Unboxing and full review of the August Smart Lock after living with it for one month. Skip ahead to 5:10 for the review itself, as I intro the smart lock category for the first few minutes.
Update March 2015: August Connect wi-fi bridge is out and I have unboxed and reviewed it – click for video! http://youtu.be/lcKyDNc5mMk
Overall, the sleek, stylish August Smart Lock is great at what it does, but it is on the expensive end of the smart lock category right now. What it does, unlocking via app, “Auto-Unlock” and automatic re-lock “EverLock”, it does very well and reliably. Not needing to replace your deadbolt is also a plus, August just sits on the inside of the door. The reliance of the app on GPS for sensing when you’re coming back home is not great for those who want “Auto-Unlock” to work when they are just outside their home. The August is evidently HomeKit-compatible, so that could open it up to remote control functionality via Siri on iOS devices very soon. The soon-shipping “Connect” add-on device will enable remote control and monitoring of August from anywhere in the world.
Watch the video for full details, pros and cons and a comparison to competitors Goji, Kwikset Kevo, Okidokeys, Lockitron and Danalock.
Updated “Judgement” of August – Feb 2016:
I give the August Smart Lock a “Definitely Try” rating. Too expensive for some, but the functionality is generally solid. Pick one up with our Amazon link and help support the show!
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