Keeping Family Connected with Portal From Facebook

Keeping Family Connected with Portal From Facebook

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Imagine living miles upon miles away from family that you care so deeply for, especially with the upcoming holidays. Things can get pretty sad and dreary. We love that with the new Portal from Facebook that families can be closer than ever even when the miles seem to feel so far apart.


This is video calling to the next level with units that can be used on your television or even just on a tabletop. I love that they are not so expensive that the average family can’t afford them. The Mini Portal is currently only $129 and the Portal TV is $149. These come with Alexa built in and who doesn’t love good ole Alexa?!?!

I think for me the tabletop version would be the best to have. I could literally sit in our recliner in the comfort of my own home while the kids are playing and watching television and talk to family that the miles separate. The Mini Portal and others like it are able to be used in portrait or landscape and the video quality seems to be top notch from online reviews. I love that there are AR games as well which are often fun to play with younger family members.

Before my sister moved closer I chatted with my niece quite often via Facebook Messenger. We were able to stay in touch, I could watch her grow and even play with some face filters and play the AR games to make sure that our relationship continued to grow even when we couldn’t see each other due to a 3 hour drive each way. I am happy to say that I feel these calls and video chats made things great when we were in person because there was no awkward tension with the kids because they already knew each other from the video chats. They picked up right where they left off, except in person.


What are you waiting for? The time is ticking with holidays fast approaching and what better way to spend a Christmas that may not have been much fun than watching family members opening their gifts from afar and sharing the love and laughter of the holiday season.

Want in on another great little tip? Currently there is a giveaway #ConnectWithPortal

  • Three (3) winners will receive a 10″ Portal from Facebook, valued at $179.00 each.
  • Users enter the giveaway by heading to the Portal merchant page on and submitting their email address on the form on the page.
  • The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Monday, October 21st via the email address they used to enter.
  • See complete Official Rules for entry instructions, full prize descriptions, restrictions and other important details.

Enter by clicking here– #ConnectWithPortal Giveaway


Samantha hails from Virginia and is a proud wife to a retired Deputy Sheriff and mother to two amazing little boys named Jack & William. A veteran product reviewer; Samantha has been reviewing products for 8 years and offers high quality product reviews with original photography.

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