Use Alexa to fling treats to your pet!
Now you can both comfort, as well as feed your pet while you are away at your next conference call. Simply open up the Petcube app and say hi to your pet, or even warn them off your couch too! The Petcube Bites, allows you to monitor the comings and goings of your pet, and ensure that they are okay to be alone.
Today we’ll be looking at Petcube Bites 1 vs. Petcube Bites 2, and how they can bring assurance and fun for you, and your pet. Both models are very similar to each other, the main advancement is in the field of view and built-in Alexa that brings even more efficiency when it comes to operating your Petcube.
So let’s get right to it, and check out both models to see which suits you best.
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Petcube Bites vs. Petcube Bites 2 — Things in Common
Video Streaming – Video streaming allows you to watch your pet in clear 1080p HD clarity using your iOS or Android smart device. So you can know what your beloved companion is up to.
Night Vision – Same goes for night time too! You can easily check-in at any hour of the day and night, to see if your pet needs anything. A great feature for those of you who tend to work late hours or travel a lot.
Sound – Both Petcube Bites 1 and 2 offer premium two-way audio technology. So you can enjoy full-duplex sounds, with 4-microphone array and speaker bar. You can offer a word of comfort to your pet even when you’re abroad, as well as warn them off the couch too!
Treat Dispenser – You can treat your pets, even from your office! Using the in-built treat dispenser allows you to interact with your pet remotely, whether it’s to reward them for good behavior, or even to keep them from barking at the local postman. Not only that, but you can also allow your family and friends to interact with your pets too with the sharing feature.
You can easily control the amount, as well as the distance ( up to 6 ft), or even set it on autoplay to keep your pets busy when you are.
The dispenser can hold up to 1.5lbs of treats, which should ideally be spherical and with dimensions of 1 inch or less.
The dispenser itself is also easily detachable and dishwasher safe, or you can hand wash it if you prefer.
Sound/Motion Alerts – Never miss a moment with sound & motion alerts. Any triggered sounds or motions will be recorded, so you can see what your friend was up to while you weren’t home.
Cloud Recording – Luckily, both Petcube Bites 1 and Petcube Bites 2, allow you to take advantage of 4 hours of free 10-second video clip recordings which are saved to the cloud. So you can check-in after a long day to see how your pet got on.
Subscription Plan – If you wish to amp up your cloud storage, you can do so by opting for a subscription plan to suit you.
You can choose from 3 Plans, the Free one which includes the 4 hours of free 10-second video clip recordings, the Optimal Plan which provides you with a 3-day video history costing $5.99 monthly, and lastly The Premium, which includes 90 days of video history, and costs $14.99 per month. If you decide to go for an annual rather than monthly plan, the cost would be considerably lower.
Smart Alerts – With both Petcube Bites, you also have the option of taking advantage of the Smart Alerts feature. It comes included with the subscription plan and is able to provide you with alerts that matter.
Such as distinguishing between dog barks, or cat meows as well as differentiating between objects and people, helping you to identify an intruder or any other suspicious activity.
Petcube Bites vs. Petcube Bites 2 — Differences
Difference #1: Field of View & Zoom – See more with Petcube Bites 2, with its impressive 180° ultra-wide-angle lens field of view, vs. 138° of Petcube Bites 1.
Difference #2: Alexa – Have Alexa help you with your pets too! While both Petcube Bites and Petcube Bites 2 are compatible with Amazon Alexa, Petcube 2 makes every day easier by having Alexa already built-in. Eliminating the need for any smart speakers, such as Echo Show or Echo Spot. Now you can order treats, play music, or even find the nearest on-call vet for your loyal companion.
You can activate your voice assistant by just pressing the button on your app, and you can say things like, “Alexa, treat my pet.” or “Alexa, order more treats for my pet”. Making your life easier, and efficient.
It’s worth mentioning that as of now, Petcube doesn’t support ESP.
ESP stands for “Echo Spatial Perception”. It’s a feature for Alexa-enabled devices, which will only activate the speaker that’s closest to you.
For example, if you already have an Echo Show or Dot, and you pair up your Petcube Bites 2 with Alexa already built-in, both the Echo smart speaker and Petcube’s Alexa will wake up once you say “Alexa”, which can be annoying. One of the easy fixes is to give speakers different names (“Amazon” and “Echo” are your other options), although it can get confusing fast.
This is why Amazon created the ESP technology, which will make sure that only the closest speaker to Alexa will reply.
Unfortunately, currently Petcube doesn’t support ESP, but hopefully, in the near future, they will enable the ESP feature like ecobee with their Alexa-enabled thermostat.
Difference #3: WiFi – While both Petcube Bites and Petcube Bites 2 supports a 2.4GHz WiFi network, Petcube Bites 2 also supports a 5GHz connection too.
Be sure to check prior installation the strength of your network to ensure that your Petcube Bites will work without any issues. And if you’re looking for a new smart home WiFi system, make sure to read our take on NETGEAR Orbi vs. AmpliFi HD.
Difference #4: Design – In terms of design, Petcube Bites and Petcube Bites 2 are entirely pet-proof, sporting sleek designs that are both compact and aesthetic, ideal for any home or apartment setting.
However, currently, Petcube Bites 1 does come with more color options to choose from, such as Matte Silver, Rose Gold, Carbon Black, and Snow White. So you can find the perfect tone that compliments your personality and style.
While Petcube Bites 2 has only one color option for now which is Matte Silver.
Having more coverage allows you to keep track of your pet better, and when paired with Petcube Bites 2 4x Digital zoom technology, you can zoom in on your pet to distinguish what he has in his mouth this time. While Petcube Bites 1 only has 3x zoom capabilities.
Petcube Bites vs. Petcube Bites 2 — Comparison Chart
|Petcube Bites||Petcube Bites 2|
|Resolution||1080p HD||1080p HD|
|Field of View||138°||180° ultra-wide-angle lens|
|Zoom||3x Digital Zoom||4x Digital Zoom|
|Works with Alexa||Yes||Yes|
|Night Vision||Yes||Automatic night vision|
|WiFi||2.4GHz||2.4GHz and 5GHz|
|Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)||Yes||N/A|
|Built-in Laser Toy||No||No|
|Smart Dog Alerts||Yes/ With a subscription||Yes/ With a subscription|
|Cloud Recording||Up to 4 hours free
(10-second video clips)
more w/ subscription
|Up to 4 hours free
(10-second video clips)
more w/ subscription
|Triggered Video Recordings||Yes||Yes|
|Dimensions||7.2 x 3 x 12.9 inches
(18.3 x 7.8 x 32.7 cm)
|5.7 x 3 x 10.6 inches
(14.4 x 7.6 x 26.9 cm)
Snow White (Limited)
Petcube Bites vs. Petcube Bites 2 — Accessories
So now that we have gone over both Petcube Bites and Petcube Bites 2, let’s see what accessories they can offer you.
It’s important to make sure that the treats you decide to pair up with your Petcube Bites are compatible in size and shape.
Brands such as Wellness Natural Grain Free Puppy Training Treats, or Wellness Petite Treats Small Breed Grain-Free Dog Treats, suit it fine, while still providing a healthy snack for your pet.
Petcube Bites vs. Petcube Bites 2 — Our Thoughts
Bottom line, both Petcube Bites and Petcube Bites 2 offer some great benefits to you, and your pet. They comfort your pet while you’re away, and still allow you to check in on your companion whenever you wish.
While the main features are the same in both devices, such as the live feed, sound & motion alerts as well as the treat dispenser, the main difference between Petcube Bites 1 and 2, is the advanced field of view, smart alerts, and built-in Alexa that we see in Petcube Bites 2.
For those reasons, we can definitely say that Petcube Bites 2 is the better model when comparing the two.
Last update on 2020-01-28 at 11:29 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API