Have you already tried Facebook Portal, a device made for smart video calling? This is a minor revolution when it comes to video calls. Portal lets you talk to your friends and family as if you were in the same room. Video and audio quality is great!
Some people wonder why we need another video device when we can use our phones for video calls. It’s not the same thing! Anyone who tries it will confirm that the difference is huge.
Is it free?
The Facebook Portal is free to use. There are no monthly fees and video calls don’t cost you anything. Calls are made via Messenger or WhatsApp and all you need is a good Internet connection.
However, you will have to pay for a physical device. It comes in three sizes and the price depends on which one you choose. You can also purchase Portal TV, which lets you make video calls on any smart TV. We’ll talk about prices later.
If you’re wondering, the person in front of you doesn’t have to have a Facebook Portal. They must 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 audio and AR experiences. The most important difference is the size of the screen and the size of the devices. Let’s explore them together.
The standard model has a 10” HD screen. It measures 7.03” h x 10.23” w x 5.56” d, which makes it useful. It is not very big and you can carry it with you. You can buy it for $179. Now we will explore some of the common features of all devices except Portal TV.
The Standard Portal comes in two colors – black and white. It is very easy to use, similar to the vast majority of tablets out there. It offers a high quality HD adaptive display that matches the color and lighting of your room.
If you are concerned about privacy, you should know that it is possible to disable or turn off the camera at any time.
With Portal Mini you can do almost anything you can do with the standard Facebook Portal. It has an 8” HD screen. It is also slightly smaller than the standard version. It measures 5.91” h x 8.45” w x 5.0” d, which makes it super useful. Portal Mini is perfect for those who travel frequently and want to stay in touch with their loved ones.
You can buy it for $129. Many people buy the Portal Mini first to see what it’s all about. If you decide to upgrade to the lowest level, the Portal Mini is always an elegant gift for someone in your family.
It has a vertical 15.6” HD display. Its dimensions are 17.71” h x 5.73” w x 8.78” d. This model has an excellent sound and is perfect for those who want a rich sound with plenty of bass. The price is slightly higher. It costs $279. Those who have tried say that the experience you get is worth the price.
Portal TV is a smart device that you can connect to any smart TV. A small black box with a powerful microphone. You can get it for $149.
The best thing is that the whole family is involved. It’s like sitting in the same room as your grandparents, even if you’re miles away. You don’t have to move your device to show it to everyone. It automatically expands or zooms in depending on how many people are in the room.
Finally, we can communicate with our loved ones as if they were right in front of us. No awkward questions like “Can you hear me” every five seconds.
Who Is This Device For?
The Facebook Portal is perfect for families living apart. This is 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 want to share every detail of their day with their sweethearts.
Young couples who have moved from their town or country and are raising their children away from their parents love Facebook Portal. Some grandparents don’t see their kids that often, and this is one of the best ways to stay in touch.
There’s another reason why parents love Facebook Portal. They can check on teens and see if they’re playing video games or studying, even if they’re miles away. That way you can work and make sure your kids are doing what they’re supposed to be doing.
Facebook Portal lets you get the most out of modern technology without letting it take control of your life.
There is a great convenience you will have if you buy Portal directly from Facebook. If you don’t like the device, Facebook offers quick and easy returns within 30 days. It’s good to know if you change your mind after a while.
Stay in touch
Facebook Portal has many benefits. It is convenient, user-friendly and very modern. But it’s also a reminder that no matter how advanced technology is, it can never 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.