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Channel surfing of the future

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The Peel is great for folks who don't know what to watch, but those who enjoy channel surfing in its current form may find it to be limited. That's not to say it's not useful when you don't know what to watch, but as power TV watchers, we'd like to have some more options. Still, the concept is definitely unique and we're all about finding interesting new stuff instead of watching DVRed episodes of Gossip Girl. Overall, we like the Peel, and we're excited to see what's in store as the little orb starts to invade coffee tables everywhere.

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7.0
Engadget Mar 30, 2012

The Peel -- at this point in time at least -- is a great concept for folks who don't know what they want to watch, but those who enjoy channel surfing in its current form may find it to be limited.

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8.0
PC Mag Mar 21, 2011

The Peel Universal Control uses your iPhone or iPod touch as both a universal remote and a TV guide, and though it won't replace all of your remotes, it's one of the most useful home theater accessories you can buy.

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6.0
CNET May 13, 2011

The Peel is an affordable iPhone/iPod universal remote that helps you filter your TV viewing options, but its current shortcomings--inability to bookmark future shows for recording and the dearth of a native iPad app--make the $99 hardware component tough to recommend.

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6.0
Home Theater Review Dec 7, 2011

As for the Peel Fruit control system, it's not quite ready for prime time, lacking the functionality, flexibility, and reliability it needs at its current price point.

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7.0
iLounge Apr 11, 2012

If and when Peel releases a truly iPad-optimized version of its application ... and a less power hungry version of the Fruit will be the nail in the typical Infrared accessory dongle’s coffin. Until then, less expensive solutions still have reason to breathe easy.

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8.0
The Gadgeteer Dec 13, 2011

The Peel takes advantage of the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad to bear fruit in a new type of remote control experience that shines by delivering a deeply integrated user experience .

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