Salient Eye (Android) review: Salient Eye is the simplest of home security solutions

Arming Salient Eye. Tyler Lizenby/CNET

A four-digit code of your choosing will disarm Salient Eye. And, since you can access the arm and disarm function from the Salient Eye Remote app, you don't have to be in the room to disarm the camera. That way, you won't have any agitated neighbors on your hands.

Salient Eye is extremely reliable. I tested the app on a Samsung Galaxy S5 and received text and email alerts on an iPhone 6 Plus. I also used an Asus Nexus 7 tablet as a secondary Android device to test the Salient Eye Remote app. It worked similarly well, although you do have to go through a sort of latent device registration process to connect your "camera" Salient Eye device with your remote enable/disable device.

Every time I triggered Salient Eye's motion detector, the alerts arrived soon after with links to awkward photos of me running in front of the camera. The quality isn't great, but it's enough to see who or what triggered the siren. The siren adds a lot to this app, too, although there is a slight delay between the motion detector triggering and the siren sounding; it always takes the photos first and initiates the siren second.

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Salient Eye catches me triggering the motion sensor. Screenshot by Megan Wollerton/CNET

In addition to the handful of features available on the home screen, Salient Eye does have a settings section where you can make a few more custom tweaks. You can change the time period between alerts from 5 to 30 minutes and adjust the sensitivity of the motion sensor to low, medium or high as well as the time it takes to arm the app (from 10 seconds to 5 minutes). And you can enable alerts related to Internet outages, a disconnected power supply and a low battery. It provides just enough to give you a little bit of freedom within the app.

IP Webcam is another Android-specific app that can convert devices into security cameras. I haven't reviewed IP Webcam, but it looks much closer to Manything or Presence in terms of functionality. It has a continuous stream, so you can check in on your home or office remotely on a web browser, although it doesn't look quite as well-designed as its iOS counterparts.

The Salient Eye app doesn't have an IFTTT channel and it doesn't work with third-party products, but in this case I didn't mind. Salient Eye does a few things very well and that seems to be working for them so far. And non-Android users needn't feel left out -- an iOS version of Salient Eye is in development.

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The Salient Eye and Salient Eye Remote apps side-by-side. Screenshot by Megan Wollerton/CNET

Salient Eye can turn any Android device with a camera into an armed security system. Not only that, but it will send you texts, emails and a string of potentially incriminating photos in a flash. The siren adds an appealing second layer of security features; not only is Salient Eye alerting you when it detects motion, it's also (hopefully) scaring the pants off intruders.

And the Salient Eye Remote app ensures that you can arm and disarm the system as needed. Give this app a try if you're interested in testing out motion sensors, alerts, sirens and other security camera basics. It costs nothing and has an especially hassle-free setup.