Hey what’s up, Alex here. I have recently changed
away my smart video doorbell from RING to the new Google Nest doorbell. This is not available in the
Singapore Google store, I am not sure when it will be officially sold over here or it might never
ever come to Singapore. So I got mine from the official US Google Store website for $129 USD,
I got family based in US so I can get it sent over to me easily, especially when the packaging
is only so small. If you are considering whether you should get a smart doorbell, no idea what it
does or if you have already decided to get one but not sure which to buy. I hope this
video will help you to figure all these out. For starters, a smart video doorbell allows you
to check out what is happening at your front door whenever someone presses your doorbell or
even when motion is detected.
You will receive notification on your mobile phone, you can then
see a live video feed via an app anywhere as long as you have internet access. The video footage
captured can then be stored for later viewing. You are also able to have a 2-way voice
communication with the person outside, some allow you to send a quick preset response
directly. There are generally 2 types of video doorbell, wired or battery powered.
In the packaging, you will find the doorbell itself. Typically either in a rectangular
shape or round at the 2 ends. There will be a wall plate and a screw pack for you to secure
the doorbell to the wall. For battery powered, you will have a charging cable and for wired, you
will have these kind of wires to hook them up. Very briefly on installation, you just need to
drill holes to fix up the wall plate to the wall. For the Google Nest as an example it is just
If you don’t have a drill or are not confident to do this yourself, you can always
get handyman services to do it for you. For battery powered, once the wall plate is fixed,
just secure the doorbell to it and that’s all, very straightforward. If you don’t
want to be bothered about charging, you can choose to wire it. But wiring it means you
need to have a power supply or transformer for it, I will suggest to engage a certified electrician
if you want it to be nicely concealed. Then the rest of it is just adding the device to
the app and setting some configuration you like. My very first factor to consider how good a smart
doorbell is – is the response and loading time. How fast you are able to get the notification
whenever someone is approaching your front door and then how fast the live video feed is
loaded on the device that you are viewing.
If this is taking too long, it totally defeats
the purpose of having such device no matter how good the video quality is able to produce.
But this is also hard to assess before purchase because your home network and the device you are
using are both contributing factors. For my case with the Google nest doorbell, my notification
response time is 5 secs and video loading time on the nest hub is 4.5 secs. I will say anything
that takes 5 seconds or less is good enough. The audio quality for the 2-way voice
communication is also very important to me. If you can remember how those old walkie talkie sound, it
is like super muffled and I always have difficulty figuring out what the person is saying on the
other end. So you can imagine it’s going to be very frustrating and affect the user experience if
one party is not able to hear the other clearly. So I am just going to let you listen for yourself to the sound
quality of the Google Nest doorbell. Next is battery life.
Ideally you want to get it
wired so that you don’t need to worry about battery charging, but getting it wired might not be very
straightforward depending on where you stay. One good point about the Google Nest Doorbell is it
can do both, you need not decide before purchase. The battery can typically last you about 1 to 2
months for a full charge, depending on whether you turn on motion detection and whether you have
a lot of traffic going on at your front door. Removing and putting back the doorbell is not
tedious, but charging time takes pretty long. So I like to leave it to charge overnight.
Next up I want to talk a little bit about design. To me, the doorbell must be big enough, obvious
enough for people at all ages to tell that this is a doorbell and exactly where to press. Bear
in mind that most of the people have not seen these products before, and I will say these smart
video doorbell are not something common to have in Singapore yet.
Maybe you can just find 1 in 20
to 30 household. I still have people knocking at my door on and off, then I will ask them whether
they pressed the doorbell and most of the time the reply is they didn’t know this is a doorbell. So I
like that the Google Nest Doorbell is pretty big, the button as well. I picked the green one instead
of black or white because I want it to stand out and lastly not to mention that I find the
design of the new Nest Doorbell to look the most stylish and modern among all the rest.
My last point is whether it has native integration with a smart display. First of all, I
understand not every house will have one of these, but these devices are getting so much better now
with so many functions and in all sorts of sizes, like the amazon echo show 15 which hangs on
your wall like a big photo frame.
Somehow it’s slowly becoming one of my must have products in
every house. Alright so if a video doorbell has native integration with a Smart display, it will
automatically give you a live video feed from the camera whenever someone presses the doorbell.
From this smart display, you can then immediately open up the mic and talk if you want or have
Google give a preset response on your behalf. For example, when you just want to rest in the
bedroom or when you are busy in the kitchen. This to me is one of the best
features of a smart video doorbell. There are still many other things to consider
when choosing a video doorbell that are down to each individual requirement like whether it can
do 24/7 recording or just events recording.
Local or cloud storage. What features come free out of
the box and what do you get if you pay a monthly subscription fee. Video quality like resolution,
aspect ratio and viewing angle and definitely price. So do check out individual product specs
and reviews if those factors are important to you. So to conclude on which to buy,
here are my recommendations. If you are a Google home user and you
already have their nest hub smart display, going with the new Nest Doorbell is a no brainer.
It is a fantastic addition to your smart home. Same thing, if you are an Amazon Alexa user or
you have their echo show devices, definitely go with RING.
The lineup of products from RING is
more confusing but once you have decided whether to go with wired or battery powered, then the
choices you have left are more narrowed down. For Apple homekit users, there are hardly
any choices here. If you want to leverage on Homekit secure video, the Logitech Circle
View looks the best. I have always been a fan of Logitech products, very well-designed and high
quality. For something that is platform agnostic, a good option you can consider is the Arlo
Doorbell. If you want the flexibility of using both Google and Amazon display, you can add the
Arlo integration to both of these platforms and also with SmartThings as well. Arlo sells premium
security cameras, in terms of cost they are on the high side. There are a number of kickstarters
for video doorbells going at a very low price but I won’t really recommend any of those. I also
don’t recommend getting this Xiaomi Doorbell 2, or maybe any doorbells from Xiaomi. I got this during
the time when I want to go all in with mi home for my smart home, but this simply doesn’t work at all
in Singapore, I am not sure whether that is the same for other countries outside China.
There are also a bunch of old traditional
doorbell solutions with peephole fixed onto the door that you can find at those shops selling
door locks. I also don’t recommend any of those. Ok so for me, what do I like about the Google Nest
Doorbell? Although I lose the ability to set automation rules for it, the immediate live video
feed works very well with the google nest hub. You get audio notifications on all your Google
smart speakers without installing any chime. Their AI object recognition capability
is also very impressive. Of course, it will be better if there is
integration with SmartThings.
Alright that’s all for this video, I
hope this is helpful especially for beginners wanting to know more
about Smart Video Doorbells. To me, this is one of my must
have items for any modern houses today. If you love to see more of such videos, don’t
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and I will see you in the next one Bye!.