Celebrations don’t need to be cancelled. Get together with friends and family with the help of these handy devices
This Christmas, we’re all going to be dialling in friends and loved ones who can’t be with us in person. But there’s a huge spectrum of how natural hanging out via video can feel, and it depends entirely on the tech you’re using. Meet the six new gadgets that can help you feel as close as possible to the people you can’t imagine Christmas without …
Best for beaming lifesize faces into your living room: Portal TV from Facebook Smart Video Calling Camera with Alexa, £149, John Lewis
Portal TV turns your TV into a big video calling screen, with lifesize faces, so you’ll feel like you’re all in a room together. On your side, the camera automatically makes sure everyone is visible – it pans to follow movement, and widens the shot if someone else comes in. And you don’t need to have your own portal or learn new software, either, as the Facebook Portal TV uses Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp to connect calls.
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