It’s undoubtedly stressful, time-consuming and outright annoying to devise a holiday shopping list nowadays, as so many retailers are struck with Thanksgiving, Black Friday and/or Cyber Monday deal fever. But that’s where we come in.
No more worrying you’ll miss the bargain of a lifetime by getting an extra hour or two of sleep after gobbling down some traditional stuffed turkey, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. Mmm, pie! Wait, where were we?
Right, we wanted to lift the weight of scouring the web, foraging through stores and chaotically filtering out the actual steals from the duds off your shoulders. All with a couple of weeks to spare before Turkey Day.
Forget crappy clothes, tacky jewels, overpriced TVs, unneeded home appliances, and falsely advertised discounts in general. If you’re interested only in the hottest consumer electronics, specifically Android-powered and Android-compatible gadgets and accessories, we have you covered, with the top Black Friday 2015 deals from Best Buy, Target, Sam’s Club, Staples, Office Depot and OfficeMax, and now, Walmart, BJ’s Wholesale, Fred Meyer, Dell, Dollar General and Sears.
Black Friday Android promotions at Walmart
$150 savings and $100 gift cards on any AT&T or Verizon Samsung phone; additional free Bluetooth speaker ($99 value) for Galaxy S6
Fitbit Flex – $59
Fitbit Zip – $39
Fitbit Charge HR – $119
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite – $79
Nabi Nick Jr. kids’ tablet – $79
Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S5 – $229
Straight Talk LG Sunset LTE – $76
Prepaid Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime – $49
Verizon LG Transpyre – $29
Kyocera Hydro Air for AT&T – $39
Pocket Juice 12,000 mAh portable charger – $14.88
Beats Pill wireless speaker – $149
Philips ShoqBox Mini wireless speaker – $19
JBL Flip 2 portable speaker – $59
Skullcandy Bluetooth Hesh headphones – $54
LG Tone Pro wireless Bluetooth headset – $32
JayBird BlueBuds X Premium wireless earbuds – $79
Jabra BT2046 Bluetooth headset – $14
Otterbox Defender case for Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, S6 – $29 a pop
Let’s start things off with a sincere “whoa!”. That’s a big list of items to be marked-down, and you can’t find any of the products at lower prices right now. Trust us, we’ve checked. You have tens of solid reasons therefore to visit a Walmart shop on November 26, and you may want to sit in line several hours ahead of the official Thanksgiving Day door opening at 6 PM.
Better yet, load up on caffeine, and just go online in the early AM on Thursday. As early as possible, with prepaid Galaxy S5s, for instance, likely to see their inventory depleted in no time. No-contract doesn’t mean unlocked here, but a completely no-commitment S5 costs $340 over on Amazon.
Speaking of commitments, you’ll want to sign up to a customary contract or payment plan, and score the amazing trio of S6 promos. There’s $150 bill credit to be had, a $100 coupon and a complimentary external speaker.
Best BJ’s Wholesale Black Friday Android deals
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 – $220
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite – $78
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 – $110
Fitbit Charge with bonus charger – $90; Charge HR with bonus charger – $120
LG Tone Pro – $35
iDance Party Cube Bluetooth speaker with disco lights – $40
Ion Flash Cube Bluetooth speaker – $60
Skullcandy Hesh 2.0 wireless headphones – $50
Not a member yet? You’d better hurry and join the club, if not for anything else but a series of super-cool and/or retro audio accessories at unrivaled prices. The archaic Tab 3 Lite also doesn’t sound half bad, typically fetching $110 or so, while the cheapest Fitbit Charge still sets you back $115, i.e. 25 bucks more than what BJ plans to demand on November 20. Yes, 20, with most deals slated to run through the 30th provided supplies last.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 – $180 with free $10 gift card
Galaxy Tab A 9.7 – $230 (+$10 gift card)
Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 – $120 (and $10 gift card)
Nabi 2S tablet – $80
Polaroid 9-inch quad-core tab – $48
Polaroid selfie stick – $7.49
Beats Solo 2 wireless headphones – $220
Fitbit Charge HR – $120 and $25 gift card
Pebble smartwatch – $100 + $25 gift card
iLive Bluetooth headphones or earbuds – $20
This is hardly the largest superstore chain stateside, with retail locations only in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska, but the above collection of discounts looks surprisingly robust. The original Pebble is clearly too old and rudimentary to consider, the Nabi and Polaroid tabs are better off snubbed in favor of a $50 Amazon Fire 7, yet the two A tabs and 7-inch Tab 4 seem worth the effort of finding a Fred Meyer outlet near you with those bundled gift cards.
Dell Home & Home Office
Venue 10 5000 Series tablet – $149
Sony MDR ZX770BT wireless Bluetooth headset – $73 (50 percent off)
Bose SoundTrue in-ear headphones – $49.95
Windows, Windows, more Windows, and finally, a $100 exempted 10-inch Android with pre-installed Lollipop software, Intel Atom inside, 2GB RAM, and up to 9-hour battery life. That’s Dell’s Black Friday flyer in a nutshell. Wait, those SoundTrues are pretty attractive themselves, slashing $80 off their “market value” and $50 off their real price.
6 PM EST on Thanksgiving Day is when “doorbusters” go live, with the blowout due to continue all day Friday from midnight.
Tracfone Alcatel OneTouch Pixi Glitz – $1
Net10 Alcatel OneTouch Pop Icon – $29
AT&T ZTE Maven prepaid – $19
What did you expect from the masters of ultra-low-cost merchandise? Galaxy Note 5s and LG G4s and LG Watch Urbanes? Sorry, but you’ll have to settle for a little known Maven handheld that Amazon charges $63 for. Or the cringe worthy 3.5-inch, 3G-limited, dual-core and 512MB RAM-powered Pixi Glitz. Or sit this one retailer out.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 – $400 ($20 back in points for members)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 – $120 (+$20 in membership points)
Come on, Sears, that’s honestly the best you can do for us Android fanatics after cashing in revenues of over $8 billion last year?! We’re immensely disappointed, and the Galaxy Tab S2’s much heftier $500 MSRP doesn’t entirely make up for the letdown. And to think the Black Friday pamphlet is a whopping 64 pages long…