The doorbell for every Google user? – Report Geek

Evaluation:
8/10
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  • 1 – Absolutely hot waste
  • 2 – Sort of lukewarm waste
  • 3 – highly flawed design
  • 4 – Some advantages, lots of disadvantages
  • 5 – Acceptably imperfect
  • 6 – Good enough to buy on sale
  • 7-Fantastic, but not the best in class
  • 8 – Fantastic, with some footnotes
  • 9 – Shut up and take my money
  • 10 – Absolute design Nirvana

Price: $ 179.99

Nest Doorbell (battery) on a white desk
Cameron Summerson

The Nest Hello doorbell has been around for a long time that doorbell for Google / Nest users. But it costs a high price, including a sometimes difficult installation process. This is where the new Nest Doorbell (battery) comes in. It is almost as good as Nest Hello, but simplifies installation and reduces costs.

Here’s what we like

  • Dead simple installation
  • Really good battery life
  • Living in the Home app (final)
  • Most alerts do not require Nest Aware

And what we do not do

  • No opportunity forever
  • Narrower field of view compared to Nest Doorbell (wired)
  • It’s huge
  • More delay compared to the wired model

For months, I’ve been using Nest Hello – which was renamed “Nest Doorbell (wired)” – and I love it. My house is old (built in 1953, yes), and the doorbell wires were shot when we bought the house. So I hired a professional to install Nest Doorbell (the cable) and even he could not get it to work properly. We had to drill a hole through the wall to run a traditional power cable to the Nest Doorbell (the cable) and skip the house’s built-in bell.

If Nest Doorbell (battery) had existed then, it would have saved me a lot of time, trouble and money. That said, the experience from Nest Doorbell (battery) is not quite as robust as Nest Doorbell (wired). It is up to you whether the simplicity of the (battery) model is worth the slightly watered down experience that I hope to help you decide today.

Let’s talk about it.

Installation: Headache free

Nest Doorbell (battery) mounting bracket
Mounting bracket. It’s literally just two screws. Cameron Summerson

As I have already established, my wired Nest Doorbell was a hoot to install. The guy who installed it (and my Nest thermostat) was here for several hours and got everything set up and it was not easy. Granted, a lot of it has to do with my house being super old, but there are lots of old houses out there, so I know I’m not alone.

However, the new battery-powered doorbell is the opposite. You just install the base plate next to the door, lock the doorbell and you are done. The physical installation is dead-simple-it took me about 10 minutes, including setting the doorbell on my Wi-Fi and all that. So easy.

Of course you able to also install the new doorbell with a wired connection, which will complicate the setup. But I reckon most people who are considering this doorbell do so for the wireless, battery-powered aspect, so that’s what I’ll mostly focus on.

Back of doorbell showing cord bracket and charging port
The cord points and charging port on the back. Cameron Summerson

That said, I will very briefly talk about the wired option (and then never talk about it again). You might think that cabling Nest Doorbell (battery) – did I mention I do not like this naming? It gives some super awkward writing, ugh – will basically make it a Nest Doorbell (wired). No, not the case. The model (battery) is still not capable of 24/7 monitoring like the (wired) model. Cable routing simply makes it work with your home clock (next to turning it on), which to me seems like a lot of unnecessary hassle.

Installing this guy with just the battery is the way forward. If you want it wired, you are honestly better off getting the dedicated (wired) model for the added benefits such as. A video feed that is always on.

But if you are trying to decide between the two, there is one more thing to consider: the size. Nest Doorbell (the cable) is a pretty small thing. It’s obvious what it is, but it’s not really intrusive. Nest Doorbell (battery) is a great thing. It’s probably double the size of the wired model, which is wild. Maybe it’s the battery? Maybe it has more courage for all the detection on the device (which we will talk about soon)?

Nest Doorbell (battery) compared to the model (wired)
it’s a thicc boi Cameron Summerson

I’m not sure. But I can tell you that size is something you should consider. I know more than one reviewer who had trouble installing the battery powered model due to the size.

Usage and battery life: Absolutely brilliant

This is the least resilient way to do it if you are a Google / Nest user looking for a doorbell that records events and notifies you when someone is at the door. As mentioned earlier, it does not have a video feed that is always on, but you able to watch the live feed whenever you want. Just keep in mind that the more you see the feed, the faster the battery drains. But more on that in a moment.

Unlike the Nest Doorbell (cable), which lives in the Nest app (for Android or iOS) and is only accessible from the Home app, the entire existence of the Nest Doorbell (battery) is contained in the Home app. This means that you configure the camera in the Home app (for Android or iOS), and The Home app also generates all event notifications. This is great for anyone integrated into Google’s smart home ecosystem, which is almost certainly someone considering a Nest doorbell. I wish Google would hurry up and move all Nest products away from the main Nest app and let them live their best lives in the Home app. An app for all things, thank you. Please? Please.

Although the Nest Doorbell (battery) does not always have a video feed, activity monitoring and alerts are always on. So if it sees a person, package, animal, vehicle or general movement, it can alert you. There are a few notable things about this: For starters, monitoring here is done locally on the device, so it does not require Nest Aware. This is in contrast to the wired Nest Doorbell, which requires Nest Aware for most advanced alerts, e.g. Packet and sound detection. That said, both models require Nest Aware for Familiar Face registration because it happens regardless of the cloud.

Second, these warnings are completely customizable. We have outdoor cats, so I will not receive warnings every time my doorbell sees a cat in the backyard – yes, I know she’s there. She’s always there. Similarly, I do not need package discovery because I have the battery model installed at my back door. Movement? Sometimes. But it can also be annoying.

Still, it’s just saying that you can completely customize these messages, which is nice. The fact that you do not have to pay for most of them (except Familiar Face detection) is also a huge bonus in favor of the battery model. To make the deal even sweeter, I also did not notice a difference in accuracy between the two. The only time the battery model sent a false positive is if someone carried a box (or similar) in – it thought someone was delivering a package. Otherwise, I got almost no false positives from the battery model.

Compared to the wired model, one thing that is worth noting with the battery model is the delay when someone rings the doorbell. I’m not sure if it’s because it stays idle most of the time or what, but my Nest Doorbell (cable) takes about 3 seconds to send a message to my Nest Hubs. With the battery model, it is about 10 seconds, which is a significant difference. It may be a dealbreaker for you, but in general I think it’s fine – just something else to consider. The battery model also has a narrower field of view (140 ° vs 160 °), but it is unlikely to matter to anyone who does not have both models.

Finally, let’s talk about battery life. It’s a big concern with a battery-powered doorbell because you do not want to have to charge it every other day … or even every other week. Fortunately, the Nest Doorbell (battery) just seems to continue.

I’ve had it installed for over a month and I’m not charging it completely out of the box. I think it had about 80% (or so – I should have taken a screenshot) battery when I put it up. Today, about five weeks later, it still has 23% left. It’s pretty impressive in itself because it was up during the hottest part of the year I live – there were several 100F + degree days that I expected would drain the battery faster. But it did not look like that.

The other nice touch is that there is an estimated time available in the Home app. For 23%, it tells me it has about two weeks of juice left. It’s still a bit!

The key to removing the doorbell
The key to removing the doorbell. Any flat, thin metal works Cameron Summerson

When it comes to charging, simply slam the door off the mounting bracket using the included wrench, which is really just a flat, thin piece of metal, and sap up with a standard USB-C cable. Slightly peasy – it even comes with a cable.

Nest Doorbell (Wired) vs. Nest Doorbell (Battery): Which One Should You Buy?

Nest Doorbell (battery) next to Nest Doorbell (wired)
Cameron Summerson

I would like to say that this is an easy decision, but as with most similar, but-enough-different enough technical products, it is not. The Nest Doorbell (cable) is superior because it has a feed that is always on, but it is just as inferior in other ways. The main advantages of Nest Doorbell (battery) are the simple installation and the fact that it makes more monitoring on the device for alerts, which saves money on a Nest Aware subscription.

The last point is crucial: To get the most out of the wired model, you need a Nest Aware subscription, which is $ 6-12 a month, depending on which package you go with. You may still want this with the battery-powered model for event history, but otherwise the only added benefit is Familiar Face detection.

There is also the size to consider, which may be a dealbreaker for some. If you have plenty of space on each side of your door, then the large steak battery may not be an issue. If not, take some accurate measurements.

But in the end, they are both good doorbells and I am very fond of them each for different reasons. You just have to decide which features are most important to you and base your decision on which ones tick the most boxes.

Evaluation: 8/10

Price: $ 179.99

Here’s what we like

  • Dead simple installation
  • Really good battery life
  • Living in the Home app (final)
  • Most alerts do not require Nest Aware

And what we do not do

  • No opportunity forever
  • Narrower field of view compared to Nest Doorbell (wired)
  • It’s huge
  • More delay compared to the wired model

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