I am an ex IT Exec, and I have done plenty of beta tests throughout my career. I had had friends recommend the device so I picked one up during Black Friday to see what it can do.
I am newly disabled and cannot get around all that well so I rely on deliveries a lot. Amazon Key is a part of Prime that will deliver your items to the inside of your house. Amazon requires you to have one of their cameras inside to make it work. With the Ring, if they rang the doorbell first, you could see the before, during, and after Amazon makes their delivery.
Given my mobility, when someone comes to the door, often times they will leave thinking nobody is home... it is just that I couldn't get to the door in time. Now, I can answer the door, and with IFTTT, and a Schlage smart lock, I can get up and answer the door without risking further injury, panic, etc. I have special needs and my Mom's hands are stronger, but even with that much weakness, I was able to do the install no problem. I have an intercom system that is never turned on, and in spite of all the attempts to get people to use the intercom, everyone just usually yells loudly. So sometimes someone will ring the Ring, and other times they will ring the intercom. Regardless, if you have a stucco house, or if you are unsure because you would have to recharge the Ring, don't worry, Ring anticipated your needs ahead of time. They literally thought of seemingly everything. Tip: To make sure I didn't drill the holes too deep I put a piece of blue masking tape so I could see how far into the door jam I was drilling. The only other thing I can say about installation is I was unsure of the proper height because I wanted it to be ADA compliant. The instructions are potentially long enough that they could print a ruler on one side of the instructions. That way you have a good gauge of where you are from floor to lock height without needing a tape measure. Besides you already have the instructions there. Why can't Ring just make sure the instructions pamphlet was long enough to touch the floor and still have it at the right height. Still, with everything else, you get a level to make sure the Ring is level and not leaning to one side. A drill bit so you're using the right size bit. You even get an extra insert and screw in case you need to replace one or something gets dropped, etc. It is the little details like these which make such a huge difference. I was concerned about the use of security screws because if you have to unscrew the device to recharge it, those security screws can go anywhere. But Ring thought about that too and made sure they don't fall out of the device when you remove the cover to recharge it. To recharge it, you could use a solar panel or use a USB AC adapter as this is a micro USB connection. I wanted to know the Ring if God forbid something happens, I wanted to make sure I invested in a product that would make my life easier without breaking the bank, and one which would be safe and not stolen if installed outside. Tip: I put a little bit of silicone caulking in the holes because I wanted to make sure the mounting bracket didn't go anywhere. I also did it because I was drilling into wood which is always outdoors, and was going to be touched a bunch. Compromising the integrity of wood that is outdoors is asking for dry rot. So I caulked my screw holes. It isn't going anywhere, but if God forbid your Ring grows legs and walks away, Ring will replace it for you. I was interested in making the purchase before, but the more I investigated, the more I felt compelled to get one.
Because we had a Schlage deadbolt previously, installing the new Schlage deadbolt was simple, so I had the new Schlage deadbolt re-keyed to match the existing front door key. We can still program codes, but the convenience of this along with the Ring doorbell are somewhat like having a microwave. Could you go back to living without one? The same holds true for the Ring.
The Kids (octogenarians aka Mom and Dad), insist they can hear the doorbell ring and don't need hearing aids. With the use Philips Hue light bulbs and IFTTT, I have the Ring configured so lights start to flash when someone rings the doorbell.
I have a Wink hub (gen 1), and it found the Ring on the first try. The Wink is a good 30-40 feet away, and had no problems connecting. I have been working on some automation projects and have looked at Home Assistant and HASS.io. I have read the Ring will integrate with Home Assistant too. Bottom line, you get plenty of choices and options as far as home automation is concerned. If you're an Apple user, this is HomeKit aware. I have to do some more tweaking with things at my house, to be able to test everything thoroughly, but this has shown to be very helpful in the few short days I've had it installed.