(Pocket-lint) - Video calling is one of those things that, a few years ago, might have had a little bit of debate around it - is it really the way forward? Isn't it easier to just use your voice?
Well, fast-forward to today and the debate is over. Video is the here and now, an amazing way of connecting more personally in conversation with your friends and family, or with colleagues and connections. Whether you're using Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp, a quick video chat goes a long way and there are some decent saving in the Black Friday sales.
Some of the very best video calling experiences available today are offered, in fact, by Facebook's own hardware, in the form of the Portal line. They've been designed from the ground up to offer great, seamless systems for visual chats, and work really nicely for it. Best of all, right now you can grab a decent saving right now.
We thought you might like to know just what you're choosing from, though, and what makes each device special.
US Facebook Portal deals
There are already some good deals on Facebook Portal devices for US readers.
If you've considered the Portal Mini because of its design, but fancy a bit more real estate, whether to get a better look at your callers or to show off your pictures more prominently, you're in luck - the standard Portal is really similar, but bigger.
It's also a little more powerful in the display department, with a 10-inch screen compared to the Portal Mini's 8-inch version. The speaker is, again, impressive for its size, and like the Mini you can have it in portrait or landscape mode depending on your taste. As with all Portal devices, it's also got some fabulous AR tricks for your calls, letting you wear costumes and filters for maximum fun.
When it comes to displays for video calling in your home, though, chances are you've already got one big, HD screen in your living room already - your TV. Facebook's Portal TV is a genius way of harnessing that, and turning your TV into a video calling powerhouse. Its camera unit connects to your TV to display the calls, while using smart panning and zooming to keep you in shot even if you're moving around the room.
Plus, if you want to hide the camera when you're in private, you can just slide a block in front of it easily - privacy is a built-in assumption for the Portal range.
These deals are marked as time limited on Amazon, so there's no telling how long they last for (just don't dilly dally).
UK Facebook Portal deals
We've found a number of deals on the Facebook Portal devices in the UK as well.
More Black Friday offers
- Echo Dot 3rd Gen: 53% saving
- Fire TV Stick 4K: Now $/£24.99 from $/£49.99
- Ring Video Doorbell: 30% saving today
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- Echo Show 8: Get 40% off at $/£59.99
- Ring Video Doorbell + Echo Dot: Over 50% down in price
- Echo Show 5 (2nd gen): Reduced by 47%
- Fire HD 8: Discounted by 50%
- Fire TV Stick: $/£19.99 w/ 50% off
- Fire HD 10: Over 45% off RRP
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- Fire 7: Save 30% today
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- TickWatch Pro 3: Now under $/£200
- Echo Dot (4th gen): Down to $/£29.99
- Fitbit Sense: $/£100 saving
- Bose QuietComfort Earbuds: Over a 27% saving
- Kindle: Now $/£49.99
- Eero 6 w/ 1 router & 1 extender: 40% off RRP
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