Everything You Need to Know About the Google Nest Doorbell Battery

Nest, owned by Google, has finally unveiled a battery-powered option four years after the release of its first video doorbell, Nest Hello. Even though Nest Hello is still a great video doorbell, not everyone can use it due to its hard-wiring installation requirements. That explains why Amazon's Ring has been such a successful rival.

Everything You Need to Know About the Google Nest Doorbell Battery
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But let us introduce the Google Nest Doorbell (Battery) for those for whom hardwiring is not a possibility and who haven't used the Google Nest for Amazon: a far more interesting doorbell than its unassuming moniker might suggest.

This is the perfect time to learn more about this as you will come across the Google Nest doorbell for sale this holiday season. But you surely have questions! How long does the battery last? How does the camera work? In what ways does it differ from the Nest Hello?

In this article, we will examine the pros and cons of this battery-operated doorbell in greater depth. Let’s begin!

In a Nutshell

The Doorbell Battery has a more contemporary appearance than the wired Nest Hello and is substantially simpler to install as a result of its battery-powered design. That said, unlike battery-powered Amazon Ring doorbells, you cannot add a Chime to ring out and must instead rely on the Google Home app or Nest gadgets for alerts.

The Nest Doorbell Battery is a great option for individuals seeking a battery-powered video doorbell because it offers more subscription-free capabilities than its Amazon rival. Even though the Nest Doorbell Battery has the advantage in terms of design, for those who have the option for a hard-wired installation, we would still recommend Nest Hello for its superior quality.

Design and Installation

  • Dimensions of the doorbell are 160 x 46 x 24.1, and they can be hardwired as well.
  • They are also IP54 dust- and water-resistant.
  • Finish: only available in white

The Google Nest Doorbell Battery possesses comparable design elements to the first Nest Hello, although being much larger. Instead of being black with white elements this time, the Doorbell Battery has a noticeable black camera lens and housing at the top and a sizable white button with an LED ring around it at the bottom.

We believe the design is strong and attention-grabbing for the correct reasons, albeit it is not subtle, which is part of its goal. The top and bottom margins are softly curled, and the width and profile are both narrower than those of the Ring with its distinctive cuboid shape. In other words, this Nest won't be an eyesore on the front door of your house.

The Doorbell Battery has an IP54 classification for water and dust resistance, so it won't be bothered by a little amount of passing rain or ordinary dust and dirt.

The Google Nest Doorbell Battery has two installation options: it can be powered by the built-in non-replaceable battery, which is charged through USB-C, or it can be hardwired using existing cables. If you choose a hardwire installation, you will be able to use an electric chime, which is not possible when using a battery.

However, setup is quick and easy, thanks to the Google Home app's step-by-step instructions. Nevertheless, you will need to drill holes in your wall or door, so keep in mind that you have to have a drill with the right bits, or at the very least, a friend who has the equipment and wants to help.

Camera and Hardware

  • Field-of-view at 145 degrees
  • 1280 × 960 video captured in color at 1.3 megapixels per second
  • high dynamic range (HDR)
  • 3:4 aspect ratio
  • 6x digital zoom

A 1.3-megapixel color camera sensor with 6x digital zoom and a 145-degree field of vision is included with the Google Nest Doorbell Battery.

It has a lower resolution sensor than the 3-megapixel camera in the Nest Hello, and the live stream comparison shows the quality disparity. The colors aren't as vibrant, the image quality isn't as crisp, and there is more image noise with the Google Nest Doorbell Battery.

Having said that, the video and image quality on the battery-operated doorbell is more than enough if you don't have the Nest Hello to compare it to. Thanks to the HDR and night mode, you can clearly see faces and what is happening both during the day and at night.

It is important to note that the Nest Hello's night mode is far superior, so if wired is an option for you, take the Hello into consideration. As a result of its 3:4 aspect ratio, the Nest Doorbell Battery can deliver both a head-to-toe image of a person and an image of any package on the doorstep.

In contrast, the Nest Hello offers a wider vision than the battery-operated device while still providing a head-to-toe image – thanks to its 4:3 aspect ratio. In essence, Google has flipped the sensor to create a more useful product.

Other hardware includes a speaker and microphone for speaking with people who have rung the doorbell on the Nest Doorbell Battery. The microphone has noise cancellation, which is fantastic for conversations because it keeps everything crystal clear.

Battery Performance

A day of use uses about 2% of the battery, so you can use it for about six weeks before you need to pull out the USB-C cord to recharge it.

Although there is no option to have a replacement battery ready to clip on when the charge runs out, like there is with Ring models, it is not too much of a hassle to top it up. Just pay attention to the app's display of your battery life and choose a convenient time to recharge when you're at home.

All in All

A fantastic video doorbell that is ideal for use with a Google-powered smart home. It has excellent compatibility with the Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max, does not require hard wiring, and provides high video quality, although it's not quite as great as the Nest Hello.

Even so, the battery-operated Doorbell has more subscription-free capabilities than its primary Amazon rivals while still acting and looking the part.