Wired Nest Doorbell Review 2022 vs Nest Hello (2018) • iPhone in Canada Blog

Wired Nest Doorbell Review 2022 vs Nest Hello (2018) • iPhone in Canada Blog

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Earlier this month, Google released a wired version of its Nest Doorbell, offering the next version of the the latter originally debuting in drum form last year.

Google sent us its latest Nest Doorbell for us to review and here’s our short review of this long-awaited doorbell.

The original Nest Hello doorbell is one of our favorite pieces of smart home tech. Beyond the camera’s ability to help keep track of visitors and deliveries, the Nest app is perfectly designed alongside other products in the Nest family, like Nest Protect smoke alarms and the company’s cameras.

But this latest wired Nest Doorbell requires the use of the Google Home app and not the original Nest app. Google is set to release a revised version of its Home app, with a public preview coming soon for iOS and Android, ahead of launch. That said, this review is based on the busy, messy, and complex Google Home app we have today. Let’s start.

The new corded Nest Doorbell is shorter than the battery-powered version, but taller than the original Nest Hello. There is a large button that is outlined with an LED. Basically a shorter design as a large battery inside the device is not required. Google says the corded Nest Doorbell is 30% smaller than the battery-powered version, allowing the latter to fit better in tight spaces and around door frames.

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Inside the box (100% recyclable) you will find everything you need to start installing. If you’re coming from a Nest Hello, it’s super easy to install the wired Nest Doorbell. All you have to do is replace the mounting bracket with a new one and connect the cables. You get screws, anchors, a wedge, doorbell connector (if you need one), and more.

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This video below explains everything you need to know:

Google added a few little details, like the phrase “HELLO” along the perimeter of the lens casing:

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2022 Nest Doorbell wired packaging vs. 2018 original Nest Hello:

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Here’s the original Nest Hello next to the connected Nest Doorbell from the front:

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…from the side:

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…and from behind:

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Installing the wired Nest Doorbell was a breeze. Just swap out the mounting brackets (we were able to use the same drilling holes, as Google mentioned earlier), put in the included shim, connect the doorbell wires, position the doorbell so it’s flush, then slide it down and you’ll hear a click.

Next, install a small screw to secure the doorbell. This was the hardest part because the screw had to move a bit to line up with the doorbell bracket, but we made it. For Nest Hello, you had to push a device similar to an iPhone SIM tray from the bottom to dislodge the doorbell. This 2022 solution is easier. Google says that if someone steals your doorbell, it will replace it (the thieves would be pretty stupid if they did, since they’ll be on camera).

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Here’s the original Nest Hello installed in front of the new wired Nest Doorbell (the wall plate is from Amazon.ca):

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Google says this new wired Nest Doorbell includes a “hybrid lens made of glass and plastic that provides more clarity,” while the camera pixels are “125% larger than the original wired Nest Doorbells,” offering more light capture during the day and night. We agree that it is true.

Below is a screenshot of the original Nest Hello on the left (zoomed in) and on the right is the wired Nest Doorbell (zoomed in too). These are zoomed-in shots to show roughly the same scene in both, and the Wired Nest Doorbell has more detail than its predecessor. See how you can see the doormat on the Nest Doorbell thanks to its new viewing angle:

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This wired Nest Doorbell can record 1 hour of event history locally if Wi-Fi goes out, while also having two-second previews and extended clips when you’re viewing in the Google Home app. You also get smart alerts for movement, people, package deliveries, animals, and cars.

If you’re buying a Nest Doorbell, a Nest Aware Plus subscription is essential for 24/7 video recording and 10 days of continuous history and 60 days of video event history. That means you also get familiar face alerts, which again connect to your Google smart speakers to announce who’s at the front door. This is useful if you have a lot of visitors or package deliveries. Without Nest Aware or Nest Aware Plus, you only get three hours of event video history with clips up to 5 minutes long.

We noticed notifications from the wired Nest Doorbell appearing fairly quickly on our iPhone 14 Pro Max, with an option for pre-recorded 1-touch responses, just like you would with Nest Hello.

After installing the wired Nest Doorbell, we immediately noticed the new 145° diagonal view with a 3:4 ratio, allowing you to see more from top to bottom, compared to the wide view of the previous Nest Hello. This comes down to preference, but I prefer the wider view of Nest Hello to see who gets in and out better based on the front layout of our house.

So the new wired Nest Doorbell looks great, has a clear HDR view, and still lets you chat with whoever’s at the door, just like before. The problem? That damn Google Home app. Yes, the Google Home app is scheduled for a major overhaul. But for now, it’s terrible with any Nest camera. We miss the 15-second one-touch fast-forward and rewind, and quicker access to events, too.

Live view with the Nest app shows what’s happening on a dashboard, then event history below, and a tap to access the scrolling timeline view. It just makes more sense than what happens in the Google Home app.

The Google Home app has too much going on inside and it takes too many steps to access your cameras. Sometimes video history wasn’t available to watch after it happened, while the Nest app was much faster. The Google Home app isn’t “approved by my wife” and they tell me to reinstall the old Nest Hello doorbell, because the first one isn’t user-friendly and frustrating to use. I still have to sleep on the couch, and that’s only because I said a new Google Home app is coming (soon).

So what should you do if you have the original Nest Hello Doorbell? Hold on to that thing, because it’s still useful and valuable, thanks to the excellent Nest app. If you’re considering an upgrade to the wired Nest Doorbell, at least wait until the revamped Google Home app is available, because as it stands right now, it’s not a lot of fun to use.

The wired Nest Doorbell 2022 is available in Canada for 239.99 Canadian dollars with only two colors available: Snow and Ash (Linen and Ivy are available for the US).

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