I’ve been very critical about the 2.0 update up front, especially about the lacking web interface and desktop support. I’m not trying to start a discussion on that and will not make any remarks on that from here.
Now that I updated my Homey to 2.0 yesterday, I must say that I have very mixed feelings. The way it was ‘advertised’, was that it was ‘Homey as it was meant to be’ and the best thing that ever happend to Homey.
Disclaimer: The following is solely my personal opinion and view, which I feel I have to expose due to the fact I have been complaining a lot :
As an end-user of the Homey system, I must say that I don’t really see what all the fuss is about. I am certain that ‘under water’ the entire system has been recreated, but in practice, functionally very little has changed that I can see.
I find the app aesthetically nice. I like the way it looks in general but it also feels ‘unfinished’ for me.
The home tab:
It feels use-impared at best for an end-user (a timeline that shows app updates? Seriously? Nice for the ‘Homey admin’ but for the rest of the family?)
Favourite devices. Can be useful, if you have a lot of devices and only want a to manually manage a few of them on a frequent basis.
Favourite flows. Nice in theory, but the fact that they stack vertically makes them ‘use-impared’ at best.
The Devices tab:
A bit cumbersome and you can’t change the order in which the devices are shown. Also no option to hide devices from the view makes it less useful. (I don’t think I want to always see a wall-switch. A hue bulb more so). Also the default view of ‘Home’ (including all zones) may not be the most practical due to the amount of unfiltered devices.
I would like to see more info on some of the devices (set and actual temperature on thermostats etc) I like the ‘history-overview’ of each device. Not sure how practical it is in practice, but I can emagine it can be useful to have at times.
The flows tab:
This is my biggest dissapointment. This list of flows is completely useles for an ‘in a glance’ overview. Filtering on a ‘directory’ makes it slightly better, though the fact that you can’t change the order of the directories or flows is really poor design in my view.
Creating a flow is quite okay. Simple and more intuitive than I expected on a mobile device. Looking at the contents of a flow is horrible. The fact that you can’t see the entire flow (If, And and Then/Else) is VERY bad.
The more tab:
This tab looks completely unlike the rest of the app. Especially the Settings part. It is functional, but looks kind of bland, but normallyl you don’t have anything to do there, so, so be it.
Some ‘personal’ settings (which push messages you want) can only be changed for the admin user. The rest of the family doesn’t have any say in what is pushed to them.
In short: Nice. I’m not entirely sure how I will use it (if I would at all), but it’s nice to have an overview I suppose. I can see some practical use cases for it (maybe not for me personally, but for other people, definiately)
I have the feeling the responsiveness of my managed hardware fluctuates more, sometimes it’s faster/slower than other times. This seems to be ‘worse’ than with the 1.5 firmware, but it may be in my head. I’ll see if my family complains about it.
As I wrote, I was very critical on the road Athom has taken. In general the mobile interface isn’t as bad as I expected, but I am also very unimpressed with it. I would have liked to see it’d be released in a more intuitive manner. Of course it’s a ‘getting used to it’ thing and it probably will get better, but they have taken so incredibly long, and this is what they came up with. Let’s just say, I’m not impressed