Nest Doorbell Review: Wired and Battery

Learn about Nest’s latest wireless video doorbell

By Aliza Vigderman Aliza Vigderman, Senior Editor, Industry Analyst & Gabe Turner Gabe Turner, Chief Editor
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Editors Rating:
9.0 /10

What We Like

What We Don't Like

  • A bit pricey: At $229, the Nest Doorbell is not one of the most affordable doorbell cameras on the market; however, we think it’s worth it for someone looking for top-notch features. If you’re in the market for a cheaper doorbell, Nest’s new wire-free Doorbell is some $50 cheaper than the original. However, we haven’t yet reviewed its features yet, though, as the doorbell is only available for pre-order as of writing.
  • Nest Aware is required to access all features: On top of the cost of the device itself, we found ourselves paying a monthly fee to enjoy many of the doorbell’s features including event history and facial recognition, although the camera does include person detection.
  • No local storage: In order to see our footage after the fact, we had to pay for a Nest Aware subscription, as the doorbell didn’t have a slot for a micro-SD card.

Bottom Line

Google Nest's take on the video doorbell is nothing short of top-notch. We were notified every time it detected a person, seeing and speaking to our visitor through the Nest app.
Citations
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