The iBaby Monitor features a Wi-Fi video camera that can interface directly with iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. While the interface offers some great features including the ability to pan the camera's view for a full 360 degrees as well as tilt the lens up and down, the monitor is plagued by complaints about software and connectivity issues.
A good camera with a tenuous connection. The iBaby Monitor connects to iOS devices via a home Wi-Fi connection. The monitor initially sets up through a grounded Ethernet connection to a home's Wi-Fi router and then should be able to connect to a device remotely through the Wi-Fi network. However, multiple users say the iBaby's connection to Wi-Fi is tenuous, and the connection freezes, lags by as much as a minute and in some cases will not register Wi-Fi. One user says they can only get the iBaby to work when the camera is connected to the Wi-Fi router via Ethernet cable.
However, when the connection is working, users have few complaints about the camera quality. The images are reported to be clear day and night.
Reliability issues plague the application. While the iBaby name echoes the branding of Apple products, users point out that the iBaby Monitor is not made by Apple. The application is designed to work within the seamless touchscreen technology that made iOS devices famous, but users say the application is very buggy, with a far from seamless performance. Some users report that the application shuts down or freezes, causing camera resets; others say that the application worked well until the Apple iOS 6 software update, which rendered it useless.
Users also say that it is hard to impossible to set up the camera up for viewing outside the home: The manufacturer's website says you should be able to connect to the iBaby camera through a PC computer, but parents and testers have been unable to make this feature work.
Four caregivers can monitor at the same time. One feature families like is that up to four iOS devices can use the iBaby Monitor to watch baby simultaneously. The camera allows you to click snapshots easily from your iOS device. The application can be used on the iPad, but there isn't any optimization or modification for this larger screen. Multiple cameras can also be added to the system.
May be unreliable. More than one user states that it is difficult to reach customer service, especially where application support is concerned. Owners mainly agree that the quality of the iBaby Monitor camera is high, but the software to support the wireless technology and to interface effectively with iOS devices appears to be less reliable.
1. Apple Store
Review Credibility: Very Good The iBaby receives an overall rating of 3 out of 5 stars at the Apple Store based on more than 110 consumer reviews. The feedback on this product is mixed. The application itself is criticized for flaws and bugs, and there are many complaints that the device stopped working after the introduction of iOS 6. Parents who are happy with the iBaby say that it has great extra features, good image quality and works as promised. A review mentions an update to the software that is intended to fix the iOS 6 issues but doesn't say if it worked.
Review: iBaby Monitor, Contributors to Apple Store, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The iBaby Monitor receives an overall rating of 3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com based on more than 30 user reviews. Those reviews are mixed, with some saying that the camera is of good quality but the software is buggy and slow, and has a clunky interface. Other parents say that the camera will freeze, reset or shut down unexpectedly, which also may be a software issue. Other reviews say that they have not had problems with this camera and find it easy to use and set up, with great connectivity. One user comments that the iBaby's performance is dependent on the quality of your Wi-Fi and that if your Wi-Fi is slow, the camera won't work well.
Review: iBaby M3 Baby Monitor for the iOS, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good Blogger Jeremy Horowitz says that while the iBaby isn't the cheapest or most powerful iOS baby monitor he's seen, it does what it promises with little fuss. He says that it works on networks other monitors may not support and it uses wall, not battery, power. It also has a motorized, silent mechanism that allows it to rotate 360 degrees for flexible viewing. According to his trials, lag time is limited to less than a second, and night vision works well automatically. Despite its high points, Horowitz admits that setup with the application is "rough around the edges" and the app is seemingly inaccessible outside of the house.
Review: iHealth Lab iBaby Monitor, Jeremy Horowitz, Nov. 11, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good This blog reviewer describes setup of the iBaby Monitor as "somewhat easy" and not drop-dead simple because it must be plugged directly into a Wi-Fi router upon initial setup. The reviewer finds that the application works well with his iPhone -- though he notes that the 3G network is not fast enough for the device.
Review: iBaby Monitor: Keeping an iOS Eye on Your Little One, Steven Sande, Oct. 29, 2011