Nest Hello vs. Ring 2 — All The Differences

Nest Hello vs Ring 2

So, what are the differences between the Nest Hello vs. Ring 2? 

The big difference so far is Nest’s Hello advanced motion detection capabilities that also include facial & person recognition, as well as free 3-hour snapshot cloud history and even support for CVR when you opt for Nest Aware.

While Ring 2 offers you a better field of view, flexible powering options, more durable operating temperatures, and IFTTT support.

In terms of the features alone, it’s clear that Nest Hellow is the better model.

The Short Version

Nest Hello = Can be hardwired & requires a 10VA transformer and wired doorbell, 1600 x 1200 HD UXGA/HDR video resolution + 30FPS, 160° diagonal field of view, zoom available, night vision & live-view on-demand, free cloud storage, supports a 2.4GHz or 5GHz Wifi network/ Bluetooth LE, motion detection & zones available, person alerts & facial recognition, 24/7 CVR available, HD two-way audio, comes w/ pre-recorded responses, silent mode, compatible with Amazon & Google, warranty of 2 years.

Ring 2 = Can be hardwired to existing doorbell kit or powered with a rechargeable battery, requires a 16-24 VAC transformer, v1080p HD video resolution w/ 15 FPS, 160° horizontal & 100° vertical field of view, zoom available, black & white night vision, live-view on-demand only if wired, no free cloud storage, subscription plan available, compatible with a 2.4GHz WiFi network, motion detection & motion zones available, person alerts only if wired, no CVR, no facial recognition, standard two-way audio, no pre-recorded responses, no silent mode, supports Alexa, Google & IFTTT, 1-year warranty. 

Which one are you getting?

Last update on 2024-02-25 at 13:47 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Nest Hello vs. Ring 2 — Easy Comparison Chart

Nest Hello Ring 2
Dimensions1.7 x 4.6 x 1.0 in5.1 x 2.5 x 1.1 in
Operating Temperature14° – 104°F-5° – 120°F
Power OptionsHardwire to existing doorbell kit onlyHardwire to existing doorbell kit or Rechargeable battery power
Compatible Doorbell Transformers16V AC–24V AC; requires a 10VA transformer and wired doorbell 16-24 VAC, DC not compatible
Resolution1600 x 1200 HD UXGA, HDR1080p HD
Battery LifeN/A6 months with regular use
Free Cloud Storage3 hours of snapshotsN/A
Subscription AvailableYesYes
Field of View160° diagonal160° horizontal,
100° vertical
Live-View on DemandYesOnly when Wired
Night Vision 850 nm infrared LEDsBlack & White
Compatible Networks2.4GHz or 5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 802.15.4 at 2.4GHz
2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n
Facial RecognitionYesN/A
24/7 CVRYesN/A
Two-Way TalkHD Talk and ListenYes
Motion DetectionYesYes
Motion ZonesYesYes
Person AlertsYesYes, if wired
Pre-Recorded ResponsesYesN/A
Silent ModeYesN/A
Warranty2 Years1 Year
AppAndroid, iOS, WebAndroid, iOS, Web
Smart Home IntegrationAmazon Alexa, Google Home Hub, Google Home MiniAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant (no Google Hub Support), IFTTT
ColorsBlack & White, skins availableIncludes two interchangeable faceplates

Nest Hello vs. Ring 2 — What’s Different?

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Voice Control – While both Nest Hello & Ring 2 support voice control, if you want to access the live footage via Google Home hub your only option will be Nest, since Ring 2 isn’t compatible with Google Home hub, and only supports Amazon devices.

Power Options – When it comes to power options, both models can be hardwired into your existing wiring using a compatible 6-24 VAC doorbell transformer.
However, Ring 2 offers more flexibility since it’s also compatible with a rechargeable battery for a wireless set up.

Field of View – Nest Hello and Ring 2 come with a similar field of view specs, but Ring will offer you a clearer view of your surroundings with its wider 160° horizontal & 100° vertical view, compared to Nest’s 160° diagonal.

Cloud Storage – Nest comes with a free 3- hour snapshot worth of cloud storage to take advantage of, while Ring 2 only offers paid subscription plans such as Ring Basic and Protect Plus, which include up to 60 days worth of storage.

CVR – When opting for the Nest Aware subscription plan you’ll not only get 5, 10 or 30 days worth of cloud storage depending on the price you go for, but you can also take advantage of the CVR function as well.

While Ring 2 has no option for CVR at all.

Live-View on demand – It’s true that both models support the live-view on-demand feature, however in order to view live footage on your Ring 2 doorbell it will need to be hardwired since the power is too high when it’s running on battery power alone.

Silent Mode – Nest Hello also allows you to silence your doorbell when you don’t want to be disturbed.
While Ring 2 doesn’t include this option, you can opt for a Ring Chime Pro which will allow you to do the same thing.

Aspect Ratio – While both smart doorbells offer an HD video resolution, Nest Hello records at a 4:3 aspect ratio while the Ring is more standard at 16:9.

Additionally, Nest Hello also comes with a higher 30 FPS which in turn provides a much clearer and smoother video quality, when compared to Ring’s 15 FPS.

Motion Detection – Nest Hello features a more advanced motion detection technology with its inclusion of personal alerts & facial recognition.
However, Nest’s motion zone feature is only available with Nest Aware, while Ring 2 supports motion detection & zone setting by default.

Network – Nest Hello is far more flexible when it comes to compatible networks, as it supports 2.4GHz & 5GHz network as well as Bluetooth LE, while Ring 2 is compatible with only 2.4GHz WiFi network.

Pre-Recorded Responses – You can also set up 3 recorded responses with your Nest Hello that allows you to leave a quick message for whoever it is outside the door.

Unfortunately, Ring 2 doesn’t support this feature.

Operating Temperature – Ring 2 is more durable when it comes to the operating temperature, as it can handle a more durable range of -5° – 120°F, compared to Nest’s 14° – 104°F.

Warranty – Nest Hello offers an impressive warranty that will cover you for 2 years, while with Ring 2 you can expect a lesser 1-year warranty.

Design – Ring 2 includes 2 aesthetic interchangeable faceplates of Satin Nickel & Venetian Bronze, while Nest Hello comes in a black & white color scheme.

Last update on 2024-02-25 at 13:47 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API