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What is the real motive behind the privacy reviews?
December 5, 2017
Had it a week, I cannot put into words how pleased I am having looked for several hours every day for a week for a camera. And the only thing that deterred me from this one was the privacy issue. Look people, this camera works as good or better than top of the line nest or blink. I’ve had literally zero issues so far. Easiest setup ever and I’m using it without the 32gb chip or the cloud. I just get notified whenever there is movement. Unbelievable. If you purchase ten other branded cameras and get one to work as good as this one on the first try it would be a Christmas miracle. I’m in shock, I totally expected to have to troubleshoot at least one thing. Maybe I got lucky. My mom and sister saw it and now they are getting them too. Will update if anything bad happens with theirs or mine down the road.
Edit: had the yi for about 9 months and it’s still going strong. I avoided the firmware update until I got a new phone and then it made me upgrade. No problems though. The pan and tilt still works perfect. I get alerts on movement within about 2 -4 seconds (cellular or WiFi it doesn’t matter) - which is the fastest alert out of all the cameras I’ve tried - by far. Still no need for cloud or saving onto a 32gb drive although I probably will do the SD card eventually. I’ve got to say that this WiFi camera is one of the best purchases I’ve made in my life - it’s that cool. Oh and yi never once hit me up about reviewing anything, I don’t get spam from them either. As for the privacy hypothetical concerns - every app these days asks for those permissions. I read the EULA front to back and there is nothing in there that is eyebrow raising at all. If you’re concerned about your privacy then disconnect everything from the net - that’s the only way to get privacy. Although those reviews stating privacy concerns seem legit, I still question their motive because this isn’t the first app to ask for these permissions. If you’ve got Facebook on your phone then one more data mining app isn’t going to kill ya.
Had it 18 months without issue. Sister ended up buying it and she sucks at electronics but somehow got it to work without calling me. Says she uses it all the time to make sure the kids get home safe after school - and monitor them while they are home. It’s nice that you can talk in real time or wallow talkie mode from anywhere. I want to get their outdoor camera because of the reliability and ease of use and speed at alerting (my Zmodo cams take forever to alert me - like more than 10 seconds sometimes) but the outdoor cam from yi is overpriced @80 bucks. Contemplating getting a mount for this one and hanging it under an eave outside. Anyways, I don’t know what’s up with the crazy reviews here, maybe they are true but it sure seems like dirty tactics. Who knows? I’m always suspicious of Chinese anything, but try to stay up to date on security. I haven’t heard of any epidemic of yi cameras ruining people’s lives... Hope I was a voice of reason that could help people out on a pretty good deal.