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Speaker 1: Ring and nest are added again with two highly competent battery powered video doorbells, but your porch only has room for one. Speaker 1: This is the ring four. This is the nest doorbell with battery, both a really solid devices, but there can only be one winner because that's generally how competitions work. We're going to meet the contestants. Then we'll run our famous porch [00:00:30] pirate test. Then we're actually going to test their vision both during the day and at night before seeing how easy it is to swipe the doorbell itself then, and we'll talk about general smarts and declare a winner. Both doorbells actually have a lot of overlap in features rings $200 nests, 180, both are battery powered, obviously, but you can also wire each of them. If you'd prefer, install is super easy on both. And the apps walk you through the whole process. They [00:01:00] both have motion alerts, a live streaming two way talk. The stuff you'd expect from a modern video doorbell nest is great because it's best features like person animal vehicle and package alerts come free without a subscription. Speaker 1: Ring's biggest Bo is the easily removable battery and it records pre-roll on clips to make sure you don't miss any. And let's get this out of the way rings got baggage. Like your in-laws just showed up. And apparently they're staying for a whole lot longer than you thought [00:01:30] levels of baggage. We've talked about it extensively. So I'm not really gonna get into it here today. We're gonna keep focused on the devices itself, but that's one extra thing to keep in mind. If you're leaning towards ring, speaking of people who tend to outstay their welcome Dave's here, and he's going to try to steal a package off of our porch. He's played the role of the porch pirate before only this time he's refusing to wear the costume. Speaker 2: No, no, no. If, if I'm gonna be in this video, Andrew, I'm gonna [00:02:00] look cool. Speaker 1: Our super cool porch pirate who wears normal clothes will follow the same route each time we'll test to see both when during his route, we get the notifications and how much of his dastardly deeds. They each capture the notifications for both were kinda late and noticeably slower than their wired counterparts, which makes sense. Ring makes [00:02:30] up for this a bit by catching the early part of the action with pre-roll, which looks kind of crappy, but it didn't notice the event. A couple of times at all, nest was more consistent and I like the aspect ratio better ring wide angle can cut off heads and packages at foot level. So a win for nest, but docking points for both cuz neither were quick or clear enough to give me a good shot of Dave's face. That's what I'm stealing for. Now. Let's get really wild and [00:03:00] do an eye test, close your left eye and read the lowest row. Speaker 1: You can. I'm just kidding. Don't do that. You look foolish. The point of this test is to see how readable the text is at various distances. Even up close with ring. The bottom line is a little hard to make out. After one step back, bottom lines, all start to get blurry, but you can still make out. Most of them. If you zoom in at a distance, you can still make out. Most of those top lines, nests aspect ratio makes a big difference [00:03:30] up close. You can clearly make out every line. And the bottom of the board is in frame, but every time Dave steps back, you lose one or two of the bottom bottom lines. So by the time he gets far, you can only see the big letters at the very top side by side nests image is a little sharper, but I doubt either would be able to catch, say a license plate from a distance, but let's turn off the lights and see how they fare in the dark. Speaker 1: Let's start with nest this time, the definition doesn't change much, which is [00:04:00] actually a positive for night vision. You can make out roughly the same rows at the same distances ring. Didn't fare quite as well in the dark up close. You can still see everything in frame, but it loses lines pretty quickly. And at a distance it's tough to make out anything, but the top rows and notice again, side by side nests image definitely looks better. So in terms of this vision, test nest gets the clear win. Now we have some idea of how well these doorbells work, [00:04:30] but since they're both wireless, let's see how feasible it would be for someone to just snatch the doorbell itself. We're going to Mount them both properly and then try to move them with nothing but brute force. My producer, Chris will serve as the brute. We've instructed him to try not to destroy things if he can avoid it. But his top priority is taking the doorbell and we're timing him. Speaker 3: Okay. [00:05:00] I'm uh, I'm weak. Okay. Holy, that was insanely easy. Something maybe is wrong. Hold on. I guess we'll try this one more time just to make sure. Okay. Speaker 1: [00:05:30] So yeah, ring wins. This one. Pretty soundly. To be fair. You wouldn't be able to steal even the nest without getting real close and triggering all kinds of alerts, but still point for ring. Now, before we declare a winner, a few finer points on extras and smarts, Google owns nest and Amazon owns ring. So both are obviously better with their first party voice assistants. Otherwise, both nest and ring have quick replies. [00:06:00] So your doorbell can do the talking for you as for battery power. They both say the last for months, given typical usage, anecdotally, we charged them both before we started testing nests. Now at 91% rings at 92 ring also has a slight edge, cuz again, you can remove the battery and swap in a new one. While the first charges, the subscription for ring is $3 a month. Nest is six, but you get facial recognition for the premium and a little more without the sub. So [00:06:30] a few extra bells and whistles that still have a lot of overlap. So we're gonna call this section of draw, which means performance is going to be our, our main deciding factor. So it is a close one, but we're giving the narrow wind to the nest doorbell with battery ring's pre-roll is handy. Plus it's definitely harder to steal, but nest had a little bit better night vision, more reliable notifications and a slightly better price.

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