Google is back in the smart home security saddle with a new $180 Nest Cam. It’s battery-powered, rated for outdoor or indoor use and stands to rival Arlo and Wyze for smart features and tech specs. But is it really the best?
At $180, it’s not the most or least expensive. The specs are also mid-range and par for the smart cam course. What you do get for the first time from Google is free smart alert features, activity zones and on-device processing thanks to a new machine learning chip. Ultimately, it’s hard to recommend over its aforementioned competitors, unless you’re living in a strictly Nest-only household.
Technically, the new Nest Cam is called the “Nest Cam (outdoor or indoor, battery)”, but that’s a handful to type, so we’ll…