I just wanted that the product seems really neat, and I have come this close to buying it a couple of times. However, there is one thing I can’t get past: no front panel display at all.
There are two use cases that I can’t get past. The most important is my annual activation of my sprinkler system (winter they do without needing access to the garage since the shutoff/bleed is at the curb). I really don’t want to go through the hassle of explaining what type of system this is, what “app” they need to download (if they have a smartphone with them), and that whole general hassle. I feel if it at least had a front panel that with the job you guys do with design you could make a super intuitive interface that anyone could easily understand, even servicers who never saw it before. Although I understand your response in that everyone can work with app/online access only to Service Function, I think you are missing that providing a physical interface (be it through touchscreen or buttons, or whatever) is an intuitive way of controlling the system. I view the app control as an additional access medium, not just a replacement.
The second use case is how I can tweak it if my wifi acts up. Although less common, I would at least like the knowledge of knowing I can I tweak, suspend, modify, etc the system even if my wifi is down / spotty. I do understand that the system remembers its last programming in such event, but would not, for example, skip watering if it was about to rain. It would also be nice to be able to give the wife an easy off button if I am not home (I know she has ZERO interest in keeping a sprinkler app on her phone).
So with that, I am now asking if this is a target for the version 2 hardware. I searched online and caught a passing reference to a hardware version 2 http://community.smartthings.com/t/rachio-iro-smart-irrigation-controller-integration/6835/47. I am not asking about reveal dates/times, but I would like to know if the new version will again stay away from a front panel interface. If you already know it will, I would appreciate knowing so I can move on to another product. I am really happy to see the user community and activity in product and would prefer to buy this product and would even wait to do so, but this is a deal breaker for me. (As an aside, I also feel for the price point, it really should be including one).
It seems like a really great product and I wish you the best either way.