Nest Hello Unboxing

The Nest Hello Video Doorbell is here

The new Nest Hello video doorbell is out in stores and available on It was released in March 2018. We picked one up to test it over the next few months; we'll show you video from the Nest Hello in a future blog post (or in many), but for now, we want to show you what's in the box.

Nest Hello unboxing

A few things to keep in mind with the Nest Hello: First, you must have a wired doorbell or install wires and a transformer for the doorbell to work. A lot of the video doorbells on the market don't require wires, but this Nest does. Also, it captures 24-7 video footage which is novel for video doorbells. Then constant footage comes at a price, however. It uses quite a lot of data, so having a large internet data plan that's not limited is helpful.

Nest sells something called Nest Aware which is a $5 per month plan that allows Nest Hello owners to securely automatically record and store 10 days of footage in the cloud. New owners of the Nest Hello Video Doorbell do get access to a free trial of Nest Aware. Don't let the monthly plan scare you if you don't want to take on a new reoccuring payment. It's not required, and without it, Nest Hello owners still have access to 24-7 streaming, can answer their doors from anywhere as long as they have an internet connection.

Camera quality

The camera footage is stunning for a doorbell camera. Actually, it's much sharper than more expensive commercial cameras that capture grainy footage of gas stations, banks, and don't give victims of theft much to go off of if someone is caught on camera stealing property. It's 4:3 HD with HDR technology and high-quality night vision.

Daytime footage


Night vision sample

Nest Hello video doorbell footage from the daytime, taken at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018.
Image taken with Nest Hello video doorbell at 8:50 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, well after the sun has gone down.