Took me a little bit to get back here…
To answer the question if my objection is to the inconsistency between camera versions I would say yes. And the response that soon all cameras will have that interface strikes me like the line in Demolition Man “all restaurants are Taco Bell”. I’m not sure I want that but I am a big boy. And, yes, people get used to the changes (but not Taco Bell).
I’m gonna go out on a limb here and speculate that there was at least some discussion of a toggle between interfaces. Might not have been feasible, only so many software and hardware resources available. And certainly for many people the use case is “I’m on this camera and don’t want to page away to see events for that camera and it’s the only events I’m interested in”. It makes sense in that case and it’s well known how much people appreciate fewer clicks.
For me I find that the bottom of the screen is now taken up with a few recent events and some of the things I’m used to see like the spotlight switch or the photo switch that was right there is now the dreaded extra click away.
Of course, there’s nothing stopping me from, as I always have, of going back to home, then events, and looking through recent happenings of the four or five cameras I’m interested in because that’s my use case (a small farm where I care about watching out for the chickens, what critters are running around, and trying to track our feral cats).
I like the old interface because what works for me is either a single, live camera without a lot of clutter, or a list of cameras whose events I care about in time sequence. The new interface does not, at least not yet, offer me anything more intuitive, easier, or quicker so I can see what happened particularly overnight. The Live Feed is important at my driveway, front door, is the dog waiting on the deck to get back in…?, the list of events doesn’t do anything for me for me in those cases.
And I agree with the sentiment that the UI is THE user experience notwithstanding the fact that the OG does hit all the marks intended, I think, back at the price point we love. I do miss the magnetic base and then I got a sticky magnet and back in business.
I very much appreciate how much the developers have been able to accomplish with the limited amount of real estate available on mobile devices. This is no easy task. And if they got solid majority feedback that most users wanted this new interface (which must be the case, right?) then they did their job even if perhaps a solid minority disagree.