‘Tis the season to be jolly, everybody knows that, but how about we don’t wait for Santa Claus this year to fill our stockings with gifts and get a head start on the holiday shopping? After all, you never know if you’ll end up on the naughty list or not and, if you do, you’ll only find out about it when it’s far too late to change anything.
Bottom line, let’s allow Santa to take a vacation for a change and, instead of working his ass off when everyone else is chugging gallons of egg nog, go somewhere sunny and get a nice little tan. God knows he’s earned it.
But now comes the hard part. What to spoil yourselves with for Turkey Day and Christmas and what to get your loved ones to show you care? That’s hard? Pfft, then you must have not figured out yet that each and every self-respecting major retailer in the great US of A tends to slash prices on everything that runs Android around the winter holidays. And who doesn’t love a snazzy Android-based smartphone or tablet? Exactly.
All that being said, let’s see what Sam’s Club, Target, Walmart and Best Buy have in store for us Android geeks (and non-geeks) between now and the beginning of December. Most importantly, we’ll try to sift the lucrative promos from the ones that aren’t so advantageous in the end to ensure you have nothing else to do but pay up. Here it goes:
The first retailer to have (unintentionally) come forward with Black Friday 2013 promo details is one that’s not quite accessible for everyone. That is to say Sam’s Club stores are open only to members, so if you’re not one yet, it might be a good idea to get it all sorted with ASAP.
The awesome thing about Sam’s Club’s special BF offers is they’ll be kicked into gear earlier than the competition, namely on November 23, so you can take advantage of them and then regroup and buy some more from other sellers.
- Samsung Galaxy S4 with two-year contracts on Verizon, AT&T or Sprint – $0.96
- HTC One with Sprint pacts – $0.96
- AT&T Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 – $24.88
- Motorola Droid Ultra with Verizon carrier agreements – $98
No memberships, no strings attached, close to 2,000 locations all over America and a Black Friday pamphlet that, believe it or not, stretches to 36 pages. Of course, there aren’t only Android deals in there, so here’s what we recommend you to get via Target come November 28 and 29 and what not to touch with a ten-foot pole:
- On-contract AT&T and Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 – $0.01
- Outright Virgin ZTE Awe – $19.99
- Nook HD 7 with 8 GB storage – $79 (technically not running Android, but still based on our favorite OS)
- Samsung Galaxy S4 with AT&T or Verizon contracts – $39.99
- Samsung Galaxy S4 for Sprint – $49.99
Side note: The two GS4 deals are not bad per se, but why pay a premium when Sam’s Club is to offer them practically free of charge?
You don’t get to be the biggest private employer, as well as the largest retailer in the world by chance and Walmart proves it knows how to conduct business and continue to attract millions of customers courtesy of sizzling hot Black Friday promotions.
The special sale starts at 6 pm Thanksgiving Day (November 28) and runs through December 1, albeit some of the discounts are bound to expire sooner than that deadline as stocks will undoubtedly be limited.
- Prepaid Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy Centura – $29
- Samsung Galaxy 3 10.1-inch tablet – $299
- Fuhu Nabi 2 7-inch kid-friendly slate – $99
- $100 gift cards with every Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, Moto X and Galaxy Mega on-contract purchase
- No-contract Virgin Mobile Kyocera Event – $20
- Straight Talk prepaid Samsung Galaxy S3 – $299
- No-contract Verizon Samsung Galaxy Legend – $35
- 7-inch RCA tablet – $49 (dirt-cheap, but not worth it given the cringe worthy specs and no-name manufacturer)
- Trio Stealth 10.1-inch tablet – $99 (the same as above)
At first glance, Best Buy is unusually chintzy with Android gadget savings, especially considering their Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday history. But what BB probably knows best is to keep its card close and not reveal every trick up its sleeve beforehand.
Thus, you should watch out for the midnight mystery blockbusters, which are as unbelievably attractive as they are hard to get access to, plus occasional doorbusters that usually last for no more than an hour or so.
Also intriguing is the exact date and time promotions will be underway is kept under wraps, making the entire affair a game of patience, ambition and composure. Then again, won’t the end result be that much sweeter?
Studs (for now):
- Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 (old version) – $99.99
- Samsung Galaxy S4 – free with Verizon, Sprint or AT&T activations, including in exclusive blue arctic color
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 in black with 8 GB storage – $149.99
- No-contract Virgin or Boost Mobile Samsung Galaxy S3 – $299.99
- HTC One with Sprint, Verizon or AT&T contracts in exclusive metallic blue paint job – $29.99
- HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook – $229 (not running Android, but instead Chrome OS, so close enough)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 – $299.99
- Prepaid Boost Mobile HTC One SV – $179.99
- No-contract Virgin Mobile LG Optimus F3 – $89.99
- 8-Inch Insignia Flex tablet – $79.99 (no-name OEM, not worth it)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 first edition – $399.99 (old, outdated, not cheap enough)
- Digital2 7-inch tablet – $39.99 (Digital who?)
- LG G2 with contracts – $49.99 (likely to be found cheaper elsewhere)
That’s a wrap, dear friends and readers, but be sure to keep in touch with The Droid Guy for updates to the story and extra deals from these retailers and many, many others. And don’t forget to spend sensibly, no matter how lucrative the offers might look.