Don't get me wrong — I'm all about a built-in computer web cam for the occasional Skype call. However, if you heavily rely on video chatting as one of your main forms of communication, an external video-chatting device can be a highly advantageous purchase. Whether you're in a long-distance friendship or have family living across the country, a video call is sometimes the only way to connect. Thankfully, there are a couple new video-calling devices on the market right now to choose from. To help you find what's best for your needs, take a look at the Facebook Portal versus the Amazon Echo Show.
The Facebook Portal and the Amazon Echo Show (2nd Generation) are both really solid devices to have in your home, if making quality video calls is a priority for you. The Facebook Portal is also available as Facebook Portal +, which is a larger version of the Portal with a 90-degree rotating display. These new devices were both announced in early October 2018, but they have some key differences you'll want to check out before you buy. Between their sizes, streaming capabilities, cost, and camera quality, you'll have plenty of features to consider before you buy. When it comes to deciding which one you want, it all depends on what you want to get out of it. So sit back, relax, and review what each device offers to see what looks good to you.