Facebook Portal

Smart, hands-free calling, with Alexa built in

0.6/5
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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.

20 Reviews
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  • Nick Georgiou
    Nick GeorgiouDeveloper, Firecannon
    Pros: 

    Good for hands-free communication.

    Cons: 

    Inferior to a mobile which you can just take anywhere.

    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.

    1. Trust

    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.

    Nick Georgiou has never used this product.
  • Radu Vladislav
    Radu Vladislav🛠️ Building up Backpacker Chart 🏝️
    Pros: 

    None

    Cons: 

    Privacy

    After all the scandal you'd be insane to place (read buy) a fb camera + and amazon mic in your house. They are just teaming up to gather data so they'll know every f#$%#% little thing about you.

    Never used. Never will.

    Radu Vladislav has never used this product.
  • Martijn Wismeijer
    Martijn WismeijerThey promised us free Bitcoin!
    Pros: 

    None

    Cons: 

    It's facebook

    Can't believe fb wants us to purchase this when Marc Zuckerberg tapes his webcam on his cellphone to prevent camera recordings. Downright creepy, the first product on product hunt I'm down voting.

    Martijn Wismeijer has never used this product.
  • Pros: 

    We move closer and closer to a future where screens are everywhere

    Cons: 

    It's from Facebook

    Facebook is still fighting with rumors that their app doesn't keep the microphone on and listen in on conversations. (Remember when people talk about something and suddenly it appears as a ad in their newsfeed?)

    Without basic features like web navigation - it's really hard to recommend it vs it's competitors like the Amazon Show, or even a Chromebook.

    Rocky Kev has never used this product.
  • Miloc Belcevic
    Miloc Belcevictouch for stories ♡ for startups.
    Pros: 

    Could be handy for hands-free communication

    Cons: 

    Don't see why it's better than a smartphone we take with us anyway; not sure if users would like Facebook's cam and mic in the house

    I think it's not completely natural solution, and gives few advantages compared to a smartphone. Also not sure if people would be keen to use it in general, and especially not now after all the privacy issues and scandals with FB.

    Miloc Belcevic has never used this product.
  • Pros: 

    Living away from my family, this is great to have a hands free, dedicated big screen

    Cons: 

    Limited to Messenger contacts

    I'm not sure why people are concerned with FB privacy over companies like Google (Google+ leak and they know way more about you through search). For my kids to be able to interact easily with grandparents overseas this is a perfect device. Agree that its not suited for every household though.

    Andy Boyatzis has never used this product.
  • Pros: 

    N/A for me

    Cons: 

    N/A for me

    I don't trust facebook leadership to be disciplined with this type of product which can be quite invasive.

    Kevin McMullan has never used this product.
  • J Keith Hall
    J Keith HallCo-Founder & Developer, theWTFactory
    Pros: 

    I don’t see any at all, it’s yet another device to take up time, Monty, and space that I don’t need

    Cons: 

    It Facebook which I have an account with but don’t ever use and it’s a device that doesn’t solve anyone’s problems at all

    What is this good for/

    J Keith Hall has never used this product.
  • Christian Giordano
    Christian GiordanoProduct Designer
    Pros: 

    Useful for keeping families connected

    Cons: 

    Do we really need a dedicated hardware for that?

    What can possibly go wrong? Why would you need hardware camera block? Unless security...

    Christian Giordano has never used this product.
  • anand muglikar
    anand muglikarCEO @StomatoBot1 Your Digital WatchMan
    Pros: 

    none

    Cons: 

    privacy

    doesn't seem like something i'll use in this life.

    anand muglikar has never used this product.
  • Rajat
    RajatCurious.
    Pros: 

    None

    Cons: 

    Cannot trust Facebook

    Never used this device and probably will never use it because I don't trust Facebook at all.

    Rajat has never used this product.
  • Pros: 

    None

    Cons: 

    The + design looks terrible and since it uses Alexa it's basically a phone you can't take anywehre.

    The + design looks terrible and since it uses Alexa it's basically a phone you can't take anywehre.

    David Alexander has never used this product.
  • Baxter Baxter
    Baxter BaxterCreator, Breath Taking Concepts
    Pros: 

    possible tax write off for FB, but no pros for the consumer

    Cons: 

    Plenty. Including the world not needing another screen, Especially a mono-functional one

    FB is smart enough to know this won’t work, so I’m left what’s in it for them to lose such a chunk of change.

    Baxter Baxter has never used this product.
  • M Sh
    M ShN/a
    Pros: 

    Any?

    Cons: 

    Facebook in our living rooms or kitchens? No war

    Another privacy debacle in waiting

    M Sh has never used this product.
  • Pros: 

    There are no pros to this

    Cons: 

    Facebook misuses my personal information

    I cannot trust facebook

    Dr. G has never used this product.
  • Erin Delacroix
    Erin DelacroixEntrepreneur
    Pros: 

    None

    Cons: 

    Material and energy waste

    Please devote resources towards solving a real world problem. I would not consider buying this redundancy.

    Erin Delacroix has never used this product.
  • Álvaro Farforio
    Álvaro FarforioLost in the digital world.
    Pros: 

    Nothing

    Cons: 

    It's Facebook

    Just allow Facebook to get a mic and a camera in your home. I would never do that!

    Álvaro Farforio has never used this product.
  • Pros: 

    world's most advanced data-vacuuming adtech

    Cons: 

    no no no

    Facebook has gone off the deep end

    Alec Foster has used this product for one day.
  • Pros: 

    dedicated device for FB...

    Cons: 

    not practical to take it any where...

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    Gtr Crypt has never used this product.
  • Pros: 

    Ease and convenient

    Cons: 

    Privacy

    Don't like having open camera to your home with today's times

    Brittany Yauslin Hansche has never used this product.