Testing Samsung vs Google/Dropcam

Author: Derek Ward, Published on Jul 14, 2014

Samsung is charging hard into IP cameras. Last year, they attacked the professional market with their WiseNet III launch.

Now, they are going after the consumer / residential market with their "SmartCam" offering.

Not only does Samsung have brand, they are leveraging a strong professional series into this space. Plus, their cloud camera does not charge any monthly fees, even for recording video.

However, Dropcam has established itself a the brand leader in this space, with incredible marketing and now their acquisition by Google.

We bought the 1080p Samsung SmartCam and put it to the test against the Dropcam HD Pro: 

Who wins? Samsung or Google? Find out inside.

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