Hi @JDRoberts, no particular reason. I’ve gotten use to the app and have “mastered” moving around and getting stuff done. So have my wife and kids, believe it or not. While ST still needs to implement true individual user settings and devices, permissions, etc, we’ve moved from ST being one of my typical gadgets/toys, to becoming how we interact and use our home. I hope to some day soon have my Amazon Echo be a part of this environment as well! Sure, my kids still mess with each other, but that novelty has pretty much gone away and I’ve not put a lot of worry on when ST will address what I mention above beyond what’s there now. The one thing SmartTiles appealed to me was the ability to individualize and do what you mention, plus even more.
My wife and I spent time together setting up Groups based on each room, or what logically made sense based on how we live and work around our house, and what we wanted it to do. At first she was very skeptical, but after really using ST for a while, it was my wife that said we should buy more, and we serious took advantage of Best Buy’s recent 50% off Peq devices.
One thing that was pivotal for her and the kids using ST was the significant improvement in the Android app’s performance in starting up. Remember how long it took just for the app to start? It was terrible. Early on she was like “it’s faster for me to get up and turn off a switch than this stupid app”, now it is much much better and stable overall (for us at least).
Additionally, my “hack” for naming devices was also a game changer. As you are well aware, shaking a device is not for everyone, or anyone for that matter, and for someone like yourself it is completely unacceptable IMHO. My wife was creeped out a bit, and it reminded her of those stupid Shake Weight as seen on TV commercials… ST should have changed that a long time ago, and I remember a long way back when I participated in the first few Android betas where everyone complained. Unfortunately, it’s still here for now…
Saying all that, sorry for the length of this post, I did use SmartTiles to create a Guest Room controller for my in-laws when they stayed here for a couple weeks. I had an old Samsung S4 sitting around, so instead of giving them complete access to everything, I only set up things they needed to use and control. It worked perfectly, and my father-in-law became a fan of ST. Like you said, it doesn’t do everything, but in this situation it was spot on.