Last fall, Nest announced a video doorbell that would let it compete with companies like Ring. In the time since, Amazon bought Ring. Now, in the continuing escalation of Google and Amazon’s smart home proxy war, Nest’s doorbell and smart lock are finally on sale.
The video doorbell, called Nest Hello, costs $229. It gives you an HD camera on the outside of your home so you can see who’s ringing. It can even alert you if someone’s outside if they don’t ring the doorbell. So this can help you find out when a package is getting delivered (or if someone is snooping around the packages that have already been delivered). If you have a Google Home, it can announce that someone’s at the door.
Nest also released the Nest x Yale smart lock ($250). This smart lock is manufactured by Yale and compatible with Nest. It doesn’t use a key at all, which may be a turn off for users who prefer something a little old fashioned. It can pair with your phone to unlock automatically and includes a number pad so you can create passcodes for yourself and others. Both devices are on sale online and at retailers including Best Buy and Home Depot now.
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