I’ve never actually seen one (apart from on the shelf at Best Buy) but I assumed you could make them somewhat incognito.
I’d rather have something ring my phone compared to the obnoxious doorbell I have in my flat right now. I realise I could just buy and install a less obnoxious doorbell, but if I have to go to all that effort I’d like to replace it with tech - ideally something with an API.
The ring doorbells came from a Kickstarter called doorbot and the hardware hasn’t changed internally much since. Poor WiFi antenna, and underpowered so it takes them several seconds to detect motion… uploaded to a server then supposed to notify your mobile but often takes 30-60 seconds to do so. Basically what you have is a doorbell that tells you that callers just gave up and left
I was waiting for nest to produce theirs so I could rip the ring doorbell out… but if Amazon can sort out the server side it might even become useful. Can’t fix the rubbish motion detect without new hardware though.