I reviewed Honeywell’s original Lyric thermostat in July 2014. A direct response to startup Nest’s (now Google’s/Alphabet’s Nest) round Learning thermostat (now in its third iteration), the Lyric boasted a familiar, Nest-esque hardware design, as well as Wi-Fi connectivity and a related Android and iOS app for on-the-go access.
Honeywell’s version didn’t work all that well. Rather than relying on an algorithm to adjust the heat and A/C like the Nest, the Lyric used geofencing tied to the location of your phone. (You set a radius and when your phone leaves that area, your thermostat should automatically switch to Away mode and back to Home mode when you return — this only works if you create related rules in the Shortcuts section of the app). This was glitchy at best.
Unfortunately, the same is true of the brand’s second-generation $250 Lyric thermostat.
Unlike the original Lyric, which only let you set either a quarter-mile or a 7-mile radius, the Lyric 2.0 lets you customize the range. So, I set the smallest possible range, roughly a quarter of a mile and drove well beyond the threshold several different times with two Lyric-connected phones in tow.