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Olive & Dove RemoBell review: You can find better buzzers for the same price

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The Good Olive & Dove's $199 RemoBell is powered by easy-to-find AA batteries, which makes installation simple and wire-free.

The Bad It doesn't have live video streaming or any third-party smart home partners.

The Bottom Line The RemoBell by Olive & Dove is only worth it if you have strong preference for a AA-powered buzzer.

6.2 Overall
  • Features 5
  • Usability 7
  • Design 6
  • Performance 7

The only way Olive & Dove's RemoBell differentiates itself from Ring, SkyBell and August doorbells is its power source -- it relies exclusively on AA batteries. If you'd rather swap out AAs than deal with electrical wiring or rechargeable batteries, RemoBell could be for you. In every other respect, this product is behind the curve. It doesn't have live streaming or third-party smart home integrations and it costs $199 -- the same as the competition. For me, RemoBell just isn't worth it.

(Note: RemoBell will be available overseas later this year. Converted, that's roughly £155 and AU$265.)

A new Wi-Fi buzzer enters the ring

RemoBell has decent specs, but they don't quite stack up to other $199 models. Take a look at the comparison chart below to see for yourself.

Comparing Wi-Fi doorbells

Olive & Dove RemoBell Ring Video Doorbell SkyBell HD Wi-Fi Video Doorbell August Doorbell Cam
Price $199/£155/AU$265 $199/£155/AU$265 $199/£155/AU$265 $199/£155/AU$266
Color finish Silver Satin nickel, polished brass, venetian bronze, antique brass Brushed aluminum, oil rubbed bronze Silver, dark gray
Power source 6 AA batteries Hardwired or rechargeable battery Hardwired Hardwired
Resolution 1,280x720p HD 1,280x720p HD 1,920x1,080p HD 1,280×960p HD
Field of view 120 degrees 180 degrees 180 degrees 120 degrees
Live streaming No Yes Yes Yes
Cloud storage Yes, 30-day storage for $3 per month. Yes, 6 month storage for $3 per month. Yes, free. Yes, 30 day storage for $5 per month.
Mobile app Android and iPhone Android and iPhone Android and iPhone Android and iPhone
Web app No Yes No No
Night vision Yes Yes Yes Yes
Alerts Motion Motion Motion Motion
Activity zones No Yes No No
Third-party integrations None IFTTT; Wink IFTTT; Amazon Alexa; Nest IFTTT
Operating temperature range 0 to 122 degrees F (-17 to 50 degrees C) -5 to 120 degrees F (-20 to 48 degrees C) -40 to 140 degrees F (-40 to 60 degrees C) -13 to 122 degrees F (-25 to 50 degrees C)

Yep, RemoBell's field of view is narrower, it doesn't have live streaming (to conserve battery power) and you have to pay more for less cloud storage. Ring charges $3 per month for 6 months of storage and SkyBell offers free storage. August is the exception -- it charges more than Olive & Dove for the same 30-day cloud storage.

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