In terms of the look, these two smart doorbells have a very high degree of similarity. The 360 smart doorbell consists of two parts – the ‘doorbell host’ and the ‘signal base station’. The latter also carries the doorbell indoor speaker and the local storage device. The Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell consists of a doorbell and a doorbell receiver. The latter is more like a speaker inside the door, which can transmit the information of the doorbell to the room. This is one of the most basic functions of the smart doorbell.
Both models use white and black color options. But the size of 360 smart doorbell is obviously larger than that of Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell. Both use 3M stickers. So fixing and installing are relatively simple. This also brings a lot of convenience to users. Of course, there is also the risk of being stolen. For this reason, 360 smart doorbell and Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell have joined the demolitions alarm function. To some extent, the risk of theft is reduced.
Compared with the traditional doorbell, the biggest advantage of the smart doorbell is undoubtedly the addition of the display function on the basis of the doorbell. The user can grasp the situation outside the door at home, prevent the occurrence of dangerous situations, and realize the purpose of remote monitoring of home security. So the clarity of the video is undoubtedly the most important ‘hardware’ basis.
According to the official data, the 360 smart doorbell resolution reaches 1536 x 1376, which is about 2.11MP. The Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell’s resolution is 1280 x 720, which is about 0.9MP. In the actual samples, we can see the former one provides a better recording than the latter in terms of video clarity. The 360 smart doorbell can shot clearer the objects in the distance, and it also has better performance in night vision mode.
In addition to video clarity, the viewing angle directly affects the shooting of the smart doorbell. So considering the complex use of the doorbells, the larger wide-angle lens can also bring a larger shooting area. Thus, when a smart doorbell comes with a lens that has a relatively small angle of view, the area closer to the doorbell won’t be photographed causing a ‘blind spot’. Especially for users with children at home, choosing a larger wide-angle lens can also prevent the child from being in the blind spot of monitoring. On the other hand, the larger viewing angle lens will capture the full picture of tall visitors within a very close distance, which brings more security.
The current mainstream storage methods are undoubtedly two types of local storage and cloud storage. Each of these two methods has its own advantages. The storage cost of local storage is lower, and it is not limited by network signals. Though the security of cloud storage is higher, the cost of use is higher as well. This causes a certain economic burden for ordinary household users.
Although the frequency of use of smart doorbells is relatively low, the power supply will have a great impact on battery life. The 360 smart doorbell uses a 5000mAh large-capacity lithium battery, of which the standby time can reach about 6 months. The charging is more convenient, and the lithium battery will provide a better output durability and voltage stability.
In contrast, the Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell is powered by four No.5 alkaline dry batteries that are convenient to replace. But agree frequent battery replacement will cause some troubles for users. In addition, considering that smart doorbells are generally installed in an outdoor environment, in the north, there may be cases when the outdoor temperature in winter is very low (for example, below 10°C). And as the alkaline dry batteries are prone to the rapid decay of power, it will result in the doorbell’s battery life to shorten. This will affect the user’s experience.
We are dealing with smart products/smart cameras. This simply means one of the main advantages and selling points of any smart doorbell is the ability to view what’s outside in real time. Both smart doorbells can initiate video viewing through the app. As for the 360 smart doorbell, it passes through the indoor unit (communication gateway), communicates with the home router and a built-in customized private protocol, enables real-time viewing, and applies outdoor video calls from visitors. So it is more convenient to use.
The Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell also supports direct video conversations with remote visitors, and also set the Xiao AI speaker to ring the doorbell message, promptly remind the baby not to open the door to strangers. In addition, the Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell also supports the view of the door through the Mijia app. However, since it adopts the power-saving protection design, after opening the app interface, it takes a while to enter the real-time video interface. (When there is an abnormal movement in front of the door, it will be triggered to view the situation outside the door in real time.) The use of fluency will be affected to some extent. The Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell has a very interesting ‘Variable Voice’ function. When turned on, you can change the voice into ‘Male Voice’ or ‘Female Voice’ to deal with many special scenes.
As the doorbells are fixed on the doors outside and many doors are made of metal, the doorbells may suffer of a relatively low WiFi signal problem. Thus, it will cause a certain shielding effect on the WiFi signal, thereby affecting the stability of the video. That’s why the 360 smart doorbell has added the signal base station, which has a separate network card and WiFi antenna, thus ensuring the stability of smart doorbell video transmission. As for the Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell, it is still connected to the router through the doorbell itself. When it is away from the router or the WiFi signal is weak, it will have a certain impact on the stability of video transmission.
Finally, in terms of price, the official price of the 360 smart doorbell set version (including indoor unit and WiFi enhancement) is 349 yuan ($50), while the Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell set version (including the doorbell receiver) is priced at 299 yuan ($43).
The two products actually have the same product positioning, and both of them adopt the combination with the traditional doorbell. Of course, both models can help you monitor the situation at the door, but there are still many differences between the two. The Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell has the ecological chain advantage of ‘Mijia’. It is very convenient to connect and set up. It can also achieve good interaction with Xiao AI smart speaker, and also adds the fun function of ‘Variable Voice’.
The 360 smart doorbell is even better in hardware performance, including the higher video clarity, viewing angle is larger, the power supply mode, and the signal transmission stability. The 360 smart doorbell also takes into account the actual scene requirements of the user, and adds the WiFi signal base station, thus ensuring the stability of the smart doorbell signal.