After researching online, reading reviews, talking to best buy staff, I decided that the SmartThings hub was better than the hue hub, the wink and other candidates. I decided to buy it even if it was more expensive because it is compatible with most protocols and most devices.
I got it this evening and, after 3 hours fighting with the Samsung account password, I was finally able to see it from the app.
Then I tried to add a Philips Hue light and the SmartThings app told me that I need the hue bridge.
During my research I always found them described as an alternative to each other, no mention of the fact that one needs the other.
Is it true that I need the Hue bridge in order to connect the SmartThings hub to Hue lights?
If this is the case I will return it immediately, get a Hue bridge, see how far I can go with that and, if I will feel like the SmartThings hub will help, I will buy it again.
Or am I missing something?