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We've all gotten creative when it comes to finding new ways to keep in touch with our loved ones near and far during the pandemic. Luckily, staying connected safely has never been easier, thanks to the technology available at our disposal.
While a meetup in person will always be the best way to spend time with friends and family, there are plenty of ways to make it simple to keep in touch virtually, from Zoom calls to group chats and everything in between.
For those who are ready to take their video chatting to the next level in 2022, Amazon Canada's current sale on the Facebook Portal Smart Video Calling screen is not to be missed. The device is a whopping 52 per cent off right now, bringing its price down to $119.
How does the Facebook Portal work?
Like other tablets and laptops, the Facebook Portal makes it easy to video chat with crystal-clear images and sound. However, unlike other tablets, the Portal is housed in a durable frame exterior that lets you place it anywhere in your home and feel as if you're enjoying an in-person get-together.
It uses the same Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp technology that you're already familiar with, so you can connect with anyone on your contact list even if they don’t have a Portal device of their own. Augmented reality lets you add fun filters to your calls, and motion sensors ensure that you're always perfectly within frame.
It also comes with built-in Alexa voice assistant, meaning you can control your smart home, check who’s at the front door, listen to your favourite music, watch the news and more. For added privacy, you can also enable and disable video and audio function with a simple switch.
Why shoppers love it
With a 4.4-star average rating based on more than 500 customer reviews, there's no denying that the Facebook Portal is a hit among Amazon shoppers. It's been called the "best smart display for videoconferencing" and "a god-send" for those who may struggle with technology.
According to reviewers, the device is "very user friendly," since you simply need to tap on a contact's name (or photo) in order to make a call. Thanks to its simplicity, many reviewers have even recommended this device as a way for seniors to stay connected.
Other shoppers were impressed by the intuitive design of this device, which makes it feel like you're "inviting people home" rather than video calling. When connected to the Portal TV, you can even cast your calls onto the big screen for a super-sized call.
One of the downsides to this device is that it does need to be plugged in while in use, meaning you'll need to be close by an outlet in order to place your calls.
For those who are looking for a simple and straightforward way to video chat, the Facebook Portal may be the perfect device. It's easy to use, especially if you're already familiar with WhatsApp and Messenger calls, and it's even a top choice for those who are aren't technologically savvy.
Other users have suggested that you may be better off "opting for a tablet" if you plan to take advantage of the other features that the Portal offers, but doesn't quite compete with. However, if all you need is an upgraded way to make video calls, then you can say goodbye to spotty cell phone chats for good with the Facebook Portal.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.