Prominently features "turns itself down when you're not home" but what is the definition of "not home"?  iDevice not in range?

* If "not home" is defined as certain times of day, this is no better than existing programmable thermostats, just (maybe) easier to program.

* if "not home" is defined as certain times of day - except when the iDevice it's paired with is near, that's slightly better than a traditional thermostat.

* if "not home" is defined as "whenever the paired iDevice is not near" then it's actually a fail, because if some household members don't have an iDevice, or don't pair their device, then the thermostat is set wrong when people are present (maid, babysitter, housesitter, nanny, children, grandma).

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    It actually has nothing to do with any other devices. The Nest has a proximity/motion sensor system that detects movement above waist-level or so (so that pets do not trigger it.)

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  • The Nest thermostat has a built in motion sensor, if there is mo motion detected for 2 hours it defaults to "away" mode. I have mine set for 65 degrees when nobody is home. It also has a built in setting where it will not allow the temperature to drop below 45 degrees.

    Pets will not set off the motion sensor either.

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  • Actually if all else fails this feature can be disable.

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