This doorbell cam is budget conscious and environmentally friendly. You can power your new smart doorbell camera with existing doorbell wiring, a battery, or even a solar panel (for a little extra). It's a convenient way to extend the battery life without wiring.
Ring Protect Plus is one of the better deals for cloud storage. While it's more expensive than Nest's plan, Protect Plus throws in an extended warranty if you subscribe. Most video doorbell warranties last one to two years, so the extra protection might save some cash if Ring issues a product recall.
We also like Ring's theft protection feature for the security camera itself. While wireless doorbell cameras can deter porch pirates, there's no guarantee against camera thieves. If someone swipes it, Ring will replace it for free (even if you don't subscribe to a Ring Protect plan).
Ring recently added prerecorded messages. Choose one of six automatic Quick Replies for your doorbell to play, and guests can leave a message. Now you can screen visits from solicitors without rushing your shower. You can also choose a reply when viewing a live video if you don't want a blanket reply.
Still, the Ring video doorbell isn't as functional without a subscription. You'll have access to live video, two-way audio, notifications, and Quick Replies, but no smart detection of people or packages. And with no way to save videos, you'll obsess over every motion alert (or miss it altogether).
Ring is an Amazon product, so it's a great choice for Alexa users. It supports some other smart home platforms like Samsung SmartThings and IFTTT, but these aren't as popular as the two it doesn't work with: Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant.
At $131, you won't need two months' salary for this Ring. It's a good value, even if you need a subscription to unlock the best smart features.