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This week’s best deals on phones, tablets, wearables and accessories – March 27

How’s it going, bargain hunters, shopping addicts, yard sale junkies and thrift store connoisseurs? Ready to refresh your gadget depository? In the market for a spanking new smartphone, tablet, smartwatch, fitness tracker or anything in between, as long as it’s green robot-certified?


You’re in luck, we’re back with a slew of sizzling hot fresh Android promotions, and as usual, there’s something for everyone in our selection. No matter the budget, no matter the performance requirements:

Best Android smartphone deals


Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – $615 unlocked octa-core in white

Galaxy Note 4

The next big things aren’t technically here yet, and Amazon doesn’t take pre-orders either at the moment, but maybe the S6 and S6 Edge aren’t a great fit for you anyway. If you think bigger is better and don’t care too much about gimmicky, useless side panels, the Note 4 is at least as good as the GS6 pair.

It supports microSD expansion, it’s got an S Pen in tow, gargantuan user removable 3,220 mAh battery and, last but not least, it’s cheaper outright.

Unlocked Motorola Moto E with global GSM compatibility – $89.85 ($40 off list)

Okay, so perhaps the second-gen E is the wiser buy. Check that, definitely. But if you don’t have the $120 required for the 3G variant, or the $150 the 4G LTE model goes for, you’ll be very happy settling for the $90 original. It has Lollipop on the way, 1 GB RAM and a respectable 1,980 mAh cell inside.

LG Optimus F3 for Boost Mobile – $89 ($41 savings)

It’s an Optimus, so it’s clearly a little dated. And it’s stuck on Jelly Bean in an age KitKat is slowly but steadily heading for oblivion. Yet it offers advanced LTE connectivity and 2,460 mAh battery juice on a frugal 4-inch IPS LCD screen. Translation – it’s going to outlast every gizmo you bought in the past half a decade.

Prepaid Virgin Mobile HTC Desire 816 – $189.99

HTC Desire 816

Originally listed on Amazon at $250, the KitKat-running 5.5 incher is still sold via Best Buy for a prohibitive $300. At $190 therefore, it’s quite the steal, what with 720p display resolution, quad-core 1.6 GHz Snapdragon 400 punch, 1.5 GB RAM and 13 MP/5 MP cameras.

Tablets to buy on the cheap


Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition – starting at $124 in 6-inch config; $164 and up at 7 inches

Fire HD Kids Edition

The smaller version is hardly a tab, but at least it’s not a toy, delivering 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution, quad-core speed and up to 8 hours of continuous use between charges. Designed to handle your youngster’s clumsiness, these babies come with two-year worry-free guarantee even if they break and are attractive and powerful enough to fascinate your three-year-old, as well as your teenage son or daughter.

LG G Pad 7.0 GSM unlocked LTE variant with 16 GB storage – $85 in used, like new condition

Look, if purchasing pre-owned gear sounds as daunting as flying low-cost these days, the brand new G Pad 7 is only 20 bucks more. Either way, you’ll be lucky to have the battery champ, due for Lollipop goodies in the near future and packing quad-core S400 oomph.

Google Nexus 9 16 GB black – $269.44 from Amazon Warehouse in used, very good condition

Nexus 9

Think about it, how much wear do you think the N9 suffered, given it barely saw daylight four months ago? Besides, the seller is 100 percent trusted, and the cosmetic imperfections are said to be unnoticeable.

Acer Iconia One 7 B1-730 – $79.99 ($20 off)

It’s untouched, just 80 bucks, features 16 GB internal storage space, Intel Atom inside, 1 GB RAM and 7-hour autonomy. It’s a no-brainer, really.

The week’s biggest Android-compatible wearable savings


Jawbone Up 24 – $54.99 in persimmon; $66.12 in onyx

Back in the day available for $129, this minimalistic but reliable fitness band is now half off with the same winning one-week battery and straightforward sports and sleep monitoring functions.

Garmin Vivofit – $85 standalone; $110 with heart rate monitor

Garmin Vivofit

Discounted by $45 and a whopping $60 respectively, the Vivofit is far superior to the Up 24 across the board. The old pacemaker doesn’t need recharging and will require a replacement after a whole year, the display is impressive for the little guy’s price range, and you also get water protection.

Sony SmartWatch 2 – $116 with silicon band; $140 metal

Bet you forgot this old thing existed, eh? Well, Amazon didn’t, even if the sequel is much better, and discounts here range from $84 to $140 (!!!). Android 4.0 and up handhelds are supported via Bluetooth 3.0, NFC is offered as well, plus a 220 x 176 1.6-inch touchscreen and 7-day endurance.



MEElectronics Air-Fi Journey AF16 portable stereo wireless headset – $24

MEElectronics headset

Let’s keep this short. The ultra-lightweight headphones used to cost $60, now they’re less than half. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, we don’t know what could ever hit the spot.

Aukey 40W/8A 5-port USB charging station – $17 (down from $50)

The perfect accessory for large families and parties, this thing can juice up five Androids simultaneously and it’s zippy, low-profile aesthetically and nowhere near as bulky as you’d expect.

Polar H7 Bluetooth smart hear rate sensor – $51.98 in black

Polar H7

Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free less? Admit it, most of you fitness nuts don’t need 90 percent of smartwatch or smartband features. And if you really just want a solid HR monitor that can provide ultra-accurate readings, Polar is the way to go.

Fenix 6,000 mAh external power bank – $11.99 (76 percent off list)

By now, you should know everything there is to know about external smartphone and tablet chargers. Ergo, you realize how hard it is to find such a high-capacity power bank at 12 bucks. Especially with an ultra-thin brushed aluminum design. Score!

Aaand… that’s it for today and this week. But meet us back here in seven days and we’ll start all over again.

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