Trying so hard to achieve full-scale gender equality, the 21st century society has fallen victim to the positive discrimination trap. Just look at how many holidays are nowadays dedicated to women. Ladies have their International Women’s Day, their Mother’s Day, Women’s Equality Day and even a Women’s History Month each year.
Meanwhile, what do guys get? A measly Father’s Day in the third Sunday of June. This year, on the 15th. Sure, manly men don’t need jubilees to feel good about themselves. Besides, it’s natural to love the fair sex more and to want to show your appreciation to those who give us all life.
Also, if men in general and fathers in particular only get one holiday a year, you can bet your behind we’ll make the most of it. And so will consumer electronics retailers. After all, they live to serve and serve they shall.
Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Amazon, Newegg and RadioShack. Just a handful of the stores that take part in a nationwide Father’s Day yard sale these following couple of weeks. And as usual, we’re here to round up the best, most lucrative Android deals from across the web:
- $100 off all smartphones regularly available at $199.99 and up with two-year contracts. That includes the all new HTC One (M8), which costs $99.99 through June 15, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 ($99.99), the Galaxy Note 3 ($199.99, down from $300), LG’s G2 (free of charge), Motorola’s Moto X (free), and the Droid Maxx ($99.99).
- Ellipsis 7 tablet – $0 with 24-month pacts, down from $149.99 regularly
- Samsung Galaxy S4 mini – free with contracts (was $49.99)
So yeah, the nation’s largest wireless service provider isn’t feeling particularly generous these days. But keep in mind exactly how fresh the One M8 and GS5 are, and how they still go for $200 via other carriers. Also, Big Red is the sole network that offers HTC’s beast in gold and red in addition to silver and gray. Finally, the Ellipsis 7 is no Nexus 7 killer, but it’s got decent specs for nada upfront: 1,280 x 800 pix res display, quad-core chip, 1 GB RAM, 4G LTE connectivity.
- $50 off the Samsung Gear Fit smartwatch with every Galaxy S5 Active purchase (total bundle price – $350 with contracts)
- Free $50 Google Play credit when buying an Android smartphone or tablet (any phone or tab, including the GS5, HTC One M8 and Galaxy Tabs)
- Samsung Galaxy S4 Active – free on contract (online only)
Forget it, Ma Bell. Just… forget it. You’re not worth it.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition – $0 upfront, plus 24 monthly payments of $25 each ($600 grand total, down from $652, the price tag T-Mo first announced)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 – $199 full retail cost ($100 off)
- Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 – $168 starting June 18
I know, I know, June 18 is after Father’s Day. But if your dear old pa is willing to wait, or if you’re considering getting a little something, something for yourselves, the Pop 7 is one hell of a steal. It’s no powerhouse, with a sub-par dual-core chip and 1,024 x 600 pix res screen, but it’s got LTE, 1 GB RAM and requires no lengthy contract to be signed.
Moving higher on the totem pole, the GTab 3 7.0 and especially the Note 10.1 2014 look like ideal gifts for tech-savvy parents, leaving kids wanting to show their love with a bit of dough in their pockets. See, AT&T, that’s how you do a Father’s Day promo.
- 32 GB Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (original model) – $349.99, down from $549.99
- HP Slate 7 Plus – $129.99 (between $140 and $150 via other retailers)
- HP Slate 8 Pro – $199.99 (down from $300)
- HP Slate 10 HD – $199.99 (down from $300)
- EVGA Tegra Note 7 – $179.99 ($20 off)
- Kindle Fire HDX 7 – starting at $229
Okay, so the Fire HDX ain’t technically discounted. But it’s a solid bargain regardless. And so are its HD cousins and 8.9-inch HDX sibling. As for the Galaxy Note 10.1, Tegra Note and HP’s slate trio, they may not offer the most gigantic savings in the history of online promotions, but their bang for buck factor is rock-solid.
- Acer Iconia A1-830 – $149.99 ($30 savings)
- 32 GB Google Nexus 7 2013 – $229 with coupon code AFEB62 (ends June 8)
- Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 – $159.99
- Refurbished Asus MeMo Pad ME172V – $69.99
Weak “deals”, Newegg. Almost weaker than AT&T’s. Good thing you replace them every day, and so you still got time to make amends with fathers across the States. Just be sure to pick up the slack, a’ight?
- Samsung Galaxy S5 – $79.99 with two-year contracts after eligible phone trade-in (down from $199.99)
- Boost Mobile Samsung Galaxy Prevail 2 – $79.99 (no contract required)
- No-contract Boost Mobile or Virgin Mobile Samsung Galaxy S3 – $299.99
- Boost Mobile Samsung Galaxy Rush – $49.99
- Virgin Mobile LG Optimus F3 – $129.99
That’s more like it. And the prepaid Boost and Virgin special offers don’t stop there. Check out the full list here, and regardless of the uncomfortable trade-in, note that RadioShack’s GS5 price is the lowest we’ve seen so far for Sammy’s “next big thing”.
- LG L70 – $49.99 after rebate sans contracts (starting Friday, June 6)
Only one bargain from AT&T’s newest subsidiary, but boy, is this a deal for the ages. The L70 is the poster boy for mid-range smartphones this day and age, running Android 4.4 KitKat out the box, packing dual-core Snapdragon 200 punch, 1 GB RAM, a comfy 2,100 mAh battery and a 4.5-inch 800 x 480 pixels resolution panel. 50 bucks free of contract restrictions. Let that sink in.