My mother lives in Astoria, Queens – about 20 miles from my house. Not too far… but if you add in that NYC traffic it could take her almost 1.5 hours during rush hour to get to us. Crazy, right? Gotta love the city! We’re always looking for fun ways for the kids to stay in touch with grandma during the week and we found something that works for everyone. When I tell you “everyone”, I mean that even my mother was able to set it up on her own. That’s saying EVERYTHING! The Facebook Portal is such a smart gifting idea for the holidays for families that don’t live near one another. A few simple steps and you will have a connectivity tool like none other. All you need is wifi, a Facebook account and something to say.
The Facebook Portal with Alexa & Facebook Portal + with Alexa
The Facebook Portal with Alexa & Facebook Portal + with Alexa work together. We kept one at our house and then gifted the other to my mother. Facebook Portal is a home video communication device that makes it easier to connect more regularly with the most important people in your life, and share the little everyday moments that relationships are built on. Connecting through Portal feels less like being on a video call and more like being together in the same room, even when you’re miles apart. Why? Because once you connect, you can go about your day without having to worry about the actual portal. It follows you as you walk around. Making sure you always stay in frame. Need to head to the kitchen island to pick up the mail and read through some bills? No problem!! The FB Portal will slowly keep you in frame so you are never lost from the conversation. Hands-free but on another level! I love that!
Facebook Portal Filters
There’s also all these super fun filters that you can use while chatting. Naturally, my daughter USES THEM ALL. She refuses to speak to Grandma unless she has some cool shades on. LOL And you know what? Grandma does it right back to her? Wha’ts life about if you aren’t having some fun?
Music And More
It’s not only just for making video calls. The Facebook Portal with Alexa can access Spotify and iHeart radio as well. So, while we were decorating the tree, we checked out all the fun Christmas music stations that were available to us. It’s nice to have so many options!
StoryTime On The Facebook Portal with Alexa & Facebook Portal + with Alexa
This is a fun treat for parents and grandparents! My daughter was performing “The Three Little Pigs” for my mother. There are several stories you can choose from that are already prerecorded and built into the device. On OUR side, we had all the words on display for Natalie to read. However, my mother just saw a super colorful backdrop with Natalie constantly changing from pig to wolf and back to pig again. How fantastic!!
I thought about all those times I have to travel! I’m going to take the Facebook Portal with me so I can call home and read a bedtime story to Caleb while I am on the road.
Can I Call People Who Don’t Have Another Facebook Portal?
Yes! We called my Aunt who picked up from her cell phone and it worked just fine. You can have multiple people on at once. It’s loads of fun! She had her guitar and they all listened as she tested out one of her latest tunes. I just loved how The Facebook Portal with Alexa brought my family that much closer during the holiday season.
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