People Power knows that you probably have a nice assortment of outdated (but still decently functional) iOS devices at home. And if they're just taking up space anyway, you might as well find a clever way to repurpose them.
So it developed Presence, an app designed to quickly convert your backup iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch into a quasi-security-camera.
Similar to the free, Presence gives you the chance to set a spare device as your stay-at-home "camera" and the newer device as your on-the-go access point. That way, you can view live streaming, receive email notifications and push alerts, set rules, and have a better overall idea of what's going on at home. Presence is a solid way to ease into DIY security, but Manything's IFTTT channel and comparatively streamlined interface has a slight edge.
Presence works on iOS 6.1 or newer and is optimized for iPhone 5. Still, it will work on the iPhone 3GS and newer, iPad 2 and newer and iPod Touch 4G and 5G. I tried Presence out on an iPhone 5, an iPad 2 and a first-generation iPad Mini -- both as cameras and as on-the-go viewers.
It's similar to Manything in many ways -- here's a quick side-by-side comparison:
|Belkin NetCam HD+||Dropcam Pro||Piper||Presence||Manything|
|Field of view (diagonal)||95 degrees||130 degrees||180 degrees||iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch specs||iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch specs|
|Video quality||1,280x720||1,920x1,080||1,920x1,080||iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch specs||iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch specs|
|Cloud storage||Yes, $10/month or $100/year for 14 days||Yes, $10/month or $99/year for 7 days or $30/month or $299/year for 30 days||Yes, saves up to 1,000 clips at no extra cost||Yes, 50MB free, $2 for a 7-day pass, $5/month or $50/year for 5GB storage||Yes, 12 hours free, $5/month for 7 days, or $15/month for 30 days|
|Local storage||No, but you can download clips from the Web app||No||No||No||No|
|Glass lens||Yes||Yes||Yes||iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch specs||iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch specs|
|Night vision||Yes||Yes||No||Uses device flashlight, if available on model||Uses device flashlight, if available on model|
|Mobile app Yes, Android and iOS||Yes, Android and iOS||Yes, Android and iOS||Yes, Android and iOS||Yes, but iOS only||Yes, but iOS only|
|Motion and sound alerts||Motion only, and limited to email alerts unless you subscribe to Cloud+.||Yes||Yes||Motion only||Motion only|
|Protocol or third-party integration||No||No||Yes, Z-Wave||Some third-party integrations available through the Presence online store||Yes, IFTTT|
Presence and Manything are both limited by the devices you use and the last OS you downloaded, including whether or not a flashlight is an included feature (if not, night vision won't work). That means that you'll have the same resolution, field of view and so on -- areas that can make or break traditional Wi-Fi camera comparisons that simply aren't applicable here.
Still, the apps differ in a few key ways.
Presence doesn't have an IFTTT channel, but it does offer in-app rules. These came preloaded in the app and duplicated whenever I added a new device. One rule says, "If I come home, then make my iPad disable motion detection."
That rule sets up automatic Home and Away modes, a hands-free way to have the camera record motion-related security events when you're out of the house and stop when you return (so you aren't constantly triggering it yourself).