Whenever a new model comes into the market, it is expected to have an edge over the existing range of products in one or many aspects. Similarly, the video doorbell reviews brings in many of the features in its functionality, security, compatibility, and scalability factors. In this review, we shall take a closer look at the comparative features between our trusted Ring video doorbell and the latest market entrant. We may not necessarily aim to prove which one is better. At the same time we shall not miss out on the user benefits and the limitations of each product relative to each other.
The Nest video camera is stated to have the 4:3-coverage for display the object (read as the visitors and intruders to your home) from head to toe. Of course, it is a good feature which we need to appreciate. It is because you really don’t know what sort of a weapon an intruder can carry and where he can hide it. So, the complete body image can be helpful for identifying whether the person is a friend or an intruder. The OEM calls it as a full screen mode display. The Nest offers HDR quality video footage. Using this feature, the device can recognize the objects which are behind/beneath the shadow of the larger objects.
The standard LCD cameras have widescreen display patterns. But all the HD cameras like the Ring do have width and height coverage of the target objects. The Ring Video camera too has the similar capacity for the full screen video coverage. Moreover, it can beam the video signals in dual Wifi modes of 2.4GHZ and 5GHZ, which is much more useful for the remote viewing and monitoring in real time from your smart phone.
The new Nest Hello video doorbell reportedly has the features of facial recognition. That means the device recognize the difference between a human, a pet, and an automobile. It also means you can customize it to identify the most familiar faces who visit your home regularly. The system will recognize an alarm when the facial features of an individual are not in its database. This is an interesting and useful feature that is still not available in the Ring’s latest models. Only human recognition is the available feature.
The Ring Pro has the inbuilt customized tracking zone by default. You can set the specific zones within the area by drawing lines around the most sensitive locations. The system saves the configurations until further editing. You can also set the sensitivity level to minimum, moderate, and the highest level. Scheduling the tracking zone sensitivity from Monday to Sunday within the 24 hours period is another key feature of the Ring pro. For example, you may set the tracking zone on from Monday to Sunday between 8PM and 8AM. The settings shall remain off for the rest of the time. The rotation angle of the camera is 180-degrees.
The New Nest Hello also claims to have the similar features. But they are not available for the standard users. You have to pay extra for the subscription and activation of this feature. The rotation angle of the camera is 160-degrees.
At the basic level, the Ring Protect Pro offers most of the features like the video coverage, detection zone and scheduling, human recognition, video storage, etc without having to pay any extra costs. But the Nest models have very few options at the basic level. You have to pay more for the facial recognition, video storage, etc. So, you could say the Ring Pro is more economically priced for the services it offers.
The Nest models require wired connection to the AC supplies. The Ring Pro too requires wired connection. But the Ring Video doorbell-2 can work on the inbuilt battery and the wire power connection.
The nest Hello has the option to record a customized message which you would like to play when a visitor arrives at your doorstep. In case you are not home, the automated message can be played if you are unable to pick up the alert on your smart phone. The Ring models don’t seem to have that feature yet. Both the products have noise cancellation features. But the Nest OEM says it can also cancel the echo from the speaker’s voice.
The Ring pro and Doorbell-2 have the 1080P video footage, which is higher than the resolution offered by the Nest (1600 X 1200). Working at the dual band mode, the Ring can transmit the high quality images to your smart phone in real time. The speed of communication helps you in taking fastest decisions about the alerts you get.
The Wifi bands seem to be equal for both the brands (2.4GHZ and 5GHZ). The Wifi standard of the Nest has improved to the IEEE 802.11AC, while the Ring seems to be still conforming to the IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n standards. In addition, the Nest Hello supports the wireless connectivity using the Bluetooth connection.
The Ring models have a compact design which makes them fit into the doorframes with ease than the Nest models. Moreover, the hardware and App installation procedures for the Ring are much easier than the Nest. Many of the basic level functions in the Ring are placed at the premium membership subscriptions for the Nest.
The nest Hello seems to score in some of the areas like the facial recognition and HDR video over the Ring models. The Ring seems to have an edge over the HD video resolution and customized tracking zone as the basic level functions which need subscription for the Nest users. The subscription rate for the extra functions for the Nest is much higher than the Ring. If you are planning to buy a new video doorbell then you need to think of the options between the two by considering the technical and costing parameters. If you already have a Ring Subscription, it is better to stay on and wait for the future models with improved efficiency and features, which are on unveil within the near future. check out Reviewimo for more great tech related reviews