Just bought the hub and finished getting most of my connected switches and lights installed and working. So far for me the hub has been fine and the community/openness has been great. I had the Wink and returned it as I like my Belkin light switches and there was no support for them with Wink and I didn’t want to use several different apps to control the different devices. Other than that the Wink worked fine for my setup.
Now the problem I’m having is how the app is difficult for my wife to use. I can already hear the “is this stuff really necessary” when I put the app on her phone and show her how to use it. She liked the wink app as it was very easy to use. Open the app, click a button to turn on/off a group of lights, slide your finger around the button to dim all the lights, etc. It was easy and intuitive for the not so tech minded. It made sense and all the functions were right there at your fingertips. You never needed to do more than tap to turn on/off or slide to dim.
Now for the SmartThings app it seems more cluttered and unintuitive. The dimming functions are poorly thought out in my opinion. Is there any way to get the lights grouped on a shortcut to dim together without having to go into “things” and click the tiny settings icon on the tile then slide the dimmer? The scenario I have is 3 GE Link Bulbs in the bedroom, one on each nightstand and one in a floor lamp. I have grouped all these bulbs into “Bedroom” and when you goto “Lights and Switches” they turn on and off easy and intuitively. Now to dim I have to try to explain to her that she needs to go into “Things,” click Bedroom, then little click the settings gear icon for the master bulb, and finally move the slider back and forth. Seems excessive… Is there any way to dim these three bulbs from the lights and switches dashboard that’s more intuitive and touchscreen friendly?