SkyBell HD Video Doorbell Review

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Skybell HD Wi-Fi Video Doorbell

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At- a- Glance Features

Below, I have created tables which show the different features that this device has. I have divided the features up into different tables to make it easier for you to read.

Those tables are; video and audio, software, connection power and storage and design and warranty. The first table is visible. To view the other three tables click on the down arrow on the left hand side of the heading.

Video & Audio Features

Video & Audio Features
HD
Night Vision
Live View
Motion Detection
Wide Viewing Angle
Audio
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Software Features
iOS App
Android App
Windows 10
Mac
Multiple Users
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Wi-Fi
CAT 5/ LAN
Battery
16V- 36V
Cloud Storage
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2.4Ghz Routers using b, g or n speeds.
Powered by existing/ new doorbell wire
Free

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Design & Warranty Features
Different Colors
Weatherproof
SmartLock Compatible
Warranty +
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More Details 

Having given you a very quick overview of the Skbell HD’s features, let us have a look at those features in much more depth. 

Video & Audio

The video quality of the camera in the doorbell is 1080P HD. The doorbell offers a color display during the day and even at night (up to 15 feet.)

Regardless of the time of day (or night), this doorbell provides you with a super 24/7 monitoring system.

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Another important feature is live feed. This is the ability to access the video display of the doorbell at any given moment.

This is very useful if you away from home and you just to to make quick, random checks on your home. Or perhaps if you just need a little distraction whilst at work!

Another great benefit is motion detection and the sensitivity of it can be changed between low, medium and high.

If any motion is detected, you will be sent a notification and a video.

Not only does the camera offer HD quality pictures but the field of view is between 120°- 130°. This is great news for you because it means that a very large area around your front door can be carefully monitored!

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Software

This doorbell is compatible with Android and Apple phones and tablets. The apps are free. Your Android phone or tablet needs to be running version 4.4 or higher, your Apple devices need to be running iOS8 or higher.

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These apps allow you to access the doorbell using a piece of equipment that you probably already have (a smartphone or tablet.) You don’t need another piece of equipment because you can use the phone or tablet that you already own and it means that you can “answer” your font door or monitor it even when you are away from home!

There are no apps to make this doorbell accessible via a Windows phone, tablet or desktop. Neither is it accessible via an Apple laptop or desktop computer. These features are likely to appear in future upgrades.

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Connection & Power & Storage

This doorbell will connect to your smartphone, tablet or PC via your Wi-Fi. It will connect to routers running on 2.4Ghz (on “b”, “g” or “n” mode) but not those that are running on 5 Ghz.

If that sounds a bit complicated then most of us that have the Internet at home will be able to connect their device to our Wi-Fi with minimal fuss.

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However, the doorbell needs to be hardwired (connected to your electricity) as it cannot be powered by a battery.

A lot of people have an existing doorbell that is hardwired which can be easily uninstalled and replaced with a Skybell.

Finally in this section, we will examine cloud storage more closely. Cloud storage is the means to store the captured videos and photos from your doorbell.

The doorbell captures videos and photos when the motion detector has been triggered and when the doorbell has been pressed. Storing these images can be very helpful in crime prevention because they can be shared with law enforcement agencies. Storage is an important part of the device’s security function.

Cloud storage can also help for life’s lighter moments. Your storage will help you to keep those snippets of doorbell videos that make you laugh which you can then share with your friends and family

Cloud storage is also free.

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Design & Warranty

The Skybell HD video doorbell comes in two colours; bronze and silver. This gives you the ability to choose which color best suits your house perfectly!

It is weatherproof. The doorbell is designed to work in harsh environments such as heat, rain, snow and humidity. The device is covered with a protective coating.

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The exact operating temperatures are -40 °C- 65 °C (which is -40 °F- 150 °F.)

Come rain, come shine or any other weather this device will carry on regardless.

The unit is compatible with the Kevo Smart Lock from Kwikset.  If one of these locks is installed and you are using your Skybell device, you can be anywhere in the house or the world and still be able to unlock your front door. Now that is what I call easy!

The  device comes with a 12 month warranty. You will also get free replacements for life for any units that are stolen, as long as you can send a copy of the police report of the theft and your proof of purchase. This will provide you with an amazing peace of mind.

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Should You Buy One?

To finish this review, I am going to finish by presenting you with a few pros and cons. What are the Skybell HD’s strongest and weakest features?

Pros
Cons
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Very high definition video
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Expensive
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Free cloud storage
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Not battery operated
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Color Night Vision
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No apps for Windows phones, tablets or laptops
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Free replacements for life

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