Connecting through Portal feels like being together in the same room, even when you’re far apart. And Portal makes it easier to connect more regularly with the most important people in your life.
Here are my 4 biggest issues with Facebook Portal. This gets ranty, I'm sorry. I like to see a big company trying new things but I don't think this is the right vision for the future.
Do people trust Facebook enough with their data to want to put Facebook's camera and microphone in their home? I don't think so.
2. Proprietary platforms
Aren't we sick of proprietary platforms? What happened to standards? You can't call anyone who isn't on Facebook or Messenger. Plus, you're tied down to Alexa. That doesn't seem very user-friendly. Remember when it was a big deal that IE had a massive market share and was installed into Windows? At least you could download other browsers.
3. Lack of mobility
You need to be in a room to call someone? Seems a bit '90s. A phone lets you go anywhere and call people wherever you are.
4. Form factor
Facebook wants you to add a whole new immobile screen when you already have a massive TV in your living room.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out. I certainly won't be buying a Facebook Portal, but I'll be observing with bated breath to see the reception of the public.
Good for hands-free communication.
Inferior to a mobile which you can just take anywhere.