Facebook’s Portal And Portal+ Reviewed

Facebook hasn’t found its place in hardware, but it’s getting closer.

Unlike Apple, Amazon or even Google, Facebook has struggled to find a hardware product with mass appeal. It has a niche virtual reality business with Oculus VR. And, it partnered with HTC in 2013 to launch a phone that ultimately flopped.

Now, Facebook is trying hardware again with two new devices, the Portal and Portal+ smart screens, which are the company’s version of devices like the Amazon Echo Show and Google Home Hub, and available beginning Thursday.

There are two models, the $199 Portal with a 10.1-inch screen and the $349 Portal+ with a larger 15.6-inch screen that rotates. They’re meant to be smart displays, but with a focus on video chat through Facebook’s Messenger service.

The video chat experience is fantastic, with excellent video quality, top-notch microphones and great speakers. But compared with products by Amazon and Google, the Portal and Portal+ need to do more. Plus, a lot of people are seriously concerned about Facebook’s record when it comes to data privacy.

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Facebook Portal Review – Great For Video Calls But Lacks Compelling Features


HDaviator says:

Get that thing as far away from me as possible.

ramos ramirez says:

The wet dream of the cia and nsa.

Paper Dragon says:

They should have called it Instagram Portal and pretend the focus is awesome selfies and live streams. Then they would get that camera in your house.

wildreams says:

But you don’t need Facebook to use messenger.

ID-ERROR 404 says:

I don’t trust Facebook

LF says:

I’ll buy for each of my family on this holiday. pretty handy + the story telling would help me develop some story time for business.

4,999,999 Subscribers says:

Stay clear

DreBone1986 says:

Why would I pay $350 for any device that only makes video calls on one platform, also aren’t you Facebook, you know the people that does this for free anyway? Plus that whole thing where you sell my information to the highest bidder doesn’t help, company more blind than Trump about how the public views them, SMH

Tramaine Terrance says:

Hello, Humans. Sometimes in life, two random black guys leave a comment. Everything is a mystery, until it isn’t.


Sam Finance Tech says:

Good try for FB to enter hardware space…

Scott Cornelius says:

Can’t you do most of Portal’s features on your iPhone? I really don’t see this product becoming popular.

dajetmiko says:

People complain about facebook yet (majority of them) still uses instagram

Quick Fix - Thought Provoking Videos says:

Facebook uses your phone camera and microphone to track you and target you. What do you think it’s gonna do with this Portal to your place?


Yeah. A Facebook spy device.

LiS Wright says:

Sorry but I don’t need another device. What happened to Zoom, Skype and Facetime for talking to people?


Yeah….No Thanks

Tony Banks says:

Besides the “active camera” feature, it gets pretty boring. When you guys review these gadgets, please talk about what we’re interested in: Can we use Alexa to turn on our tv? Can we use Alexa to access Netflix? Can it handshake with my other WIFi devices? Example: “Hey, Alexa: Turn the lights off in the kitchen and turn the heat up to 74 degrees”. Can I view who’s at my front door by accessing Ring Doorbell? Can I cast a video from my smartphone to the Portal or from the Portal to my tv? Can I broadcast a voice message from one Portal to another Portal device in a different room? These are the things we need to know if we’re gonna shell out a minimum $200 dollars…

Tommy's Turnout Tips says:

As soon as I found out it used Alexa I knew I needed one!

47crazed says:

or just get an ipad air or ipad mini

Ari Edson says:

This is literally taken out of George Orwells 1984. It’s just creepy.

roufdrapht says:

If you buy this device, please do not breed.

Green Brain Seaside says:

who in their sane mind would get a surveillance device from none other then Facebook 🙂 as if they aren’t doing enough tracking already.

Anthony C says:

Majority of Facebook users are at or near the poverty line and have very low IQ. This product will not sell well

Maryna Medvedieva says:

Who will buy it, really. Everyone has camera on the phone

John Gyver says:

I wouldn’t put that thing in my house even if it was free.

S.B.G says:

Its a tablet with amovinv camera

John barfneck says:

portal so hackers can see eveything you have in your home with out having too break in?????????????????????? and too see if your alone in the house or if the house is empty………pure genius…………..???????


Facebook is crap

Muhammad Ali says:

Here is a product that I will never put in my home. Surly the camera and mic will be used to gather more data about the users.

GAMESupporter Gaming says:

It’s a portal to Zuckerberg and his buddies at the CIA and FBI to your house, probarly has like a 90 MP Camera for telling awesome spy pics of u

Calvin Ryu says:

So why do we need this?

All in one Vicky tips and tricks says:

First viewer Yo Yo honey singh

Sayak Das says:

No, Sir. We didn’t know when we signed up for Facebook as and didn’t think about for a second what we were giving away. Now, for one and half years, I haven’t liked any sort of products or pages in Facebook

Mario Angel Ruiz says:

Kinda stupid

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