By far the easiest way I've found to connect with friends and family!
The first time my sister suggested we buy this for our Mom, I'd never heard of it. Assuming Sis knew what she was talking about, I agreed, and we sent this off to Florida - the state where all good New Englanders go when they retire. Not only was Mom wiling to give this a try, she uses it almost daily. That's quite amazing considering it took me years to convince her to switch from a flip phone to a smartphone.
The Portal is incredibly easy to set up. All you have to do is enter your Facebook username and password and BOOM, you're able to call your facebook friends via messenger. Mom was so happy with the Portal and spoke so highly of it that her sister, my sister and I all bought one.
Your friends don't need to own a portal for you to video call them. They can answer your call on a smartphone, tablet or computer as long as they have Facebook messenger installed. We've even had me, Mom, Sis and my Niece video chatting all at the same time with some using Portal, one on her smartphone and one on her computer. It was surprisingly easy to add people to the call with just a click.
One of my favorite features is the Smart Camera. The camera follows you around as you move about the kitchen or living room, so you don't have to sit in one place and stare at the screen. If someone enters the room, the camera automatically widens to get everyone in view. It's as close to being there as you can get.
If you're worried about privacy, Facebook doesn't listen to, view or store the contents of your video calls and there is an attached lens cover if you really want privacy when you're not using it. You can even completely disable the camera and microphone with a single tap.
Portal also has Alexa built it, so if having too many gadgets on your counter is a concern, you can still ask Alexa a question, set a timer, add items to your shopping list, etc.
If you have a Facebook account and want to stay connected with your kids, grandkids, friends and everyone else in a fun and convenient way, give Portal a try!