• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Much better than expected and other brands I tested

    • Written by from Mahwah

    Ever since I found my wife was pregnant, I started to look for a baby monitor I could also use with my iOS device and one of my first choices was the Withings Smart Baby Monitor.

    All the bad reviews made me look else where and I started to test other brands, Motorola, Summer Infant, Dropcam, etc.

    I quickly eliminated all brands and my only choice left was the Dropcam Pro which is great, but it doesn't have the temperature and humidity sensors, or the comfort lights or the ability to play music.

    Finally, when all other options disappointed me, I dared to test the Withings Smart Baby Monitor and ordered one through Amazon. As soon as it arrived, I opened it, set it in minuted and loved it from the moment it powered on. No other baby monitored provided the video and sound quality this one did.

    What would I change and why the 4 stars? the mounting option is very limited, but so are all the others. Also, the micro-usb power connection is prompt to fail if you are not careful, it happens on many devices with these power connection.

    Do not read all other feedback, try it for yourself and create your own opinion, I (knocking on wood) haven't experienced all the issues everyone complain about, then again, I work in IT and I know how technology works.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Better than the others

    • Written by from Alpharetta

    I'm only on day 3 of this monitor, but it's working so already it's better than the other ones I've tried.

    There's about a 2-second delay. (Just like similar monitors.)

    This was the first monitor we looked into, but it had a $13 price tag on the app (that we'd both need) so I refused to buy it on principle. (Now it's free)

    We bought the Baby Ping (which we couldn't get to connect to our internet) and the Phillips (which we hooked up, but once we moved it, couldn't get it to re-find the crib).

    I'm sure this monitor will have some negatives as I use it more, but it was easy to install, so far has been reliable, is easily relocated (I like to monitor the dogs when we're out), can go wireless, clips to crib without having to be screwed into the wall (ping) or propped on something (phillips).

    Bottom line is I think this is a 3-star product, but gets 4 based on it's place in the current market of this type. I'd think that someone would have come up with a better one already, but when I watch the news, there is a delay so I guess I can't expect much more.

    BTW I saw one review complaining that you shouldn't have to have an iPhone to use this monitor. I'm not sure why you would buy this if you don't have an iPhone, but I'm only comparing it to monitors that are for iPhone use and are viewable from anywhere. I'm not interested in just seeing the baby when I'm home, I want it for pet monitoring when I'm out.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A solid Product - Beware other reviews

    • Written by from North Providence

    Other reviews state problems with customer support or WiFi. Just remember these are people that are frustrated with connection problems that likely have nothing to do with the function of the monitor. I've had to deal with customer support twice and they were fantastic.

    Pros:
    1. Push notifications - you can set a threshold of movement, noise, temperature, or humidity and the app notifies you when those are met. You can then open the monitor and see what's going on

    2. Is optimized now for the iPhone 5 giving you full access to the 4 inch screen

    3. It has two modes, one is video and the other is audio monitoring in the background. The fantastic thing is you can just listen and use it as a traditional baby monitor while the app runs in the background.

    4. Overall video quality is good especially over cellular or Wi-Fi networks

    CONS/LIMITATIONS:

    These are all the things that people are failing to mention. These are not issues with Wi-Fi or cellular networks which could just be the fact that they don't know how to properly set up a wireless network. These are true CONS and limitations of the device and the software.

    1. Although you can pinch zoom and scroll you cannot actually physically pan the camera back and forth. This means that you really must be very intentional on where you place the camera so that way you have a wide viewing angle

    2. The supplied mounting hardware is very limited. Unfortunately it only gives you approximately 1 inch gap to place the device on a crib or railing. Unfortunately there are no better mounting solutions.

    3. There's no ability to purchase an additional charging cable. This is problematic if you set up a system where you try to hide the wire in your home for a semipermanent solution and wish to use the device elsewhere. Unfortunately I have had to purchase an additional Mophie battery so that I can use the device on the go

    4. Just like number three above the internal battery last maybe an hour at best so must be plugged in at all times

    5. Like others have mentioned, the night-vision isn't amazing, but I have found it's because I have to keep the camera far from the crib to get the widest viewing angle.

    6. Cost - it's a bit expensive to have the limitations above. All in all I'd pay $200 for this unit again, not $300.

    7. No mac app. In the iPhone era, it's super simple to turn an iPhone app into a desktop app... which they have not done yet. For $300 a unit, they should have this already.

    All in all it's a good monitor. All the bells and whistles are nice, it has an integrated thermometer and humidity sensor (which is improperly placed it should be on the front of the unit, not the side) which will save you a good $40 from buying a separate one. There is obviously a 1 second delay from real time to your device, but do you really expect this to be a live feed? 1 Second isn't going to make a difference if your baby just started to whimper.


    Since there have been some cheaper units released I don't know if I'd definitely buy it again, but I'm certainly satisfied with it.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product

    • Written by from Seattle

    We LOVE our Withings baby monitor. It has traveled with us to three different houses on a family trip and worked each time, both on Wifi and Bluetooth. We were having some issues with the iPhone 5 but our iPads never stopped working. The iPhone 5 issues may have been solved server-side as two days ago they seemed to go away. It does occasionally disconnect but always reconnects. People having disconnection issues should make sure the Wifi signal is strong enough in the monitored area or run an ethernet cable. We had problems when I moved the base station and I solved them by doing some optimization of the network.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Setting the record straight - this is the best monitor out there!

    • Written by from Carlsbad

    I felt compelled to write a review after reading several reviews about this and other products and really wanting this product to be all that it says it is! I was nervous to purchase it for our newborn baby - reading some of the negative reviews about the product. So, I'm here to tell you - some of it is correct - AND - the pros of this product outweigh the cons!
    Let me explain:

    1. Yes, there is a slight delay when the baby cries or makes noise to when I hear it on my iphone or ipad. It's literally a second or two and it's not bad. Luckily, I can hear the baby cry in her bed nearly anywhere in my house (I have a very open two-story floorplan - almost 4000 square feet) - but it's nice to see her cry on any mac device I'm with. The delay is almost unnoticeable after awhile and doesn't bother us.

    2. The app sometimes disconnects. Yes, this happens. It's happened a couple times - and with one click it reconnects. After having it a week it's happened twice - and I more blame this on the network than I do the device. They are constantly updating the app, too, so this will hopefully improve.

    PROS:
    1. There are so many amazing things about this product. I can watch baby girl while doing dishes, while shopping at the mall, and while working out at the gym. Anywhere, any time, I can see her crying. My husband (who might be watching her while I'm away), can call me and ask me what she needs based on her cry and wiggle in the crib (that I can watch in an instant from afar). That is just purely amazing - much more- while I'm traveling for work - I can pop in and see my baby.

    2. This is one of the biggest (at least for me as a mom in the middle of the night who can lose sleep over this one...) - the monitor is so precise it picks up her breath. Yes, I can sleep in my bed listening to my 5 week old's breath. Knowing she is breathing among the blankets and binks - gives me great peace of mind AND makes the $300 I spent on this monitor a drop in the bucket -- right?!

    3. There are several alerts you can program on your devices to go off - one in particular is for motion. I just love this. I set it up so there has to be a lot of motion for the alert to show up on my phone or iPad - i.e. a person walking in the room. AGAIN, I just love this for the peace of mind when my husband is traveling and I start freaking myself out that someone might break in and take my baby (LOL). With it, I will be alerted before anyone's hands can touch the baby. haha! In all seriousness, this is so great when baby starts rolling over, or when/if my 3-year-old decides to go into her bedroom and touch, sit, climb into, or play with her baby sister at night or naps. Huge, right?!

    4. We love that there are all sorts of info given on the screen including temp, humidity, sound, etc. With the several features this monitor has, these are some of those things you may take for granted until you can actually use them. Temp is something I'm always looking at - especially for a newborn, and has helped me adjust what she's wearing, what blankets to add/subtract, and/or why she was crying.

    Hope this helps. I would 100% recommend this product! I gave it 4 stars because of the first two cons. But they are DEFINITELY NOT deal breakers. This product is supreme over the others (which we've used for our first born). Oh! It clips onto the crib beautifully too - so easy to set up as well! My husband did it in five minutes.

    Enjoy!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Best baby monitor we've ever had

    • Written by from Dedham

    Rating- Only giving 4 out of 5 because this is pricey especially considering you have to also have an iPhone/ iPad in addition to monitor. We've had three kids and our share of monitors...

    A/V- Great video and audio quality. App is very intuitive and has some nice features. Clear a lot of thought was put into it. At night, you can't see that well... but this is not advertised to be night vision goggles. WIth a little backlight provided by something else, you can still see something. Also, the audio is really good.

    Setup- Fast and easy. Had it working in 10 minutes.

    Wifi- The biggest plus is the wifi- "unlimited distance" and no hissing at extended distances.

    iPhone App- well built and thought out. They could have built a great piece of HW and skimped on the UI, but that's not the case. It exceeded my expectations.

    Other- have not tried it at friends houses, but since you ideally set it up over the wifi (bluetooth backup), it's not as flexible at the traditional monitor. Since we plan to use this 99% of the time at home, this is not a significant use case for us.

    Finally, we took an old iPhone and use it for monitoring. We like to leave it on for long time periods, so using or iPhone is not always ideal. However, it's super great to switch from the extra iPhone to my or my wife's iPhone. Also, both of us can monitor.

    Bottom line- if you want an easy to use, top notch baby monitor and will be monitoring from more than 1 room away, this is the way to go.

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