You don’t state what platform you’re on which will have a significant impact on which apps are available to you.
As someone who made the exact switch you are referring to, I highly recommend http://www.roomieremote.com/. In fact, even if you don’t already have an iOS device to run it on, I would say spending the $200 on the iPad Mini 1 and installing Roomie Remote would still be the way to go.
I have the Roomie Remote branded iTach - http://www.roomieremote.com/store/featured-products/blastercomplete-ip.html and can confirm it works flawlessly with the iTach Wifi plugin available for UI7 - http://apps.mios.com/plugin.php?id=8376 allowing you to build complete scenes that perform AV and Vera actions, such as starting a movie AND turning down the lights, locking the doors, etc.
Of course, since it integrates natively with Vera you get access to all of your devices and can control them via scenes and ‘remotes’ that you can customize yourself. Search for the user ‘slief’ and check out some of his posts to see what he’s done with Roomie Remote…it’s pretty impressive.