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Thinking of buying the new Google Nest Doorbell?

Thinking of buying the new Google Nest Doorbell?

A video doorbell is an effective way to keep tabs on all the activity happening at your front door, especially when you're not at home. It’s because a smart doorbell allows you to view live feed so you can see who’s at your front door. It also records video whenever someone comes within its range. 

However, there are currently many video doorbells on the market, and choosing the best one can be a bit challenging. But, it mainly depends on what you're looking for – do you want high-quality video and advanced features, or are you looking for a budget-friendly option. Whatever your criteria, when you choose the best video doorbell for your needs, it is essential you understand how the top video doorbells differ from each other in both features and functionality.

In this article, we will compare the three most popular video doorbells, namely Google Nest Doorbell (battery), Arlo Video Wire-Free Doorbell, and Ring Video Doorbell 3. All three doorbells are battery-powered and have many similar features, which make them direct competitors in the smart doorbell market.

Video Quality

Nest Doorbell Video Quality

Google Nest doorbell (battery) is equipped with an exceptional 1.3-megapixel camera that offers a resolution of 960 x 1280/ 30 FPS. This means it lets you enjoy HD video with super clear and detailed images. And HDR means the images are also bright. Additionally, with four 850 nm infrared LEDs with IR cut filters (that help with night vision), you can always see what’s happening at your front door from dusk to dawn.

Arlo video wire-free doorbell also lets you enjoy HD Video with a maximum resolution of 1536x1536, which is higher than the Google Nest doorbell (battery). It also offers HDR for high-contrast and bright images and comes with 850nm high powered Infrared LEDs with IR Cut Filter to let you see everything that's happening at your front door, even at night.

When it comes to the video quality of Ring Video Doorbell 3, it offers HD video with HDR and has a resolution of 1080p. And it also offers night vision.

Although the Nest doorbell (battery) has the lowest resolution among the three doorbells being compared, you won't notice a big difference in video quality, especially when you're viewing from a phone. But, our winner for this category is Arlo wire-free as it offers the highest resolution.

Field of view

Arlo Wide Angle

With the Nest doorbell's 145° diagonal (super wide-angle) field of view and a portrait aspect ratio of 3:4, you can see anyone standing at your front door from head to toe. This might ruin a surprise from your friends on your birthday or any other special occasion, but it's great for security and surveillance purposes. These specifications also mean you can see any parcel placed on the ground.

In contrast, Arlo wire-free doorbell offers an even wider field of view (180°) and a square aspect ratio of 1:1. So, if you’re interested in viewing your street or sidewalks (left and right), Arlo wire-free will let you do that as well.

Ring 3, on the other hand, has a 160° field of view, which means not only can you see people from head-to-toe, but you can view a wider area compared to the Nest doorbell (battery).

Again, Arlo has the widest field of view, so it allows you to see more area compared to the other doorbells. On the other hand, the Nest doorbell (battery) has the lowest field of view, but it is still enough to see a person from head to toe.

Motion detection

Nest Doorbell Motion Detection

The Nest doorbell (battery) comes with a highly efficient PIR (motion and proximity sensor), which can instantly detect any motion. And a great feature of Nest is that it uses AI to differentiate between people, packages, animals, and vehicles. It then sends alerts, such as animal seen, parcel delivered or person seen, etc., directly to your phone. And you can also customize the notifications so that you only get the alerts that are relevant to you.

Arlo wire-free also comes with a motion sensor and sends you alerts when a motion is detected. And like Nest, it is also capable of telling the difference between a package, person, parcel, or vehicle. When it comes to alerts, Arlo also allows you to customize the notifications you get so that you only receive important alerts.

The Ring 3 offers advanced motion detection that can differentiate between people and other things and send alerts to your phone or tablet. It also comes with customizable motion zones, which means you can configure it to only send notifications when it detects a motion within your desired zone/range. This helps in reducing unwanted notifications like the motion of vehicles. But you don’t get any package detection option with Ring 3.

Our vote for this category goes to Nest because it offers AI technology for differentiating people, vehicles, animals, and packages for free that the other three devices don’t offer for free. It also has an additional feature of detecting a familiar face (paid) which the other three doorbells don’t have.

Live Feed and Video Recording

Doorbell vs Ring

Nest doorbell (battery) allows you to see the live feed of what's happening at your front door whenever you want. It also records the first three-hour of the event video for free, and once you've consumed it, you can upgrade to a paid subscription plan to get up to 30 days of event video history with Aware or 60 days with Aware Plus.

Arlo also offers live streaming of anything that’s happening at your front door. But there is no freebie here for video history. So, if you want event video history (up to 30 days), you have to upgrade to a paid subscription plan.

Just like Nest and Arlo, Ring 3 also offers real-time monitoring anytime you want. But you can only review past events if you have subscribed to a paid plan (up to 30 or 60 days, depending on the subscription plan).

In our opinion, Nest is the winner of this category as it offers three hours of free event video storage which the other three devices don’t offer for free and the live streaming of Nest is better than the other devices as there is no delay.

Battery

Google Nest Doorbell

As we mentioned before, all three doorbells are wireless and are battery-powered. But if you want, you can also have any of these doorbells wired into the mains.

The Nest doorbell (battery) is equipped with a powerful 6 Ah built-in rechargeable Li-Ion battery. If your friends and family visit you frequently and you have 25 - 30 recorded events per day, the battery can last about a month before it needs to be charged again. But, if there isn't much activity on your front door, say 2-4 events per day, the battery can last as long as six to seven months.  But one downside is that the battery is non-removable, which means you have to take the entire doorbell off the wall when you want to recharge it.

Arlo wire-free also comes with a rechargeable but the non-removable battery with an average life of 6 months. In contrast, Ring 3 comes with a rechargeable battery pack that is also removable. This is a big plus as you can charge the battery without having to take the entire doorbell off the wall. The average battery life of Ring 3 is also about six months (almost the same as Nest and Arlo).

One thing to keep in mind is that the average battery life of any of these devices greatly depends on the activity on your front door and your video recording/streaming and notifications settings.

Ring 3 is the winner of this category as it comes with a removable battery. But when it comes to battery life, all the devices have good battery life.

Pricing and Free Features

The Google Nest doorbell (battery) is currently priced at $180, whereas Arlo wire-free doorbell costs $200. On the other hand, Ring 3 also costs $180.

In terms of subscription plans, Nest Aware costs $6/month, while Arlo’s secure plan costs $3/month for one camera. When it comes to the subscription plan of Amazon Ring 3, its basic plan also costs only $3/month.

When we compare the overall price of these three doorbells, Nest and Ring 3 are the cheapest, but Nest has the most expensive monthly subscription plan. However, Nest offers the maximum number of free features, such as 3 hours of video recording and AI technology for differentiating objects. So, it’s the winner of this category for us.

Nest (battery) Vs. Arlo Wire-Free Vs. Ring 3 Overall Comparison

Features

Nest (battery)

Arlo Wire-Free

Ring 3

Video Resolution

960p

1080p, max: 1536p

1080p

HD Video

Yes

Yes

Yes

HDR

Yes

Yes

Yes

Night Vision

Yes, IR

Yes, IR

Yes

Live-streaming

Yes

Yes

Yes

Free video storage

Yes

No

No

Motion detection

Yes

Yes

Yes

Artificial Intelligence

Can differentiate between vehicles, animals, and people (free)

Can differentiate between vehicles, animals, and people (paid)

Can differentiate between vehicles, animals, and people (paid)

Package Detection

Yes

Yes

No

Field of View

145°

180°

160°

Aspect Ratio

1:1 (square)

3:4 (portrait)

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Power

Battery or mains

Battery or mains

Battery or mains

Battery Life

6 months

6 months

6 months

Removable Battery

No

No

Yes

Audio

Two-way audio with noise cancellation

2-way audio

Two-way audio with noise cancellation

Quick Replies/ Preset Responses

Yes

Yes

No

Price

$180

$200

$180

Monthly subscription

$6

$3

 

Smart Alerts

Yes

Yes

Yes

Connectivity

 

2.4 GHz Wi-Fi

 

 

2.4/5 GHz Wi-Fi

Smart compatibility

Google Assistant

Alexa, Google Assistant

Alexa, Google Home

Built-in Siren

Yes

Yes

Yes

Warranty

1 year

1 year

1 year

Overall Rating

4.5

4

3.5

 

Final Verdict

All the three devices that we have compared in this article are pretty popular because of the advanced features they offer. But after comparing their features, we believe the Google doorbell (battery) has the edge over the other three devices, particularly because it offers many basic features for free that the other three doorbells don't offer for free. And just like the other doorbells, the Google Nest doorbell (battery) is also equipped with all the features one would want in a video doorbell, such as two-way audio, live stream, package detection, reasonable video quality, and field of view, and more.

To complement your new Google doorbell (battery), you can also purchase some of our made-for-Google Nest products: such as adjustable horizontal and vertical wedge mounts, wall plate, and solar panel. Wasserstein’s products have gone through a stringent certification process to ensure full compatibility with the Nest doorbell (battery).

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