SOMA Smart Shades is an easy to install, solar-powered device that turns your regular window shades into smart shades. It is extremely simple to operate via your smartphone. It is also easy to install since it is wireless.
All the movements of SOMA Smart Shades are controlled by the application which communicates with SOMA Smart Shades via Bluetooth Low Energy. You can move blinds in your rooms up and down whenever you like or create automated patterns and schedules for different rooms to make your life even more convenient.
Troubleshooting: possibility to view sunrise and sunset in local time as calculated by the Smart Shades / Tilt device.
Ratings and Reviews
The product has a niche as being one of the first affordable HomeKit blind options, especially in the UK. But the app and devices seem rushed.
I have several blinds in a row and they open at different speeds - not an issue if not in the room but looks messy otherwise. There is no ability to change the speeds in the app to counter this. No dusk/ dawn opening (but can be done through the Apple Home app with the connect device). Blinds loose their position and now stop unevenly - no way to rectify this other than deleting and reading the unit.
Good but needs improving.
Blinds are great, the app is awful
I’ve got 3 blinds across one wall, and I can deal with them all moving at a different speed. I can ignore that for the convenience. It would also be useful if they rounded off the top and bottom of the motor unit, so the blinds could roll over easier without getting stuck (for those of us that have no option but to mount the motor under the blind).
But the app is pretty rubbish. I ended up getting the connect module so I can use the blinds properly with HomeKit. I suspect they’ve not worked too hard on the app because it’ll push people to buy the costly connect module. Pretty crafty.
The only thing I use the app for is the battery, which is sketchy at best. I have them set up with the solar panels, and they sit at around 85%. Then when I use them, they hit about 40%, then bounce straight back up to ~80% again. I figured I’d charge them using the power cord to see how that goes. In the time it took me to plug in the cord and pick up my phone (about 30 seconds), the battery went from 82% to 100%. So I really don’t trust the battery indicator.
Overall I’d recommend the blinds, but factor in that you’ll likely get fed up with the app and end up buying the connect module too.
It’s not just about the app
I have several of these to control blinds in my home. The product is good. It does what you expect and is reasonably priced. I had a problem with signal but that turned out to be interference and nothing to do with the product or app. I have to say, the customer service team were very helpful. Firstly they actually replied unlike many. If not for them I would still be wondering what the issue was.
So yes it could be quicker, and slicker but given that most people (I would expect) have a smart device to give voice commands too the app is perfectly adequate. The setup process for devices is quite quick, well explained and easy to do. I’ve given 4 stars for the overall experience because often when you have a issue with an app that’s it, your dead in the water. So it really isn’t just about the app.
Good product, great service and reasonable app, or good if you are just using it to set up devices.
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