With the advent of a variety of outstanding connected home gadgets, protecting your home is easier than ever. Among the more affordable security gadgets to consider is Samsung’s SmartCam HD Plus.
The newest product of Samsung’s line of Wi-Fi enabled security cameras, the SmartCam HD Plus allows you to keep an eye on your home via live streaming while you’re away simply by using the mobile app on your Android or iOS device. In other words, if you’re concerned about leaving your pet at home during the day or curious to find out when your kids come home, the SmartCam HD Plus could be just what you’ve been looking for. What’s more, with the use of the gadget’s two-way audio, you can talk to your pet, your kids or anyone else inside your home.
The SmartCam HD Plus also comes equipped with a camera resolution of up to 1080p, has an angular field of view of 130 degrees, has night vision and motion and sound detection capabilities and a Micro SDXC memory card slot for local storage. The latter is a notable plus for the SmartCam HD Plus since it allows users to store videos on a microSD card instead of a Cloud-based service that charges a monthly fee from some competitors. However, despite the sleek redesigned look of this latest iteration, the included features don’t appear to be much of an improvement over the Samsung SmartCam HD Pro and the retail price is nearly identical. But the biggest disappointment might be its protective plastic shell, which appears flimsy, given its retail price of $190.
Installing the gadget should be relatively easy for the average consumer. After attaching the included adapter, the camera will take about a minute to boot up before connecting to your wireless network. If you’re fairly tech savvy, you can expect the entire installation process to take no more than just a few minutes. On the other hand, what may be problematic for you or the average consumer is the software for your Android or iOS device.
While the SmartCam app is packed with features and options, it’s the same bit of software available for the complementary SmartCam HD Pro. But what’s really surprising is the sheer number of negative comments from other users, as evidenced on the app’s reviews from the App Store and Google Play respectively. Clearly, there is a need to make improvements to the app and hopefully much sooner than later. Because a significant number of users have complained about the app, perhaps the better approach in an upgrade is to simply streamline some of the functions and make it more user friendly? It’s just a thought. Either way, look for Samsung to release an upgrade to make the app’s functions a lot less confusing, especially for those who aren’t necessarily tech savvy.
The good news is that the performance of the Samsung SmartCam HD Plus is very good, despite lacking any real improvements over the earlier gen gadget. The new version so good that it’s worthy of a recommendation here as a solid buy, but not at the retail price of $190. Instead, it’s more practical to buy it somewhere else, such as Costco, that currently lists it for $139.99. Given its features and its plastic camera, the latter price is more in concert with other smart cams on the market with similar features, such as 1080p resolution, two-way audio, night vision and field of view.
Final analysis: The SmartCam HD Plus performs very well and can be a very nice way to keep tabs on what’s going on in your home.
Conclusion: 4 Stars