In September last year, NEST unveiled several products to its ecosystem of connected smart home devices, including the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor, the Nest Secure home security system, as well as the Nest Hello video doorbell – it’s answer to the Ring, which was acquired by Amazon as recently as last month.
While both the Nest Secure and the Nest Cam have been in the market for a few months now, not much was made known about the Nest Hello in terms of price and availability; well, not until Thursday (March 15) when the company announced it was ready to ship the smart doorbell for $229.
The Alphabet-owned company is also shipping out its front door touchpad lock, it had long been working on in partnership with Yale, for $249.
And, by the way, the company also unveiled its new Nest Temperature Sensor – an external, wireless, battery-powered device that works in conjunction with the Nest Thermostat and the Nest Thermostat E, allowing you to control the temperature in different rooms. The price of each of these puck-like devices is $39, or you can opt for a three-pack for $99.
Coming back to the subject of our discussion, the Nest Hello is the coming together of the ubiquitous doorbell and the “trusted security and intelligence of a Nest camera” as the company likes to describe it.
In addition to round-the-clock live streaming, the Hello boasts HDR imaging, as well as night vision, giving you clear views, not only in the light of day but in the darkness of night as well, sending you an alert the moment someone approaches your door. And the best part is that the alert goes out even before the person has touched your doorbell. How cool is that!
Also, the moment Hello detects a presence, it lights up to show the approaching person where exactly he/she need to press.
Using the Nest app, the night vision feature can be made to turn on automatically when it gets dark. However, the camera will not switch to the night vision mode if you have a porch light or some other light source lighting up your doorstep at night.
Also, because Hello draws its power from your home wiring, it stays on 24/7 and can stream live video to your smartphone anytime, anywhere. You can check what’s happening outside your door – only as far as your camera can see, but of course – without having to wait for someone to approach your door or ring the doorbell.
Please note that the Nest Hello does not come in a battery-powered version.
Benefits of wires over batteries for the Nest Hello
A wired video doorbell does away with all the hassle associated with batteries, allowing you to check your live video feed as many times as you like without having to worry about changing or recharging batteries.
Again, 24/7 streaming and recording would not have been possible with battery-powered doorbells as they are asleep most of the time.
Battery-powered cameras are designed to preserve battery charge by turning on only when they detect motion, which could result in the camera failing to capture important footage, however brief the lapse may be.
Last, but by no means the least, the continuous power supply to the Hello allows the device algorithms to correctly analyze the motion it detects and not confuse a swaying branch with an approaching person.
As is the case with all Nest camera devices, adding the optional Nest Aware subscription to your Nest Hello will save the videos to the cloud, allowing you the flexibility to watch past activity.
While receiving basic notifications and live video streaming is a free-of-charge service, the Nest Aware subscription has a fee attached to it.
Here are the three Nest Aware subscription options on offer.
- $5 a month or $50 a year for 5-day video backup with 24/7 continuous recording, intelligent alerts, clips and timelapses, and activity zones
- $10 a month or $100 a year for 10-day video backup with 24/7 continuous recording, intelligent alerts, clips and timelapses, and activity zones
- $30 a month or $300 a year for 30-day video backup with 24/7 continuous recording, intelligent alerts, clips and timelapses, and activity zones
This is what the company has to say about this optional feature
“Nest Aware adds extra intelligence like familiar face alerts, giving you more meaningful alerts when it spots activity. It also adds continuous video recording so you can go back and watch everything Nest Hello saw whether or not someone approached your door.”
Designed specifically for the front door, the Nest Hello affords a 160-degree wide-angle view with optimized image, allowing you full view of visitors, as well as stuff on your doorstep, made possible by the 4:3 aspect ratio of Ultra Extended Graphics Array (UXGA).
The video is streamed to your phone or computer at a resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels, or 1.9 megapixels.
The Nest Hello ships with a standard 2-year warranty.
Check out this cool video and see for yourself how the device works.
You can place your order for the Nest Hello at https://store.nest.com/
Nest Hello’s Main Features
- 24/7 streaming and continuous video recording
- 4:3 HD video designed to show people head to toe
- HDR video shows sharp details even in bright and dark areas
- Person, motion and sound alerts to detect visitors
- Can recognize family and friends and send a special alert
- Pre-recorded quick responses
- HD Talk and Listen reduces ambient noise so visitors come through loud and clear
- And when you can’t answer, quick responses let you reply to visitors with different pre-recorded messages.
- Nest Hello can tell the difference between a person and a thing, then alert you. Even if a visitor doesn’t ring the bell. With Nest Aware, it can also let you know if it spots a stranger or someone you know