Facebook Portal (2019) review

6.7/10 AVG.
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Specs / Features


Wireless
Wireless Inputs Bluetooth
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile)
Warranty (Months) 12 months
Release date 15-October-2019
Size 45.2 x 66 x 35.8 cm (17.8 x 26 x 14.1 in)
Weight N/A

Critic Reviews


Android Guys

Great device for video chatting

from Android Guys

I’ve decided that the Portal by Facebook fills a void in the market that Google, Amazon, and Apple aren’t doing right now. It’s mainly just for video chatting. And it works near flawlessly with an account that billions of people already are signed up and using.

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I’ve decided that the Portal by Facebook fills a void in the market that Google, Amazon, and Apple aren’t doing right now. It’s mainly just for video chatting. And it works near flawlessly with an account that billions of people already are signed up and using.

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TrustedReviews

Neat hardware, great call quality

from TrustedReviews

The Facebook Portal is a good device for family members who want to stay in touch, as well as Facebook video-chatting die-hards – but it doesn’t have much to offer outside of those walls. The camera tech is impressive and the new design is a winner, but this smart display is quite limited and the competition is far better.

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The Facebook Portal is a good device for family members who want to stay in touch, as well as Facebook video-chatting die-hards – but it doesn’t have much to offer outside of those walls. The camera tech is impressive and the new design is a winner, but this smart display is quite limited and the competition is far better.

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Input

A great way to stay in touch that’s 10 years too late

from Input

I’ve spent several months trying to figure out who the Portal is for. The obvious answer is for parents or grandparents (Facebook’s imagery on the box is a dead giveaway) who are likely to be less tech-savvy but still want an easy way to stay in touch with friends and family with video calls....More

I’ve spent several months trying to figure out who the Portal is for. The obvious answer is for parents or grandparents (Facebook’s imagery on the box is a dead giveaway) who are likely to be less tech-savvy but still want an easy way to stay in touch with friends and family with video calls. The Portal only really makes sense if you spend a lot of time at home, use Messenger or WhatsApp a lot, and store your photos on Facebook and want to see them displayed in a frame. Which is a pretty specific and limited set of needs.

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Digital Trends

For Facebook fans only

from Digital Trends

I liked the $179 10-inch Portal better than expected. It’s perfect for video calls thanks to its dynamic camera, exceptional audio performance, and the fun you can have using the AR effects. It’s also a sharp looking digital photo frame that does justice in showcasing photos I’ve posted. Th...More

I liked the $179 10-inch Portal better than expected. It’s perfect for video calls thanks to its dynamic camera, exceptional audio performance, and the fun you can have using the AR effects. It’s also a sharp looking digital photo frame that does justice in showcasing photos I’ve posted. The Portal’s functionality is more limited than Amazon and Google alternatives, however, with fewer apps and less robust web browsing.

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The Ambient

Great camera, but not as smart as its rivals

from The Ambient

 The new Portal looks better, but it won't do much to allay privacy concerns for those who don't trust Facebook. And despite the Alexa integration it just doesn't feel all that smart. But the principal purpose of Portal is video calling, and it does that really well – now with WhatsApp to boot. 

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 The new Portal looks better, but it won't do much to allay privacy concerns for those who don't trust Facebook. And despite the Alexa integration it just doesn't feel all that smart. But the principal purpose of Portal is video calling, and it does that really well – now with WhatsApp to boot. 

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Mobile Syrup

The smart display for your mom

from Mobile Syrup

The Portal is a great product, but take stock of how you want to use a smart display before you buy the device. It's less of the perfect assistant and more of the ideal family communication tool.

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The Portal is a great product, but take stock of how you want to use a smart display before you buy the device. It's less of the perfect assistant and more of the ideal family communication tool.

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PC Magazine

Easy-to-use solution for remote workers conferencing

from PC Magazine

The Facebook Portal is an attractive, Alexa-compatible smart display that works better as a video conferencing solution for the office than a personal communication device.

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The Facebook Portal is an attractive, Alexa-compatible smart display that works better as a video conferencing solution for the office than a personal communication device.

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Mashable

We're still not sure who really needs it

from Mashable

Facebook's new Portal works just fine, but it's a tough sell in a world where most devices can already do these things.

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Facebook's new Portal works just fine, but it's a tough sell in a world where most devices can already do these things.

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Pocket-lint

Surprisingly loud and capable speaker

from Pocket-lint

Facebook Portal is a potentially interesting smart display if you love Messenger and WhatsApp video calls. The calling experience is quality but the smart home functionality might be a bit lacking for some.

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Facebook Portal is a potentially interesting smart display if you love Messenger and WhatsApp video calls. The calling experience is quality but the smart home functionality might be a bit lacking for some.

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Wired

Affordable, attractive, improved privacy features

from Wired

As a potential hub for your home, the Portal has limited functionality, but it can connect to Alexa. The speaker doesn’t sound nearly as good as the Sonos Play:1 that I already have in my kitchen. But I do really like having a dedicated video phone, and it's even more useful if, like me, you...More

As a potential hub for your home, the Portal has limited functionality, but it can connect to Alexa. The speaker doesn’t sound nearly as good as the Sonos Play:1 that I already have in my kitchen. But I do really like having a dedicated video phone, and it's even more useful if, like me, you have far-flung family members that use Facebook or WhatsApp as their primary means of communication—something that Facebook surely knows, because the Portal is also available in a bunch of other countries, including Australia, Canada, and France.

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