The iDevices app also connects to the Socket using both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, so the connection is reliable whether you're home or away.
What it gets wrong
The big problem with the iDevices Socket is that it doesn't fulfill any particular customer need. If you want a bulb that can dim and schedule, buy smart switch or -- you'll avoid the strange look of old bulbs hanging from a white plastic device.-- you'll get more lighting features than the Socket. If you want to keep your current retro bulbs, but also want smart features, buy a
I asked the developers at iDevices what exactly distinguishes the Socket from other devices on the market, and they responded with two primary features: it's easy to install (meaning it doesn't require a hub), and it works with Apple HomeKit (meaning you can control it remotely and using Siri).
Lighting device feature comparison
|Moveable||Lamps||Fixtures||HomeKit||Amazon Echo||Dimming||Scheduling||RGB or White-Light color changing||Price||Hub required||Installation|
|Philips Hue White||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||$15||Yes - $60||Quick plus hub|
|Philips Hue White and Color Ambience||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||$60||Yes - $60||Quick plus hub|
|Lifx Color 1000 LED||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||$60||No||Quick|
|Belkin WeMo In-Wall Switch||No||Sometimes||Yes||No||Yes||No||Yes||No||$50||No||Slow|
|iDevices Switch (smart plug)||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No||$50||No||Quick|
|Lifx White 800 LED||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||White-light only||$30||No||Quick|
|Lutron Caseta In-Wall Dimmer||No||Sometimes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||$55||Yes - $80||Slow|
But look at the Socket versus the Philips Hue White bulbs on the chart above. They're almost identical. Sure, Philips Hue bulbs require a hub, but that added cost and hassle stops looking so bad when each light bulb afterward costs only $15 -- $65 less than a single Socket.
Across the chart above, you can see that, yes, the iDevices Socket has a unique feature set. But that doesn't make it a unique product. Plenty of devices do scheduling and let you keep your original bulbs. Plenty do dimming, work with HomeKit or do hubless setup. If you need this exact combination of features, and you almost certainly don't, then you should consider the iDevices Socket.
But for most consumers, finding a gadget that offers a marginally different feature-set isn't worth 80 bucks.