Fyi, lots of users in the forum and in the play store reviews are reporting notification issues with Blink, I already did the uninstalling etc… and none of the tips given in the forum fix the notifications issues. I’ve done software and hardware testing for many years, and own other security systems such as Arlo Pro 2, Skybell etc…The only reason why I purchased the Blink XT is for the “2 year” battery which at this point, it is not possible to know if is going to last that long due to the useless battery indicator “OK / Replace”. Other users report that battery lasts only a few months, is that the reason why you did not add a percentage based battery indicator? (btw Arlo has that feature, and it is essential to see if camera is using battery properly)
a) When are you going to create reliable notifications for Blink XT?
Below is part of my review from android play store:
Terrible cameras, huge lack of QA , this Blink system should not be in the market! it doesn’t record video when there is motion, no notifications. Cameras are not behind glass. Dev response in google play store is cutoff and whoever replied is not even attention to detail! IFTTT sends motion notification, but no recorded video in the Blink app.
If Blink app is not running all the time in the phone, it does not record video even if there is motion (actually, that’s no longer the case, the issue appears to be the Sync Module System or the actual BLink XT camera). I noticed that sometimes when I get close to the camera, it turns on the Blue Led, and sends notifications. However, it seems that camera at times goes to like sleep mode or stops syncing, and blue LED does not turn on when there is motion, and there is no notification. My wifi system has very strong signal, so internet is not the issue, as my other wireless camera systems work fine, and the Blink App reports full bars for the 3 Blink XT cameras and sync module.
Ifttt for Blink doesn’t have record video trigger! Basically ifttt blink integration is incomplete and useless. Arlo Pro 2 and SkyBell work fine and do what the cams are supposed to do all the time whenever it detects motion.
On top of that, the Blink app is missing essential and basic features that competitors already have.
The Blink battery indicator is useless. Please add a percentage indicator to make it useful.
The microphone feature is not existent when using the battery. The retrigger minimum is 10, not possible to set it to less.
Once the huge notifications bugs are fixed, and those basic and essential features are added to Blink XT, I’ll update the review, if the issues are not fixed soon, I will have to return Blink system, as currently it is basically useless and not reliable at all for security.
The mounting hardware is very limited for only certain areas and shakes when weather is windy so the video is affected as well, and the system triggers alerts due to tree shadows (when is windy).
This Blink system is still in beta stage, it is not ready for the market with so many bugs and lack of QA! your users should not be reporting all the bugs in the system, hire a quality and experienced QA team.