So I’ve spent almost a year with the 2nd generation August Smart Lock (with HomeKit integration).
I did a review for Lifewire after having the lock for about a month. Here is a link to that review:
It’s been about a year since I wrote that review so I though I would give my thoughts on this lock after having it for about a year, so here we go:
The Good So Far:
The lock mechanics are good and the lock itself is solid. HomKit (Siri Integration seems to work well). I can ask Siri if the door is locked, I can tell her to lock the door, or unlock the door, and she obeys without question. The August Smart Lock app has been updated several times since I’ve had the lock and it seems to have improved over the past year. Being able to issue temporary “digital keys” to family members has been a really nice feature when needed. The process for issuing them via “invites” was easy, as was the process for revoking already issued digital keys.
The Bad So Far:
There were a couple of times when the lock got jammed and wouldn’t open via the app. I had to run the lock calibration routine from the phone app in order to get the lock working again. I could see this as being a real problem if you don’t have your key and are relying on the key-less entry function only. Thankfully, I had my key and was able to get in and this only happened once, but still, you really want rock-solid consistency when dealing with this kind of product. This happened pretty early on in my testing so perhaps this issue has been addressed by some of the lock updates that have been pushed out.
Battery life was also a bit of a disappointment. I ended up changing them out about 3 times during the year. Again, perhaps this has been addressed in an update. I’ll report back in another year and let you know if it’s gotten better.
The Bottom Line:
Would I buy this lock again? Yes. Does it have a few quirks? Yes, but they are minor and the lock looks great and has performed well since I got it about a year ago. Overall I would say August has built an excellent lock that holds up over time.