A quick side-by-side comparison of Nest Cam with The thing is, it really isn't a fully functioning security camera -- which would be a deal breaker if its video quality wasn't so darn impressive.

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This is very similar to Dropcam's original subscription levels, although its lowest tier cost $10 a month for of continuous recording (so you get a few more days of footage for the same price with this new Nest service).

That's decent, but it would be much better if they offered a $5 for 5 days option or something else similarly affordable.

And, if they happened to spend only a few minutes rifling through my stuff before making an escape, I wouldn't get an alert then, either.

This places Nest Cam pretty far on the webcam side of the spectrum, and it also doesn't offer the best value for cloud recording compared with some other models in the same price range.

Just don't expect it to function as I'm a little torn on Nest Cam.

Its specs -- 1080p video (specifically, a 1920x1080, 2-megapixel resolution), night vision, two-way talk, sound and motion alerts, optional Nest Aware cloud services that let you revisit past footage and set activity zones for a fee -- are solid.

So say I triggered a motion alert while I was turning off a lamp in the living room before heading to bed for the night.

If someone broke in 20 minutes later, I wouldn't receive a notification.

The old-fashioned ways of dating - trying to catch the eye of someone in a cafe or scouting for potential partners in a bar - can be fun.