So as someone that came from a Vera Lite to my smartthings hub, I think I am qualified to talk about things as they exist today.
The Vera Lite is currently FAR more advanced on what you can do out of the box. Notice, I said out of the box. Vera has way more flexibility on setting up scenes, triggers, and devices. This also comes at a cost. The Vera interface is TERRIBLE. I mean having to click save multiple places. Losing changes. Slow to load in general.
The issue I have with smartthings right now is that out of the box, we are severely limited by what apps are available for installation. They are all pretty basic and all the features of some core devices aren’t ready. Here are some things that I lost when I reconnected all my Z-wave devices to my smartthings hub instead of my Vera Lite.
-No more PIN codes for Kwitset Locks. This feature is supposed to be coming. This means that I can’t give out short lived codes to people like maids or service folks. Or friends or family that only work during a certain time period.
-Related to the locks, there is no app available to lock my doors based on time of day. On my Vera Lite, I would have my doors lock every night at 10pm. So far there is no app to do that, the only apps are related to presence devices.
-Lack of an App for scheduling lights on a per day basis. On my Vera Lite, I could setup a schedule were my lights would turn on at 6am M-F and turn back off at 7:30am. Then they would turn back on at 4pm M-F and turn back off at 10pm. On weekends, they would come on at 7am and stay on until 10pm at night. With the current smartthing apps, that type of flexibility isn’t possible right now.
So my view is that smartthings is in its infancy and the sooner developers can get access to the IDE, the better. I have no doubt that once people start cranking out some apps for smartthings, I won’t have anything to miss about the Vera Lite.
As for some positives about smartthings. The whole process of adding devices to it is 100000x better than the Vera. The smartthings hub is also much faster at performing actions. For instance, when my Vera would issue the command to operate one of my deadbolts, it would take ~10 seconds for it to happen. With the smartthings hub, it is more like 2-3 seconds.