Nest Vs Ring: The Final Showdown
When it comes down to it, there are two main competitors for smart doorbell supremacy, Nest Vs Ring. But which one is worth the money and which one isn’t? Find out everything you need to know below.
#1 – Nest Hello Doorbell
The Nest Hello doorbell by Google was their smart solution for letting you know when people are at your door.
It uses a series of motion detectors and an HD camera to perform this task.
When someone turns up at your front door, you’ll receive a notification to your smartphone.
You can view the security footage 24/7, so you know whos been your door and what time they arrived.
Or you can use the three-hour snapshot history.
This will let you browse through any screenshot within the last three hours so you can see what’s been going on.
You can also take full advantage of the HD talking and listening modes.
This will allow you to have a conversation with whoever is at the door. The doorbell uses facial recognition so it can pick up faces of friends and family and let you know they’ve arrived.
What Other People Say
They loved every detail of the smart home doorbell; in their words, “It was on point.” It detected motions quickly, and it even recognized people’s faces, so you knew who was at the door before you answered it. When people arrived at the door, notifications were quickly sent to their phone.
From there, they could check the live stream footage and speak to whoever was at the door. Another customer was worried about the installation, but in the end, everything went smoothly, and it was up and running in no time. The video quality was excellent, and the notifications happened quickly.
It might not be the cheapest doorbell on the market, but it certainly is more advanced than anything else on the market. The camera of the doorbell supplies excellent quality, with the added benefit of facial recognition, so you know if it’s friends or family at the house.
Everything about the doorbell worked very well; you received speedy notifications to your mobile device whenever motion was detected. And finally, the HD two-way speaker meant you could have conversations with people at the door, without any back chatter.
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#2 – Wink Hub 2nd Gen
Ring Doorbell 3 is the newest addition to their family.
It records in beautiful HD quality and a field of view of 160° to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
The Ring Doorbell lets you hear, speak, and see people from your mobile phone or tablet.
You’ll receive a notification to your mobile phone or tablet when motions are detected or when the doorbell has been rung.
If the motion sensor is picking unnecessary notifications, then you can adjust the sensitivity from the mobile app easily.
The Ring Doorbell is easy to set up you can either wire it into your existing doorbell wiring or simply use the battery pack provided.
By connecting your Ring Doorbells to Alexa, you’ll be able to hear any announcements as well as being able to talk to people at the door.
What Other People Say
They found the Ring Video Doorbell very easy to install; once they realized they needed a drilling template, it wasn’t included in the box. The software setup was also straightforward to follow, although this did take them a couple of tries to get right.
Another customer was super to device their Ring Doorbell after waiting a couple of months for its release. They already had the Ring security system installed, but this completed the system. They paired theirs with a Schlage lock, which they can open with the Ring app when someones at the door.
The Ring doorbell comes with everything you need to get setup. It was effortless to install, and great being able to choose whether you wanted a wired connection or if you wanted to use a battery pack. Another nice feature was the motion sensor, which allowed you to change its sensitivity.
It was also pretty nice to see them add dual-band WiFi connection into the mix; it made setting up the device that little bit easier. The camera quality as a whole was excellent; it provides a clear and instantaneous image straight to your smartphone.
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Things They Have In Common
Both video doorbells have quite a lot in common, to start with, they both an HD camera to capture their footage.
On top of that, they also have a field of view of 160° and night vision mode to make sure those late-night callers are picked up.
They also both use a two-way audio system so you can have a conversation with whoever is at the door.
Neither video doorbell offers free cloud storage, which means you’ll have to sign up for their subscription service. This will also unlock a couple more features, but more on that later.
Ring Vs Nest Head To Head
This is my favorite part of any verses article; it gives you the best understanding of what the products have to offer and how they differ from one another. To make it easier to follow, I’ve laid out some essential categories you should be looking at:
The Nest doorbell start’s at just over $200, while the Ring Doorbell 3 comes in at just under $200. So, as you can see, there isn’t that much difference when it comes to the price. These prices will also vary depending on where you purchase them, and if they have any deals on.
With prices so similar, it’s hard to call a winner, which is why for this one, we will have to call a draw.
Again both video doorbells are very easy to install. They can either replace your existing doorbells, and if you haven’t got one wired in already, there’s no need to fear; they can both run off batteries. This makes the installation even more manageable, but it does mean you have to keep an eye on the battery level.
Both of the video doorbells use a stunning 1080p camera to record security footage. At first glance, the Ring Doorbell slightly edges the Nest video doorbell with is 1920 x 1080 resolution compared to Nests 1600 x 1200. But, the Nest doorbell video makes up for it with its HDR technology.
The HDR helped to distinguish people’s faces when they were stood in shady areas. Both Ring and Nest uses a 160° field of view to ensure you get the fullest image. Overall the Nest Hello doorbell might have a lower resolution, but it also has the clearest picture due to the HDR technology.
Nest Hello has facial recognition included with their doorbell, so it will let you know whos at the door before you answer it. It also uses 24/7 continuous recording, so you never miss a thing. On top of that, it has geofencing abilities as well as:
- Video history
- Pre-recorded messages for visitors
- And much more
The most significant feature for the Ring video doorbell is the customizable activity zones. This allows you to change the sensitivity of the motion sensor and well as where it picks up activity. Ring also others a neighborhood alert feature, which lets Ring users know if anything suspicious has happened in the area.
For me, there can only be one winner, and that’s the Nest Hello doorbell, it outperforms the Ring doorbell on features and quality.
Both Ring and Nest both come with an optional subscription service. And if you want to get the best out of your device, you’ll need to subscribe to their monthly plans. The Nest plan starts at $5 per month or $50 per year; this will give you only 5-days of recording.
Ring, on the other hand, starts at $3 per month or $30 for the year, and this price you get 60-days worth of video recording. As you can see, the subscription service for Ring is considerably cheaper, and others more.
Final Verdict: Nest Vs Ring
When it comes down to it, there is one doorbell that outperforms the other, and that’s the Nest Hello unit.
It comes with all the fancy features you need and a few you don’t need, but definitely want. The most significant element for me was the facial recognition mode.
It identifies friends and families’ faces quickly and efficiently while letting you know who it is on your smartphone or tablet.
The biggest downfall was the pay per month cost of the subscription; it was far higher than the Rings payment plan.
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Frequently Asked Questions
If you had to pick which one is better, it would have to be the Nest Doorbell. It comes in at around the same price as the Ring Doorbell, but for me, the features are far more advanced with Nest. It has things like facial recognition and HDR technology to provide a clearer picture.
When you compare the differences between Ring and Nest, you’ll notice that Nest has considerably more smart features. And to make it even better, the quality of the footage is exceptional. But there is another difference, and this one is in Rings favor, Nests subscription is far more expensive.with the faster RAM, you won’t be waiting as long for the actions to take place.
Nest works with various third-party products, and Ring is one of them. You just have to pair the devices together using the App.