You can never really know when (or where) lightning will strike next, so it’s wise to always be prepared. It’s the same with gadget deals and promotions, which sometimes come in unstoppable tsunamis, one after the other, then cool down for weeks in a row, then relentlessly proceed from where they left off.
Bottom line, it’s been a while since we last rounded up Amazon’s best Android bargains, but the recent calm could have only anticipated the perfect storm of smartphones, tablets, wearables and mobile accessories discounts:
BLU Studio 6.0 HD – $141 with 8 GB storage (25 percent off)
Pre-installed with Jelly Bean a year ago, this mid-end 3,000 mAh battery-packing giant scored a surprisingly swift KitKat upgrade and, believe it or not, it’s almost up for a Lollipop makeover already.
Need further reasons to fall in love with the affordable phablet? How about if we told you it nearly made our top ten list of ultra-compact handhelds, thanks to a 71.2 percent screen-to-body ratio? Also, ironically (and impressively) enough, the 8 GB config has become cheaper than the 4 gig model.
Don’t even think of pointing the obvious. No, the ZenFone 2 is not technically discounted. But Asus loses money on the low-cost flagship as it is, so it’s no wonder both versions are backordered literally hours after their commercial US debut.
Just how awesome they are? Extremely, with Full HD screen resolution, quad-core Intel Atom punch and 4G LTE connectivity offered across the board, plus four record-setting gigs of random-access memory inside the top-shelf $300 variant. Thrifty power users, assemble!
They say the metal-and-glass Quad HD device, alongside its “edgy” sibling, aren’t selling quite like hotcakes, which would explain why Amazon keeps dropping no-contract tags. Of course, the trims are far from radical, but the S6 is all of a sudden on-par with HTC’s underwhelming One M9. Could Samsung be fearing the LG G4 menace?
Tablet deals for May 18 – 24
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 third-generation – $349 with 32 GB storage; $379 in 64 GB variant
Superseded by a 2014 slate that ditched the Kindle branding, this oldie but goldie gracefully stands the test of time, with an uber-sharp 2,560 x 1,600 pix res display, quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB RAM, 8 MP rear camera, 12-hour battery and optional LTE speeds.
Wi-Fi-limited, the 2013 HDX 8.9 is a bargain… if you hustle.
Barely a couple of months old, this long-lasting 8-hour steal may sport a cringe worthy 1,024 x 600 panel, but totally makes amends with quad-core power, an impending Lollipop promotion, enhanced Dolby audio and a stylish, ergonomic design. Also, did we mention it’s about as “pricey” as a Windows 8.1 System Builder DVD? Unreal, huh?
Recently updated to Android 5.0, and soon to get a sequel, the OG Super AMOLED 8 incher remains a must-buy for on-the-go video content consumers. It’s high-res, slim, elegant, beefy and can even recognize your fingerprint.
Wearables to buy today
If you missed the $179 promo, we’re sorry. But even at $199, the Moto 360 is absolutely worth it. Follow-up or no follow-up on the way. It’s going to support standalone Wi-Fi before long, via an Android Wear 5.1.1 bump, it’s beautifully crafted, decently productive… for a first-wave smartwatch, and lasts longer between charges than an Apple Watch. There, we said it!
Running RTOS instead of Android or Tizen, but fully compatible with Android-based handhelds, the Gear Fit is by no means a complex or fancy gadget. It does the rudimentary fitness-tracking job, however, and it’s water-resistant, which is always a plus.
It’s Amazon’s number one new release in men’s wrist watches, it’s not exactly dirt-cheap, but boy, is it handsome! And robust, and pre-loaded with the newest Android Wear iteration, and capable of synching to a compatible phone from miles away.
Wi-Fi-ready, just like the Watch Urbane and Moto 360, the SW3 is weeks, maybe days away from a 5.1.1 update and, coincidentally, it’s also cheaper than ever before. Plus, waterproof, slim and sleek and, yes, GPS-endowed out the box.
What’s there to say about this unbreakable S6 protective cover? It’s ultra-tough, it’s liquid-proof, it’s cheap, end of story.
Now that’s a massive price cut. And a massive power bank, with “faster than normal charging speed” and sun energy-harvesting capabilities. Think about it, you can protect the environment and quickly juice up your phones and tabs while nowhere near a conventional AC socket.
Yes, this thing is smaller, girlier and less eco-friendly than the aforementioned solar charger. But small is often good, girly as well… if you’re a girl, and the 1,000 recharge cycle guarantee almost makes up for the fact you’re (slowly) destroying Mother Earth.
TaoTronics TT-BH01 Bluetooth headset – $12.99 (71 percent off)
Excellent noise cancellation technology, 13-hour continuous talk time endurance, compact and light-weight design and universal Bluetooth compatibility. Where do you sign up? Why, on Amazon, of course.
Sony SRSX9 NFC Bluetooth Wi-Fi speaker system – $498 ($202 savings)
No typos, no mix-ups, no temporary insanity pleas. We’re actually recommending an “affordable” 500 bucks speaker. Rather a $500 seven-speaker setup with 154 Watts digital amplification, immersive 45 Hz to 40 kHz sound, Wi-Fi audio streaming and all sorts of sweet optimizations and enhancements only hardcore audiophiles can get and truly appreciate. Too bad the SRSX9 is “temporarily out of stock”, likely due to this ginormous discount.