While a smart display seems like an odd addition in a review of security cameras, the Nest Hub Max is nearly as capable as other Nest Cams. The integrated camera might be a better fit for video calls, but its compatibility with Nest Aware means you can use it for home security. By comparison, Amazon's Echo Show smart displays don't record videos, giving Nest Hub Max an advantage for home security.
Although we love that this smart hub has a built-in camera, it's also a great companion to other Nest cams since you can watch live feeds on the Nest Hub Max's 10-inch touchscreen. When you're not using it as a security camera, this smart display's Google Assistant voice controls make it a compact portal for home entertainment, smart home controls, and syncing your family's schedules.
There's no animal or vehicle detection, but these aren't necessary on an indoor camera like the Nest Hub Max. It doesn't have on-device processing for motion zones and person detection, so you need a Nest Aware subscription to unlock these (along with video recording and familiar face detection). Unlike other Nest cameras, it's not easy to point the Nest Hub Max's lens where you want, though you can buy a stand accessory with more flexibility.