I’ve had my eye on the Portal by Facebook and finally got one. I’m in love.
While it’s super useful in so many ways, I keep mine in my kitchen and consider it one of my most favorite kitchen gadgets!
Here are my top reasons why your kitchen needs a Facebook Portal.
I love how it keeps me connected to friends and family and puts awesome resources right at my fingertips! And I have a deal for you. Read on!
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What is Facebook Portal
The easiest way to explain the Facebook Portal is that it is similar to an iPad that needs to be plugged in.
It’s a device that can be used either horizontally or vertically and has a beautiful display screen.
It’s considered a smart display so keep that in mind when thinking about the ways you can use it.
This device allows you to make video calls (via Facebook Messenger or the What’s App app), search the web, use certain apps, play music, digital photo frame and more!
The Portal from Facebook makes it easy to stay connected to the friends and family you interact with online and off.
How does Facebook Portal work
The Portal device works in conjunction with your Facebook account to connect you to your contacts, photos and more.
But the Portal does more than just play with Facebook.
Connecting to your account makes it super easy to access your contacts so that you can video chat with them.
It’s easy to set up and just takes a few minutes and a wifi signal to get started.
Do you need a Facebook account to use Portal
You do not need a Facebook account in order to use the Portal. You can also log in with a What’s App log in and make video calls through that interface.
But whoever you want to video chat with will need either a Facebook or What’s App account, but they don’t need to have a Portal device.
5 ways I use the Portal by Facebook in my kitchen
While this smart display can be used in any room in the house, I was so excited to put it in my kitchen.
And that was before I even knew all the things it can do.
I’ve been chatting with my best friend, who lives in Texas, throughout the quarantine. We often Facetime when I’m prepping dinner.
But most of the time she had to chat to a blank screen as I moved about the kitchen getting dinner made.
1. Video chatting
I was really interested in how the video chatting would work. And I have to say, I’m super impressed.
When using the Portal horizontally, the camera captures almost my entire kitchen.
The camera quality is really nice and it does really well with not super bright lighting conditions.
If you double-tap your face, it sets the camera to that as the main subject and as you move around, the camera will follow you. This is so cool.
The range isn’t 360, but it can keep me in the frame almost the whole call when I’m in front of the device.
I’ve only used it in conjunction with people chatting on the Messenger app and it’s super easy!
They’ve commented that they like the photo from my end better than Facetiming.
The device means I can be completely hands-free in the kitchen, thanks to the basic “Hey Portal” commands which is perfect because I often have to call my mom to get clarification on a family recipe.
The above photo is my kids talking to their grandma’s dog. Also known as my sister…
It’s a little hard to see in the image but both kids fit easily into the frame and when I was chatting, I fit comfortably in there too.
The back of the Portal has a nice sized speaker that makes the sound quality really nice.
It’s super easy to hear and hold a conversation no matter what I’m doing in the kitchen.
Which leads me to my second point.
2. Spotify on Portal
I love to listen to music when I’m cooking. And I used to have to connect to a small speaker via Bluetooth and my phone that we take to the beach with us.
Having Spotify on the Portal is so awesome (it also has Pandora)! I can easily access my playlists and listen while I’m in the kitchen.
My oldest son also turns it on whenever he’s in the kitchen. The sound is good enough to carry to the Dining Room when we eat dinner.
But the Portal can also easily be moved around the house.
It must be plugged in to work, but once the set up is done, it’s done. I know I’ll be moving this around with me.
I’ve used it so much since I got it.
3. Apps like Pinterest and YouTube
The Portal offers a small selection of Apps but also has full internet capabilities.
I added Pinterest so that I can easily browse my recipe boards when I need cooking inspiration.
I keep YouTube on the home page so I can easily look up how-to videos for cutting vegetables and other kitchen techniques.
You can access a few apps (I think they are planning to release more) or locate a page on the internet and then set it as a bookmark on your home page.
It makes things super convenient!
4. Streaming shows and news
If I’m not listening to music, I’m watching the news while I cook. On the Portal, I can pull up the CNN page and watch news live. It’s so great!
I used to have to bring in my laptop to watch but now I basically have a mini TV to watch on.
I have the 10″ screen which is the perfect size. It’s easy to see the screen and read captions.
But I can also access streaming services should I decide to watch a TV show while I cook. It happens. If I’m mid-binge and need to start dinner, I can now do it seamlessly!
5. Alexa compatible
The Portal connects with Alexa! While my home isn’t all that smart, it does offer all the same commands that you can do with an Amazon Echo.
So if I had a Ring device at the front door I’d be able to see who is at the door right from the kitchen.
Also, I can use this feature to work on a shopping list. I can use voice commands to add things to my grocery list which is super helpful!
Facebook Portal Review
I really love my Facebook Portal. Is it life-changing? No. Is it a super convenient tool that makes being in the kitchen more fun. Absolutely.
Along with the things I mentioned above, the Portal also has a few games and also some AI apps, like Storytelling (which is like karaoke for reading stories mixed with filters that turn you into the character) and Photobooth that are fun to play with.
It pulls photos from you Facebook account and turns them into a slideshow while the device is in sleep mode.
You can also connect it to Instagram and control which images it shows.
I feel really good about the privacy. Or, I should say, as good as I can about privacy for an online device with a camera and microphone.
The Portal does have a control that physically covers the camera and turns off the mic when you don’t want it on.
I usually leave it off. This means that I have to turn that on when I want to use voice commands. No biggie.
And, while I haven’t tried it yet, the Portal makes it really easy to go live on Facebook. You get an awesome camera with smart sound control (which helps filter out background noise).
I know there are tons of other features on the Portal. Head to their site to check them all out.
Facebook Portal Price
You may be able to find deals on the Portal on other sites, but I think they are typically the best on the Portal site.
The 10″ version that I have is $179. But right now you can get $50 off when you buy any two devices. No code needed!
You get free shipping even if you are sending the devices to 2 different addresses. And shipping took less than a week.
This is a great gift idea for grandparents!
The Portal is available in 8″, 10″ Portal+ which is 15.6″.
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I’m really loving my Portal by Facebook. Do you have one? What’s your favorite feature!