Samsung Smart View
- Last update: 2 years ago
- Version: Varies with device
- Size: 17.92M
- Compatibility: Varies with device
- Author: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
- Content rating: Rated for 3+
- Package name: com.samsung.smartviewad
- Last update: 2 years ago
- Version: 2.0.3
- Size: 81.0 MB
- Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Author: Samsung Electronics CO.LTD.
- Content rating: Rated 4+
- Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
Samsung Smart View Review: Virtual TV Remote
Samsung Smart View is an app that allows you to control any Samsung devices in your house with just a few taps on your smartphone or tablet. Download Samsung Smart View and get rid of your TV remotes.
Functionality — 2.5/5
First of all, Samsung Smart View isn’t a smart home controller in any sense. It has one primary function which is controlling all of your Samsung TVs with one device. It means you don’t need to have different TV remotes and you can browse across your live TV and many streaming services without interrupting anything you watch currently. But that’s pretty much it, and even those functions work very slowly.
Design — 4/5
Samsung Smart View has a rather simplistic design that imitates real TV remotes. There are buttons to turn TVs on and off, adjust volume and so on. In addition, you can browse different tabs with services like YouTube or Hulu and launch any movies, shows, games or even music directly from your smartphone or tablet. In general, the interface of the app is pretty simple and intuitive, so you can get used to it pretty fast.
Usability — 3.5/5
Despite having not so many functions, the app works rather well. The navigation is pretty easy, and there are some additional features that make Samsung Smart View even more comfortable to use. There is this ability to turn your TV on in Standby mode, a new game controller, and so on. But the app requires all of your devices to be on the same WiFi network, and that can annoy users that have some devices on a wired network.
The connection between your smartphone and other devices is unstable, and sometimes you have to do things manually with your common remotes. And if the connection works normally, your TV still might respond to your commands very slowly. And launching music and videos from your tablet’s memory on the TV screen may be impossible at all. So the app still requires a lot of work to fix those and some other problems.
Cross-platform use — 4/5
Samsung Smart View has versions for iOS and Android, and there is no significant difference between them, apart from small design variance.
The app is free, and it offers no in-app purchases. After all, the app is so simple, there’s just no need for you to purchase any kind of additional content or premium functions. Still, you obviously have to buy any kind of controllable devices like TVs separately.
The Bottom Line
Reviewing Samsung Smart View is not an easy task – it has only one main function, and even that function is somewhat underdeveloped. But the app itself is just an addition to your Samsung hardware ecosystem, and as such, it is quite useful and makes things easier for you.
Samsung Smart View is a useful virtual remote for your Samsung TVs. Not without its flaws, the app can still enhance your experience greatly. Download Samsung Smart View and play music, videos and shows any time you want just with one tap on your smartphone.
Pros : Simple and useful.
Cons : Limited functionality;
Slow response to your commands.
Cross-platform use 4.0