The Rachio app is really well designed. It's intuitive and easy-to-use. It has a snappy interface that allows quick actions and dashboard images which deliver information at a glance. You can also add permissions via the app, which then sends an email to the user you want to grant access to. In my case, I wanted my wife to be able to access the irrigation controller as well. Finally, it has several advanced features like reducing water hammer and smart scheduling. Did I mention it hasn't lost Wi-Fi connection once despite it being in our garage while the Netgear R8500 is in the basement? No complaints from us. Job well done.
The app is not user friendly. It's difficult to navigate between the screens you need. The Smart features interfere with watering when they shouldn't, so I shut them all off and manually skip days when I need to. I have low water plants on 4 different schedules, so I adjust the schedules based on weather/seasonal changes. The schedules never adjust correctly, so I always have to play with the date to get the watering to start on the day I want. It's a bit of a pain, especially if you manually skip days due to rain and have a watering schedule that's every 3 days or something more complicated.
When watering manually, the app adds 1 minute to the selected time. So if 2 minutes is desired and displayed, when run is selected the app then displays 3 minutes and runs for 3 minutes instead of 2. Uninstalled, restarted, and reinstalled, but no help.
The "smart cycle" isn't very smart...I don't know where it gets it's forecast information but it's terrible. I basically have to remember to watch/check the weather every night and apply manual skips when rain is forecasted. Same with temps. Unusually low temps/cloudy in August? Whatever, why pay attention to that? This thing has run a full cycle 3x now just hours before getting 2in of rain!!! Like this AM. So far, this controller has cost me more $$$ in water than the Pro-C. It's basically only good for remote start/stop/delays b/c I can't trust it to be smart. Maybe they'll improve it, who knows, but the touted water savings and set-n-forget capability seems to be mutually exclusive at this point.
The Rachio controller and app combo is way above the competition. Absolutely the best there is. Here in central Florida it will pay for itself in water savings in 4 months. (your mileage may vary)
Their customer service is remarkable and the wireless aspect is absolutely wonderful...I mean wonderful! There is nothing better out there! I'm an accountant and I look for value and Rachio is it! #satisfied
Fix for large number of devices and remote control usage.
Forget everything you know about mobile typing. Speechkeys is a new type. Smart.