Third time charm
The Ring Video Doorbell 3 is the new kid on the block in this showdown, and usually, that confers a strong advantage. However, the Nest Hello still has some tricks up its sleeve, including a recent price drop that puts it directly on par with the Ring. Let's take a look at the specs and see who we think wins out here.
Old(er) vs. new
Source: Android Central
As you can see from the specs below, these two devices are fairly comparable in a lot of areas. They both have HD quality cameras (though the Nest Hello's is slightly better), have 160-degree wide-angle field of views, and offer live look-ins on video. They also both offer water/weather-resistance (though only the Nest Hello has official certification), and they both offer subscription plans for video storage and access (though the Ring plan is the better deal).
If they have so much in common, where does each excel?
|Nest Hello||Ring Video Doorbell 3|
|Camera||1600 x 1200||1080p|
|Field of View||160-degrees||160-degrees|
2.4 and 5GHz
2.4 and 5GHz
|Power Source||Hardwired||Battery or Hardwired|
No official IP rating
|Custom Designs||Black & White||Satin Nickel
15 customizable faceplate colors available
|Subscriptions||Start at $5/mo||Start at $3/mo|
The best of both worlds
The Ring Video Doorbell 3 added some nice enhancements to the extremely popular Ring Video Doorbell 2. The newer version gained advanced motion detection, video and audio privacy zones, and better Wi-Fi connectivity. In fact, its Wi-Fi is of a newer standard than the Nest Hello (not surprising considering the former device is two years older).
Another advantage that Ring has over Nest is variety. If the Ring Video Doorbell 3 isn't for you, the company offers five other current models, not to mention the fact that you can still get the Ring Video Doorbell 2 many places at a reduced cost. And if variety is your thing, you can pick up a Ring Video Doorbell 3 in two unique colors, and you can further customize it with up to 15 first-party faceplates.
As nice as those additions to the Ring Video Doorbell 3 are, in my mind they still don't top the unique features the Nest Hello brings. The personal face detection and announcements seem so futuristic they almost freak me out, and the ability pre-record responses for visitors makes this lazy boy a happy boy.
I think that getting notifications from the Nest Hello when packages are delivered is a game-changer (especially in this era of contactless delivery), and I love the peace of mind that comes with official water-resistance certification.
So which should you get?
The easy, cop-out answer still carries a lot of weight here. If you are all-in the Echo and Alexa ecosystem, then it probably doesn't make much sense to disrupt your integrations and workflow to get the Nest Hello. The Ring Video Doorbell 3 is a great device, and if you live in that world you'll be very happy with it.
However, if you live more in the Google-verse, or if you're platform agnostic, then it's hard not to recommend the Nest Hello. The two devices go toe-to-toe with each other on lots of features, but for me, it's all of the extras like an official IPX4 weather-resistance rating, continuous recording, person detection, and delivery alerts that tip the scales in favor of Nest. Plus, the price of the Nest Hello has dropped to right around $200, putting it on even footing with the Ring Video Doorbell 3.
So there you have it. If you're ensconced in the Amazon ecosystem, it's perfectly fine to stay there. However, if you're a Google Assistant fan or have never really invested in smart home technology, then it's best to go with the Nest.
Nest is still the best
Nest's first foray into video doorbells is still a smashing success
The Nest Hello is simply the best video doorbell around, thanks to its HDR camera and extremely useful facial recognition features. If you have a Google Home around the house, it'll even announce who's at the door.
Nice upgrade over Gen 2
A worthy upgrade for Ring users
Ring Video Doorbell 3 brings a few key improvements to the table, like better motion detection and privacy features, as well as the ability to handle faster, modern Wi-Fi networks.
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