Nest announced it will be bringing out a video doorbell at some point in 2018, called Hello. The company already offers various smart home devices including its popular Learning Thermostat and various cameras for both indoor and outdoor, but a video doorbell has been a long time coming.
Ring meanwhile, dominates the video doorbell space. It offers no less than three options, comprising the Video Doorbell, Video Doorbell 2 and Video Doorbell Pro, with the latter offering the most comprehensive list of features from Ring.
Details are somewhat scarce surrounding Nest’s Hello at the moment but we have compared what we know about it to the three options from Ring to help you work out what the differences are.
Nest Hello vs Ring Video Doorbell vs Doorbell 2 vs Doorbell Pro: Design
- Slimmer, more sophisticated design on Nest Hello
- Ring Video Doorbell Pro is slimmest of Ring options
- All have camera, buttons and LED light rings
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The Nest Hello is a slim, sleek video doorbell featuring a white body, black face and a rectangular design with rounded edges at the top and bottom. Exact measurements haven’t been revealed but we estimate it is around 30mm in width, 120mm in height and around 12mm in thickness based on our experience.
A camera lens is present at the top of the Nest Hello, a button with an LED ring around it is positioned at the bottom and there is a Nest logo hiding sensors in the middle of the device. A microphone sits above the Nest logo and a speaker is present below the button on the edge of the device.
The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is the closest in design to the Nest Hello, offering a slim build and a rectangular shape but with straighter edges than the Nest option. It has a silver framing with a Ring logo at the bottom and a black middle section that houses the camera lens and button surrounded by a light ring directly below. It measures 114.3 x 46.7 x 20.3mm.
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is the successor to the Video Doorbell original and both offer a wider rectangular build than both the Pro model and the Nest Hell. Both the Doorbell 2 and the original have a silver body making up two thirds of the device, featuring the button and the Ring logo, and a black body for the top third with the camera lens.
The Video Doorbell 2 is more refined in terms of design than the original Ring doorbell, though it is thicker in depth, wider and it certainly isn’t as subtle as the likes of the Pro model or the Nest Hello. The original measures 126.5 x 61.7 x 22.1mm, while the Doorbell 2 measures 128.3 x 63.5 x 27.4mm.
Nest Hello vs Ring Video Doorbell vs Doorbell 2 vs Doorbell Pro: Features
- Nest Hello offers facial recognition on top of person detection
- Ring Video Doorbell Pro only Ring model to offer human detection
- All offer two-walk talk
The Nest Hello is claimed to be the first video doorbell that offers both person detection and facial recognition, though the latter feature will require the Nest Aware subscription. The subscription will also allow for customisable activity tracking zones.
Other features include HD Talk and Listen, allowing users to use the Nest app to have a conversation with the person at their door without needing to be there in person, and there is also something called Quick Responses. This enables the users to play a pre-recorded message to visitors through the app on the doorbell.
Features on the Ring options meanwhile vary depending on the model. All three feature two-way talk, but the Video Doorbell and Video Doorbell 2 only have basic motion detection whereas the Video Doorbell Pro has advanced motion detection.
The Pro model also offers customisable motion zones and human detection, but it doesn’t provide facial recognition like the Nest Hello. The original Video Doorbell has up to 720p video quality, while the Video Doorbell 2 and the Doorbell Pro have up to 1080p. The two newer models also offer interchangeable faceplates, included in the box, while the original model doesn’t.
All the video doorbells being compared in this feature will alert your smartphone when motion is detected and all will allow users to see who is at their door via a live video stream on the respective app.
Nest Hello vs Ring Video Doorbell vs Doorbell 2 vs Doorbell Pro: Hardware
- 160-degree FOV on all except original Ring Video Doorbell
- Nest Hello will offer head-to-toe image and wide angle
- Ring has battery-operated options, Nest is hardwired only
The Nest Hello features a HD camera with a 160-degree field of view and a 4:3 aspect ratio, allowing it to show you a head-to-toe image of the person at your door, as well as a group of around five or six people.
The resolution of the sensor has yet to be revealed but the Nest Hello has the same night vision capabilities and HDR imaging as the Nest Cam IQ that launched earlier this year. The Nest Hello is hardwired, but it can use the same wires as a standard doorbell.
The Ring Video Doorbell has a HD camera with a 180-degree field of view, along with noise cancellation for audio. The Doorbell 2 and Doorbell Pro have a 160-degree field of view and like the original, they too have noise cancellation on board. All three have night vision.
The Ring Video Doorbell and Video Doorbell 2 come in the both battery and wired options, while the Doorbell Pro is only available as a hardwired option. Like Nest, the wired options can use existing wires.
Nest Hello vs Ring Video Doorbell vs Doorbell 2 vs Doorbell Pro: Price
- Nest Hello pricing TBC
- Ring options range from £159/$238.5 to £229/$343.5
The Nest Hello hasn’t been given a price as yet, though we aren’t expecting it to be cheap when it arrives. We’d be surprised to see it come in under the £200/$300 mark.
The original Ring Video Doorbell costs £159/$238.5, the Doorbell 2 costs £179/$268.5 and the Doorbell Pro costs £229/$343.5.
Nest Hello vs Ring Video Doorbell vs Doorbell 2 vs Doorbell Pro: Conclusion
As Nest hasn’t revealed pricing or full specs for the Hello video doorbell, it is a little hard to determine whether it will be better than Ring’s options at the moment.
We know it will offer familiar face alerts with a subscription, we know it will come with HDR imaging, and we also know it will show you a head-to-toe image of those at your front door, meaning it has some extra features compared to Ring. We also know it has a slimmer, more sophisticated design.
That said, the Nest Hello is likely to be more expensive than the Ring models and it won’t be available until 2018 so if you want a video doorbell right now, the Ring Doorbell Pro is the Ring option that will offer the most comprehensive feature set. If it’s a little too pricey for you however, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is the nest best bet.