Nest Hello vs Ring Pro: A Comprehensive Comparison

Nest Hello vs Ring Pro

Home security systems have come on leaps and bounds in the past couple of years. What used to be clumsy, complicated and expensive setups, that only those who had the time to understand could make use of, have now been refined into simple, sleek designs that are suitable for anyone. Not only do some of these products allow you to keep an eye on your property whilst you’re away from home, but with added features like security lights, live viewing Wi-Fi connectivity and storage, you can rest assured that your boundaries are protected.

Two stand-out products in this market are Google’s ‘Nest Hello’ and the ‘Ring Pro’ – both of these utilize an array of smart features to secure your home. But with both of these products have been well-received by customers, it’s hard to decide which one to go for. This article is our comparison between the two – we pit up Nest Hello vs Ring Pro to help you understand which is most suited for your home.

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Nest Hello vs Ring Pro Comparison Chart

ModelNest HelloRing Pro
Designnest helloRing Video Doorbell Pro
Motion
Detection
Customizable Zones
Camera Detection
Customizable Zones
Camera Detection
Camera160° FOV
Live View
Night Vision
160° FOV
Live View
Night Vision
Resolution1600x1200 pixels1080p
Aspect Ratio4:316:9
Continuous Video
Recording
HDR
Two Way Talk
PowerHardwiredHardwired
WiFi
Connectivity
2.4 Ghz
5 Ghz
2.4 Ghz
5 Ghz
AvailabilityCheck PriceCheck Price

Nest Hello Overview

nest hello
Nest Hello

Google’s Nest Hello is a small, sleek device that is fitted to the front of your home. Not only is it smaller than the Ring Pro, but most also consider more aesthetic – an ideal choice for those who are worried about looks. The sacrifice of its small size is that it’s not battery-powered, and requires a hardwire connection, which can be a hassle for those who don’t already have one set up. As for the layout of the Nest Hello, the front face of the device features a camera, an LED light ring, as well as a microphone and a speaker, for two-way communication.

The Nest Hello’s wide-angle, high-definition camera has excellent image quality, both in the day, and with its night vision mode as well. It displays any person at your door – alone or in a group – from head to toe, in clear, sharp quality. As for the smart features included in this device, through the Nest Hello’s ‘Quick Responses’ app, users are able to play pre-recorded messages to anyone at your door, should you be unable to talk to them through the app. As well as being excellent quality, the camera itself offers facial recognition software as well as body detection, notifying you if an unfamiliar person appears. Google loves to integrate its products, so it’s no surprise that the Nest Hello is fully compatible with any Google Assistant speakers, which will audibly notify you when someone has appeared at your door.

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Ring Pro Overview

ring pro
Ring Pro

Out of all of Ring’s available products, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro (or Ring Pro) is the most similar in design and function to the Google Nest Hello – hence this comparison. It comes in a slim, rectangular shape, but with a less sleek look than the Nest model. It has a silver frame surrounding it, and the black section in the center holds the camera, with the LED light ring sitting below. The camera itself offers fantastic image quality, with an ultra-wide 160° field of view, so you won’t miss a thing. Despite being very close in size to the Nest Hello, it is a little larger. The Ring Pro also doesn’t come with a battery-operated option, meaning that it must be hardwired into your home.

When it comes to the features themselves that the Ring Pro offers, they’re akin to the features of Ring’s other products, such as advanced motion detection, motion zones that can be drawn on the app, and human detection.  Unlike the Nest Hello, however, there’s no facial recognition in this model. The Ring Pro also includes two-way communication and noise cancellation and is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, so you can get notified when someone arrives at your home.

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Nest Hello vs Ring Pro Differences

Although both the Nest Hello and Ring Pro certainly have many similarities – no doubt having been inspired by each other’s design – they do have some distinct differences which are worth taking note of.

1. Frames per Second

The Nest Hello’s camera captures 30 frames per second, whereas the Ring Pro only offers half of that, at 15 frames per second. For a home security camera, the FPS isn’t such a big deal, but this difference can be extremely noticeable when capturing any fast-paced movement or action. The chances are that the Ring Pro’s low frame rate won’t bother you, but if someone were to run away, you’d have a better chance identifying them when looking over the footage from the Nest Hello.

2. Aspect Ratio

Both the Nest Hello and Ring Pro offer excellent, high-definition video, but the aspect ratio of this video is different. The Ring Pro offers the standard 16:9, which is similar to smartphones and TV screens in its ratio. This is certainly wide to show a complete view of the front of your house, but that width comes with the disadvantage of not seeing much in height. The Nest Hello, however, is quite the opposite, opting for a 4:3 aspect ratio which is similar to that of old TVs.

Although this doesn’t give as wide a view, it offers more height, offering a complete view of visitors. And for those looking for a more technical lowdown, the Ring Pro has a standard Full HD resolution at 1920x1080, whilst the Nest Hello has a 1600x1200 resolution. In short, the Ring Pro offers a better view horizontally, whilst the Nest Hello has a better view vertically.

3. CVR

The Nest Hello also offers continuous video recording, to ensure everything is captured as it should be – it should be noted that this isn’t included free, and is only possible with a Nest Aware subscription, which costs 5 bucks a month. The Ring Pro doesn’t offer CVR.

4. Two-Way Audio Recording

Both doorbells have two-way audio integrated into their design, but the way in which conversations are recorded differ between both devices. The Nest Hello is only able to record the audio from whoever’s at your door, so when watching the footage back, you will only hear their voice, and not your own. The Ring Pro, however, records both sides of the conversation, meaning that watching the footage back will give you the full dialogue from both yourself and your visitor.

ring two way talk feature

5. HDR

The Nest Hello also makes use of high dynamic range, making it able to capture more detail in awkward or inconsistent light conditions, which can be quite common when viewing from the front of a house. This will allow Nest Hello’s camera to make the dark bits lighter, and the light bits darker, and therefore providing more discernable detail, and ensuring everything is seen. The Ring Pro doesn’t feature HDR.

6. Push Notifications

Both the Ring Pro and the Nest Hello make use of push notifications, meaning that they’re able to message your smartphone, or other device, to notify you of any action that their camera picks up on. But with a Nest Aware subscription linked up to your Nest Hello, you’ll be sent a snapshot of the camera’s view with your notification, so you can, not only know you have a visitor, but see them as well. The Ring Pro doesn’t offer any image or video footage with its push notifications.

Nest Hello vs Ring Pro Similarities

Despite their differences – of which there are a few – both devices also have a lot in common.

1. Power Supply

Both the Ring Pro and Nest Hello can’t be batterypowered, meaning that they require a hardwired power supply to work. 

2. Video Recording

Both of them offer high definition video, as well as infrared night vision, giving you clear and crisp images at all times. Both offer push notifications to alert you when someone arrives at your door.

3. Live View

Both also offer live viewing on-demand through the app, so you can view a live feed on your smartphone whenever it suits you.

4. Two-Way Audio

They both have a mic built-in, speaker, and LED light, and offer two-way audio in order to listen to visitors, as well as respond back to them.

5. Cloud Storage

And for an added cost via a subscription, they both offer cloud storage for your video, as well as the ability to share clips online.

Final Word

It’s clear from our Nest Hello vs Ring Pro comparison, that both of these doorbells are fit for any modern home. Offering high-quality video footage with night vision as well, advanced motion detection, security lighting, two-way conversations, as well as app and notification integration, choosing either of these is a good choice when bolstering your home security. Whereas the Nest Hello has a more sleek, aesthetic look, with higher frame rate capture, the Ring Pro offers a wider view, with two-way recording, should any footage need to be reviewed, or even provided to law enforcement. The final choice is up to you and your preferences – but really, with bother offering excellent video, smart features, and more, whichever one you go for, it’s unlikely that you’ll regret your decision.

FAQ

In this section, we will answer the most commonly asked questions about the Nest Hello, Ring Pro and how the two compare.

Is the Nest Hello or Ring Pro better?

Unlike many other product comparisons, there isn’t a clear winner when it comes to comparing the Nest Hello and Ring Pro. Each brand and device are of very high quality and perform the task at hand to a high standard. They offer the most important features which include HD video, night vision, app control, and two-way audio. Design is a very important factor as these devices stick out prominently on your home’s front door, and the design is completely subjective. We can’t give a definitive answer, it depends on your preferences.

Does the Nest Hello and Ring Pro actually ring?

Yes, video doorbells such as the Nest Hello and Ring Pro do actually ring within your home. In practice, they act like a normal doorbell with many accompanying digital features.

Can you speak to someone through the Nest Hello and Ring Pro?

Yes, two-way audio is a necessary feature for a video doorbell. Pretty much any video doorbell you can purchase will have this feature as they are useless without it.

Are there subscription fees?

Both the Nest Hello and Ring Pro can be used as a video doorbell without a subscription. However, if you wish to record video footage which you can access through the cloud, you will have to pay for a subscription. This is highly recommended so you can review footage in the case of a break-in or security alert. Nest subscription fees cost between $6-$12 a month whilst Rings are anywhere between $3-$10 a month. This price depends on how many cameras you are using and what features you want to access.

Can the Nest Hello and Ring Pro be hacked?

Hacking is a widespread problem that is, unfortunately, occurring in smart devices. In the future, this will likely continue and will apply to each of these devices. There are steps you can take to reduce this risk, which includes; choosing a random password, updating your firmware and using two-factor authentication when adding new control devices.

Rupert Pople

Rupert is the founder of this website and a smart home tech enthusiast fascinated by the power of connected devices. Within his Business Management (BSc) degree at the University of Nottingham, he studied the technological impact of the Internet of Things.

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