Does the Petcube Interactive Wi-Fi pet camera really work? In this review we will compare features and look at video demonstrations to help you determine if the Petcube is right for you and your furry friend.
If your pets struggle when you're gone, either by completely panicking and destroying your belongings or by sleeping all day and growing obese and out of shape, a Petcube can help you connect and keep your pet active.
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In addition, you can check in with the pet sitter, talk to your pet and use a laser toy to draw your pet's attention for a fun game of tag.
Petcubes can be accessed via your smartphone or your tablet, so you have a variety of screen sizes with which to see and talk to your pet.
Petcube Play 1080p Video
- Viewing: You'll have 3x digital zoom & night vision so you can easily view your pet.
- Talking: You can talk to and hear your pet easily
- Laser Toy: This tool can be controlled by you or set up to run automatically.
- App: If you can reach your phone, you can reach your pet.
Petcube 720p Camera
- Viewing: Wide angle camera means you can watch your pet chase the dot!
- Talking: Two way audio offers clear communication with your pet.
- Laser: This feature is finger controlled and ready for you to activate.
- App: The phone app is now rated for both Android and iPhone
Features To Consider
While both of these models appear to be quite similar, there are key differences that you need to consider.
Petcube Play 1080p Video
1) Video: The 1080p offers a 138 degree wide angle view and 3x digital zoom. You can video with your pet as they chase the dot, respond to your voice and rest.
You'll have access to a free 30 day trial of the Petcube Care cloud video app. We all know that we each have the most beautiful dog or cat in the world, and now you can prove it!
The Petcube Play 1080p offers night vision.
Rather than leaving the lights on so you can check on your pets, you can leave the lights off and let your pets wind down naturally as the daylight fades.
2) Audio: Your pet (with the help of the 1080p) can contact you thanks to the sound-detection alerts.
You can also chat with your pet, soothe them, or distract them from inappropriate behaviors such as barking.
If you're planning an extended trip and want to hire a pet-sitter, you can also communicate with them via this tool.
3) Exercise: The laser toy will give your pet the chance to chase and play at your direction or via the autoplay mode.
It's important to note that experts with the American Kennel Club warn dog owners to use caution when providing a laser dot for dogs to chase. Because there's no reward, the red dot can be more frustrating and thus anxiety causing for dogs.
If your dog is already anxious because you're gone, a laser toy may not be a good idea.
4) Setup is a breeze via the app! The Petcube app is well suited for either Android (4.3 and higher) or iPhone (8.4 and higher.)
You can use your Petcube app on smartphone or tablet and enjoy videos via either of those tools.
5) On the shelf, the Petcube 1080p is unobtrusive. It's a three inch cube with a black wraparound screen. You can order it in black, white or pale pink.
Because touch is critical to the well-being of our pets, yours may bump the Petcube when they hear your voice coming out of the box.
However, the Petcube 1080p is durable and has non-skid feet to keep it from sliding off shelves and countertops.
You can affix your Petcube 1080p to a tripod or mount it high so your pet can't get at it.
Take care to mount it at the correct orientation; while your cell phone can turn the image depending on the angle you hold it, the camera in your Petcube can't reorient the image of your pet.
Petcube 720p Camera
1) Video: The 720p offers live HD video and a wide angle lens for viewing your pet in their various activities.
However, there is not a zoom feature with this unit, so getting a detailed look at the condition of your pet may be difficult.
The Petcube 720p doesn't offer night vision.
2) Audio: The audio clarity of this tool is excellent and gives you the chance to soothe a distressed pet or familiarize your voice with a puppy or kitten.
Some users have struggled to activate the audio via the app, but the manufacturer has added several updates to the unit and the quality is much improved.
3) Exercise: The laser pointing tool on the 720p is finger controlled and doesn't have an autoplay.
For dog owners, this is an ideal opportunity to monitor your dog while you direct the laser.
If your dog gets frustrated or upset, you can stop the laser and calm them with your voice.
Previous customers who were disappointed with the Android feature may way to take another look at the 720p; the app for Android is much improved.
6) The 720p is available in brushed aluminum and has an inset black screen. It's nearly 4 inches square and has silicone feet to prevent slipping.
The 720p is also built to fit into a tripod to keep it away from your pets and get the best range of vision from the camera. The tripod is not included.
Be aware than not all tripod threads will fit in all camera units; you may need to take your Petcube shopping with you to get the best fit.
As stated above, the purposes of a Petcube are to talk and listen to your pet, to view your pet and to give them some exercise.
If we had to choose between the two models, we would pick the Petcube Play 1080p for the following reasons:
- While both of these tools offer these options, the Petcube Play 1080p features zoom as well as view and can make it easier to view your pet up close and make sure they're OK.
- In addition to zoom, the Petcube Play 1080p has a programmable laser light that can be set to run at random times.
- Finally, the 1080p offers night vision so you can leave your pets in comforting darkness and still monitor their activities.
However, be prepared to monitor your pet during the first several games chasing the red dot. For some animals, this game can be more stressful than playful.
If your purpose in getting the Petcube is to reduce anxiety with the audio features, causing distress with the red dot game is not a good option for any of the members of your household.
Keeping a pet is a tremendous joy and a serious responsibility. If you can't be there for your pet, consider setting up a Petcube for video conferencing, games and observation.
No matter which Petcube you choose, your pet will appreciate the sound of your voice during the parts of the day when you have to be gone.
This tool can help you connect with a new puppy, keep an aging pet aware of your voice, and provide contact and exercise to animals in their prime.
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