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Ring Video Doorbell Pro vs. August View Video Doorbell: Which should you buy?

August View Video Doorbell Press
August View Video Doorbell Press (Image credit: Nick Sutrich / Android Central)

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

Ring Video Doorbell Pro official render

The Ring Video Doorbell Pro remains one of the most feature-rich video doorbells on the market, despite having been out for a few years now.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

Feature-rich

Customizable motion detection
Privacy zones
Pre-roll video
Reliable live view connection
2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi support
Must be hard-wired for power
Requires a subscription to review historical video
Poor Google Assistant integration

August View Doorbell Cam

August View

The August View is the company's first foray into wireless doorbells. It's a simple video doorbell with simple, quick installation, but falls flat in a lot of areas.

August View Doorbell Cam

For renters

Removable battery pack can be easily swapped
No wiring necessary
Free 24-hour cloud storage of motion detections
Unreliable live view connection
Lack of motion detection options
No option to hard-wire
No way to view video on TV or smart home displays

Upon first glance, these two video doorbells look pretty similar on the outside — same basic shape and same overall premise — but the core of the matter couldn't be more different. Even powering these two doorbells is an entirely different setup. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro requires hardwired power while the August View Video Doorbell only has a battery and doesn't offer any way to hardwire it. Which is right for you? Let's take a look.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro vs. August View Video Doorbell Easy installation vs. easy to use

August View Video Doorbell Installation

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If you're a renter or don't want to deal with electrical hookups for your video doorbell, the August View may be the right video doorbell for you. While August sells a hardwire-only doorbell called the August Doorbell Cam Pro, the August View was designed from the ground-up to be wireless-only. Underneath the easily removable body is a removable and rechargeable battery pack. This pack can be swapped out with another battery from August, but be forewarned; you'll need an old Micro-USB cable to charge it. There's no way to hardwire the August View either, which means there's no way to avoid charging the batteries every few weeks.

Ring Video Doorbell ProAugust View Video Doorbell
Price$250$230
Power SourceHardwired into existing doorbell powerRemovable, rechargeable battery
Video resolution1080p1440p
Field of view160 degrees160 degrees
Dimensions5.1 in. x 2.4 in x 1.1 in.5.2 in. x 1.8 in. x 1.1 in.
Night VisionYesYes
Live viewYesYes
Two-way audioYesYes
Connectivity2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi
Motion detectionAdjustable motion zonesAdjustable motion sensitivity
Privacy ZonesYesNo
Interchangeable faceplatesYesYes
Smart Assistant IntegrationAmazon AlexaAmazon Alexa and Google Assistant

The Ring Video Doorbell Pro, on the other hand, only lets users wire it straight into their existing doorbell's power. You'll also need to make sure you have a proper transformer, so you don't provide too much power to the video doorbell. Unlike all of Ring's other video doorbells, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro doesn't feature a built-in battery backup option. Aside from not being great for renters, that also means your video doorbell could be rather useless if there were a power outage.

However, having a hardwired connection ultimately means having a significantly more reliable video doorbell. The August View, for example, has trouble waking up from battery power and displaying a live feed at times, and the connection tends to be flaky. August has issued several patches since launch to remedy this problem. However, there are still lingering connection issues and the general inability to get a live video feed from time-to-time.

Being hooked into a constant supply of electrical power also means that the Ring Video Doorbell can see and record at all times. At the same time, the battery-powered August View needs to hibernate to save battery power. While there's little reason to expect you'll miss movement or doorbell notifications from the August View, it doesn't always record movement as quickly as the Ring Video Doorbell Pro can.

Because it's hardwired and records at all times, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro can offer what's called Pre-Roll Video. Any time motion is detected on the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, the app will also provide you with four seconds of footage taken before the motion detection alert or doorbell press occurred. That could provide valuable context to an unwanted visitor's presence. Comparatively, the August View can sometimes miss the first second or two of motion capture because it was still waking up from low power mode, which it uses to extend battery life.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro vs. August View Video Doorbell Subscription fatigue

August View Video Doorbell App

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There's no doubt that people are getting subscription fatigue these days. From your favorite video streaming service to your video doorbell, everything seems to have some kind of monthly subscription attached. While neither the August View or Ring Video Doorbell Pro requires a subscription to function, the August View offers a compelling advantage over Ring's products: free 24-hour cloud storage.

Simply put, if your doorbell rings or motion is detected and you don't immediately click the notification in your Ring app, you won't be able to view it again unless you subscribe to Ring's $3/month plan. Once you've done that, you're set and can view any video your Ring Video Doorbell Pro has recorded for up to 60 days, depending on which subscription plan you're chosen.

Meanwhile, August allows users to view any video the August View Video Doorbell recorded over the last 24 hours for free. In my experience, this feature alone could make the August View worth owning over the Ring, especially if you're sick of paying monthly fees and don't find yourself ever needing to do back more than 24 hours to view recordings.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro Customizable motion detection

Ring App Customizable Motion Zones

Source: Ring (Image credit: Source: Ring)

Among the many features Ring offers, customizable motion detection might be the single best. From within the Ring app, you'll be able to view the camera's video and draw a shape around any area you wish motion alerts to be triggered. When setting this feature up, a grid will be overlayed on your video feed, helping you draw an exact shape over the area you want to enable motion detection on. Every house and entryway is unique, and with that comes different needs and areas that your video doorbell might need to monitor.

On top of that, Ring's motion detection system is more advanced than just a simple detection of color or contrast changes. The Video Doorbell Pro is outfitted not only with a single standard camera that can pick up movement, but it also utilizes an infrared camera to detect body heat. The software inside then combines these two images to help alert you only when body heat and movement are simultaneously detected. That, in turn, means you're far more likely to get real motion detection alerts and not false positives all the time.

While the August View Video Doorbell provides higher resolution video than the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, its ability to detect motion is relatively simple. From within the August app, you can only adjust the motion detection sensitivity on a 100-point sliding scale. There are no customizable motion zones, and motion detection is pretty simple in comparison with Ring's dual-camera method.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro vs. August View Video Doorbell Smart home integration

Ring Video Doorbell App

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Being an Amazon-owned company, Ring's video doorbells work best with Amazon's Alexa and Echo ecosystems. If your home is already outfitted with one (or several) Echo devices and you find yourself relying on Alexa for smart home control, Ring's integration will make you smile. Viewing who's at the door is as simple as asking Alexa to see the front door on your Echo Show. Google Assistant integration, on the other hand, is basic and doesn't support video casting at this time.

The August View, on the other hand, supports Alexa and Google Assistant equally. Both assistants will announce when someone rings the doorbell. However, August View doesn't support casting video via Alexa or Google Assistant at all. That means the only way you'll ever be able to see your doorbell's video is via the August app, which will likely be a massive letdown for many customers who might otherwise love to see the video on another display.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro Fewer setbacks

Ring Video Doorbell Pro Press Photo Tvjh

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At the end of the day, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro simply has fewer setbacks than the August View. Neither product is perfect, but it's likely the Ring Video Doorbell Pro will fit better in more households thanks to its deep Alexa integration and better motion detection capabilities. On top of that, being hardwired makes it a more reliable video doorbell. That's because it can provide a more consistent connection with the cloud backend and because it's able to check for motion at all times without having to be woken up.

Renters may still prefer the ease of the August View's installation, which requires no electrical wiring at all and utilizes a simple removable, rechargeable battery pack. It's not only a quicker setup that takes just a few minutes of your time, but it also means you don't have to deal with messy electrical wiring (which may be preferable for plenty of homeowners, as well).

Nicholas Sutrich
Nicholas Sutrich
Nick started with DOS and NES and uses those fond memories of floppy disks and cartridges to fuel his opinions on modern tech. Whether it's VR, smart home gadgets, or something else that beeps and boops, he's been writing about it since 2011. Reach him on Twitter or Instagram @Gwanatu