If you're hooked on Facebook and don't mind the social media giant having a physical presence in your home, this is a great deal. You could get the Portal for your kid in college, so you two can easily video chat while they're away. Remember, the Portal+ can follow a user around the room, so your kid could walk around their dorm, get work done, and more, all while you video chat with them using either another Portal or Messenger.
Also keep in mind Facebook has just updated Portal with some much-needed features. Both the smaller, standard Portal and the larger Portal+ can now access the web through a custom-made browser. Facebook is also launching support for its Instant Games platform on Portal, starting with titles like Battleship and Words with Friends.
All these video chat devices are designed to rival Amazon's Echo Show. And, indeed, on the Portal's Amazon product page, we can see Amazon made sure to list the Echo Show alongside the Portal under product information.
To see how they all really compare, see ZDNet's guide:
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