One thing you have to say to Tomas Baran, the developer of Ambee (App Store-Link) let: It was significantly faster than Philips Hue. As early as 2013 he offered an app, at that time still under the name Goldee, with which you could use dynamic scenes. It was only eight years later that the manufacturer itself integrated such a function into its app.
In the past few months, the developer has completely revised its application. Ambee 2.0 is now available for download for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. And to be honest, it leaves me a bit perplexed.
I’ve been following the development of Ambee, so I’m absolutely sure that the developer put a lot of work into their project. And the operation is also quite successful: After coupling with the Hue Bridge, you can select all or selected rooms and zones in order to play dynamic scenes there.
Ambee even offers some atmospheric scenes with sound, such as a campfire, an evening at the beach or the rainforest. You don’t develop something like this all at once, there’s a lot of work involved.
Casual users who can do without the appropriate audio can also get comparable dynamic scenes with speed and brightness controls in the official Hue app. And for power users who simply want to take advantage of every possibility, some important functions are missing, such as pairing with a second or third bridge.
At the latest with the subscription model, I’m finally out. The developer wants to have his app paid for at EUR 2.99 per week, EUR 8.49 per month or EUR 49.99 per year. And here I just have to say: Ambee 2.0 is definitely not worth that, even if a lot of work has certainly gone into the project.