Nest recently came out with their answer for the best doorbell camera, The Nest Hello, and it will look to challenge Skybell and Ring doorbell cameras in this exploding market. Thanks to easy installation and mostly positive customer reviews, doorbell cameras are becoming a “must-have” for any smart home.
The Nest Hello is making a strong case for itself as to surpassing Ring and Skybell for best doorbell camera, despite it’s late arrival to the industry. Nest has produced one of the best smart thermostats, and they are taking that success and moving into the camera and doorbell market.
Nest Hello Design
The Nest Hello has a simple and sleek design that looks good without standing out (some doorbell cameras are bulky and have poor curb appeal). From first glance, the Hello looks a lot like many of Nest’s other products, utilizing minimal hard key buttons and a modern look that reminds of the thermostat. The doorbell has a white body and black face, and they keep things simple with just the one doorbell button and a front facing camera.
Nest Hello Features
Where the Nest Hello sets itself apart is the facial recognition software you can use to identify who is at your door and be notified if your kids are home, or if a stranger is on your porch. The crystal clear HD talk allows for two-way communication.
The Nest Hello has plenty of fun and functional features, like “Nap Time” that disables the doorbell function and only send a message through the app that someone is at your door. Another cool feature is preprogrammed responses you can use called “Quick Response.” Quick Response allows you to choose from built in responses to address people you know, or people you don’t know if you aren’t home or don’t want to be disturbed.
Nest Hello Hardware and Software
The Nest Hello’s simple design utilizes your existing doorbell wiring, so you won’t have to worry about replacing batteries. The body of the unit is made of plastic and, while the exact dimensions haven’t been released, does look smaller than other products on the market. The Nest Hello has a 160-degree HD camera that has night vision capabilities and HDR imaging. One issue other products have is the limited range of the camera, but the Nest Hello allows you to see people approaching from head-to-toe, so there won’t be any questions about who came within view of the Hello.
As you might expect, the Nest Hello connects to your Nest app along with all of your other Nest products. This can stand alone without any other Nest product, or works tremendously well with their lineup of thermostats, cameras, and home security products. The app allows you to choose what kind of notifications you receive, whether that is any time someone comes to your door or only when the doorbell is pushed. You can also access live video at any time from your smart phone.
Conclusion: Nest Hello vs Ring vs Skybell
While the Nest Hello won’t come out until “early 2018,” that is a lot of optimism based on the fact that Nest is releasing their “Nest Secure” line of home security in Fall 2017. They should be able to work out any bugs with that system ahead of the Nest Hello to ensure minimal bugs. We are somewhere leery about the facial recognition capabilities, but think that even if that is spotty, the Hello should compete right away with Ring and Skybell as the best doorbell camera on the market.
Check back in a few months after it’s release to see our updated review and how to purchase.