This week’s best deals on phones, wearables, tabs, accessories and apps – March 20

Another weekend approaches, so it’s time for an all-new series of promotions brought to you with no strings attached, no catches, no fine print straight from Amazon. As usual, some of these deals are extremely time-sensitive, while others depend on slim inventory.

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We have high-end smartphones at the best possible prices to bestow on you, a couple of low-cost, low-end must-buys, plus tablets and mini-laptop “convertibles”, fancy smartwatches, entry-level fitness trackers, and last but not least, cart fillers. Otherwise known as accessories.

Oh, and since this is a special week for the Amazon Appstore, we’ll wrap up today’s list with our recommended selections from the wicked “Free App of the Day Bundle.” But less yada yada, more facts, bargains and steals:



LG G Flex 2 – $199.99 with Sprint contracts; $599.99 outright


Technically, the G Flex 2 isn’t available at a discount. But it’s a (relatively) new arrival at Amazon, it delivers killer value for money, and we feel it’s not getting the attention it deserves due to a couple of rivaling flagships that shall remain unnamed.

Sure, it lacks S6’s Quad HD screen, the dual-curved construction of the S6 Edge, and the all-aluminum body and 20 MP cam of the One M9. But it’s still got a beautifully curved frame, explosive Snapdragon 810 chip and self-healing back panel coating.

LG G3 – $0.01 on-contract at AT&T with free $100 gift card


Not exactly fresh, it’s amazing this promo lingers on, given you can basically score one of the world’s best handhelds for under $0. Yes, Amazon is paying you to “rid” them of the magnificent G3. Crazy!

Motorola Moto G with universal 4G LTE – $160 unlocked ($60 off)

Moto G LTE

Clearly listed as valid today-only, this deal is too much for cash-strapped mobile consumers. LTE speeds, 4.5-inch 720p display, quad-core power, stock Android 4.4 KitKat with Lollipop nigh, 1 GB RAM and 2.070 mAh battery?! Are you sure you’re not losing money on the G 4G there, Moto?

BLU Advance 4.0 – $69.99 ($20 savings)


Look, we’re not going to pretend the 4-inch Advance is more than it is. A dirt-cheap, meager dual-core slab with crappy FWVGA screen resolution, good squarely for first-time smartphone users, kids and elders. But if 70 bucks is all you have, it’s (marginally) better than nothing.



LG G Watch – $159 ($71 off list)

LG G Watch

The G Watch has stopped being worth north of $200 a long time ago. Yet Best Buy still sells it at $207 on a “clearance deal”, so Amazon does it better.

Original Pebble – $94.99


That’s the same tag as via BB, and it’s an all-time low for the OG we owe this whole smartwatch craze to. In a nostalgia outbreak, you could pick up the first-gen Pebble more than two years after its commercial debut, since it remains a battery powerhouse, and offers the intelligent wearable basics for both Android and iPhones.

Motorola Moto 360 – $227 in black leather ($23 off)

Moto 360

We can’t stress this enough – the Moto 360 is the all-around best smartwatch in the world. It’s better than the Apple Watch… by a landslide, it’s cheaper than LG’s G Watch R, and a lot prettier than everything Samsung dished out thus far. So, yeah, be thankful for Amazon’s microscopic discount.

Misfit Flash – $35 ($15 savings)

Misfit Flash

As rudimentary as activity trackers come, the Flash stands out by never requiring battery charging. Instead, once every six months, you’ll have to replace the ticker. It’s also waterproof, and monitors more than steps. Specifically, sleep time and patterns, calories, plus distance run, cycled or swam.



HP Slate 7 Extreme – $99.99

HP Slate 7 Extreme

For a little more dough, you can certainly do better. For a Benjamin, this is decent – Android 4.2, quad-core Tegra 4 CPU, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage (!!!), 7-inch 1,280 x 800 pix res panel.

Asus Transformer Pad TF701 – $280; $350 with bundled keyboard dock

Asus TF701

It’s not heavily discounted, but it was really a bargain before, with versatility, productivity, respectable power, 2 generous gigs of RAM, 13-hour battery life and Android 4.4 KitKat software.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition – $342 used in “good” condition

Galaxy Note 10.1 2014

Yes, it’s pre-owned, therefore a risk, and old, thus in danger of sticking to KitKat until the end of times. But 2,560 x 1,600 pixels resolution, quad-core Snapdragon 800, 3 GB RAM, S Pen support and 8,220 mAh battery? Sounds like a reasonable 2015 Edition to us.



TaoTronics Bluetooth 4.0 car kit – $29.99 (down from $159.99)

TaoTronics car kit

Wait, is that an 81 percent cut? For reals? Yes, it is, and it comes with aptX coding for crisp music transmission from your phone to your car’s audio system, noise cancellation for hands-free voice calls and fast USB charging. Also, the ability to connect two devices at once.

EasyAcc 40W 5-port USB charger – $19.99 ($17 off list)


It has five USB connectors, ranging from 1 to 2.4 A, it’s compact, compatible with literally everything, and affordable. It’s perfect!

Lumsing 4-port 21W USB wall charger – $10.99 (63 percent off)


Wait a minute, this baby is even cheaper, better reviewed, smaller and, not that it counts very much, prettier. Its only flaw is the number of USB ports. Then again, if you have more than four gadgets in need of simultaneous charges, you may have a problem.

Omaker Premium 15,600 mAh external power bank – $24.99 with coupon code “22NUA55F” ($45 savings)

Omaker Premium

How in the heck did we miss the gigantic Premium when rounding up today’s best external chargers? Well, we won’t make the same mistake twice, and warmly recommend the premium constructed, ultra-fast, high-capacity juicer now.

Jarv Joggerz Pro Sports BT-301 Bluetooth 4.0 headphones with built-in microphone – $17.99 ($42 off)

Jarv Joggerz

Fitness nuts, rejoice! These elegant, lightweight, foldable speakers deliver rich HD sound, are wirelessly controlled and last a good 20 hours of continuous play time. Also, they’re Bluetooth 4.1, not just 4.0, enabled.

Apps and games

Happy birthday, Amazon Appstore, and thanks a bunch for the 34 no-charge titles. To save you time, hassle and disappointment, let’s focus on the handy and/or fun apps included in the celebratory bundle.

Five Nights

Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 is quite popular for a reason, World of Goo is silly and charming, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon doesn’t live up to its name, but it’s entertaining… enough, and SimplePlanes is a nice $5 off.

Then you have your productivity-centric Servers Ultimate Pro, EasyTether or Elements of Photography Pro. Total market value for the trio alone? No less than $22.50.