Nest Hello, Ring 2, and Ring Pro Video Doorbells Compared
We compare the best video doorbells on the market to help you decide which is right for you.
30 June 2018
If you are looking for a smart solution to missed parcel deliveries, dealing with cold callers at your door from the comfort of your sofa, or simply keeping your home more secure, you might be in the market for a video doorbell. No need to go through the trial and error by yourself - we'll tell you what you need to know when considering a video doorbell purchase.
Out with the old, in with the new
You may be asking what a video doorbell is and why you might need one. Smart doorbell cameras work together with your smartphone via an app, allowing you to see who is at your door and give you the choice to answer it or not. There are also other features that make a video doorbell a better choice than a traditional doorbell including two-way talk, infrared lighting (for night-time or gloomy days) and motion detection.
Already interested? At 50five we want to help you find the right solutions for your needs - keep reading to find out how the main competitors in the video doorbell market compare.
Brands you can rely on
The two main brands vying for your attention are Nest and Ring. Let’s look at the differences that could be important to you.
Ring has been around the longest - the original Ring took the world by storm. The Ring Video Doorbell 2 and Ring Video Doorbell Pro are extremely popular on sites like Amazon and eBay. The Pro offers more features and functionality than the Ring Video Doorbell 2.
Hello is the new smart video doorbell from Nest, who also offer a range of other smart products that fully integrate with other Nest smart home platforms. The Nest Hello requires a low-voltage doorbell system, and a 16-24V AC transformer.
Both the Ring app and the Nest app are easy to use and reliable. Both brands use the latest motion sensors and feature two-way communication.
How they compare: Features and Specifications
Ring Video Doorbell 2
|Motion Detection||Person, motion and sound alerts. Activity zones and familiar face alerts with Nest Aware||6 motion zones and sensitivity adjustment||Custom motion detection zones, facial recognition|
|24/7 recording||Yes (with Nest Aware subscription)||No||No|
|Can recognise specific individuals||Yes (with Nest Aware subscription)||No||No|
|Resolution||HDR 1600x1200||HD 1080p||HD 1080p|
|Camera FOV||160° Diagonal||160° Horizontal||160° Horizontal|
|Internal storage / SD card||No||No||No|
|Cloud Storage||Nest Aware||Ring Protect||Ring Protect|
|App compatibility||Browser, Android, Android TV, Android Wear, iOS, Apple TV, Apple Watch||Mac, Android, iOS||Mac, Android, iOS|
|Works with Apple Homekit||No||No||No|
|Works with Google Assistant||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Works with Amazon Alexa||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Size||4.3 x 11.7 x 2.6 cm||12.83 x 6.35 x 2.74 cm||11.43 x 4.7 x 2.03 cm|
|Self install?||Professional installation recommended
due to 16-24VAC transformer.
|Yes||Professional installation recommended
due to 24VAC transformer.
While the Pro and Video Doorbell 2 both offer 1080p, Nest has chosen UXGA. This means it is easier for the Nest to see the full profile of a person, while the Ring products have a wider field of view.
Nest Hello has facial recognition, which can come in handy when you want your smart doorbell to recognise when someone you know arrives on your doorstep. You can set the video doorbell to give your visitor a custom alert or a custom message. As you would expect, your consent is required to turn this feature on, and you will also need a subscription to Nest Aware. The Ring Pro can tell the difference between objects or animals, and humans - so you shouldn’t get any false alarms when next door’s cat walks past your door!
All units offer 2-way communication allowing you to talk with the visitor at your door plus noise cancellation to make the conversation clearer. Night vision is also a feature, so you can see who is at your door even on the darkest of nights or gloomiest of days.
You can set up instant alerts to get speedy notifications and you can also select live view - letting you see who’s at your door in real time. The Nest Hello goes one step above and offers full support for 24/7 streaming. It may also be interesting to note that Ring is made by Amazon, so it can work with Alexa, for instance using ‘Alexa show me the front door’ Nest is made by Google, working with Google assistant to announce visitors.
Beautifully designed smart technology
So how do all 3 smart doorbell cameras compare in the looks department? While beauty certainly is in the eye of the beholder, both the Nest and Ring products do look much better than a traditional doorbell. The Nest is the smaller of the three, offering a thinner more discreet profile. This is partly because the Nest is mains powered, so it doesn’t need extra room for a battery. The faceplates on the Ring 2 and Ring Pro can be changed, allowing you to customise how the Ring 2 and Pro look to fit in with your smart home.