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Portal Mini Black 8" from Facebook. Smart, Hands-Free Video Calling with Alexa Built-in £59 @ Amazon
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Portal Mini Black 8" from Facebook. Smart, Hands-Free Video Calling with Alexa Built-in £59 @ Amazon

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Posted 2nd Dec 2019

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Amazon is running a cyber Monday deal of the day with £70 off on Portal Mini (50% off). Quite a good price now.
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Any idea how does this compete with Echo smart display 8, both are at the same price now? I voted hot for the price, I think this is nice for video calls.
Edited by: "sheffield788" 2nd Dec 2019
sheffield78802/12/2019 00:40

I don't think this can compete with Echo smart display 8 and both are at …I don't think this can compete with Echo smart display 8 and both are at the same price now.


Is smart display 8 better then google hub/ nest?
No ta Facebook...
andrushka02/12/2019 00:47

Is smart display 8 better then google hub/ nest?


This one has a camera, so you can do video calls via facebook or whatsapp, while the google hub does not have a camera unless you are referring to Google hub max. This one has Alexa assistant, so no voice control for Youtube.
If you want Alexa and video calls, this is better than Google hub in my opinion.
Edited by: "sheffield788" 2nd Dec 2019
sheffield78802/12/2019 01:18

This one has a camera, so you can do video calls via facebook or whatsapp, …This one has a camera, so you can do video calls via facebook or whatsapp, while the google hub does not have a camera unless you are referring to Google hub max. This one has Alexa assistant, so no voice control for Youtube. If you want Alexa and video calls, this is better than Google hub in my opinion.


If you want Alexa and video calling, you'd be better getting an echo show.
Udimion02/12/2019 08:45

If you want Alexa and video calling, you'd be better getting an echo show.



I've established this alrwady with the person who posted the question. She asked the same question at my Echo Show post and I suggested the Echo Show is better than Google Hub. Her question was now in between this one and Google Hub.

If you dont mind, apart from privacy issues, what makes an Echo Show better than this? I had a look and can't see much of a difference. Thanks!
Thanks!
Edited by: "sheffield788" 2nd Dec 2019
sheffield78802/12/2019 09:54

I've established this alrwady with the person who posted the question. She …I've established this alrwady with the person who posted the question. She asked the same question at my Echo Show post and I suggested the Echo Show is better than Google Hub. Her question was now in between this one and Google Hub.If you dont mind, apart from privacy issues, what makes an Echo Show better than this? I had a look and can't see much of a difference. Thanks!Thanks!


I bought show 8 now for the calls alone now )) to add to my google family )
andrushka02/12/2019 10:15

I bought show 8 now for the calls alone now )) to add to my google family )


I feel for you, I've got an Alexa family in the house, and 3 Google devices in the wardrobe, waiting for the 4th one to come...I'm out of my mind 😁.
sheffield78802/12/2019 09:54

I've established this alrwady with the person who posted the question. She …I've established this alrwady with the person who posted the question. She asked the same question at my Echo Show post and I suggested the Echo Show is better than Google Hub. Her question was now in between this one and Google Hub.If you dont mind, apart from privacy issues, what makes an Echo Show better than this? I had a look and can't see much of a difference. Thanks!Thanks!


Well, I would think privacy issues is a pretty big factor, and while Amazon certainly doesn't have a perfect record when it comes to data privacy, it's pretty much fort knox compared to facebook's open door exploitation methods.

But if you're fine with Facebook abusing your privacy for millions, the 8" Echo Show is more compact:
20cm x 13.6cm x 9.9cm compared to 21.5cm x 15cm x 12.7cm.

The Echo Show also has a 3.5mm audio output.
sheffield78802/12/2019 10:18

I feel for you, I've got an Alexa family in the house, and 3 Google …I feel for you, I've got an Alexa family in the house, and 3 Google devices in the wardrobe, waiting for the 4th one to come...I'm out of my mind 😁.


I have both alexa and the google devices throughout, and I think the debate about which devices are better really depends on which ecosystem you're more invested in. I love the google home maxes and have a couple of those along with a home hub and a couple of minis, but the OG echo is still going strong for me and I have a couple of 2nd gen echos too.

From a sound quality, the echos are obviously better than the minis, but the hub and max are my preferred audio devices of them. I also tend to use alexa for my home automation because it tends to be a bit simpler and more natural speaking pattern for me, with the sole exception of turning on the lights in the room I'm in, which you can simply ask google to turn lights on, whereas for Alexa, you have to specify the exact name of the room.

In all honesty, I don't really think there is too much between the echos and google home products - google assistant is better for daily things, but alexa works better for me for home automation, at least for now.
How easy is it to video call someone that doesn't have an Echo device on the Echo 8" compared to the Portal Mini? The Mini seems to link quite well with WhatsApp.
Udimion02/12/2019 10:30

I have both alexa and the google devices throughout, and I think the …I have both alexa and the google devices throughout, and I think the debate about which devices are better really depends on which ecosystem you're more invested in. I love the google home maxes and have a couple of those along with a home hub and a couple of minis, but the OG echo is still going strong for me and I have a couple of 2nd gen echos too. From a sound quality, the echos are obviously better than the minis, but the hub and max are my preferred audio devices of them. I also tend to use alexa for my home automation because it tends to be a bit simpler and more natural speaking pattern for me, with the sole exception of turning on the lights in the room I'm in, which you can simply ask google to turn lights on, whereas for Alexa, you have to specify the exact name of the room. In all honesty, I don't really think there is too much between the echos and google home products - google assistant is better for daily things, but alexa works better for me for home automation, at least for now.


I've got Lenovo 8 smart display as I was planning to get an outdoor camera which was supposed to work with Google and my house is full with Alexa speakers. Turned out that camera will work with Alexa too, so getting the Lenovo was a bit of a waste. To make things worse, I've got 2 because they were good price .
By chance I ended up with another Lenovo, this time 10 inch, to make it even more complicating for me.
Now I renewed my Vodafone contract and I will get a Google Hub Max too.
I had no intentions to change my Alexa, as I am happy with it, I only wanted a smart display to work with the camera.
Now very difficult decision for me, can't keep better smart displays in the cupboard and use 'older' devices, but I really didn't want to change my Alexa settings.

I am relatively aware of the differences between Alexa and Google, also the difference in between the devices. What I am unaware is how the Portal Facebook is different to Echo Show. If I was to need an Alexa smart display, I would have chosen the Echo Show 8.
But if the price was still £150 (RRP) and the Facebook Portal was £60 ( as it is now), I think I would have gone for the Portal. I'm trying to establish the difference between the show and the Portal, and TBH I can't see the difference.
Edited by: "sheffield788" 2nd Dec 2019
Toxiic02/12/2019 10:35

How easy is it to video call someone that doesn't have an Echo device on …How easy is it to video call someone that doesn't have an Echo device on the Echo 8" compared to the Portal Mini? The Mini seems to link quite well with WhatsApp.


It seems it is easy, but the other person has to have the Alexa app on the phone.
I'm trying to establish too which one is better for video calls, and same like you, I feel the Portal links well with WhatsApp and Facebook messenger. It also has all the Alexa functionality, so apart from the privacy issue (which seems to be solved) I can't understand why this is so cold. Me personally, as I have already some smart devices, if I was to choose one for video calls, I would have gone with the other version of the Portal, the TV Portal, so I can use the TV as a big display.
Edited by: "sheffield788" 2nd Dec 2019
Udimion02/12/2019 10:24

Well, I would think privacy issues is a pretty big factor, and while …Well, I would think privacy issues is a pretty big factor, and while Amazon certainly doesn't have a perfect record when it comes to data privacy, it's pretty much fort knox compared to facebook's open door exploitation methods.But if you're fine with Facebook abusing your privacy for millions, the 8" Echo Show is more compact:20cm x 13.6cm x 9.9cm compared to 21.5cm x 15cm x 12.7cm.The Echo Show also has a 3.5mm audio output.


Yep, at this price I would have chosen the Show. But if the Show goes back to the original price and this one stays at £60 (which I doubt it) I think I rather have this.
The privacy issue seems it is more or less solved while the slightly more compact factor and 3.5 mm output are not that important for me if the price is double.
What I don't get is how the Echo Show gets so much heat (deserved in my opinion) and this one gets so cold. I do not think it is such a big difference in between these 2.
sheffield78802/12/2019 10:18

I feel for you, I've got an Alexa family in the house, and 3 Google …I feel for you, I've got an Alexa family in the house, and 3 Google devices in the wardrobe, waiting for the 4th one to come...I'm out of my mind 😁.


That’s what I’m thinking do I really need all those devices ? The answer is no
Do I want them and will I have them is a clear yes ha ha
Toxiic02/12/2019 10:35

How easy is it to video call someone that doesn't have an Echo device on …How easy is it to video call someone that doesn't have an Echo device on the Echo 8" compared to the Portal Mini? The Mini seems to link quite well with WhatsApp.


You can use skype on alexa to call anyone with a skype account or any phone number (although I think they charge for the latter).
sheffield78802/12/2019 10:57

Yep, at this price I would have chosen the Show. But if the Show goes back …Yep, at this price I would have chosen the Show. But if the Show goes back to the original price and this one stays at £60 (which I doubt it) I think I rather have this.The privacy issue seems it is more or less solved while the slightly more compact factor and 3.5 mm output are not that important for me if the price is double.What I don't get is how the Echo Show gets so much heat (deserved in my opinion) and this one gets so cold. I do not think it is such a big difference in between these 2.


The regular price for the Portal is £130 so this is certainly a good deal when they both go up to full price. But I'm not convinced the privacy issues have been resolved given that every few weeks, more stories come out about Facebook doing something less than ideal if not downright unacceptable with their users' data. I guess it's up to the individual though.

If this at £129.99, the Echo Show 8 at £119.99, and the Lenovo smart display 8" at £159 all went back up to regular price, I still think the Echo Show 8" would be a better deal. If, however, the Portal remained low and the others went back up to rrp, then obviously this would be a better deal (privacy issues aside), just as the show would be if the others were RRP and the LSD would be if the other two were RRP.

My point was, at this exact moment in time, the Echo Show 8" seems like a better deal given the current prices and deals irrespective of my lack of faith in facebook's ability to not exploit their users. I hope that anyone who does get the Portal though has a great experience and enjoys their device.

Edit: Just to follow up on that last point, I assume it's the facebook factor for the lack of heat.
Edited by: "Udimion" 2nd Dec 2019
Udimion02/12/2019 12:12

The regular price for the Portal is £130 so this is certainly a good deal …The regular price for the Portal is £130 so this is certainly a good deal when they both go up to full price. But I'm not convinced the privacy issues have been resolved given that every few weeks, more stories come out about Facebook doing something less than ideal if not downright unacceptable with their users' data. I guess it's up to the individual though. If this at £129.99, the Echo Show 8 at £119.99, and the Lenovo smart display 8" at £159 all went back up to regular price, I still think the Echo Show 8" would be a better deal. If, however, the Portal remained low and the others went back up to rrp, then obviously this would be a better deal (privacy issues aside), just as the show would be if the others were RRP and the LSD would be if the other two were RRP.My point was, at this exact moment in time, the Echo Show 8" seems like a better deal given the current prices and deals irrespective of my lack of faith in facebook's ability to not exploit their users. I hope that anyone who does get the Portal though has a great experience and enjoys their device. Edit: Just to follow up on that last point, I assume it's the facebook factor for the lack of heat.


I completely agree with you, I feel the same. I wish some people to post comments if they get the Portal.
With regards to Facebook factor for cold vote, I think an important thing too is was posted at midnight and the night shift is not generous at all. So, apart from the Facebook factor may be that once a few people vote cold, the majority will follow. I doubt it if the Echo Show was full price people would have voted cold for this at £60, but you never know.
I did my research and for me, considering I have a few smart displays anyway, the best of the Facebook portals is the TV Portal, as it seems good for the video calls, but the price is too high (now OOS).
andrushka02/12/2019 11:39

That’s what I’m thinking do I really need all those devices ? The answer is …That’s what I’m thinking do I really need all those devices ? The answer is no Do I want them and will I have them is a clear yes ha ha


😁 I think we need counselling or to move away from HUKD. As my wife said, a good deal is if you need something, if you don't need it, it will not be a good deal regardless the price. Can't believe my 1-2 year old Alexa speakers are already outdated
Well I bought 2 of these off this deal link and installed one of them today to make video calls to my partner who works away during the week and for the money and the ease of set up I was really pleased,Alexa built in with a picture frame bonus.
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