Best answer: Of course! You can still access live footage from your Nest Hello product, and you'll still be able to use the Nest app whenever you get a notification, just to see who's at the door or if your product detects movement. You just won't get some useful features.

Is Nest Aware important?

While you can get by without it, Nest Aware is still a significant feature to have for your Nest Hello product. Nest Aware, to put it simply, is a subscription service that adds a ton of useful features to your Nest Hello. While you have 24/7 live footage with Nest Hello, none of it's recorded. This can be a deal breaker to some, especially depending on how safe you feel when it comes to your surrounding area.

While you can argue that the Nest Hello does at least take screenshots of any important occurrences (such as someone coming to your door), those screenshots (saved and stored in the Nest app) only last three hours. That's not nearly enough time.

Nest Aware features is a huge range of interactive features, all with the ability to customize in a way that's right for you.

Another thing that the Nest Aware features is a huge range of interactive features, all with the ability to customize in a way that's right for you. For example, you'll be able to create activity zones around important areas (such as cribs if you have an inside Nest Camera) that'll tell your device you want it to pay special attention to. You can also customize your Nest devices to notify you when they spot a familiar face, or a complete stranger. Of course, it can also detect the difference between a human or an animal, so don't fret: You won't need to be notified if a stray cat decides to perch at your door.

If someone did rob you, not only would you have the clip saved to your app, you're also able to cut down your clip size to the exact moment and share it online through the Nest app.

So, whether the Nest Hello is worth it without the Nest Aware subscription is up to you, but if you're leaning towards Nest Aware, be aware you'll be spending $50 or more for the service.

Nest Hello makes you aware at all times

The Nest Hello is admittedly a very expensive doorbell, but one that lets you know just who is knocking or delivering packages to your door. What's more, everything is in clear HD no matter if it's day or night, allowing you that peace of mind that makes your home safe. You'll also be able to check in on your doorbell whenever you feel like it. Just bring up the Nest app whenever you feel like it, and voila!

Its 4:3 HD camera is also designed to not just include the face of the person at the door, but their full body. While it may not be as wide as other cameras out there, it doesn't allow for any surprises. Of course, the Nest Hello isn't just a camera. It also has every other regular feature of a doorbell, including a jaunty tune, and even a speaker, allowing you to communicate with whoever is at the door. That makes the Nest Hello pretty neat.

Our pick

Nest Indoor Camera

The perfect indoor camera for your home.

While you have the Nest Hello to help navigate the terrain outside, who's looking after what's inside your house? That's where the Nest Indoor Camera comes in. It can detect the difference between things and actual people, and just like Nest Hello, works well with the Nest app on your smartphone. Never will any intruder (or your pet) get away with anything again!

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