Ring’s customizable motion sensors let you focus-in on the most important areas of your home.
You’ll get instant alerts as soon as Ring detects motion, so you’ll always be the first to know when anyone steps foot on your property.
If you're diving deep into the smart home sphere, you'll benefit from a stand-alone camera that can, say, connect to a smart door lock and start recording when the lock senses someone is trying to get in to your front door.
Both cameras and smartphones need two crucial things to watch over your home: power and Wi-Fi.
Stand-alone cameras simply plug into AC adapters and smartphones can do the same with their charging cables.
However, smartphones are slightly more versatile since you could charge your phone completely and set it in a specific area of your home while you go out for a few hours and the battery will last until you return.
The Canary cam has a 90 decibel alarm that you can trigger from anywhere using the companion app and environmental sensors that monitor air quality, and Samsung's Smartcam HD Plus has many prerecorded sounds, like dogs barking, that you can turn on to startle an intruder.
These security apps have nearly the same features as regular smart cameras but are free to download and require no extra hardware.