The best for HomeKit homes
Logitech Circle View doorbell
Best for the rest
Nest Doorbell (Battery)
The Logitech Circle View Doorbell and the Nest Doorbell are among the best video doorbells you can buy today. The Nest Doorbell's built-in battery, free three hours of local storage, and support for a wider range of mobile devices make it our choice for most homes. The Nest Doorbell works with or without existing wiring, and because it supports iOS and Android, anyone in your home can access it regardless of phone.
On the other hand, Logitech's doorbell delivers all the latest HomeKit features, including packet detection, activity zones, facial recognition, and cloud storage, making it the go-to for all-Apple homes. Other highlights include the ability to use your HomePod as a bell and the ability to watch a live feed on the big screen via an Apple TV - all made possible by Circle View's deep integration with iOS.
As video doorbells, both the Logitech Circle View Doorbell and the Nest Doorbell keep an eye on the front door of your home by providing on-demand live images and storing recordings of all events within their view. Both doorbells also provide timely notifications when a visitor rings the doorbell or when someone is lurking around your home.
Despite having similar core functionality, how you interact with the Nest Doorbell and the Logitech Circle View depends heavily on the devices in your home. To get the most out of your doorbell, you need to consider your family's phones, TVs, smart assistants, and computers. If you don't keep these in mind, you may be missing out on some Showcase features, like calling up your doorbell's live feed with a voice command. But before we get too deep into that, let's start with the technical specifications.
|Logitech Circle View Doorbell||Nest Doorbell Battery|
|Finish||1, black||4, snow, linen, ivory, ash|
|Power||Wired||Wired and battery option|
|Battery Life||AFTER||6 months|
|Connectivity||2.4/5 GHz Wi-Fi||2.4/5 GHz Wi-Fi|
|Weatherproofing||Yes, IP 65||Yes, IP 54|
|Field of view||160-degrees||145-degrees|
|Aspect ratio||3:4 portrait||3:4 portrait|
|Resolution||1,200 x 1,600||960 x 1280|
|Frame Rate||30 fps||30 fps|
|Sensor||5 MP||1.3 MP|
|Night Vision||IR and 4,000K LED, 6 feet||IR, 10 feet|
|Local Storage||No||Yes, 3 hours|
|Chimes required||Yes, 8-24V||No|
|Smart Compatibility||Siri/HomeKit||Google Assistant|
As you can see, there are quite a few technical specifications to digest, so let's first start with the similarities between the two doorbells. Both the Logitech Circle View and the Nest Doorbell feature all the essential video doorbells, such as built-in microphones and speakers, infrared night vision, and, of course, weatherproofing.
Another similarity is that both doorbells use a higher 3:4 aspect ratio. The larger aspect ratio allows you to see more of the ground right outside your door, perfect for keeping an eye on your deliveries. Thanks to smart app integration, both doorbells also notify you of events within their field of view, thanks to Wi-Fi networking that doesn't require a smart hub. Now that we've discussed the similarities, let's move on to the main differences.
Video doorbell design has come a long way over the years, and it shows in the Logitech Circle View and the Nest Doorbell. Both doorbells have sleek, high-quality designs that, while slightly bulkier than the traditional doorbell button, still manage to look great on all types of outdoor surfaces. As for the finish, Logitech keeps it simple with a one-size-fits-all approach. At the same time, the Nest Doorbell is available in four different colors: snow, linen, ivory, and ash - each with neutral tones of their respective colors.
The Nest Doorbell also offers more installation and mounting options than the Circle View. Google's doorbell has an internal rechargeable battery that allows the doorbell to be installed virtually anywhere outside the door. Without wires, you can stick the Nest Doorbell on the trim of your door to make it easier for your guests to find it, or on the side of your porch to give you the perfect angle.
The biggest drawback to a completely wireless solution like the Nest Doorbell is that you'll need to top it up from time to time. However, thanks to its generous six-month battery life, the Nest Doorbell is a little easier to manage. If you do get tired of charging, you always have the option to plug it in. Another thing to keep in mind if you go for wireless is that you'll have to rely on your phone or devices like Google Home or Nest Hub for a ring signal.
In contrast, the Logitech Circle View Doorbell is requires existing doorbell wiring, a transformer, and an indoor bell for installation. While this should not be a problem for most homes, compatibility issues can arise and you should definitely check before purchasing.
Source : Google
Over to video, both the Logitech Circle View and the Nest Doorbell take and stream video in HD quality and support HDR. The Logitech Circle View's 1200x1600 video resolution should provide a slightly better picture than the Nest Doorbell's 960x1280 resolution, but you probably won't see too much of a difference, as both are more than capable.
The Logitech Circle View also offers a wider field of view of 160 degrees versus 145-degrees on the Nest Doorbell. While it doesn't sound like a huge difference - unlike resolution, every little bit counts when it comes to making sure your entire porch is covered, especially with the larger aspect ratio.
The Circle View relies on Apple's cloud storage service for recorded video, which means you don't have to take out an extra subscription if you're already paying for a plan.
Because both doorbells store video in the cloud, a subscription is required if you want a good security solution. For anything longer than the included three hours of local storage, the Nest Doorbell requires the Nest Aware service, starting at $6 per month. Nest Aware stores 30 days of events for an unlimited number of cameras and doorbells in the base level, and the $12 per month Nest Plus subscription doubles this to a total of 60 days.
While Logitech's doorbell doesn't offer any kind of local storage, it does have a trick up its sleeve - iCloud. The Circle View relies on Apple's cloud storage service for recorded video, which means you don't have to take out an extra subscription if you're already paying for one. iCloud subscriptions start at $0.99 per month for one camera, $2.99 for five cameras, and $9.99 for unlimited cameras. With each plan, you can view ten days of events in a timeline in the Home app. And while you'll need a storage plan, videos don't count against your data limit - a nice perk.
How each doorbell integrates with your existing smart home and voice assistants is also something to consider. Since Google makes the Nest Doorbell, it comes right out of the box with support for both iOS and Android. Whether you're using an iPhone or the latest Pixel, you get essentially the same experience: an on-demand live view, video history, and smart alerts.
As you might expect, other Google devices - like the Nest Hub and Chromecast - get additional controls and features. The Nest Hub lets you watch your front door with a simple voice command, and a Chromecast lets you use your TV as an always-on monitor. When combined with a Nest Aware subscription, the Nest Doorbell gets access to image analytics, which can identify who's at the door or if there's a package outside. Image analytics can also filter out nuisance reports from animals or vehicles.
Source : Apple
Although not built by Apple, the Logitech Circle View Doorbell is built exclusively for iOS and HomeKit. By going exclusively for HomeKit, the Logitech Circle View takes advantage of all the HomeKit Secure Video features available today, such as facial recognition, activity zones and smart notifications, as well as new features introduced along with annual OS updates.
Another benefit of the deep HomeKit integration is that the Logitech Circle View Doorbell works on all your Apple devices - iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV and HomePod, all without additional setup. With an Apple TV, you can access your doorbell's feed at any time, in a full-screen view or on top of your content as a floating picture-in-picture window. With a HomePod and image analysis via HomeKit Secure Video, Siri can announce the name of whoever is at the door, and yep, you can even use the HomePod as an additional bell.
Regardless of which doorbell you choose for your home, the Logitech Circle View Doorbell and the Nest Doorbell offer the best smart home security you can buy today. If you or your household are Apple die-hards and want everything HomeKit, Logitech's doorbell is a natural choice. The Circle View works with the Home app that's already on all your devices, and thanks to iCloud storage support, you may be able to skip a new subscription if you have an existing plan.
If your family uses both Android and iOS devices in your home, or if you need a doorbell that works without existing wiring, you should go for the Nest Doorbell. Google's doorbell plays nicely with a wider variety of phones, so you can share your porch view or recordings with anyone, regardless of device, and its built-in rechargeable battery makes it more accessible than the Circle View.
The best for HomeKit and iOS-only homes
Built for iOS, the Logitech Circle View Doorbell takes full advantage of the latest HomeKit security features. Facial recognition, packet detection, Activity Zones, and iCloud storage are just a few of the many ways Logitech's doorbell seamlessly integrates with HomeKit.
Best before the rest
The Nest doorbell (battery) offers freedom from wires with a built-in battery and freedom of choice because it works with both iOS and Android. Free local storage of three hours keeps an eye on your packages, even if the internet goes down at home.
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