Skybell vs Ring Comparison : Which one is best for you?

Today modern technology has taken you there where you couldn’t have imagined five years back. These modern technological products make your life smooth, hassle free and easy. Such one of them is a smart door bell. There are many smart door bells available in market; the most popular are Skybell and Ring. Ring can be more classified into Ring video doorbell, Ring video doorbell 2 and Ring video doorbell pro. These smart doorbells not only help you to see who’s at the door but also to keep an eye on anything suspicious going in your surroundings. While going to buy a smart video doorbell your are naturally going to get in a dilemma about which brand to go for, which one has better features, which one comes in your price range and other things. So to help you out we are going to give you a comparison between four products, one from Skybell (Skybell HD WIFI Video Doorbell) and the other three from Ring (Ring Video Doorbell, Ring Video Doorbell 2 and Ring Video Doorbell Pro). In this post we will try to give you every bit of information so that you can choose your Smart Doorbell on your own on the basis of your requirement.

What is a smart doorbell?

Smart doorbell is basically a doorbell with which is connected to your smart phone through internet. It sends alert to your smart phone when someone presses the doorbell button and you are able to see who is at the door with the HD camera fitted on the Doorbell. You can even talk to the person at your door as these Smart doorbells have built in speakers and microphones which you can operate with your Smart phones. Some of the Smart Doorbells have in built motion sensors that allow you to detect any person trespassing or trying to sneak in your area.

1. Design

The first thing everybody wants is that their gadget must look cool and unique. So design of the doorbell matter to every customer. In this case smart doorbells appear smart in their outlook as both the manufacturers (Skybell and Ring) have worked hard on their products’ appearance.

Skybell HD

Skybell HD is small and round and has the most beautiful appearance among the lot. They come in two colors- brushed aluminum and glazing black. The manufacturer has given effort to make it an attractive piece. With quality materials and glazing finish it is bound to attract the customers and moreover it makes your door look more decorated than before. The LED indicator on the main button adds to the beauty of it. Comparatively Skybell HD has the most fascinating design among other video doorbells available in market. Dimension is 2.8 inch or 7.1 cm in diameter and 0.9 inch or 2.2 cm in thickness.

Ring Doorbell

Ring doorbell is more on the bulkier side than other doorbells like Ring pro or Skybell HD. It rectangular in shape and comes in four colors namely satin nickel, black, black-golden and brownish. This product has gone through huge modifications after re-branding process; previously it was known as Doorbot. It has become smaller than its previous version. Its design is not as cool as Skybell HD but it is a decent normal smart door video bell. Moreover it is the oldest version of Ring Doorbells. Its dimension is 4.98 inch x 2.43 inch x 0.87 inch or 12.65 cm x 6.17 cm x 2.21cm.

Ring Doorbell 2

It is just as same as Ring Doorbell. It is bulky, rectangular and normal in appearance. But unlike its predecessor who is available in four colors, it comes only in two colors satin-nickel and black. Dimension is 5.05 inch x 2.50 inch x 1.08 inch or 12.35cm x 6.35cm x 2.74cm.

Ring Doorbell Pro

Ring pro is a modified version of its predecessors. It is perhaps the most attractive, stylish model of Ring products. Designers at Ring Inc have given Ring pro an ultra slim look which might be a result of public feedbacks and demand. It comes in four beautiful colors which add a decorative value to your door frame. Its slim body makes it desirable for those who have a narrow door frame at their house. Its dimension is 4.50 inch x 1.85 inch x 0.80 inch or 11.43cm x 4.67cm x 2.03cm.

2. Audio Quality

Audio quality is important aspect as video doorbells are interactive devices. Audio clarity and quality is necessary.

Skybell

Audio quality and clarity is good in Skybell. As it gives you two way speaking and audio clarity there is a slight audio lagging, as reported by some users and reviewers.

Ring Doorbell, Ring Doorbell 2 and Ring Doorbell Pro

All the Ring Doorbell products have a defining audio clarity and quality with zero lagging problems. So in this aspect Ring products are ahead than that of Skybell HD.

3. Video quality

Video quality is a very important and deciding factor in case of choosing a Video doorbell. As these products are mainly a Video doorbell, therefore the quality of products they offer must be checked and analyzed before buying.

Skybell HD

Skybell HD is gives you HD video Quality up to 1080p. Skybell HD is the only Video Doorbell whose video quality can be altered according to your need. Means if your WIFI connection is slow then you have the option to low your video quality to see who’s at your door. As you can change the video quality according to the speed of your WIFI there is very low possibility of video lagging. Skybell also offers you colored night vision camera so that you get to see visitor at your door at night in full Color HD view. There is an additional feature of zooming; it has 5x zoom capacity. So you zoom from your mobile app to view distant object clearly.  The colored night vision and the adjustable video quality feature give you a straight edge over other Video Doorbell available in market.

Ring Doorbell

Ring doorbell gives you a 720p HD quality with 180 degree wide angle of view. With high brightness and 160 degree of wide angle view it’s a very good Video Doorbell to have as your eyes. But the Ring Doorbell does not have colored night vision facility, so that might be a drawback. But still without colored night vision it will serve your purpose of monitoring. It also offers you 5 zoned customizable motion sensors. There is also live feed option. There is a problem of lagging of video if your WIFI connection is slow as you cannot downgrade your video quality.

Ring Doorbell 2

The Ring doorbell 2 gives you 1080p HD vision on 160 wide angles. Ring 2 has upgraded from 720p to 1080p to give you better quality video experience of your visitor. It also has live monitoring facility, so can check outside your door whenever you want. So you don’t have to wait for an alert of motion or somebody to press the door bell, you can do that on demand. It has infrared night vision camera which serves you well along the night. But the lagging will still be a problem if your WIFI network is slow.

Ring Doorbell pro

The Ring doorbell pro also has 1080p video output with live camera option and it gives you 160 wide angle views. The video quality is better than Ring doorbell. It also has infrared night vision to give you video feeds at night. It has no zooming option like Skybell HD. Otherwise it is a good option to look for. Video might lag if your WIFI connection is slow.

4. Motion sensor

Motion sensor is an excellent that is possessed by all the four Video Doorbells, because everyone comes to your door might not be a good person who rings the bell. Thieves or people of that category generally sneak in silently without your notice. In that case a motion sensor at your door is like a security guard at your door. Whenever it senses unidentified motion it sends you an alert instantly and you can check your door using the live monitoring facility.

Skybell HD

Everyone likes to have additional security. The motion sensor of Skybell HD is good but not customizable like Ring Doorbells. It cannot be customized in to zones like the Ring Doorbells. It has only high, medium and low sensitivity in matter of motion sensing which is normal for any normal household. All the motion sensory part can be controlled by the Skybell app on your mobile.

Ring Doorbell

The ring door bell provides you the extra security with extra control. The Ring doorbell has divided the area of vision into five zones for motion sensor. And you can customize your motion sensor according to your zone of need as high motion sensitive or low motion sensitive. You don’t want unnecessary alerts on your phone.

Ring Doorbell Pro

Ring doorbell pro gives you the control in your hand to set the boundaries of motion sensor through the app. You can even adjust or draw the working area for motion sensor or limit it to the place you want as your high sensitive or medium sensitive zones. You certainly don’t want the walls of your house or the windows to be your high sensitive zones rather than the road the front gate or the garden area in front of your house.

Ring Doorbell 2

Ring doorbell 2 also has customizable motion sensor just as Ring Pro. The application of this motion is almost the same as Ring Pro; you can adjust the area, set sensitive zones etc. Ring products hold an edge over Skybell HD in this feature.

Battery usage

Skybell HD

Skybell HD has a small battery in built but not for powering the device. It is just to regulate the operating in the first place. It is powered by hardwiring and need electricity to operate.

Ring doorbell

Ring doorbell is both powered by hardwired and battery. Batteries are rechargeable with given cable. The manufacturers state that once you charge the battery you won’t have to charge it for almost a year certainly depending on usage and environment. Powering with battery is a plus point because in case of power outage it won’t shut down.

Ring doorbell 2

Just as Ring Doorbell, Ring Doorbell 2 can also be powered with hardwire (8 to 24 VAC) as well as battery. Battery of Ring Doorbell 2 lasts for at least 6 months to 1 year depending upon the usage and working environment.

Ring Doorbell Pro

Unlike other Ring Doorbells, Ring Doorbell Pro is powered by Hardwiring. No battery option is planned for Ring pro by the manufactures. It might be because of the very slim size of the device which can not fit a battery in it. Wiring might be a problem if you are not accustomed to set up electric devices, so the recommendation is to call a professional to set it up.

Other features

There are many other features that are required to be mentioned.

Skybell HD

  1. It has live monitoring facility so that you can keep an eye over your property whenever you like.
  2. Another mentionable feature is cloud recording which is absolutely free so that you can review who had visited your house.
  3. This device works with third party integrating devices like IFTTT, Amazon echo, Nest etc without any trouble.
  4. Skybell has photo snapping option to take pictures of visitors you think are suspicious or unlocks the door.
  5. Skybell HD sends alerts to multiple mobile of other members of your house synced to your device and allow them to answer the doorbell. Multiple devices can be synced to a single account.
  6. Free video recording is a plus point in Skybell HD device.
  7. You might be able to answer all calls at your doorbell while you are out, so Skybell gives you an activity review option. It enables you to check the day’s activity answered video calls, missed visitors and motion detections.
  8. It also has the quiet mode to turn off the ring of the doorbell.
  9. Skybell HD works in extreme weather conditions from -40 degree F to +140 degree F.
  10. Last one is the feature that the Skybell Company provides, it replaces your device free of cost if it is stolen.

Ring Doorbell

  1. Ring doorbell is weather resistant; it can bear temperature from -5 degree F to -120 degree F.
  2. Two way audio is clear as there is noise cancellation feature.
  3. Only Ring devices provide web application. It means you can also monitor from device from web surfing devices.
  4. It offers life time purchase protection and 1 year warranty on parts.
  5. Compatible with IFTTT and wink.
  6. A single app can control multiple Ring products.
  7. Ring Doorbell has two modes of video recording, basic and advanced. Basic will cost you 3$ per month or 30$ per year. Advance protection will cost you 10$ per month or 100$ per year. It stores up to 60 days of video recording.

Ring doorbell 2

Ring Doorbell 2 additional features are same as Ring Doorbell. It has extra live view on demand and two face plates to change the outlook of your device.

Ring Doorbell Pro

Like Ring Doorbell 2, Ring Doorbell has exact same additional features.

Pros and Cons

Skybell HD

Pros

  1. The Skybell HD gives you colored night vision which is of great value. No other product gives you this option.
  2. It allows you to adjust your video quality from low to 1080p, which comes in very handy in case of low internet speed.
  3. Skybell HD gives you lifetime replacement guarantee in case of the Skybell is stolen.
  4. Skybell gives you video quality up to 1080p with 180 degree wide angle.
  5. No video lagging problem is faced so far.
  6. The camera has 5x zooming capacity.
  7. Compatible with Amazon Echo, IFTTT, Nest etc.
  8. Design is very attractive with LED lights.
  9. Free video recording gives it a huge advantage over Ring products.
  10. Works properly in rugged weather conditions.
  11. Two way conversations is a great feature.

Cons

  1. Audio lagging can be a problem if compared to Ring products.
  2. Only powered by hardwire; no battery powered option available till now.
  3. Cannot set zoned motion sensitivity according to your needs.

Ring doorbell

Pros

  1. Great audio quality.
  2. Can be powered by both batteries as well as hardwire.
  3. Once charged the battery won’t have to recharge it for 6-12 months, which is a huge advantage.
  4. Customized motion sensitivity zones.
  5. Video quality is great 720p with 180 degree wide view.
  6. Life time theft protection warranty. 1 year parts protection warranty.
  7. Two types of video recording available for 60 days, basic and advanced.
  8. Comes in 2 colors.
  9. Compatible with IFTTT, Wink etc.

Cons

  1. Video lagging can be a problem because there is no option to downgrade the video quality if WIFI network is slow.
  2. Biggest drawback of Ring doorbell is that you have to pay monthly or yearly for video recording.
  3. No zooming option.
  4. Design is bulkier so fitting in narrow places could be difficult.
  5. Picture quality low as compared to other products mentioned here. Others have 1080p camera whereas Ring Doorbell has 720p.
  6. Infrared night vision is okay but compared to Skybell it is a major setback.

Ring doorbell 2

Pros

  1. Live view in demand option enables you to monitor your area when you like.
  2. Customized motion sensitivity zones.
  3. Video quality is great with 1080p with 160 degree wide view.
  4. Power options are available both in batteries and hardwiring.
  5. Great audio output, which makes two ways talking to visitors a wonderful experience.
  6. Life time theft protection and 1 year parts warranty.
  7. Comes with 4 colors.
  8. Compatible with IFTTT, Wink, Kisi, Lockstate etc.

Cons

  1. Video lagging is problem compared to that of Skybell HD.
  2. Infrared video at night which is an upset compared to color vision of Skybell.
  3. Camera has no zooming options.
  4. Bulky body.
  5. Monthly or yearly payment for video recording.

Ring doorbell Pro:

Pros

  1. Slim body is a major change in Ring Doorbell Pro.
  2. 1080p video quality with 160 degree wide range view.
  3. Excellent motion detection sensors with customizable options.
  4. Great two ways talking facility.
  5. 2 interchangeable face plates.
  6. Compatible with IFTTT, Wink, Mac, windows 10 etc.
  7. Life time theft protection with 1 year parts warranty.

Cons

  1. No battery option is available, powered by electricity only.
  2. Requires wires from early doorbell.
  3. No zooming option.
  4. Working condition of Ring pro is -5 degree F to 120 degree F which is not as much as compared to Skybell HD’s working condition.
  5. Monthly or yearly payment for video recording.
  • Availability

All the products Skybell HD, Ring Doorbell, Ring Doorbell 2 and Ring Doorbell Pro are available at your local electronic stores or you can easily find them online on their official websites and as well as Amazon.com.

2. Installation

Installation of your video doorbell might be a reason to worry if you are a new customer. Most people now a day buy goods online so they might worry how to install it; most of them are afraid to try and install it by themselves because they think they will break it or fry its circuit. Below are installation processes of Skybell HD, Ring doorbell, Ring doorbell 2 and Ring doorbell Pro which will help you to choose your ideal Doorbell.

Skybell HD

Skybell HD is a wired device with no option of battery. First you need to set up the mounting plate of Skybell HD and connect the wires in the required points and then just set the Skybell HD device on the mounting plate. So if are not an expert at wiring and drilling holes, you can call in a professional to do set it up for you. Once it is wired and connected to electricity it will turn on, all you need to do is wait for 10 minutes for charging it up then proceed to sync it with the WIFI of your home and with the mobile app of Skybell HD. Syncing isn’t hard you just need to follow the steps as directed by the mobile app and configure accordingly. After configuring or syncing you won’t miss an alert regarding who’s at your door or any suspicious motion. You can also look for installation videos available at the official website or on Youtube. The installation of Skybell is slightly faster than Ring.

Ring Doorbell

Ring Doorbell can be connected in two ways. Either by hard wiring or by battery, the manufacturers suggest that battery is better, once you charge it fully you won’t have to do it again for 9-12 months. Ring doorbell comes with all accessories to set it up all by yourself. Just download the app and follow the steps as directed there. You can configure it manually from your mobile app; it is very simple just like opening a gmail account. In those steps you need to connect it to your WIFI of your home and it will sync automatically. After that it’s ready to use. Tutorials for set up and installation are available on official website and Youtube.

Ring Doorbell 2

The installation process of Ring doorbell is easy just down load the mobile app on your ios or android device, sign in to it and follow the simple steps directed there. And you can install and setup your device by connecting or syncing it with the WIFI of your house. It is just same as Ring Doorbell. It can also be connected either by hardwire or battery. If any problem occurs you can always call in an expert individual to help you out or check the official website.

Ring Doorbell Pro

Ring doorbell Pro is only powered by hardwire. As it is slim so it will be easy to fit in narrow door frames. Installation can be done in some simple and easy steps. Set up the mounting plate, connect the wires to the plate and fit the Ring doorbell pro on it. After that just download the Ring app on your mobile, sign in to it, give the device a name, add your location, go to the set up mode in the app and then sync the WIFI of your Ring doorbell pro with your phone. Then connect it to the WIFI of your house and you are done. Run a test yourself. Once synced to your phone the Ring Pro will send you alerts of every visitor and trespassers. Installation procedures are available on Youtube and official website.

Conclusion

To conclude things, we can say that all the four video Doorbells have some advantages and disadvantages. If compared in between them Skybell clearly emerges as the winner. But we are not going to persuade you to choose Skybell or Ring Doorbell Pro or the other two. This is the decision that you have to make. Go through the comparison and analysis thoroughly, go through the reviews about the products carefully and decide which product is best for you and is compatible with your home. Hope this post will help you to find answers to your queries. Thank you!

Shubha
 

Howdy, My name is Shubha a blogger, Writer, Web designer, and tech enthusiast. I am an Electrical engineer by education and a blogger, digital marketer by profession.

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