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Black Friday 2015 Android deals: Samsung, Huawei, HTC, Verizon, Sprint, and more

It’s time to just about wrap up our epic pre-Black Friday 2015 deal roundup. We’ve already brought you the most compelling Android-powered and Android-compatible bargains from retailers as diverse and outright obscure as Best Buy, Target, Staples, Walmart, Fred Meyer, Dollar General, BJ’s Wholesale, Toys R Us, Shopko, Kohl’s, Dicks Sporting Goods, and Hhgregg.

Black Friday

What could possibly be left unexamined? Why, it’s elementary, our dear readers. We haven’t yet tackled gadget promotions from the horse’s mouth. Thankfully, BF is still hours away, and besides, many device manufacturers and mobile carriers will sell phones, tablets and wearables at big discounts throughout the post-Thanksgiving weekend.


Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 – $400

Tab S2 8.0 – $350

Galaxy View – $500

Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 Kids Edition with bumper case – $100

Tab 3 Lite 7.0 standard – $80

Galaxy View

Galaxy Tab A 9.7 – $280

Tab A 8.0 – $180

Galaxy Tab S 10.5 – $450

Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 – $550

Note Pro 12.2 64 GB – $750

Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 – $120

Gear S2 Classic – $300

Gear S2 – $250

Gear 2 Neo – $130

Gear Fit – $80

Gear S2

My oh my, that’s a hefty list of marked down Galaxy stars! Too bad there aren’t any phones on sale… anymore, and to be frank, we’ve seen pretty much each and every tab and wearable on offer from third-party merchants. Some, like the Tab 3, were even part of the Black Friday 2014 blowout, albeit at slightly higher prices.

Why shop at Samsung then? Because a few of the above mentioned items will be deducted all the way to Christmas. Meanwhile, the $500 Galaxy View is currently backordered at Amazon, and the Gear S2 is unlikely to drop below the $250 mark over the next few months.


P8 lite – $200 ($50 off)

Huawei Watch – $350 for black stainless steel model with black stainless steel link band; $320 silver version with silver metal link band; $320 with silver mesh band; $300 black leather strap flavor

Huawei Watch

You’ll only get 24 hours to pursue this special offer once it kicks off… or you can head over to Amazon now, and buy an unlocked P8 lite at $201. The Huawei Watch is available for no less than $350 even through the kindest external retailers, so if the snazziest Android Wear timepiece looks tempting, it’s wisest to wait for the OEM’s Black Friday festivities.


Nexus 9 – starting at $240; $350 with 32GB storage, LTE support, and free Logitech keyboard bundled in

40 percent off all accessories between November 27 and 29

What’s the lowest the Nexus 9 goes for on Amazon? A whopping $310 or so in a Wi-Fi-only 16GB configuration. You have until Friday at 9 PM PT to score it from HTC’s e-store at an all-time low, with 500 gratis keyboards offered to those who dig high connectivity speeds and are addicted to digital hoarding.

Nexus 9

As far as accessories go, an N9 keyboard folio will cost less than $80 after the upcoming 40 percent trim, while One M9 Dot View Premium cases should be as cheap as $24 soon.


Time Steel – $200

Time – $130

Classic – $70


The metallic cross-platform watch is $50 off, the cheaper-looking version about as much, and the OG… costs the same via Amazon. Too bad Pebble couldn’t instead slash the $250 Time Round that, surprise, surprise, is $200 on the most famous e-commerce portal.


Axon Pro 64 GB – $350

Axon Pro 32 GB – $330

Axon – $280

Zmax 2 unlocked – $130

Grand X Max+ for Cricket – $170

ZTE Axon Pro

First and foremost, it’s important to distinguish between Axon variants. The non-Pro phone “only” packs 2 GB RAM, and swaps the octa-core Snapdragon 810 chip for a quad 801. As for the Zmax 2, its 5.5-inch display barely delivers 720p resolution, and a Snapdragon 410 processor runs the hardware show. Not an easy choice here, but perhaps you can get one of each. A Pro for yourself, a non-Pro for the wife, and a Zmax 2 for your teenage offspring.


Ellipsis 10 tablet – $50 with two-year pacts

Fitbit Charge – $90

Samsung Galaxy S6 – $3.16 a month for two years

$500 for network changes and device trade-ins upon purchasing Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6

$500 for the same Droid Turbo 2 or S6 Edge deal

UE Megaboom Bluetooth speaker – $250

LG V10 – $11.33 a month

Ellipsis 8 tablet – $50 plus free $25 Google Play credit

Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth speaker – $120

Mophie Powerstation 4,000 – $40

Beats Solo2 wireless on-ear headphones – $250

Now that’s quite an eclectic selection of gizmos. Basically, Big Red has something discounted for everybody prepped this holiday season, ranging from basic activity trackers to low-end tabs to versatile accessories to some of the best Android phones in the world.

LG V10

Our personal favorite? The just-released V10, what with its shock-resistant exterior, secondary display, phenomenal cameras, fingerprint recognition, and 4 GB RAM. Too rich for your blood? Then, believe it or not, the Galaxy S6 may feel like the sensible alternative this Friday only.


Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – $475

Galaxy S5 – $400

Galaxy Core Prime – $100

LG G4 – $325

LG G Stylo – $215

Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 7 – $0 down; $0 a month

Galaxy Note 4

Who doesn’t love freebies? Granted, the “tablet on us” at Magenta is pretty, well, crappy, and it obviously requires a 1 GB or higher postpaid Simple Choice Mobile Internet plan. Absolutely no strings are attached to the Note 4, available for around 50 bucks less than unlocked “international” models elsewhere, or the ultra-low-cost Galaxy Core Prime.

The G Stylo can of course be had for even less with prepaid operators like Virgin or Boost Mobile, whereas the high-end G4 comes dangerously close to Moto G-level affordability. In leather. With a Quad HD screen in tow, as well as 16 and 8 MP cameras, 3 GB RAM, and hexa-core Snapdragon 808 muscle.


Samsung Galaxy S6 – $9 a month with leases

One year of free Amazon Prime with S6, S6 Edge, Edge+ or Note 5 activations

Free 24-inch LG HD TV with G4 activations

Fitbit Charge – $90; Charge HR – $120

Garmin Vivofit 2 – $70; Vivosmart – $80; Vivoactive – $170

Withings Activite Pop – $130

LG Tone Pro – $40


It’s settled, the LG G4 is the ultimate Black Friday 2015 bargain, whether you pick it up from T-Mo, or the Now Network with an accompanying TV set. Don’t you find it hilarious that phones come with complimentary TVs nowadays instead of the other way around? And how crazy attractive are those super-low Galaxy S6 payment plans?

Not to mention Prime memberships, typically worth $99, and themselves giving early access to remarkable Amazon Black Friday deals that will be refreshed every half an hour or so towards the end of the week. But that’s a topic for another article.

Black Friday 2015 Android deals: Toys R Us, Shopko, Kohl’s, and more

We have a brand new selection of Android-powered, Android-running and Android-compatible Black Friday bargains to preview today, and this one’s quite heavy on ultra-low-cost wearable devices and mobile accessories.

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Without a doubt, you’ll have your work cut out for you in a week or so if you’re in the market for a health-improving activity tracker, nice pair of wireless headphones, loud and sharp Bluetooth speaker, or convenient external battery charger.

At the same time, you already know Android tablets have never been as cheap and compelling as this holiday shopping season, and although our fourth chapter of the Black Friday 2015 deal saga is much lighter on attractive phones, you can find a few good ones listed below at unbelievable prices:

Toys R Us

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite – $79.99

Galaxy Tab 3 Lite Kids – $99.99

Polaroid 7 – $39

Toys R Us Black Friday

Polaroid 9 – $49.99

Nabi 2 Learning Tablet – $79.99

Amazon Fire Kids tablet – $85

Nabi Jr. tablet – $50

Camelio 2 7.0 – $30

The juvenile products retailer extraordinaire stays true to its one and only focus group, catering to children of all ages with mostly rudimentary slates. Rudimentary but affordable, and centered on learning through play, which guarantees your little one’s attention.

Galaxy Tab 3 Lite Kids

Toys R Us will be kicking off the promo bonanza on Thanksgiving, November 26, at 5 pm, with a slew of “doorbusters” valid squarely until midnight, while supplies last, and a second round of limited steals entering the equation Friday morning, at 7 am, through Saturday. Our top recommendations? The Nabi Jr., currently listed at north of $80 on Amazon, and the Tab 3 Lite Kids Edition, typically priced at $150.


Garmin Vivofit – $40

Jawbone Up Move – $30

Tracfone LG 16 Lucky – $9.99

Net10 LG Optimus II – $19.99

Samsung Galaxy Tab A (?) 7.0 – $77.99

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 – $228

Shopko Black Friday

Polaroid Kids Smart Tab – $50

Polaroid 9 tablet bundle – $70

Polaroid 5 Link – $69.99

HMDX Hangtime Bluetooth speaker – $12.99

iLive Color Changing Bluetooth speaker – $6.99

HMDX Craze wireless earbuds – $20

iLive Bluetooth headphones – $15

Innovative Technology 2,200 mAh Power Stick – $5.99

Skullcandy Uprock headphones – $9.99

First things first, there’s no 7-inch Galaxy Tab A, so what Shopko will be charging 78 bucks for is most likely the Tab 3 7.0. Maybe the Tab 4 7.0, even if that’s a stretch, considering the $150 MSRP. Second, a question we’re sure you’re all looking the answer to. What exactly are the LG 16 Lucky and Optimus II?

Garmin Vivofit

As you probably presumed by reading those ridiculous tags, they’re super-basic prepaid Android phones. Why buy them in the age of the $90 Lollipop second-gen Moto E? As travel backups, or perhaps for a child or elder who doesn’t need very advanced technology.

That said, let’s mention Shopko’s deals begin online on Wednesday, November 25, followed the next day, at 4 pm, in physical stores nationwide. Also, the Vivofit smart band sounds like a phenomenal purchase at $40, costing $50 on Amazon after an $80 deduction.


Fitbit Charge – $90; Charge HR – $120

Fitbit Zip – $40

Garmin Vivofit – $50

Black Friday Kohl's

HDMX Jam Replay Bluetooth speaker – $20

JBL Flip 2 portable Bluetooth speaker – $60

Sony Bluetooth noise-canceling stereo headset – $70

Monster NTune on-ear HD headphones – $50

Skullcandy Hesh 2 Bluetooth headphones – $70

Monster SuperStar Bluetooth speaker and Mobile PowerCard portable battery bundle – $70

2.600 mAh power bank – $5.99

Innovative Technology 40-inch Bluetooth stereo tower speaker – $40

Honestly, we expected more from the 50 year-old department store chain that employs around 140,000 people and earns billions of dollars annually. We expected “great things”, based on the merchant’s motto, and not just in the jewelry, clothing, and home appliance departments.

Fitbit Charge HR

$90 and $120 Fitbit Charge and Charge HR? Everybody’s prepping that deal. The Zip is primitive and fugly, the Vivofit can be had for less from others, and all those speakers, headsets and power banks are quite convenient, but nothing to write home about. Is it worth leaving the house on Thanksgiving Day, around 6 pm, to hunt down a $20 portable speaker in a brick and mortar Kohl’s shop? Probably not.

Dicks Sporting Goods

Fitbit Zip – $40

Fitbit Charge – $90

Fitbit Charge HR – $120

Fitbit Surge – $200

Black Friday Dicks Sporting Goods

Garmin Vivofit 2 – $70

Garmin Forerunner 220 – $150

Garmin Vivoactive GPS smartwatch – $170

Garmin Forerunner 225 – $250

Beats Urbeats headphones – $50

Beats Studio – $150

Well, well, well, what have we here? Possibly the most thorough list of alluring fitness-oriented wearables around, available both on and offline, all day on the 26 and up to 2 pm on the 27 and beginning at 6 pm on Turkey Day respectively.

Garmin Vivoactive

Each and every fitness tracker also offers “real” savings, not going through the B.S. pre-Black Friday price inflation in order to slide back down to the MSRP when the time is right. No siree, as the Vivofit 2, for instance, starts at $90 or so nowadays, the Forerunner 220 at $170, the Vivoactive costs $200, and the Forerunner 225 at least $260.

Okay, so perhaps the cuts aren’t very deep, but sports nuts know steeper drops have been rarer sights than Bigfoot.


Fitbit Flex – $50

Samsung Gear S2 – $250

Fitbit Charge – $90

Garmin Vivofit 2 – $70

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 – $80; Tab 3 Kids – $100

Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 – $120

Black Friday Hhgregg

Galaxy Tab A 8.0 – $180; Tab A 9.7 – $230

Amazon Fire 7 tablet with case and 32 GB microSD card – $55

Beats Powerbeats 2 wireless headphones – $100

Jam Classic wireless speaker – $20; Jam Plus – $30; Thrill – $40

Altec Bluetooth waterproof speaker – $100

Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth speaker – $120

LG Tone Pro wireless stereo headset – $40

Beats Studio wireless over-the-ear headphones – $280

Beats Solo 2 wireless on-ear headphones – $200


Many of you may not have heard of this “smaller” retailer with the weirdest name ever, so it’ll come as a big surprise to hear Hhgregg, or Gregg Appliances, operates more than 220 stores in 20 American states. Select deals from the above will be available on the official company website on Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27, alongside exclusive e-bargains.

Offline, look for your budget Fitbit, mid-range Galaxy Tab, exquisite Fire 7 bundle, or super-premium headphones from 4 to midnight on Thanksgiving Day, and then, between 10 am and 7 pm the following day.

Oh, and don’t overlook the beautiful Gear S2 smartwatch, which might run Tizen, but works best in combination with an Android handheld, and it’s only gone on sale a few weeks ago stateside for $300.


Black Friday 2015 Android deals: Walmart, BJ’s Wholesale, Fred Meyer, and more

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.

Black Friday

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.

Black Friday crowd

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

Walmart Black Friday

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

Samsung Galaxy S5

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.

Don’t neglect wearables either, with the Flex going for roughly $90 at the moment, or other prepaid phones. Like the massive Galaxy Grand Prime, valued at $150+ unlocked.

Best BJ’s Wholesale Black Friday Android deals

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 – $220

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite – $78

BJ's Wholesale Black Friday

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

Galaxy Tab 3 Lite

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.

Fred Meyer

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)

Fred Meyer Black Friday

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

Galaxy Tab A 9.7

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.

Keep in mind a Tab 4 normally costs $150, a smaller Tab A $230 and a larger model $300.

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

Dell Black Friday

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.

Dollar General

Tracfone Alcatel OneTouch Pixi Glitz – $1

Net10 Alcatel OneTouch Pop Icon – $29

AT&T ZTE Maven prepaid – $19

ZTE Maven

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…

Sources: Walmart, BJ’s Wholesale, BF Ads

Black Friday 2015 Android deals roundup – Target, Sam’s Club, Staples, Office Depot and OfficeMax

No point beating around the bush. You all know what’s coming, and Best Buy already got the ball rolling by voluntarily divulging its full Black Friday 2015 deal roster ahead of time. More retailers quickly followed suit, some directly, others through unofficial channels and “unintentional” exposés, previewing their imminent generosity towards Android fans stateside.

Black Friday

Of course, Target, Sam’s Club, Staples, Office Depot and OfficeMax can only rival Best Buy’s promotion supremacy combined, even though the first merchant listed below exceeds BB’s revenue numbers by itself.

Then again, none of these four is focused primarily on consumer electronics vending, which explains why we had to tackle them in bulk to provide a satisfactory second installment in our Black Friday special offer roundup saga this year.

Best Black Friday 2015 Android deals at Target

Boost Mobile Motorola Moto E – $30

Free $250 gift card with Samsung Galaxy S6 and Note 5 purchases on installment plans

Galaxy S6 and Note 5 – $0.01 with Verizon or Sprint pacts

Target Black Friday deals

AT&T GoPhone ZTE Maven – $40

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 – $230 and free $30 gift card

Pebble Time – $130

Fitbit Charge HR – $119

Fitbit Surge – $200

Beats Solo2 headphones – $96.99

Beats Powerbeats 2 wireless – $150

Two of the best phones in the world offered gratis on-contract or bundled with nifty coupons, an ultra-low-cost prepaid duo, a respectable mid-range Lollipop slate at an all-time low price, a long-lasting, cross-platform smartwatch, heart rate-monitoring activity tracker, fitness “superwatch”, and sleek audio accessories from Dr. Dre.

Pebble Time

Quite the robust albeit short of remarkable list of Android-powered and Android-compatible bargains, many of which will be available as early as Thanksgiving Day evening, starting at 6 PM on November 26, both on and offline.

Our top recommendations? Probably the marked-down Pebble Time, up for grabs today at $170 on Amazon, and the twice discounted 9.7-inch Tab A, normally worth roughly $300. Not the ZTE Maven, though. Definitely not, considering the crappy display and sub-par cameras on deck.

Sam’s Club Black Friday 2015 Android preview

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 – $179

Galaxy Tab A 9.7 – $229

Fitbit Charge

Fitbit Charge bundle – $90

NRG wireless speaker – $25

$100 Google Play gift card – $79.64

“The best phones at prices too low to show”

You have to hand it to the membership-only warehouse club: it sure knows how to keep its customers on their toes while tempting outsiders to sign up. A “variety of phones” will apparently be available at phenomenal prices beginning the 26th, and Sam’s Club’s flyer unsubtly suggests the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge+ (likely the S6 Edge too) shall lead the pack.

Sam's Club Black Friday

Right now, we know there are $20 trims cooked up on Play Store vouchers, a $60 Tab A 8.0 cut compared to Amazon’s current ask, and some sort of promotional Fitbit Charge package set to cost around $25 less than the smart band alone. Not too shabby!

What to expect from Staples

Amazon Fire 7 tablet bundle – $55

$400 gift cards for Samsung Galaxy S6 Verizon purchases on monthly payment plans; $100 credit when you switch to the carrier; up to $200 for trade-ins

NuVision 7 – $40

Fire HD 8 – $150

Fire HD 10.1 – $230

Staples Black Friday

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite – $80

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 – $120

Galaxy Tab A 8.0 – $180

Galaxy Tab A 9.7 – $230

Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 – $350

Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 – $400

Amazon Fire 7

First of all, what the heck is a NuVision? Don’t answer that, it’s a rhetorical question. The fact of the matter is no obscure pad warrants more than a few pennies with the $50 Fire 7 out and about. Speaking of, that $55 bundle will also include a black case and 32 GB microSD card, so it’s arguably not the world’s ultimate steal, but it sounds awfully enticing when you’re down to your last Benjamin for holiday gifts.

The Fire HD 8 and 10 can already be nabbed for $150 and $230, albeit with sponsored screensavers and ads, whereas the Galaxy S6, well, the Galaxy S6 is triple discounted and hands down the headliner of the Staples Black Friday deal bonanza. Why spend upwards of 500 bucks on it when you can get paid yourself simply for owning it?

Just remember to set your alarm for early Friday morning, or buy online starting two weeks from Thursday.

Everything Office Depot and OfficeMax have in store this Black Friday

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite – $79.99

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 – $180

Office Depot Black Friday

Galaxy Tab A 9.7 – $230

NuVision 10.1 HD – $49.99

No-name selfie stick – $3.99

 “All tablets on sale”

4,000 mAh power bank – $4.99

10,000 mAh power bank – $14.99

Craig Bluetooth earbuds or headphones – $10

Plantronics M70 Bluetooth headset – $19.99

When these two companies combined to create the largest US office-supplies chain, we expected a stronger presence in the winter deal landscape than this. Granted, the promise of “all tablets on sale” sounds pretty great, but without names and numbers, we’re left with words.

Galaxy Tab A 8.0

Overall, the assortment of products making up the two Offices’ Black Friday blowout feels like a mixture of Staples scraps, which may not be far from the truth, given the three will soon unite under the banner of the bigger retailer.

Sub-$20 filler items are always nice… when you have a starting point for your shopping cart. That NuVision thing can’t be it, so as mundane as they look, you’ll need to settle for non-flagship Samsung Galaxy Tabs if you want to buy more than a slew of questionable mobile accessories manufactured by unknown businesses.

That’s it for today, our bargain-hunting friends, but obviously, there’s much more to come. We’ll be here over the next couple of weeks to give you sneak peeks of Black Friday 2015 discounts and offers from at least a dozen other stores, so keep in touch.

Sources: Staples, BFAds

Black Friday 2015 Android preview: here’s what Best Buy has planned

The black month has begun, and instead of ineffectively trying to keep a tight lid on the discounts to come, the smartest consumer electronics retailers gradually give away their November-end “surprises”, preferring to secure buzz and early headlines, possibly also curtailing traditional crowds and eliminating customer dissatisfaction.

Black Friday loading

You can no longer say you’ve stayed in line for hours, or awake all night following Thanksgiving Day only to end up empty-handed as Best Buy’s Black Friday 2015 promotion bash disappointed. There are almost four dozen Android-powered or Android-compatible items on the marked-down list this year, including a heap of newbies and established blockbusters, with more to come on the 26th and 27th as the first doorbusters go through their allotted stocks.

Before sinking our teeth deep into each and every smartphone, tablet, wearable device and mobile accessory soon to go on sale for special prices, a few quick “logistical” notes.

Number one: according to BB’s official BF flyer, stores will open at 5 PM on Thursday, November 26, i.e. Turkey Day, closing at 1 AM, then re-opening at 8. Number two: you’ll be able to order all the below, depending on inventory, online all day on actual Black Friday, presumably starting at midnight.


Number three, and most importantly, there are already a few pre-holiday deals in effect. The Samsung Galaxy S6 comes with free $250 gift cards as long as you commit to a lease or monthly installment plan, the Nabi DreamTab 8 kids’ slate costs $100 after a $30 trim, the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 is $150, and the Tab 4 10.1 $250. Not too shabby, you say? Wait until you see what lies ahead:

Black Friday 2015 – Best Buy Android smartphone promos

$250 gift card with Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, or S6 Edge+ activations

That’s more like it, including the two dual-curved handhelds people actually want in this complimentary coupon code scheme. Just remember you need to settle to Verizon, AT&T or Sprint off the bat.

Motorola Moto G second-gen unlocked – $100 ($50 off MSRP)

Moto E Verizon

Moto E 4G for Verizon prepaid – $9.99

Hold the phone! Is this offer for real? Most definitely, but it still feels unbelievable to get an LTE-capable Android device with Lollipop pre-installed, Marshmallow on the way, a quad-core SD400 processor under the hood, and 1GB RAM for the price of a fast food meal. No lengthy pacts required.

$200 off 32GB Samsung Galaxy Note 5 with Verizon or Sprint contracts

Boost Mobile Samsung Galaxy Prevail LTE – $40

Galaxy Prevail LTE

Boost Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4 – $230 no-contract

Virgin Mobile LG Tribute 2 – $19.99

T-Mobile prepaid LG Leon – $60

Uncertain which of the above lower-profile off-contract phones is the greatest bargain? Let’s just say the Galaxy Prevail currently goes for $80 on Amazon, the Tribute 2 sets you back $80 for Sprint use, and the Leon costs $70 at T-Mo. The GS4? It’s a little old to be taken into consideration, even compared with 2015 low-enders.

Black Friday 2015 – Best Buy tablet deals

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 – $400 ($100 off)

Amazon Fire 7

Amazon Fire 7 – $35 ($15 off)

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 – $230 ($70 off)

Galaxy Tab E 9.6 – $200 ($50 off)

Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 – $120

Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Kids – $99.99

Samsung, Samsung, Samsung again, Samsung a fourth and fifth time, and finally, Amazon. Believe it or not, the world’s cheapest brand-name Android pad will drop even further, to a measly 30 bucks with quad-core power, 1 gig of memory, microSD support, and up to 7-hour battery life.

The only way its e-commerce-specializing manufacturer can compete with Best Buy’s looming offer? If you get the 2015 Fire 7 by the six-pack, where the sixth copy is free, and thus, the per-unit price falls from $50 to $41. Fret not though, as Amazon’s Black Friday deals are yet to be revealed.

Black Friday 2015 – Best Buy savings on smartwatches and fitness bands

Samsung Gear S2 – $250 ($50 off)

Samsung Gear S2

$50 gift cards with second-gen Moto 360s

Misfit Flash – $15 (50 percent off)

Fitbit Zip – $40; Charge – $90; Charge HR – $120; Surge – $200

Jawbone Up2 – $50

Garmin Vivosmart – $80

Samsung Gear Fit

Samsung Gear Fit – $80

Samsung Gear 2 Neo – $130

We honestly don’t know where to start. The Gear S2 has literally just debuted in US stores, and Amazon obviously still charges $299 and up for it. The 2015 Moto 360 is also far from a market veteran, while the much older Gear Fit and Gear 2 Neo cost $120 and $200 respectively.

As for more “rudimentary”, sports and health-oriented wearables, the ultra-low-cost Misfit Flash is practically impossible to turn down, whereas niche champion Fitbit offers something for everybody, regardless of your budget and sensor requirements. The Charge HR is Amazon’s number one best seller in activity trackers at $140, the version without a heart rate monitor commands a regular price of $115, and the Surge “superwatch” costs $222 and up.

Black Friday 2015 – Best Buy mobile accessories deals

Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats 2 wireless Bluetooth earbuds – $99.99

30 to 50 percent off all Samsung phone and tablet cases

Powerbeats 2

40 percent off Logitech keyboards for select Samsung tablets

Samsung wireless charger – $30

64 GB Samsung microSDHC Class 10 memory card – $17.99

Sony Extra Bass over-the-ear Bluetooth headphones – $100

UE Boom portable Bluetooth speaker – $100

LG Tone Pro wireless headphones – $30

LG Tone Ultra – $50

Braven portable Bluetooth speaker – $48

LG Tone Ultra

Insignia portable Bluetooth stereo speaker – $10

Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 2 Bluetooth wireless speaker system – $150

Mophie Powerstation XL external battery pack charger – $50

We’ll be the first to admit it: not all these “steals” are as great as they seem. For instance, you can already score a respectable Samsung Qi no-cable charging pad for $24 from Best Buy’s competition. The Powerbeats 2 headphones are $130, so the imminent discount feels short of remarkable, while the cheapest 64 gig Samsung Evo microSD cards cost 20 bucks a pop.

Besides, the Samsung cases and keyboards on offer could be deducted by 50 percent, as advertised, or much less in reality compared to current tags that have nothing to do with MSRPs. Bottom line, if you see something too sweet to refuse in the accessories department at other sellers, maybe it’d be wise to take advantage and not hold off for Best Buy.

That’s clearly not the case for phones, tablets (particularly the Fire 7), smartwatches and smart bands, where even the most skilled bargain hunters will probably surrender and wait for the magic November 26 – 27 window.

Source: Best Buy

This week’s best deals on phones, tabs, wearables, and accessories: September 21 – 27

Following the highly anticipated commercial launches of Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5, the Android race has essentially come to a standstill. No one goes in, and no one goes out, until the fall floodgates open, with Sony, HTC, LG and Huawei among the tier 1 device manufacturers looking to take stores by storm during the holiday season using unannounced or, at least, unreleased gear.


The downside of shopping for discounted smartphones, tablets, wearable gadgets and mobile accessories before events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday is pretty obvious. But you might be surprised to find out there are also upsides to getting a jump on your end-of-the-year spending.

For one thing, a few of the below items may vanish by Thanksgiving, due to their advanced age and sequel imminence. Others have barely seen daylight, and so, holding off even a few weeks, let alone months, seems unnecessary torture.

Black Friday crowd

Last but not least, wouldn’t it be nice to dodge the holiday frenzy for a change? Simply order what you need or want today, and get it on your doorsteps in 24 or 48 hours, absolutely no fuss required? Admit it, it sounds… peaceful.

This week’s best smartphone deals


Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge – $610 unlocked in black; $619 emerald green

It’s a given at this point we’ll recommend at least one of the S6 – S6 Edge – Edge Plus – Note 5 group week in and week out. Today, it’s the turn of the lesser expensive dual-curved model to shine, dangerously closing the price gap to the standard, non-edgy GS6.

Galaxy S6 Edge

Can’t think of any applicability for the avant-garde design? Buy it for the fashion statement then, as well as the enduring Exynos 7420 processing power, 3 GB RAM, and 16/5 MP camera prowess.

LG G4 – $430 in red leather; $438 black leather; $439 brown leather; $441 and up non-leather versions

Another phone we’ve basically lost count of all the times we’ve endorsed. An instant classic. Different in almost every way from rival Samsung Galaxy flagships, and proud of it. MicroSD-capable, open to battery removal and replacement, slim-bezeled, subtly arched, excellent for both “normal” pic-taking and selfies, and above all, affordable by high-end standards. So much so that it may soon challenge the likes of the OnePlus 2 and Moto X Style.

LG G3 – $300 in black or white


We don’t have to remind you we’ve seen it go for less on eBay, but 300 bucks is hardly an extravagant ask, considering you get a Quad HD 5.5-inch display for the money, plus a 75 percent screen-to-body ratio, Snapdragon 801 SoC, 3 GB RAM, 3,000 mAh battery, Dolby mobile sound enhancements, and 13 MP dual-LED flash rear cam. Hurry, as inventory is likely running out.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact – $380

One last oldie but goldie in danger of extinction. Granted, it feels pricey, with a ho hum 720p panel in tow, “only” 2 gigs of memory, 2,600 mAh cell, and 2.2 MP front shooter. But if you’re a fan of easily pocketable phones, you still can’t do much better… until the Z5 Compact goes on sale.

Xperia Z3 Compact

Besides, the 20.7 MP main photographic unit is outstanding, and the water protection, with or without limitations, unique.

Samsung Galaxy Prevail LTE – $69.99 for Boost Mobile

Android 4.4 KitKat?! Thanks, but no thanks… is what we’d say if we had a better choice for 70 clams, LTE speeds included. But we don’t, given the newest Prevail model is also HD Voice enabled, and packs 64-bit quad-core Snapdragon 410 punch.

LG Tribute Duo – $69.99 no contract for Sprint

Never heard of this oddly named Tribute Duo? You may not forget it very easily now, seeing as how it offers 5.1 Lollipop goodies, quad SD410 muscle, and a simplified rear physical button design.

Tablet deals and steals


Amazon Fire 7 – $49.99

Fire 7

We know the branding is confusing, but try to keep your eyes on the price. That’s fifty American dollars, free of contractual obligations, no strings attached (aside from “special offers”), or $250 for a six-pack, which you can share with friends or family come Christmas.

Trust us, Santa Claus isn’t going to bring you a superior deal. Not when the world’s cheapest brand-name slate provides quad-core power, expandable storage, and up to seven hours of continuous “mixed” use between charges.

Fire HD 10 – $229.99

The lesser yet bigger brother of the Fire HDX 8.9 squeezes into a slimmer package than ever before, also lets you use microSD cards, and can last a little longer without hugging a wall. Not to mention the software experience is way closer to stock on Fire OS 5 “Bellini.”

Dell Venue 10 5050 – $193

We covered everything there was to cover about the 10 incher last week, when we deemed it a bargain… at $263 (!!!). Now, it’s 70 clams cheaper.

Top low-cost wearable purchases for the week


Fitbit One – $88

Fitbit One

We won’t act as if this is one of those great Apple Watch slayers. Thankfully (for Fitbit), it doesn’t have to be, at under $90, lacking advanced smartwatch functionality, but promising to accurately track your calories burned, stairs climbed, steps, distance covered and sleep quality, then delivering all the important stats and goals to both Androids and iPhones.

LG G Watch – $99.99

Only slightly costlier than a rudimentary fitness band… or clip, this ancient, physically unattractive intelligent timepiece pulls notifications from your handheld to your wrist, and displays Google Now cards on a rectangular 1.65-inch 280 x 280 glass, kept alive by a Snapdragon 400 chip and 400 mAh juicer.

Jawbone Up Move – $36

You can wear it on your wrist (with an optional strap), or hang it to various clothing items and accessories, and hands down the key selling point is the unobtrusive, slim, tiny body. You’ll literally forget you’re using it, until it’s time to check your daily progress towards losing weight, simply getting fit or sleeping right. Obviously, it’s cross-platform-compatible too.

Basis Peak – $149.99

Basis Peak

Billed as the “ultimate fitness and sleep tracker”, the Peak kinda sorta looks like a smartwatch, only uglier, bulkier and stiffer. But the monochrome low-power LCD screen is the best of both worlds, presenting your notifications, texts, emails and reminders on a large enough surface while at the same time helping the battery stay on for up to 4 days.

The part fitness band/part smartwatch hybrid is also “safe for swimming”, i.e. water-resistant to 5 ATM, and it monitors your heart rate 24/7, no separate accessories needed.

Mobile accessories on the cheap


RAVPower Wireless charging pad – $19.99 (50 percent off list)

Speaking of accessories, this cord-free charging station does what you expect with little to no fuss, minimal effort, and no compatibility issues. If you have a QI-enabled phone, any QI-enabled phone, and want to get rid of pesky cables, this 0.3 inches thin, 8.9 ounces contraption is definitely the way to go.

Samsung Fast Charge Qi Wireless charging pad – $69.97

Samsung fast charge wireless

Erroneously ranked #1 in new MP3 player car cradles & mounts Amazon releases, this does what the name suggests, and it does it well. Alas, the only gadgets that support fast wireless charging technology at the moment are the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5, capable of going from 0 to 100 capacity in around two hours.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 S-View flip cover folio case – $39.95

Galaxy Note 5 S-View

Why buy third-party covers when you’re sure this protective accessory fits your fancy new phablet like a glove, and keeps it shielded against scratches and (light) drops in style? Yes, it’s a tad expensive, but can you put a price on quality?

Plantronics Voyager PRO UC B230-M earset – $59.99 ($86 discount)

This Bluetooth headset targets professionals who want to have their hands “clean” and free while talking on the phone, with state-of-the-art noise cancellation, voice alerts, Smart Sensor technology, QuickPair functions, 6-hour autonomy, and so on, and so forth.

This week’s best deals on phones, tabs, wearables, and accessories : September 14 – 20

The back to school discount season is effectively over, IFA 2015 feels like a distant memory, the new iPhones and iPad Pro are official, and most Android device manufacturers have themselves debuted their holiday weapons.

Hot deals

Except for HTC, that is, possibly LG too, plus Google and Huawei, not to mention Microsoft, and whoever might be gracious enough to help Redmond get Windows 10 Mobile off the ground. When we put it that way, it certainly appears there’s a lot on the horizon for gadget lovers, and we haven’t even mentioned the Galaxy S7, or HTC’s radically redesigned O2.

Of course, if you let the “next big thing” influence you into holding off a new Android purchase, the cycle will go on and on, and you’ll never buy anything. Besides, as fall competition heats up, it’s raining hot deals over at Amazon, and it’d be a shame to miss out on the following:

This week’s top smartphone promotions


Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ – $728 unlocked in gold platinum


We realize it may appear silly to call the $700+ dual-curved Sammy flagship a bargain, but since the iPhone 6s Plus starts at $749 with a humble Full HD screen, 2 GB RAM, and 12 MP rear camera in tow, the bang for buck factor of the S6 Edge+ feels irresistible.

Remember, what you’re getting here is a one-of-a-kind Lollipop phablet, stylish and curvy, yet tough as nails, with Exynos 7420 power, 4 gigs of memory, Quad HD Super AMOLED glory, 16 and 5 MP cams, as well as 3,000 mAh battery juice.

Google/Motorola Nexus 6 – $349.99 unlocked

Once upon a time sold for a whopping $650 outright, the soon to be refreshed stock Android giant is desperate to finally break into the mainstream, and thus sticks to the heavily reduced tag from a couple of weeks back.

Probably not for long though, as the Huawei-made sequel is nigh, and Amazon inventory is running short, with 9 to 11 days now listed as a shipping date approximation for the cloud white 32 GB version.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua – $249.99 ($50 savings)

Xperia M4 Aqua

While waiting for the Japanese OEM’s clarification on the matter of Xperia Z5 waterproofing, maybe we can get you interested in the increasingly affordable M4 Aqua. Based on the name, this upper mid-range 5 incher should really let you take photos underwater, and swim without worries up to 30 minutes in 1.5 meter depths.

It’s obviously nowhere near as high-res as the Z5 Premium, but 2 GB RAM, an octa-core Snapdragon 615 chip, and Android 5.0 software make the Xperia M4 Aqua a very smart sub-$250 buy.

LG G Stylo – $109.99 for Boost Mobile

Typically available for close to $200 on prepaid plans, and recently trimmed to $150 or so, the pen-wielding big guy has dropped to Moto E levels of extreme budget friendliness, despite rocking robust specs such as 720p screen resolution, quad-core punch, 8 and 5MP shooters, and a hefty 3,000 mAh ticker.

LG Volt 2 no contract – $99.99 at Boost

LG Volt 2

Significantly smaller and less powerful than the G Stylo, the second-gen Volt also lacks stylus support, but still manages to pull off a decent quality – price ratio at a Benjamin, thanks chiefly to a sharp 294 ppi 5-inch display, super-slim bezels, 5 megapixel selfie camera, 2,540 mAh cell, and pre-installed Android 5.1 Lollipop treats.

Tablet deals and steals


Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 – $350 certified refurbished with 32 GB storage

Before the iPad Pro could challenge Microsoft’s business-friendly Surface Pro roster, an Android alternative failed to do so on account of being ridiculously overpriced. But that’s no longer an issue, at least if you don’t mind a pre-owned, like-new 12.2-inch Tab Pro configuration, which is gearing up to swap KitKat for Lollipop as we speak worldwide.

Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2

In addition to modern, silky smooth software, the gargantuan Galaxy Tab has expandable storage going for it too, as well as 2,560 x 1,600 screen resolution, 3 gigs of RAM, and up to 13-hour endurance between charges.

Dell Venue 10 5050 – $263 ($86 off list)

Known to some of you as the 5000 Series, this versatile 10 incher can seamlessly transform into an extra-productive mini-laptop aided by a keyboard sold separately. Even in tablet mode, it stands out with a nine-hour battery life, 32 GB internal storage (microSD card slot also included in the equation), Full HD+ panel, Intel Atom processing power, Android 5.0, 2 GB memory, and stereo speakers.

Asus ZenPad 10 Z300C-A1 – $168

Asus ZenPad 10

It’s not easy to recognize one ZenPad variant from the other half a dozen models, but at less than $170, you can probably guess this isn’t among the highest-end configs. It’s a lowly contender for the not-so-successful iPad Air 2 in every department but one – RAM, where it actually matches Apple’s 2 GB non-Pro propositions.

Acer Iconia One 8 32 GB – $140

Do you like your slates smaller, more compact, and easier to carry around, at the risk of mistaking them for oversized phones? Then pray Amazon doesn’t run out of Iconia One stock soon, or that the e-tailer shall replenish it before long, and keep the price tag as is, with Intel inside, ample digital hoarding room, and a slim design.

Wearable bargains for the week


Pebble Steel – $129.99 black matte

$55 cheaper than the entry-level, non-metallic Pebble Time, the OG Steel remains a nice choice for unpretentious wrist-worn gadget enthusiasts, shining in build quality, battery life, water resistance, and doing a decent job of bringing your vital Android notifications from the pocket to the hand with little to no effort.

Asus ZenWatch – $149

Asus ZenWatch

Let’s face it, the follow-up isn’t much of a step forward. Not as far as capabilities go, and not from an aesthetic standpoint. It’s good there’s a choice now between two sizes, but if the original fits and feels good on your wrist, do not hesitate to grab it, as it looks cool, and offers all the Android Wear essentials.

Alcatel OneTouch Watch – $113 in M/L size

Far, far prettier than the IFA-announced Go Watch, this Android and iOS-compatible timepiece is likely the cheapest of its circular kind, with water and dust protection also part of the package, not to mention all your fundamental fitness features: steps, calories, sleep and heart rate tracking.

Jawbone Up3 – $119.99 (33 percent off)

Jawbone Up3

The massive discount on one of the most popular activity trackers around may feel too good (and hefty) to be true, and in under 24 hours, it’ll be gone. So, act soon, and get your copy of the “world’s most advanced health tracker”, with personalized Smart Coach guidance, one-week autonomy, and a remarkable host of fitness monitoring functions.

LeapFrog LeapBand – $16.99

Don’t look at this through your adult eyes. Look at it as if you were four years old again. Still ugly? Well, it’s as inexpensive as an inanimate doll or action figure while getting your kid moving in a fun, interactive, engaging way. The parental controls are of course a key selling point, and the fitness band is water-resistant so as to keep up with your naughty munchkin.

Mobile accessories on the cheap


TaoTronics Bluetooth wireless sport headphones – $20.99

TaoTronics headphones

While people were never really charged 100 bucks for a pair of rudimentary earbuds, we wouldn’t be shocked to see TaoTronics and Amazon soon up their ask to $50, give or take. Perfect for running, jogging or exercising, the cable-free headphones provide 5 hours of continuous talking or music time, with CVS Noise Cancellation 6.0 technology, as well as a quartet of sound quality-improving drivers.

RAVPower 3,350 mAh portable charger – $7.99

This external power bank is ultra-low-priced, super-tiny, ergonomically designed, robust, and above all, capable of getting your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ from 0 to 100 percent battery capacity in one go. Enough said!

Aukey EP-B9 wireless stereo Bluetooth headset – $16.99

Made for talking, not listening to music, this is a professional-looking contraption, it’s lightweight and easy to use, backed by an 18-month warranty, and endowed with active noise cancellation, high-clarity sound, as well as four-hour endurance.

This week’s best deals on phones, tabs, wearables, and accessories: September 7 – 13

With a fairly exciting and eventful IFA 2015 trade show behind us (full roundup coming soon), and only a prospectively humdrum Apple iPhone 6s/6s Plus introductory affair close-by, our Android-devoted readers have but a couple of options for short-term time fillers.


You can overanalyze the products unveiled in Berlin last week, and wait for them to actually go on sale, likely alongside a couple of new Nexus handhelds and whatnot, or seize the day, understand this is the perfect time to purchase slightly older gear at unbeatable prices, and go for it.

Carpe diem feels almost like the unofficial motto of our weekly deal gathering section here, so let’s see what are some of today’s best smartphone, tablet, wearable, and mobile accessory buys:

This week’s top Android handheld promotions


LG G4 – $448 factory unlocked in brown leather; $453 in black; $457 in metallic gold


We’re not going to lie, and claim the G4 is in any way better than Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge+. Well, other than selfie prowess, expandable storage friendliness, and battery removability. But it’s so much cheaper, you’ll gladly give up the dual curves and embrace the leathery construction, or settle for hexa-core Snapdragon 808 power in lieu of octa Exynos 7420.

The bang for buck is simply superior, following a series of LG discounts, and so, the G4 can be safely deemed the ultimate back-to-school flagship bargain.

LG G3 – $0 down with AT&T financing, $200 gift card included

Wait, wait, wait, so Amazon and Ma Bell are paying you to get the classic G3 off their hands? That’s bananas, considering the “veteran” runs contemporary Lollipop, sports a high-caliber Quad HD 5.5-inch display, and packs a quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC that’s perhaps not as speedy as an 810, but it’s at least cool as a cucumber.

LG G3 – $211 in used, “very good” condition for AT&T off-contract

It’s the same phone, just pre-owned, free of contractual obligations, and sold through the always reliable Amazon Warehouse with “small cosmetic imperfections” or “small scratches on screen.” Risky but enticing.

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra – $239.99

Xperia T2 Ultra

Recently updated to Android 5.1 Lollipop, the beastly 6 incher fails to amaze in image quality or sheer muscle, but it’s relatively lightweight, at 172 grams, skinny (7.7 mm), and long-lasting, courtesy of a 3,000 mAh battery.

The 13 megapixel rear-facing camera isn’t half bad either, given the T2 Ultra is ultimately a mid-range soldier.

Lenovo Vibe Shot – $370

Look out, OnePlus 2, you have serious competition in the sub-$400 market segment! Particularly as far as photo buffs and selfie addicts are concerned, spoiled by Lenovo with remarkable triple-LED 16 MP and 8 MP snappers.


We know a few power users who would have preferred to pay a little extra and score an SD808 chip instead of a 615, but guess you can’t always get what you want.

LG G Stylo – $147 for Boost Mobile

Not very keen to abandon your top-level, “big four” member carrier for a prepaid subsidiary of the least popular in that quartet? Well, the G Stylo isn’t easy to turn down, what with its productivity-enhancing pen capabilities, Lollipop software, large 5.7-inch 720p display, high 73 percent screen-to-body ratio, 8 and 5 MP cams, 4G LTE connectivity, and sizable 3,000 mAh juicer.

Tablet deals and steals


Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 GSM factory unlocked – $510

Whew, that’s an extravagant tag for an iPad rival with specs that strikingly resemble last year’s cream of the crop. Yet the cellular support, high-res Super AMOLED panel, robust octa-core processor, and phenomenally slim 5.6 mm profile should more than justify the purchase for anyone who enjoys the large-screen Android experience and ecosystem.

Galaxy Tab S2 8.0

LG G Pad 7.0 4G LTE for AT&T – $0.01 with two-year contracts

Sorry, Samsung, you too, Sony and Lenovo, this is LG’s week, and it’s physically impossible for someone to offer a better tablet deal than this gratis 7-inch G Pad. It’s by no means a powerhouse, that much is clear, with overall sub-par features including 3 and 1.3 MP cams, 8 GB internal storage, and a 4,000 mAh cell.

Surprisingly, the on-board software nowadays is top-notch, with Lollipop and a slew of practical LG proprietary add-ons, and the 1,280 x 800 pix res display, as well as the quad-core Snapdragon 400 chip aren’t that bad. Also, it’s free, and who doesn’t like free stuff?

Lenovo IdeaTab A8-50 – $112.50

Why cough up $110+ for a Jelly Beaner that’s arguably uglier than the G Pad 7.0? Well, it’s bigger, for one thing, provides twice the data hoarding room, more than respectable 8-hour battery life, and sharp Dolby Audio sound.

Best wearable deals for the week


Huawei Watch – $349.99 stainless steel with black suture leather strap (shipping September 17)

Huawei Watch

We know, we know, it’s crazy to charge 350 bucks for an Android Wear timepiece when the trendy Apple Watch starts at… $350. But is it really, when the design is so cool, you’re offered both Android and iOS compatibility, plus a vibrant full circle AMOLED panel with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, heart rate monitoring, and advanced fitness tracking of all sorts?

Stop being so uptight about China-made gadgets, and admit the Huawei Watch is well worth $350! Besides, guess what, your precious, “premium” Apple Watch is also made in China.

Pebble Time – $195

It’s simple. If you can afford it, don’t give it a second thought, and grab the Huawei Watch! If not, there’s always the Pebble Time, and as you’ll find out in a few seconds, the Sony SmartWatch 3. The Pebble Time doesn’t run Android Wear, but that actually helps with autonomy. And so does the somewhat lackluster color e-paper display.

Straightforward, functional and water-resistant, this is definitely not for fashionistas. Everyone else would be lucky to own it, not to mention receive it as a Christmas gift in three months or so.

Sony SmartWatch 3 – $182.50 (39 percent off list)

Sony SmartWatch 3

After flying well under our radar for many months, the SW3 was discounted, and discounted, and discounted until it finally became a heavyweight contender. What’s odd is its sequel hasn’t been announced yet, a full year on the back of SW3’s launch, which perhaps suggests a major redesign, requiring more time than expected.

Misfit Flash – $23.99

No typos, no zero overlooked. The Flash fitness and sleep monitor is really less than 25 bucks. As such, it’s extremely minimalistic and rudimentary. However, it gets the job done, counting your steps, tracking distance covered, calories burned, etc., etc.

Mobile accessories on the cheap


LUXA2 TX-200 dual wireless charging station – $49.99

Dual wireless charging station

Now this is what we call an ingenious appliance. Of course, you’ll only find it useful if you happen to own at least two Qi-enabled smartphones, or if that cable-hating childhood friend tends to crash at your place every other day.

Fenix ultra-portable wireless Bluetooth speaker – $9.99 (down from $29.99)

It’s not particularly powerful, so don’t expect it to be enough to get the party started. On the bright side, it’s colorful, playful, universally compatible with Android devices, capable of lasting up to five hours between charges, and very, very small.

Aukey 3,300 mAh portable external battery charger – $9.99

Aukey 3300

You know our motto – no traveling without a USB power bank, and no weekly deal roundup without recommending a super-cheap, ultra-reliable model. This one’s not colossal in capacity, but will still take care of your S6 Edge+ and have a little something left in the robust, aluminum tank.

Sony SRSX5 portable NFC Bluetooth wireless speaker system – $107.99

Another item that very rarely misses the cut in our promo collections is a Bluetooth speaker. And those things don’t come much better than the 20 watt-producing SRSX5 with Bluetooth audio streaming support, AAC, aptX, subwoofer, and dual passive radiators for 50 Hz to 20 kHz sound.

This week’s best deals on phones, tabs, wearables and accessories : August 31 – September 6

With IFA 2015 literally just hours away, and an avalanche of exciting new mobile gadgets on the verge of taking over the already crowded and competitive Android landscape, you’re probably inclined to wait at least a few more days before committing to a tech purchase of any nature.


The fault with that “philosophy” is the world doesn’t revolve around what will happen in Berlin, Germany in the next 96 hours or so, as the start of the school year is also nigh, and electronics retailers want to make your transition from summer, holiday and relaxation to work, homework and stress as smooth as possible.

Enter a boatload of last-minute back-to-school deals, as well as pre-IFA promotions with devices due for upgrades in the spotlight:

This week’s best smartphone buys


Samsung Galaxy S6 – $525 unlocked in white; $530 gold; $535 blue; $538 black


The non-edgy Galaxy S flagship is less than six months old, yet it already feels outdated compared to not one, not two, but three other members of the high-end family. Hence, it’s no surprise it’s just hit a new all-time low price over on Amazon, which is roughly $175 off its original no-contract MSRP.

Granted, $525 is still not exactly what we’d call cheap, but let’s not forget such a tag seemed unattainable for “hero” Androids a year or two back.

Sony Xperia Z3+ – $519

Why in the world would a sane person grab this “underwhelming” flagship spin-off mere hours in advance of Xperia Z5 and Z5 Premium’s formal announcements? And why would anyone prefer it over the GS6?

It’s simple – it’s really not that bad for the money, with water and dust resistance in tow, a classic, time-honored design, robust Snapdragon 810 SoC, 3 GB RAM, 20.7 MP rear camera, 5 MP selfie shooter, 32 GB internal storage space and microSD support.

Motorola Moto E – $39.99 on Sprint prepaid

Look, we’re not going to lie to you and claim you’ll get great bang from the OG Moto E, but you don’t have to spend a lot of bucks either. It is what it is, namely a humble 4.3 incher with dual-core Snapdragon 200 punch, sub-2,000 mAh battery juice, Android 5.1 Lollipop goodies on the way, and available for 7 percent (!!!) of Galaxy S6’s unlocked price. In other words, you could buy one S6, or 13 (!!!) Moto Es.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha – $259.99


A genuine trend-setter, the first metal-framed Samsung phone in history probably nears extinction, but deserves to go out with a bang, running Android 5.0 on the software side of things, and standing out in the hardware department thanks to a fast and furious Snapdragon 801 CPU and 2GB RAM.

It also accommodates 32 gigs of data locally, which is something considering the discounted tariff, and measures 6.7 mm in depth while tipping the scales at an impressively slender 115 grams.

HTC Desire 610 – $115

It’s archaic, having been released in May 2014, stuck on KitKat, low-res (960 x 540 pixels), and plasticky as all hell. But it’s inexpensive as well, plus lightweight, quad-core-powered (Snapdragon 400), equipped with a respectable 8 MP rear cam, and front-facing BoomSound stereo speakers.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 – $762

Galaxy Note 5

In what world is a $700+ smartphone a good deal in 2015, when affordable gear controls the free market? In a world where the newest top-tier S Pen phablet can’t be scored for less sans contractual obligations, with the freedom of network choice.

Of course, you could always wait… months and months, and see the tag reduced to, say, $660, maybe $680. But where’s the fun in caution?

Tablet deals and steals


Lenovo Tab 2 A7-30 – $78

Last week, we gave our vote of confidence to the $99 Tab 2 A8. Now, the 7 incher is more than 20 bucks cheaper, and while it’s clearly no powerhouse, it provides quad-core processing speed and 8-hour battery life at a fifth of the Galaxy Tab S2 8.0’s valuation.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 – $399.99

Galaxy Tab S2 8.0

First we criticize this bad boy’s price, and then we deem it a “steal?” Well, yeah, because its 8.4-inch predecessor is ridiculously available for $400 also with half the storage space, a slightly laggier chip, thicker profile, extra bulk and an overall less attractive design. Granted, last year’s diminutive Tab S edition still offers an unrivaled display ppi and superior endurance. Then again, which generation you think will get Marshmallow first?

HP Slate S7 – $89

It’s not the world’s cheapest 7-inch slate, but it’s surely in the top three when it comes to sub-$100 bang for buck, with Tegra 4 power, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB flash memory, 7 hours+ autonomy, stylus capabilities, and 5 MP main photographic unit.

Best Android-compatible wearable deals for the week


Motorola Moto 360 – $142 in stone grey leather

Moto 360

We know we’ve been nagging you for months to score the original Moto 360 before it’s too late, but now, it’s serious. This may very well be your last chance. And you’re getting the lowest ever price. Besides, the sequel doesn’t look much handsomer, seems to retain the controversial “flat tire”, and likely only improves the internals incrementally.

LG Watch Urbane – $279

We’re uncertain if “Nemo” is a thing, and if it’s headed to IFA, but with the $1,200 gold-plated Watch Urbane Luxe already out, we’re sure you can appreciate the rapidly dropping sub-$300 bill of the “standard” Watch Urbane. Standard yet decidedly premium, with first-class build materials, a full circle 1.3-inch P-OLED display and, before long, iPhone compatibility in addition to universal Android handheld support.

Huawei TalkBand B2 – $162

Seeing as how the Huawei Watch is shaping up to be quite the extravagant “investment” for most down-to-earth early wearable adopters, this looks like perfect timing to bring the much more minimalistic TalkBand B2 back in the limelight.

Huawei TalkBand B2

By no means a fancy device, the activity tracker adequately does what you’ve come to expect from such gizmos, and it doubles as a Bluetooth headset. Ingenious!

Razer Nabu X – $39.99

Speaking of not-very-fancy wearables benefiting from the rollout of their more advanced cousins, the Nabu X trades the revamped Nabu’s touchscreen for a rudimentary 3-color LED notification system, but promises to keep you fit and informed of what’s happening in your pocket nonetheless. It also lasts up to a week of typical use between charges, or a whopping month in standby.

Mobile accessories promotions


Tech Armor Samsung Galaxy Note 5 HD clear screen protectors – $5.91 (3-pack)

Words are really useless as far as this item is concerned. You all know what it does, you all know Tech Armor, and you know 6 bucks is a bargain.

Galaxy Note 5 Verus case – $16.99

Galaxy Note 5 case

Billed as “refined, functional, and practical”, and letting your phone’s “natural beauty shine unhindered”, this protective cover may feel a little overpriced, but vows to shield your precious new phone from the most “serious” falls, as well as mundane drops and contacts with hard surfaces. Plus, it’s much better-looking and slimmer than your typical bulky, rugged handheld container.

Pleson Ultra-slim Qi wireless charger – $12.99 (74 percent off)

Pleson wireless charger

Compatible with Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, but also other Qi-capable devices from a number of manufacturers, this charger eliminates the fuss of cables at a phenomenally low price. That’s all it does, that’s all it needs to do.

Tech Armor ActivePower 12,000 mAh power bank – $29.71

Let’s say you’re on the road, and both the spanking new Galaxy Note 5 and Tab S2 wither in front of your very eyes. This portable external charger can juice them up simultaneously from 0 to 100. And you’ll still have at least 5,000 mAh capacity left in the tank for a third, or even third and fourth gadget.

This week’s best deals on phones, tabs, wearables and accessories: August 24 – 30

Wake you up when September ends? It hasn’t even begun, and besides, the latter stages of August feel so much more fun. Mobile bargain hunters are spoiled with a number of clearances on products set to be refreshed as leaves start to fall, and power users need not spend fortunes on ageless flagships.


By ageless, of course, we mean a little older than the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, LG G4 or Watch Urbane, slightly less impressive and flashy, but perhaps far superior from a quality – pricing ratio standpoint. Don’t take our word for granted, and stay tuned as we once again gather the best discounted troops for the week:

Smartphone deals and steals


LG G Flex 2 – $328 factory unlocked in titan silver


$328 isn’t $290, but Amazon isn’t eBay either, and the promotion also has no visible expiration date attached. Technically part of the early 2015 wave of Android heroes, the second-gen “banana phone” feels closer to 2014 flagships, starting off with 2GB RAM and sporting a 5.5-inch Full HD screen.

Of course, the panel is beautifully and futuristically curved, you get 32GB internal storage space and microSD support, the 13 MP rear camera provides dual-LED flash, and the 3,000 mAh battery should be enough to get you through a full work’s day. Not so 2014 now, huh?

LG Nexus 5 – $308.50

This one doesn’t feel old, it is old, having been released in the fall of 2013 and finally looking for a sequel by October. Why spend $300+ on an archaic slab of silicon? Because it’s Android 5.1 upgradeable, for one thing, and likely due for a subsequent 6.0 Marshmallow promotion before long.

Also, you can’t put a price on the OG N5’s history, its build quality and the perfect blend of stock software and… respectable hardware. Even by today’s standards, Snapdragon 800 power, 2GB RAM and Full HD 5-inch resolution ain’t half bad.

Huawei P8 lite – $238

Huawei P8 lite

We’re not yet ready to forgive Huawei for snubbing America as they spread the P8 and P8 max love, but the P8 lite’s better and better bang for buck sweetens the blow a little. This unibodied metallic hunk would have knocked everybody’s socks off a few years ago, with a 7.7 mm wasp waist, 5-inch 720p IPS LCD panel, home cooked octa-core SoC, 2 gigs of memory and 13 MP dual-LED flash rear camera.

Now, it’s a decidedly mid-range gizmo, but boy, does it look handsome!

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua – $269.99

We’ll be honest with you. At $300, the M4 Aqua was not worth it. For 30 bucks less, it’s hardly a bargain, but it’s clearly more enticing. It’s waterproof up to 1.5 meter and 30 minutes, Full HD-capable on a large 5-inch piece of LCD glass, quad-core-endowed, Lollipop-running and great both for “normal” photos and selfies, courtesy of 13 and 5 MP snappers.

Xperia M4 Aqua

Posh Ultra 5.0 LTE – $69.99 ($90 off MSRP)

Posh Mobile?!? They haven’t been around for long, have they? Little more than a year, for the record, which isn’t enough time to build a reliable brand or any sort of reputation without the social media skills of OnePlus.

Let us inaugurate some word of mouth then, as the Ultra 5.0 LTE shames sub-$100 rivals, with LTE network speeds, a 5-inch HD display, quad-core Snapdragon CPU, 1GB RAM, 2,230 mAh battery juice, KitKat software and 8 MP/2 MP cams. It definitely warrants a few test drives, out of curiosity alone. Who’s in?

Best tablet deals for the week


LG G Pad 10.1 – $205.99 (down from $250)


The follow-up has literally just been unveiled, and it’s so much better in essentially every department, from screen resolution to random-access memory to processing power. It’s no wonder therefore the OG has become irresistibly cheap, what with its sleek looks, spacious ROM, Lollipop readiness and decent battery life.

Lenovo Tab2 A8 – $99

The ruler of the “slowly decaying” PC landscape is desperate to breathe fresh air into its mobile portfolio, and when the wow factor is missing, your only shot at glory is an ultra-low price point. $99 feels a-mazing with 8 inches of HD glass in the equation, as well as Lollipop treats, 16GB data hoarding room, 8-hour endurance between charges and stereo speakers.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 8 – $238.99


The differentiating factor is in the name here, i.e. versatility and adaptability to various user modes. A multitasking beast, the compact Yoga also lasts an eternity on a single charge and offers top-notch photography muscle, plus a sound system for the ages.

Smartwatches and fitness trackers on the cheap


Motorola Moto 360 – $149.99 in light metal or champagne gold metal

How many times have we recommended the circular Moto 360 as the ultimate budget-friendly Android Wear purchase in these regular deal roundups? Five, ten times? It’s not enough. Especially when it uses such premium materials, the watch is a no-brainer buy at 150 clams. For men and women, which is not what we can say about most of the 360’s competitors.

Samsung Gear Fit – $99.99

Samsung Gear Fit

Powered by Tizen, not Android, but compatible with a slew of Samsung-made Android phones and tabs, the Gear Fit obviously focuses on fitness, motivating its owner to stay healthy and tracking your vitals throughout the day.

Unlike the vast majority of sub-$100 activity bands, this one sports a pretty large, colorful and sharp Super AMOLED display. Good for looks and notifications, bad for autonomy.

Fitbit Surge – $221.31

Fitbit Surge

The “fitness superwatch” looks a little awkward and bulky, and isn’t very advanced in the whole communicating with your smartphone area, but is the equivalent of the Holy Grail for sports nuts. It accurately monitors steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, active minutes, not to mention heart rate and sleep quality. And it’s able to distinguish between running, biking, cross training and cardio workouts.

Yes, it’s pricier than a Moto 360, but that’s because it gets certain jobs done better.

Fitbit Charge – $101.97 (22 percent off)

In a nutshell, this is the poor man’s Surge, with a much smaller screen, no HR functions and a general lack of pizazz. But it’s a measly Benjamin!

Mobile accessories promotions


T-Mobile complete SIM starter kit – $5.99

In the market for an unlocked handheld or slate compatible with the nation’s number one “Uncarrier?” You’ll also need a SIM card, and possibly, standard to micro to nano adapters. Here, you get them all for almost half their typical tariff.

RAVPower 6,000 mAh Luster portable charger – $10.99


No weekly deal roundup without at least one super-affordable external power bank! Those are the unwritten rules, and for the umpteenth time lately, RAVPower makes the cut, with a speedy, elegant, intelligent and universally compatible juicer.

How large is 6,000 mAh? Plenty to fully charge the Galaxy S6 twice, and still have a little something left in the tank.

Waloo universal wireless Bluetooth in-ear headset – $19.99

Small, low-profile and decently powerful, this headset lets you listen to music without standing out too much, as well as wirelessly receive and reject calls, and send messages to people you want to ignore using simply your voice and an ingenious text-to-speech engine.

Trusound Audio T2 Hi-Fi Bluetooth portable speaker – $67.95 ($32 savings)


360-degree stereo sound, built-in omni-directional microphone, 33 feet wireless range, up to 10-hour battery life, a high performance bass subwoofer, 5-watt amplifier, 52 mm driver and CSRTM Bluetooth chipset. That’s some high-tech speaker right there!

This week’s best deals on phones, tabs, wearables and accessories: August 3 – 9

After a short vacation and well-deserved break from the crazy world of gadget promotions, we’re back with a bang and ready to end your discount withdrawal. No more headaches, dizziness and general state of anguish. It’s time for the latest weekly fix of Android-powered and Android-compatible gear deal roundup.


To ensure your addiction doesn’t spin out of control all of a sudden, the assortment of bargains is as diverse as it is rich today. This way, everybody can find something to tickle their fancy, but unless you suffer from multiple personality disorder, you’ll likely settle for a couple of purchases, tops. Let the games begin… again:

This week’s best Android smartphone deals


ZTE Axon Pro – $450 factory unlocked

ZTE Axon Pro

450 bucks is this Snapdragon 810 juggernaut’s list price, so you’re not looking at a “deal” per se. Still, the Axon Pro is basically the textbook definition of a steal, offering the kind of first-class specifications other OEMs charge north of $600 for sans contractual obligations.

Specifically, Quad HD 5.5-inch display resolution, 4 GB RAM (!!!), 32 GB internal storage, a snazzy rear-facing 13 MP + 2 MP dual camera arrangement, 8 MP selfie shooter, Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software and 3,000 mAh battery with fast charging technology.

Motorola Moto G (3rd generation) – $179.99 in black or white

Speaking of devices not technically discounted but available for irresistible fees nonetheless, the just-unveiled G3 is a dream come true. It’s handsome, withstands water interaction, promises to last 24 hours between charges and all while packing 64-bit quad-core Snapdragon 410 punch.

Not to forget the dual-LED flash 13 MP main photographic unit or secondary 5 MP selfie virtuoso. The icing on the cake? Why, vanilla Lollipop experience, of course.

Motorola Moto G (2nd generation) – $149.99

Moto G 2014

As a rule of thumb, it’s always wise to buy aging gadgets just before or after the rollout of sequels. Last year’s Moto G is no exception, although a further $20 or so trim would be more than welcome. Ultimately, the $30 gap feels a little small when the OG G only sports 8 and 2 MP cams, plus a skinny 2,070 mAh cell.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge – $669 factory unlocked

The S6 Edge Plus is nigh (really, really nigh), so naturally, the “standard” Edge is in the middle of a price reduction process. Don’t wait too long, though, given the “successor” will actually cater to a somewhat different target audience, with a considerably larger screen in tow.

BLU Studio 6.0 HD – $131

Does bigger + cheaper = better? Then you can’t possibly do better than BLU’s quad-core, 720p, 8 MP snapshot-producing KitKat 6 incher. Such a shame you’ll probably need a man purse to carry the 206-gram “brick” around.

Best affordable tablets to purchase right now


Asus MeMo Pad 7 ME176CX – $99 in black or red

Asus ME176CX

It’s sleek, relatively powerful, courtesy of a quad-core Intel Atom chip and 1 gig of RAM, and the 1,280 x 800 7-inch IPS panel isn’t horrible at sub-$100 either. Clearly aimed at cash-strapped fashionistas, the ultra-portable slate feels like a digital hoarder’s wet dream as well, with a 16 GB ROM and 500 GB gratis Asus WebStorage space.

Google Nexus 9 – starting at $359 with 16 GB storage; $390 in 32 gig configuration

Nobody knows if a new Nexus tab is in the pipeline this year (probably not), but even if it is, HTC’s high-end 2014 installment will definitely remain a must-buy for months to come. At a little over $350, it offers a whole lot, including a sharp 4:3 display going up against Apple’s best Retinas, Tegra K1 power and silky smooth Lollipop UI.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 – $136

Galaxy Tab 4 7.0

Between premium Tab S releases and mid-tier A and Es, we bet you can’t put your finger on the approximate time of Tab 4 7.0’s commercial debut. Let us help you – spring of 2014. Oh, now you remember? Hopefully, you’ll keep the slashed tag in mind and realize the KitKat software, quad-core SoC, 1,280 x 800 screen and 1.5 GB RAM aren’t half bad.

Smartwatches and fitness trackers on the cheap


Pebble Time – $199.99 in black, red or white

Pebble Time

The Kickstarter exclusivity period has wrapped up, Amazon’s $20 premium is no more, and limited quantities are also a thing of the past. Time to show Cupertino how it’s done! It being a robust, colorful and durable wearable device with the bare necessities of a smartwatch brought to your wrist.

Pebble Steel – $149.99

Now this is a tough choice to make. Color e-paper display, thinner but plasticky chassis, more advanced UI and higher price or affordability, metallic exterior, bulk and rudimentary software? How about you wait for the Time Steel and save some extra cash in the meantime?

LG Watch Urbane – $303 in silver

LG Watch Urbane

Not digging Time Steel’s style? The Watch Urbane is a very trendy option, with a perfectly round and aluminum unibody, plus overall impressive hardware. Battery life unfortunately remains a major concern, especially with the standalone Wi-Fi enabled.

Jawbone Up3 – $149.99

It’s not easy to recommend a basic activity tracker that lacks anything resembling the most primitive screen and yet costs as much as a previous-generation premium Pebble timepiece. But the Up3 obviously hides a number of aces up its sleeve, starting with a leading-edge “smart coach” system delivering personalized insights, recommendations, alerts and notifications.

Mobile accessories deals for the week


Mpow iSnap Pro 3-in-1 selfie stick – $13.99 (53 percent off)

MPow iSnap Pro

It extends, it adjusts, it’s remote operable, fairly elegant… for an otherwise tacky type of accessory and, above all, it’s cheap. If you must feed your narcissism, at least do it in style and don’t spend a fortune for a rod.

Multi-angle portable stand for tablets and smartphones – $12.50

Once again, we feel comfortable recommending an economical cart filler that also looks cool and, unlike vulgar selfie sticks, works towards a noble purpose – watching videos or viewing photos as seamlessly and effortlessly as possible.

Photive 50 watt 6 port USB desktop rapid charger – $24.95


If you like to entertain, and guests always end up fighting for the limited power outlets at your place, this wall charger will make sure the number of sockets available at any given time stops being a problem. Even better, it facilitates up to 10 amps charging across its six hubs with overcharge protection.

Samsung Galaxy S4 replacement battery – $8.73

The GS4 is nearly decrepit and should no longer feature on your wish lists, no matter your budgets. Then again, if you own it and it still decently does the job, but can’t hold a charge anymore, less than 10 bucks will provide a breath of fresh air for a once celebrated veteran.

DKnight Magicbox ultra-portable wireless Bluetooth speaker – $27.99

Petite, stylish in a very subdued way, surprisingly powerful and universally compatible, the 8.3-ounce Magicbox is the ultimate travel partner for audiophiles also in love with Android.

This week’s best deals on phones, tabs, wearables and accessories : July 20 – 26

It’s a new day, it’s a new dawn, it’s a new week, and we’re feeling… like shopping. As we do essentially every beginning of the week, when work has that overwhelming, suffocating, hopeless vibe and you could use any distraction you can find.


A spanking new powerhouse Android smartphone, perhaps a dirt-cheap backup handheld, soon-to-be-replaced but nonetheless respectable tablet, basic yet beneficial fitness tracker, fancy advanced smartwatch and, last but not least, one or two mobile accessories to go with all the above.

Of course, you’ll have to wait a couple of days for Amazon to ship the hope-inducing entertainment devices, during which time you and your employers will be surprised to realize formerly strenuous tasks start feeling like a breeze and every business predicament is figured out almost instinctively.


It’s the eagerness effect, making everything tolerable and life just a little bit sweeter. Win-win, right? For hard-working bargain hunters, their challenging supervisors, as well as Amazon and Android gadget manufacturers. Without further preface, let’s dig in:

This week’s best smartphone deals


Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge – $693

After a slew of successive discounts on Sammy’s latest non-edgy flagship, the time has finally come for the dual-curved incarnation to also drop to a more affordable level. Well, sure, affordable might be a bit of a stretch, but $700 is definitely a lot better than $900 or $800.

Galaxy S6 Edge

Clearly not a great sign for the Korean OEM’s financial outlook, the reduction is obviously tied to the imminent arrival of the S6 Edge+ and the ensuing confusion regarding the high-end Galaxy roster. Still, aside from the Note 5, and maybe the LG G4 Pro, no Android shall eclipse S6 Edge’s brawn this year, so if you’re into non-phablet mobile juggernauts, it’s time to cough up the moolah.

LG L Bello – $167

Everybody knows that the aftermath of a product introduction is the ideal moment to purchase… said device’s ancestor. Now, the Bello II caters to selfie addicts with a fairly nice front-facing camera, but the OG L Bello also provides decent bang for your buck at sub-$170.

Specifically, a large 5-inch IPS screen (granted, low-res as hell), quad-core 1.3 GHz MediaTek processor, 8 MP LED flash rear snapper, massive 2,540 mAh battery and, unlike its successor, snazzy, rear button-including construction.

LG/Google Nexus 5 – $295 white; $310 black

Nexus 5

A veteran player in a whole different league, the 2013 N5 should soon get a long overdue sequel. Meaning further cuts may be on the way… or extinction. It’s probably wise not to take the risk, and “settle” for the vivid 5-inch Full HD display, silky smooth Lollipop UI, beefy Snapdragon 800 SoC and 2 GB RAM of the always young two-year-old.

HTC Desire 610 – $130

Can’t afford the second-gen Motorola Moto G? Though smaller, lower-res and running ancient KitKat, this Desire-series old-timer is a not-too-shabby budget rival, with a very attractive design, BoomSound speakers, quad-core CPU and sizable battery.

LG G4 factory unlocked – $535 in black leather; $540 brown leather; $545 metallic white


Would you look at that, the proudest steed in LG’s all-accommodating stable already costs only a little over five Benjamins. Blame that on heated competition, or maybe the extremely nigh G4 Pro. Or don’t blame it on anything, and cherish it! How great is it you’re able to score such a beautiful leather-clad slab for around $300 less than, ahem, opposing fruit-themed spearheads?

Tablet bargains


Lenovo Tab 2 A7-30 – $80

Remember what type of equipment 80 bucks used to procure you one or two years ago? Very rudimentary, to say the least. Now, this 7-inch Lenovo can apparently last up to eight hours between charges, even though it’s slim, sleek and quad-core. Awesome first-time “laptop replacement”, don’t you think?

LG G Pad 8.0 – $149

LG G Pad

Needless to emphasize this isn’t just bigger than the A7-30, it’s handsomer too, and offers up-to-date Lollipop goodies. Plus, quad-core Snapdragon 400 power, 16 GB internal storage (!!!), microSD support (duh), 1 GB RAM and a 5 MP rear camera.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 certified refurbished – $349

Yes, it’s used and therefore “risky”, but it’s covered by a 90-day manufacturer warranty and so ahead of its time in the hardware department that the second-gen will no doubt have trouble standing out. Seriously now, what more do you want from an Apple iPad Air 2 “killer” than this bad boy’s impressive 2,560 x 1,600 Super AMOLED screen, octa-core Exynos 5 chip, 3 GB RAM and fingerprint scanner?

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 – $300

Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1

Feel fingerprint recognition is gimmicky, and find LCD quality adequate? Also, do a couple of gigs of random-access memory suffice? Then why go refurb when the brand-new Tab Pro is so reasonable?

Android-compatible wearables on the cheap


Moov – $64.95

Another gizmo with a follow-up nearby, this “smart fitness coach” is dangerously close to oblivion. And it’s clearly not a match for its successor as far as capabilities go, but it’s arguably better-looking and, overall, it does what sports fans need it to – accurately monitors a bunch of activities, distinguishes between them, and even uses a complex AI to train and guide you in a path of self-improvement.

Garmin Forerunner 220 – $200

Garmin Forerunner 220

Also a fitness enthusiast favorite, the stylish Garmin watch isn’t adept at pulling notifications from smartphones, alerts, messages and whatnot. On the decidedly bright side (literally), the color screen looks amazing. And the built-in GPS support truly has best-in-class material written all over it, as you’d expect from a Garmin product.

Sony SmartWatch 3 – $160 ($90 off list price)

It’s a “full-on” smartwatch, so it excels at the whole displaying info via a synched handheld affair. Then again, it’s not a battery champion by any means, and strictly from an aesthetical standpoint, it lacks a certain je ne sais quoi. It’s not ugly, it’s simply not terribly attractive either. Hard to choose between this and the Forerunner 220, eh? Well, it all depends on what your primary use for a wearable is.

Mobile accessories deals for the week


Jawbone Big Jambox certified refurbished – $128

Jawbone Big Jambox

Typically, we wouldn’t think of recommending pre-owned accessories. Because typically, they’re cheap enough out the box. Not this premium, virtually unbreakable, ultra-compact, “amazingly clear”, rich and immersive wireless Bluetooth speaker. This one’s usually $300, occasionally $220 or so, and at less than $130, a “certified” steal in graphite hex and white wave color schemes.

Bastek extendable handheld selfie stick – $9.99 (68 percent off)

We’ve been pretty vocal about our aversion to vulgar selfie sticks on several occasions in the past, but if you go this tasteless route, at least do it right and buy one that’s inexpensive, versatile, Bluetooth 3.0 compatible, Android 4.2 and up supporting, plus equipped with a very practical Wireless Bluetooth Shutter system.

Motorola S11-Flex HD wireless stereo Bluetooth headset – $50


No matter how hard we tried, we could never pay this 5-point adjustable, long-lasting, sweat and humidity-eliminating, HD audio-boasting contraption a higher compliment than highlighting its number one best seller title in Amazon’s Bluetooth cell phone headset ranks. Granted, not every customer had words of praise for the S11-Flex HD in their reviews, yielding an average score of 3.5 stars, yet at 50 bucks, the headset is definitely worth a try.

Aukey 12,000 mAh portable power bank – $21.49

Backed by a lengthy 18-month warranty, capable of juicing up even your beefiest phone twice and protected against overcurrent, overvoltage, overload and short circuits, the external charger inspires the most admiration with its subtle, straightforward design and 245 grams (!!!) weight. That’s got to be a lightness record, considering the towering capacity.

This week’s best deals on phones, tabs, wearables and accessories: July 13 – 19

The Weather Channel is currently forecasting another adequately warm week on both the East and West Coast of the United States, with the occasional drizzle likely to interrupt your sunbathing enterprises from time to time.


But it’s legitimately raining deals over at Amazon, and the emphasis mostly falls on Android gear that was already fairly affordable. Hence, you’ve got now a barrage of ultra-low-cost handhelds, slates, smartwatches, fitness bands and various mobile accessories to choose from, all excellent distractions for when clouds gather up and a beach timeout is obligatory.

This week’s top smartphone bargains


LG G Flex 2 – $360 unlocked international

LG G Flex 2

It truly boggles the mind why the perennial Korean underdog hasn’t been more aggressive in its efforts to make curvaceous gadgets appeal to the masses, particularly since the second-gen G Flex debuted back in February at a reasonable price point.

Following a series of discounts , the tag has dropped into “WTF” territory (in a decidedly good way), and the 5.5-inch banana phone can be had for half of Galaxy S6 Edge’s tariff. Granted, the latter is clearly handsomer, sharper and punchier, but the G Flex 2 doesn’t fall so far behind, with octa-core Snapdragon 810 muscle, 3 GB RAM, Lollipop software and 3,000 mAh battery juice.

Samsung Galaxy A5 – starting at $280

In a desperate attempt to improve their mid-end sales achievements, the overall Android kings but especially flagship dominators have taken a cool $120 off the all-metal A5’s original valuation. If this doesn’t work either, there really is a slump in the mobile tech landscape manufacturers need to deal with before it replicates the PC’s downward spiral.

Seriously, what more could Sammy possibly offer at $280 than a premium aluminum skeleton, 5-inch 720p Super AMOLED screen, 64-bit quad-core Snapdragon 410 SoC, 2 GB RAM, 13 MP LED flash rear cam, 5 MP selfie shooter and Android 5.0 Lollipop?

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime – $170

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime

Up to a point, the Grand Prime eerily resembles the A5. Both panels measure 5 inches in diagonal, both front cams sport 5 megapixel sensors, and the hardware shows are run by identical S410 processors. Obviously, the sub-$200 Android soldier needs to cut serious build quality corners (plastic red alert), as well as ditch a gig of memory, 5 rear cam MPs and close to 80 ppi.

On the bright side, the lower-res qHD display, backed by a larger 2,600 mAh cell, should produce higher endurance scores. Decent quality – cost ratio overall.

Samsung Galaxy J1 – $79.99 Verizon prepaid

We bet you weren’t aware this humble little guy was available with no-contract Big Red Plans and 4G LTE connectivity. No wonder, given the cringe worthy spec sheet… of the international model. Surprise, surprise, VZW actually picked up a revised variant, still low-res as hell, but at least quad-core-powered and endowed with 1 GB RAM.

Also, Android 5.0 Lollipop-running. Watch your back, second-gen Moto E!

Tablet deals and steals


Asus ZenPad Z170C-A1 – $99

Asus ZenPad Z170C

It’s not the best ZenPad Asus has in the pipeline, yet it’s extremely stylish… for the price. Slim bezels, 8.4 mm waist, tipping the scales at 265 grams, “ergonomically” curved at the edges, and leathery around the back.

Now, Amazon says the dirt-cheap 7 incher provides decrepit KitKat software, but that’s unlikely. Lollipop goodies all the way, claims the pad’s manufacturer, with 16 GB internal storage and quad-core Intel Atom x3 heat key selling points as well.

Asus ZenPad 10 Z300C-A1 – $179

Bigger, badder, (slightly) brighter, an amazing multitasker, courtesy of 2 GB RAM, and just as elegant. Too bad it’s backordered, with 2 to 4 weeks listed as the shipping estimate at the time of this writing.

Asus MeMo Pad 8 ME181C – $116 in light blue

This is turning into an Asus device blowout all of a sudden, with an OG 8 incher situated smack-dab in the middle of the two aforementioned newcomers on the totem pole. The ME181C is also slender and chic, and lets you save 500 GB of data in the cloud for free within your first two years of ownership. In addition to the 16 gigs of local space, that is.

Huawei MediaPad T1 – $184 4G unlocked

Huawei MediaPad T1

Compatible with T-Mobile and AT&T’s high-speed cellular networks, this aluminum-crafted 8 incher can be used as a ridiculously large phone. It makes and receives voice calls, that’s right, and “keeps going”, thanks to a 4,800 mAh battery.

Android-compatible wearables on the cheap


Alcatel OneTouch Watch – $129 size M/L

It’s not technically an Android Wear family member, and it welcomes iPhone synchronization (boo!), but it’s circular, can pull most of the fundamental notifications you allegedly want on your wrist, and withstands dust and water contact with grace.


Plus, it should last several days between charges, specifically because it relies on a simplified proprietary OS in lieu of Android W.

Pebble Time – $229.99 in white or black

It’s perhaps futile to underline the newest crowd-funded Pebble gizmo can’t be procured very widely or easily at the moment, so you may want to jump at the (limited) opportunity offered by third-party Amazon seller Chachi Toys.

Android and iOS-supporting, as always, the Time ups the display color ante, yet somehow easily exceeds all its rivals in autonomy. What else is new? The interface, as expected, overall device robustness, slimness and, apparently, activity tracking accuracy.

Microsoft Band – $178 large; $180 medium

Microsoft Band

For the first time in the history of our little promotion roundups, none of the week’s recommended wearables is a “fancy” Android Wear smartwatch and instead, all contraptions in this section work with Androids and iPhones.

The Microsoft Band further provides for Windows Phones (as if anyone cares), and stands out with a minimalistic design, decent battery life, 24-hour heart rate monitoring and built-in GPS functionality.

Best deals on mobile accessories


RAVPower 7,800 mAh power bank – $10.99

It’s become so easy (and cheap) to greatly extend your phone or tablet’s endurance, it’s almost ridiculous. Think about it, for only 11 bucks, you can add a full on-the-go charge to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5.

RAVPower power bank

TaoTronics Bluetooth car kit – $18.99

What does the kit include? “Just” a Bluetooth music receiver and USB car charger, with a built in microphone for easy, safe and, above all, legal calls while driving. Not to mention the sound quality rocks, by virtue of aptX coding.

The Friendly Swede universal capacitive touch screen stylus – $5.99 bundle of 6

The Friendly Swede universal stylus pack

We’ll be honest with you. These types of universal pens don’t work so amazing with all phones and slates. But if you keep your expectations low, in line with the outrageous price, you may end up as satisfied as the 881 Amazon customers that gave this stylus pack a phenomenal review average of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Samsung Galaxy S5 replacement battery – $11

So, after careful consideration, you decided to stick with the “ancient” GS5 and skip its sequel due to underwhelming battery capacity, no removal possibility, microSD support and lack of waterproofing. Clearly though, to get the most out of the 2015 flagship, you require a backup cell. At $11, why not purchase two… or ten?

2015 Premium Flexion selfie stick – $27.99

Flexion selfie stick

Don’t listen to Vladimir Putin’s extremist government. Selfies are tacky, but they’re not dangerous… if you’re not a complete moron. Selfie sticks, meanwhile, are even sillier, but still not hazardous to one’s health. This “premium” mobile accessory is adjustable, ultra-compact, simple to use and fully compatible with everything. Even a front-facing cam-equipped potato.

This week’s best deals on phones, tabs, wearables and accessories: July 6 – 12

With the Fourth of July weekend regrettably behind us, it’s time we evaluate our losses and… allocate a bit of extra cash for more shopping. Worry not, you won’t end up on the street, living in a cardboard box while obsessively building mighty new “Minecraft” castles.


That’s because we only have extreme bargains to recommend after scouring the discounted depths of Amazon, with a bunch of low to mid-end and mid to high-end Android smartphones leading our deal list for the week, joined by respectable tablets, fancy smartwatches and a slew of perhaps modest yet oh-so-convenient mobile accessories. Here goes:

Handhelds on the cheap


Motorola Moto E second-gen 4G LTE – $99.99 unlocked

Do we even need to highlight the limited and time-sensitive nature of this promo? Well, to better understand just how much you’re saving, let us mention the non-LTE original E still costs $84 in a US GSM configuration, and $92 global GSM.

Moto E LTE

Of course, there’s a lot more separating the two Es than merely 4G connectivity. The 2015 edition is larger, punchier, offers twice the internal storage space, an improved rear camera and VGA front snapper. Also, a considerably heftier battery. Overall, if the Independence Day celebrations left you with a Benjamin in the bank, the wisest way to spend it is the advanced Moto E… if you can get it.

Huawei Mate 2 – $260 factory unlocked

We’ll be honest, for a second there (or a million), we lost all hope the otherwise venerable Mate 2 would ever be brought (relatively) up to date software-wise. But credit where credit is due – Huawei delivered on their ancient promises. Big-time!

Huawei Mate 2

Now, with Android 5.1 Lollipop on board, the big-battery 6.1 incher is maybe more enticing than it ever was. Especially at $40 off its list price, 720p screen resolution, quad-core Snapdragon 400 chip, 2 GB RAM and all.

LG G3 Stylus – $200 unlocked international

To make it clear off the bat, this isn’t the G4 Stylus, aka G Stylo. It’s a 2014 precursor, with decidedly 2014 mid-range material, including Android 4.4, 1 GB RAM and 8 gig ROM. Alas, the 5.5-inch 960 x 540 panel is quite crappy, but on the plus side, the 13 MP LED flash cam and 3,000 mAh cell… aren’t. And neither is the pen support.

Motorola Moto X second-gen – $299.99 GSM unlocked in white/bamboo, black soft touch or black leather

Moto X second-gen

5.1-upgradeable and due for a hardware renovation before long, the X+1 has plenty of juice left in the tank, but it might be discontinued any day now. Perhaps not altogether canned, but if it becomes really hard to score, its tariff could jump back up to over $400. The clock’s ticking, y’all.

Hisense HS-U688 – $155 factory unlocked

Hisense? What the fudge is that? Actually, it’s a decent Asian brand, with a history of nearly half a decade in the electronics industry, although obviously, not a stellar background in the Android niche.

For a little over a Benjamin and a half, the Chinese OEM offers an uber-stylish, 0.31-inches thick 6-inch phablet capable of sharp 720p images, crisp sound, 3,000 mAh endurance and 8 megapixel stills.

This week’s best tablet deals


Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 – $199 in smoky blue

Galaxy Tab A 8.0

Not exactly a first-class iPad mini 3 rival, Sammy’s newest 8-inch budget soldier at least mimics the 4:3 display aspect ratio and squeezes it into a slender 7.4 mm frame. Plasticky but fairly fashionable. Meanwhile, under the hood, you get quad-core power, 1.5 GB RAM and 4,200 mAh battery juice, which isn’t half bad at $30 off the $230 list tag.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 – $265

Essentially the same average slate, only bigger. And $65 pricier, which is $35 off. Oh, and the screen-to-body ratio hits a sweet 72 percent, albeit at the expense of clarity. Come on, Samsung, 132 ppi?!?

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 – $232

An oldie but goldie, the 8.4-inch Tab Pro is stuck on KitKat. Otherwise, it’s so much better than the Tab A 8.0 that the very comparison feels ridiculous. 359 vs 160 ppi panel, 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 vs… 400, we presume, 2 vs 1.5 GB memory, 8 vs 5 MP cam, 4,800 vs 4,200 mAh pacemaker. Shall we go on? Probably not.

Lenovo IdeaPad S8-50 – $169 certified refurbished

Lenovo IdeaPad S8

It’s pre-owned, which is never ideal, but boy, are those specifications impressive for sub-$200! 1,920 x 1,200 IPS panel, Intel Atom inside, 8 MP rear camera with f2.2 lens, 2 GB RAM, 7-hour battery. Too bad Lollipop seems but a sweet, distant dream.

Discounted Android-compatible wearable devices


Motorola Moto 360 – $149 in black or stone grey leather

Reduced at all major US retailers, the OG 360, like the Moto X2, is waiting on a sequel. Prettier, more powerful and, hopefully, longer-lasting. Also, a lot costlier. Hence, this remains a smart buy, at least until we can thoroughly gauge the value and performance gap.

Pebble Steel – $176

Pebble Steel

It’s a good time to be in the market for upgraded versions of the smartwatch classics, including the Pebble Time and Time Steel. But it can be thoughtful to turn to the actual classics too, particularly if they stand the test of time as robustly as this black matte, full-week, metallic, waterproof, iOS and Android-supporting wrist-clock.

Fitbit Flex – starting at $84

The savings are by no means massive (a humble 15 bucks), yet the resulting deal is virtually unrefusable for fitness nuts who don’t need a fancy screen, complex smartphone notification pushing and the works to reliably monitor the things that count: steps, general distance covered, calories burned, active minutes, sleep duration and quality.

Accessories steals


Samsung Galaxy S6 case armor – $5.99

It’s no secret the GS6 can crack under the “right” amount of pressure, so in the spirit of safe before sorry precautions, a “heavy duty” cover feels obligatory for folks who tend to frequently drop their precious gadgets. At the price of a couple of Happy Meals, the “dual layer” case on hand provides “maximum drop and scratch protection”, with rubberized edges and flawless shock absorption.

Motorola Droid Turbo rugged protective case with built-in kickstand – $5.95

Droid Turbo rugged case

It’s basically the same thing, only it fits the Turbo best and vows to shield its already muscular exterior and gigantic 3,900 mAh battery from harder contacts against tougher surfaces, scratches, crashes and… bullets? Probably not, but close enough.

Sony MDRXB950 extra bass Bluetooth headset – $158

You had to be very thrifty during the recent extended national holiday period to save money for a pair of high-end wireless headphones. Or take advantage of Sony’s promotion, and cough up $40 less than usual for Electronic Bass Boost circuitry, 40mm drivers, ergonomic, stylish design, and up to 20-hour endurance.

RND Ripple Bluetooth speaker – $28

RND Ripple

A couple of front speakers, subwoofer, microphone, 8 to 10 hours battery life between charges, NFC capability up to 30 feet distance, and universal Android compatibility. In other words, the basics at a more than reasonable price. Definitely not an audiophile’s wet dream, though.