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4.0 out of 5 starsSuper easy solution
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 26 April 2023
Have had this product for a couple of months and have been on the whole very happy with it. Didn’t want a doorbell as wanted to place a camera discreetly under my porch so went for this. Also chose a Google product as wanted a Connected device that would have long-term software security updates.
Setup is extremely easy using the Google Home app through which I can control my Nest thermostat as well. Mounting the camera is really straightforward as well although if your not using it wired you will need to put it higher and as far out of hand reach than you think as it is only attached to the mount base by magnets.
I’ve been using the camera on battery only and have been very surprised that I’ve only needed to charge it once (after about 6 weeks).
Google use Machine Learning to recognise and identify “familiar faces” that the camera picks up so that you don’t get constant alerts which is impressive and probably a major selling point compared to competitor devices on the market.
The camera I would say is fairly useless though without the £5 a month Google Nest Aware subscription that allows you to access events older than 4 hours. Also it didn’t appear to pick up a local fox tearing up rubbish in our driveway so perhaps not great for picking out non-humans! As others have pointed out, the Google Home app allows you to control but not really manage your heating schedule for the Nest thermostat so hopefully all Nest products will be properly integrated into Google Home in the future. Would definitely recommend though.