At $249, the hardwired Ring Video Doorbell Pro costs a bit more up front. Like the Nest Hello, it comes with HD live streaming, motion alerts, night vision and two-way audio. Unlike the Nest Hello, this Ring doorbell comes with free motion detection zones. The Ring Pro works with Alexa, but not Google Assistant.
If you pay for the optional Ring Protect service, starting at $3 per month, you get 60 days of activity-based recorded, saved video clips. That means the doorbell records only when it detects motion. So instead of 24/7 continuous recording like the Nest Hello, you get shorter clips only of specific motion activity.
The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is a solid smart doorbell that performs well, but it doesn't offer the same breadth of features as Google's Nest Hello. Ring doesn't offer any sort of free access to activity, either. Nest's three hour grace period where it takes images of activity isn't much, but it's something. And, if you pay just $2 more per month than Ring's optional subscription service, you get a lot more -- facial recognition, continuous recording and so on.
Ring partners with local police departments to share footage from Ring cameras, leading to privacy concerns. It also filed two patents for facial recognition technology that would run the faces it sees through law enforcement databases, raising concerns about profiling.
I do like that Ring makes motion-detection zones free -- that isn't always the case, including with Nest Hello -- but ultimately it isn't enough for it to win this round.