It’s been over a year since the novel coronavirus pandemic began, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s to never take the company of my loved ones for granted.
Before COVID-19, I never had to think twice about visiting friends and family. Now every thought of close contact comes with a twinge of worry. But even when I can’t be with them in person, I don’t have to miss those special moments thanks to Portal from Facebook.
Confession: I’ve never been a huge fan of video calls. But like millions of others this year, I’ve adapted while working from home. I also found myself in need of something reliable for work calls, and Portal proved the perfect device.
Portal makes it easy to video chat not only through Facebook Messenger, but WhatsApp and Zoom as well! I’m a Zoom gal myself, so while feeling lonely one Sunday afternoon, I set up a virtual meeting with my mom, sister, and brother-in-law. I hadn’t seen my sister in weeks, but we laughed and chatted as if we hadn’t missed a beat! It was like I was right there with them. And I didn’t feel so alone.
Not only do I feel more connected than ever, but I’m using my Portal every day — and not just for video calling! Here are a few of my favorite features:
The call quality. After switching from an old laptop to the 10-inch Portal, I was blown away by the difference! Calls were crisp and clear through the HD display, and the audio was surprisingly powerful. Plus, the smart camera tracks your movements so you can move and talk freely.
The privacy switch. Being able to cover the camera is a must for me. With Portal, it’s as simple as sliding a switch! You can also disable the microphone the same way, controlling who sees or hears you.
The music. Connect your Spotify or Pandora account and jam out to your favorite tunes! The Portal display comes with a subwoofer on the back and works beautifully as a speaker.
All the extras. Use voice commands with Alexa Built-in, display your photos, and read along to the tales your kiddos love with Story Time. You can also connect to your accounts from Portal’s growing list of partners, including Zoom, YouTube, and iHeartRadio.
Here’s another cool feature: You can call friends and family even if they don’t already have a Portal. But that doesn’t mean they don’t want one themselves! Get $50 off any two Portals and give the priceless gift of connection today.
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(Please note: Portal requires a wireless internet connection and Facebook or WhatsApp account.)
This post was sponsored by our friends at Portal from Facebook.
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