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Ring Video Doorbell 3 vs. Nest Hello: Which should you buy?

Nest Hello AC 2
Nest Hello AC 2 (Image credit: Android Central)

Nest Hello

Nest Hello official render

Even though this device is nearly two years old at this point, we still think it's one of the best all-around video doorbells. Not only does it integrate seamlessly with Google Assistant, but it also has a ton of cool features like person identification and package delivery alerts.

Nest Hello

Hello, again

Better HDR video camera
Person recognition
Official IPX4 weather resistance
Pre-recorded responses
Package delivery alerts
Doesn't work with Amazon Alexa
Nest's subscription service is more expensive

Ring Video Doorbell 3

Ring Video Doorbell 3 Reco

The Ring Video Doorbell 3 has a series of valuable, incremental improvements over the second generation, such as the addition of customizable audio and video privacy zones and better Wi-Fi capabilities. Despite its flexibility, it still lacks some of the premium features found on other Ring devices as well as the Nest Hello.

Ring Video Doorbell 3

Third time charm

Works on both 2.4GHz and 5Ghz Wi-Fi bands
Advanced Motion Detection
Audio and video privacy zones
Wired and battery power options
Customizable faceplates
Doesn't work with Google Assistant
No pre-roll video or other advanced features as in the Plus version

The Ring Video Doorbell 3 is the new kid on the block in this showdown, and usually, that confers a strong advantage. However, the Nest Hello still has some tricks up its sleeve, including a recent price drop that puts it directly on par with the Ring. Let's take a look at the specs and see who we think wins out here when we compare the Ring Video Doorbell 3 vs. the Nest Hello.

Ring Video Doorbell 3 vs. Nest Hello: New vs. Old(er)

Nest Hello hero

Source: Android Central (Image credit: Source: Android Central)

As you can see from the specs below, these two devices are relatively comparable in a lot of areas. They both have HD quality cameras (though the Nest Hello's is slightly better), have 160-degree wide-angle field of views, and offer live look-ins on video. They also both offer water/weather-resistance (though only the Nest Hello has official certification), and they both provide subscription plans for video storage and access (though the Ring plan is the better deal).

If they have so much in common, where does each excel?

Nest HelloRing Video Doorbell 3
Camera1600 x 12001080p
Field of View160-degrees160-degrees
Wi-Fi802.11ac
2.4 and 5GHz
802.11n
2.4 and 5GHz
Live ViewYesYes
Continuous RecordingYesNo
Face RecognitionYesNo
Customizable ZonesYesYes
Power SourceHardwiredBattery or Hardwired
Pre-recorded ResponsesYesNo
Delivery AlertsYesNo
Weather ResistanceYes
IPX4 rating
Yes
No official IP rating
Custom DesignsBlack & WhiteSatin Nickel
Venetian Bronze
15 customizable faceplate colors available
SubscriptionsStart at $5/moStart at $3/mo

Ring Video Doorbell 3 vs. Nest Hello: The best of both worlds

The Ring Video Doorbell 3 added some nice enhancements to the extremely popular Ring Video Doorbell 2. The newer version gained advanced motion detection, video and audio privacy zones, and better Wi-Fi connectivity. In fact, its Wi-Fi is of a newer standard than the Nest Hello (not surprising considering the former device is two years older).

Another advantage that Ring has over Nest is variety. If the Ring Video Doorbell 3 isn't for you, the company offers five other current models, not to mention the fact that you can still get the Ring Video Doorbell 2 many places at a reduced cost. And if variety is your thing, you can pick up a Ring Video Doorbell 3 in two unique colors, and you can further customize it with up to 15 first-party faceplates.

As nice as those additions to the Ring Video Doorbell 3 are, in my mind, they still don't top the unique features the Nest Hello brings. The personal face detection and announcements seem so futuristic they almost freak me out, and the ability pre-record responses for visitors makes this lazy boy a happy boy.

I think that getting notifications from the Nest Hello when packages are delivered is a game-changer (especially in this era of contactless delivery), and I love the peace of mind that comes with official water-resistance certification.

Ring Video Doorbell 3 vs. Nest Hello: So which should you get?

Ring Video Doorbell 3 Pressing Button

Source: Ring (Image credit: Source: Ring)

The easy, cop-out answer still carries a lot of weight here. If you are all-in the Echo and Alexa ecosystem, then it probably doesn't make much sense to disrupt your integrations and workflow to get the Nest Hello. The Ring Video Doorbell 3 is a great device, and if you live in that world, you'll be delighted with it.

However, if you live more in the Google-verse, or if you're platform agnostic, then it's hard not to recommend the Nest Hello. The two devices go toe-to-toe with each other on lots of features. Still, for me, it's all of the extras like an official IPX4 weather-resistance rating, continuous recording, person detection, and delivery alerts that tip the scales in favor of Nest. Plus, the price of the Nest Hello has dropped to right around $200, putting it on even footing with the Ring Video Doorbell 3.

So there you have it. If you're nestled in the Amazon ecosystem, it's perfectly fine to stay there. However, if you're a Google Assistant fan or have never really invested in smart home technology, then it's best to go with the Nest.

Jeramy is proud to help *Keep Austin Weird* and loves hiking in the hill country of central Texas with a breakfast taco in each hand. When he's not writing about smart home gadgets and wearables, he's defending his relationship with his smart voice assistants to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeramyutgw.