Have you already tried Facebook Portal, a device made for smart video calling? It’s a small revolution when it comes to video calls. Portal allows you to talk to your friends and family as if you were in the same room. The quality of the video and sound is fantastic!
Some people wonder why we would need another video device when we can use our phones for video calls. Well, it’s just not the same! Everyone who has tried it will confirm that the difference is enormous.
Is It Free?
The Facebook Portal is free to use. There’s no monthly fee, and video calls won’t cost you anything. The calls go through Messenger or WhatsApp, and all you need is a good Internet connection.
However, you’ll have to pay for a physical device. It comes in three sizes, and the price depends on which one you choose. You could also buy Portal TV that allows you to have video calls on any smart TV. We’ll talk more about prices later.
In case you’re wondering, the other person doesn’t have to have a Facebook Portal. They need to have one of the mentioned apps. However, if both parties have Portal, there are some additional features. For example, you can watch videos or listen to songs together.
Facebook Portal Devices
As mentioned, you have four different devices at your disposal. Standard features include built-in Alexa support, smart camera, smart sound, and AR experiences. The most significant difference is the size of the display, as well as the size of devices. Let’s explore them together.
The standard model has a 10” HD display. Its size is 7.03” h x 10.23” w x 5.56” d, which makes it convenient. It’s not too big, and you can carry it around. You can buy it for $179. We’ll now explore some of the features that all devices except Portal TV have in common.
The standard Portal comes in two colors – black and white. It’s super easy to use, similar to the vast majority of tablets out there. It offers a high-quality HD adaptive screen that matches the color and lighting of your room.
If you’re worried about privacy, you should know that it’s possible to disable or cover the camera at any given moment.
With Portal Mini, you can do almost everything that you can do with standard Facebook Portal. It has an 8” HD display. It’s also a bit smaller than the standard version. It measures 5.91” h x 8.45” w x 5.0” d, which makes it super convenient. Portal Mini is excellent for people who travel often and want to stay in touch with their loved ones.
You can buy it for $129. Many people first buy Portal Mini, to see what’s it all about. If you decide to upgrade down the line, Portal Mini is always a neat gift for someone in your family.
This one has a vertical 15.6” HD display. Its dimensions are 17.71” h x 5.73” w x 8.78” d. This model has excellent sound, and it’s perfect for those who want a rich sound with ample bass. Its price is a bit higher. It costs $279. Those who have tried it say that the experience you get is worth that price.
Portal TV is a smart device that you can connect to any smart TV. It’s a small black box with a mighty microphone. You can get it for $149.
The best thing is that the whole family is included. It’s as if you were sitting in the same room with your grandparents, even though you’re miles away. You don’t need to move your device to show everyone. It automatically widens or zooms according to how many people are in the room.
We’re finally able to communicate with our loved ones as if they were right in front of us. No more awkward questions like “Do you hear me” every five seconds.
Who Is This Device for?
Facebook Portal is perfect for families who live apart. It’s great if you want to stay in touch with your family and see them every day. It’s also great for couples who work in different cities or states and who want to share every detail of their day with their significant other.
Young couples who moved from their towns or countries and who’re raising kids away from their parents love Facebook Portal. Some grandparents don’t get to see the kids that often, and this is one of the best ways to stay in touch.
There’s another reason why parents like Facebook Portal. They can check up on the youngsters and see if they’re playing video games or studying, even if they’re miles away. That way, you can work and be sure your kids are doing what they’re supposed to.
Facebook Portal allows you to make the best of modern technology without letting it take control of your life.
There’s one great convenience that you’ll have if you purchase Portal directly from Facebook. If you don’t like the device, Facebook offers fast and easy returns within 30 days. It’s good to know this if you change your mind after a while.
Staying in Touch
Facebook Portal has many benefits. It’s convenient, user-friendly, and very modern. But it’s also a reminder that no matter how advanced technology may get, it’ll never be able to replace human relationships.
What apps and devices do you usually use to stay in touch with your family? Would you give Portal a chance? Let us know in the comments section below.