26-2016 10:08 PM
  19. Felix Soh's Avatar
    Agreed. No IR Blaster means I'm staying with the Note 4 forever!!!
    I skipped the note 5, if no ir blaster in note 6, I'm going to skip it too!!!
    Come on Samsung!!! Wake up!!
    02-26-2016 10:11 PM
  20. Felix Soh's Avatar
    ir blaster... One more reason to consider the iphone.
    02-26-2016 10:13 PM
  21. anon(52425)'s Avatar
    I've had my Note 5 for almost a week now and the lack of IR has been my only gripe so far. I really hope samsung brings it back on the 6.

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    02-26-2016 11:08 PM
  22. NexusGirlX's Avatar
    ir blaster... One more reason to consider the iphone.
    The iPhone don't have an IR blaster either.
    zmann likes this.
    02-27-2016 01:59 AM
  23. home44's Avatar
    No No No - It's a waste of time & not needed.

    Don't miss it one bit.
    02-27-2016 04:12 AM
  24. zmann's Avatar
    I can control my TV just fine without it. Can still use TV remote on my phone through the WiFi. The blaster is so unnecessary. Don't need to control the TV in a waiting room, I'd rather watch something on my beautiful note 5 screen for that few mins.
    02-27-2016 03:17 PM
  25. NexusGirlX's Avatar
    I stopped using the IR blaster once I got a Samsung TV. The TV remote can control everything from my cable box to the stereo receiver.

    I also hated the Peel Smart Remote app. I would have the phone next to me and it would light up several times a minute non stop. My Note 4 and Note Edge would both do this. I knew it was the remote app when the phone stopped lighting up once I disabled the app on both phones.
    02-27-2016 03:52 PM
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