Updated Jan 27, 2014 – new review for SkyBell
The Skybell or Doorbot, which one is better?
Don’t buy either before you read this. I have a more a complete Doorbot review and a complete SkyBell 1.0 Review, but the answer is very simply: buy the SkyBell. I originally wrote this review several months ago. Since then, my Doorbot has died, so I decided to update this review to give you a better look at which is better: SkyBell 2.0 or the Doorbot.
I didn’t have the best thing to say about the SkyBell when it first came out. Since then, they have released version 2.0 and it has some very notable improvements. They’ve added an upgrade camera and made it much clearer. They have also added a wide angle lens, faster on-demand video, an upgraded motion sensor and it is now even compatible with digital doorbells. This builds upon some of the better features that SkyBell had in the first place. They have always had a motion sensor and night vision, something the Doorbot did not have. They have upgraded the hardware to make the SkyBell the video doorbell to beat. This shows in the reviews on Amazon for SkyBell. Let’s take a look:
I’ve had the SkyBell for a couple weeks now. Just enough to give you some overall ideas of what I like and what I don’t like. I’ve had no major issues. Every issue I have is a minor nitpick, but nothing that couldn’t be replaced in the future with a firmware update. As for the installation, it was a very very easy. I’ve never tried to change my doorbell before, So, I was a little bit hesitant on the installation process. But it was very easy and just took a couple of steps. The hardest part of the whole installation process was tucking the wires back into the wall, so that shows you how easy the whole process was.
The video comes up on the app very quickly – generally within a second or two. With the first version they had a lot of problems with video taking a long time to load.
This is my second SkyBell. I was one of a few people to try SkyBell version 1.0. The main reason I got this is for when people knock on your door and you don’t answer. You’re basically advertising that you’re not home. You might as well have a sign out front saying, “OPEN!” I now answer the SkyBell each time someone knocks on my door, even if I’m not home. What I love even more is that the videos are being recorded by the video camera. It’s a serious burglary deterrent.
The only reason I would tell you today to buy the Doorbot over the Skybell is if you cannot run power to the doorbell. The SkyBell does not have a battery. SkyBell requires full-time power from a low voltage transformer and is even compatible with secondary power. SkyBell also requires a connection to a wired doorbell chime. All you have to do is remove your old doorbell and attach two wires (assuming your power setup is correct and you have a wired doorbell). That is the one reason I would look at a different Smart home doorbell, is if you do not have power outside of your door. In that case, I would look at the Doorbot, or the new Doorbot which is called Ring. SkyBell is greatly improved over version 1.0 and I highly recommended it. Here’s where I’ve been able to find the best price on SkyBell 2.0.[easyazon_block add_to_cart=”default” align=”center” asin=”B00PBS7YIW” cloaking=”default” layout=”top” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”chihan-20″]
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