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Nest vs Ring Outdoor Camera

Amazon and Google are behemoths in the tech industry and while they both have tons of products to choose from one of their product lines or areas of expertise is their security services. Here’s the Nest vs Ring outdoor camera review.

Up until recently, neither of these players was really involved in the home security field. However, with the newer versions of the Google Nest and the Amazon Ring security systems, things have changed quite a bit. We will do a quick comparison of the Nest and Ring Outdoor security camera doorbells in this article.

Google Nest vs. Amazon Ring

Let’s compare the most significant differences between these two, as well as the closest similarities. Let’s determine what you are getting into with these two security systems.

Main Differences

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At this time, Nest only offers a basic package or standard system to its customers, whereas Ring has various package options to choose from; however, both allow for add-ons and unique features.

Nest seems to offer an armed and disarmed setting, whereas Ring has home and away settings, both of which can be customized, as well as armed and disarmed. Nest does not have a home setting.

If you are looking for the best video quality around, the Nest Hello features facial recognition software, which the Ring does not.

On the other hand, Nest features 24/7 video recording, whereas the Ring has a triggered Pre-Roll feature that starts recording when motion is detected.

The other significant difference between these two is that the Ring (the equipment and fees) is about half as expensive as the Nest.


Both systems allow for easy DIY home installation. That said, you may also hire a professional to install either of them.

Another cool aspect that both the Nest and the Ring share is that they are smart home-compatible. The Google nest works with both the Google Assistant and Google Home, whereas the Ring works with Amazon Alexa, allowing for easy control in both cases.

The other significant similarity is that neither of them will force you to enter a long-term contract.

A Side-by-Side Comparison of the Ring Video Doorbell and the Nest Hello

If you are looking for an outdoor doorbell camera, both systems are fine, but there are some major points of comparison between them.

Starting with the Ring Video Doorbell, the unit’s cost is $99, with between $3 and $10 per month in fees (depending on your package). This doorbell features DIY installation capabilities. The camera itself has a resolution of 1080p, along with night vision, a 180-degree field of view, with 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz) connectivity.

It also features two-way audio, noise cancellation, and custom motion zones.

On the other hand, the Nest Hello costs around $299 for the unit, and up to $12 per month, depending on the package. You can have it professionally installed or choose the DIY route. This camera features 1,200 x 1,600 HDR, making it very high in quality, along with night vision and a 160-degree field of view and 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz) connectivity.

It also features noise and echo cancellation, as well as pre-recorded message playback. Of course, we cannot forget about the facial recognition feature.

Available Packages

Let’s take a quick look at the plans or packages.


The basic plan with 5 pieces includes the base station, keypad, motion detector, contact sensor, and a range extender.

There is a 10-piece kit that has everything the five-piece kit has, along with four more contact sensors and an extra motion sensor.

There is a 14-piece kit that has everything the 10-piece kit has, along with an extra keypad and extra contact sensors.

There is also a wide variety of extras you can add on, including motion-detecting lights, smoke and CO detectors, and more.


The Nest, unlike the Ring, has no packages from which to choose. There is one package, and this includes the hub, the sensors, and the fob. There are also a few extras.


When it comes down to it, both of these services are fantastic. Your choice will depend on your security needs.

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