The Good The Peel Universal Remote Control is an iOS remote app that interacts with an included Wi-Fi IR blaster. Part channel guide, part Tivo-esque personalized recommendations, and part remote, it's relatively easy to set up, and is multiroom capable.
The Bad The components--the Peel Cable and Peel Fruit--have to be placed within 25 feet of each other. Remote functionality doesn't measure up to that of the Harmony and other universal remotes. The user interface has some shortcomings, and it needs more DVR integration to be truly useful. There is currently no native iPad app, either.
The Bottom Line 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.
Peel Universal Controller
Peel's $99 universal remote isn't exactly a universal remote in the traditional sense of the word. It's more like an accessory--yes, it's pear-shaped--that taps into your home Wi-Fi network and interfaces with the free Peel iPhone app to turn your iPhone or iPod Touch into a universal TV remote with some program recommendation features.
When you open the cylindrical packing container you'll find that pear-shaped device (the Peel Fruit) along with an Ethernet dongle (the Peel Cable) that plugs into your router--or somewhere into your home network. Once plugged in (to Ethernet and AC power), the Peel Cable communicates wirelessly with the Fruit via a wireless Zigbee connection. (Zigbee is a wireless home automation standard.)