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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 2014 Android deals, part two – Staples, Kmart, Sam’s Club, GameStop and more

Things are heating up on the promotion front, with just one week left until the Thanksgiving Day feasts and eight days before the darkest, sweetest Friday of the year. Yes, ladies and gents, Black Friday is nigh, and in keeping with tradition, most online and offline electronics retailers have disclosed their celebratory ads.

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Some are so desperate for attention they’ll organize pre-Black Friday sales this Friday, on the 21st, but for the most part, you’re advised to stay put. Good things come to those who wait, and the deals we’re about to round up are living proof you should avoid jumping the gun at all costs.

Enough jibber-jabber, and here are some of the items you Android addicts should put on your shopping lists for Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and/or Christmas:

Staples

Forget office supplies and furniture, Staples is all about the gadgets this holiday season, discounting a bundle of smartwatches, phones, tablets, laptops and everything in between starting at 6 PM, next Thursday. Aka, Thanksgiving evening.

Staples

Yes, driving to a Staples store with a belly full of turkey, gravy, sweet potatoes and cider is going to be quite the challenge. But it’ll all be worth it, when summing up your savings. Just be careful to choose from the stud deals listed below, not the duds.

Best deals:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite – $99.99
  • Amazon Fire HD6 – $79
  • Fire HD7 – $109
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 – $249.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 – $399.99
  • Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini Value Edition – $99.99

Galaxy S3 Mini Value Edition

Maybe next year:

  • JLab 7-inch tablet – $39.99
  • Fitbit Zip activity tracker – $59.99
  • Fitbit One – $99.99
  • Jawbone Up – $79.99
  • Jawbone Up24 – $99.99
  • Fitbit Flex – $99.99
  • Motorola Moto 360 – $249.99

Kmart

Clearly no match for arch rivals Walmart and Target, Kmart steals the spotlight by stretching out Black Friday sales a full three days. Some deals debut at 6 am, Thanksgiving morning, others at 7 pm, Thanksgiving night, then a third wave hits stores Black Friday morning, a fourth on noon next Friday, and finally, all day Saturday you can get… whatever’s left.

Kmart

Studs:

  • Amazon Fire HD 6 – $79.99 (plus $10 back in points for members)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 – $149.99 (plus $20 back in points)
  • Boost Mobile LG Volt – $39.99 (a whopping 50 percent off Amazon’s current price)
  • No-contract TracFone or Net10 LG Optimus Fuel – $9.99
  • Fuhu Nabi 2 kid-friendly tablet – $149.99 (plus $50 back in membership points)
  • Prepaid Net10 LG Optimus Dynamic 2 – $19.99

Duds:

  • Xtreme 7 tablet – $39.99
  • Trio Stealth G4 – $59.99
  • Zeki 8 – $89.99

Sam’s Club

Before getting to the actual promos, we’d like to remind you a member card is needed to shop at Sam’s Club. It’s wise to sign up early if you want to visit Walmart’s subsidiary on Black Friday, and buy something from their solid slate of discounts.

Galaxy Note 3

Hot deals:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – $0.96 with contracts (limit of 10 units per club)
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 – $0.96 with two-year pacts
  • Jawbone Up24 – $69.98
  • Fitbit Flex (plus additional band and charger) – $79.98

Not-so-hot deals:

  • Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 – $149
  • Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 – $249

We know we listed these two as must-buys a little earlier, but we’re thinking primarily of those who aren’t Sam’s Club members yet. And for them, going through all the trouble is just not worth it for a couple of slates available elsewhere at matching prices.

GameStop

Over 4,000 stores open at midnight, November 28, and technically, offers are valid through the 30th. But who are we kidding, you’d better act fast, or all inventory will vanish until you get a chance to wake up on Thanksgiving morning.

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Hotties:

  • Cricket Wireless HTC Desire 510 – free after $75 mail-in rebate
  • Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 – $149.99
  • Pre-owned Samsung Galaxy S5 – starting at $450
  • Asus MeMo Pad ME170CX – $79.99

Notties:

  • Sophix 7 – $49.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite – $119.99

Toys R Us

Do your little ones a favor. If they’re into gadgets, do your Christmas shopping elsewhere. Your trip to a local Toys R Us shop is literally not worth it this Black Friday, since what’s waiting you there is a bunch of no-name, cheapo slates and a solid, overpriced Samsung.

Toys R Us

Don’t even think about it:

  • VTech InnoTab 3S Connect – $39.99
  • Polaroid 7 – $39.99
  • Polaroid 9 – $59.99
  • Kurio Touch 4S – $29.99
  • Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Kids Edition – $129.99
  • Kurio 7S – $49.99

Dell

Dell

This computer manufacturer wants you to swing by its “Home” retail locations not once, but twice over the next ten days. They’ve announced doorbusters both for BF and Cyber Monday, with a time and inventory limit on each of the four following items:

  • Venue 7 3000 Series – $99.99 ($143 on Amazon now, so go for it)
  • Venue 8 3000 Series – $149.99 (warning, warning, must-buy on the horizon!)
  • Garmin Vivofit – $79.99 ($79.99 on Amazon now, so your argument is invalid, Dell)
  • Misfit Shine – $79.99 (discounted from… $82.99 on Amazon, so forget it)

Office Depot and OfficeMax

You’d think the holy union between these two retail veterans would allow them to set up a Black Friday yard sale for the ages. Only that’s not really the case. They have a few intriguing bargains, and doors open at 6 pm on Thanksgiving Thursday, which we appreciate. But all in all, their joint efforts come a bit short and underwhelm, compared to their separate discount work from last year.

Galaxy Tab 3 Lite

Don’t think, just buy:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite – $89.99
  • 3-inch Toshiba Chromebook – $199.99
  • Amazon Fire HD6 – $79.99

Only if you have to:

  • Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 – $149.99
  • Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 – $199.99
  • Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 – $249.99

Maybe try elsewhere:

  • Lenovo Android tablet with keyboard dock – $199.99
  • Apex 7 HD – $39.99

Dollar General

Wait, Dollar General sells Android gizmos? It would appear so, and a couple of them pop up in the variety retailer’s Black Friday catalog, next to $2.50 Pepsi 12-packs, $2 Cheetos, and $1 Chunky Soup cans. Don’t you find that hilarious?

Dollar General

We approve:

  • Net10 Motorola Moto E – $69
  • Net10 Huawei Inspira – $19

No! Just… no:

  • Generic 7-inch KitKat tablet – $40

Kohl’s

An even bigger surprise is seeing Kohl’s squeezing a couple of Android tablets and a few Android-compatible wearables in its rich 65-page inventory of promos, including jewelry, toys, cookware, sheet sets, clothing items, clothing items and… more clothing items. Too bad the deals are crap:

  • HP G2 – $99.99
  • Zeki 7 – $49.99
  • Jawbone Up24 – $99.99
  • Fitbit Flex – $75 with $25 mail-in rebate

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Shall we even go there? Fine, the HP G2 can be purchased today in exchange for $101, the Jawbone Up24 is $107, and the Fitbit Flex starts at around $92. Some “special offers” you have there, Kohl’s.

But mind you, it’s not all over yet. We’ll continue to keep an eye out for breaking Black Friday ads, and you can expect at least one update to the savings saga by Wednesday. Then, we’ll be here for you all of Thanksgiving Day, BF and Cyber Monday. Whatever happens, you can count on us for bringing a smile to your loved ones’ faces and save a few bucks in the process.

AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S5 to be available from Staples from Sunday

Staples to start selling AT&T and Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5 from Sunday

Getting hold of a Galaxy S5 isn’t the hardest thing to do at the moment. In fact, it’s quite easy, as every major retailer is stocking Samsung’s newest flagship. Starting Sunday, there will be one more place where you’ll be able to buy the device – Staples, the office supplies store, will start stocking it starting Sunday, and will be offering it with AT&T and Verizon contracts for the standard $199 price tag. For those exchanging an older device, there will also be a minimum discount of $50. (more…)

Black Friday 2013 Android Deals, Part Three – Samsung, Sprint, Staples, TigerDirect, Toys R Us

Seven days to go until Thanksgiving, eight to Black Friday, eleven to Cyber Monday. With so much time still left for the world to prepare for the official kick-off of the holiday season, I hope it’s loud and clear our early Black Friday deal roundups so far were just to warm y’all up.

Black Friday shirt

Based mostly on leaked ads, but also on bits and pieces of official information, we gave you some quick pointers as to what about a dozen nationwide retailers will have in store for Android fanatics. Cheap, low-end handhelds, pricey, top-shelf smartphones and tablets ranging from 50 to 500 bucks.

They’ll all get heavily discounted come next Thursday, courtesy of bigger or smaller chains like Target, Walmart, Best Buy, RadioShack, Sears, Kmart, GameStop and Office Depot. Each and every one of these, plus the ones that we’ll add today in the mix, will put their unique touch on the so-called holiday shopping season, offering massive savings either online, offline or both, for limited periods of time and as long as inventory lasts.

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It’s a whole complicated, headache-inducing thing… if you undertake the Black Friday adventure on your own. But if you’re smart, you’re going to less us do the heavy lifting and guide you through the maze of promotions. Today, the spotlight is on Samsung, Sprint, Staples, TigerDirect, Toys R Us, Shopko and Dollar General. Let the discount games begin:

Samsung Black Friday Android deals

They don’t call Samsung the Android king for nothing and it’s not by chance the Koreans dominate this uber-competitive landscape. And we have the proof right here, as Sammy will not only hold promos on hundreds of electronic devices, but make a week out of Black Friday.

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Some of the deals will debut as early as November 24, most of them will be valid between the 28th and December 2 and, best of all, you’ll be able to pre-order a chunk of the discounted products starting November 20 provided you make a bit of an effort and sign up through Samsung.com.

On the not so bright side, I’m afraid it’s exactly the promo’s stars that remain wrapped in mystery, with Samsung phones and tabs covering three pages of the company’s Black Friday ad, but missing price tags. Oh, well, at least we know they’ll be up for grabs on the cheap.

Hotties:

  • Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4 smartphones – prices coming soon
  • Galaxy Note 8.0, Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, Tab 3 7.0, Note 10.1 – unknown prices

Notties:

  • Galaxy Camera with Wi-Fi – $399.99 (available for the same price right now via retailers like Amazon)

Sprint

The only wireless service provider to fully spill the holiday beans as of now is the third largest in the country. But when it comes to BF savings, the Now Network may well steal both Verizon and AT&T’s thunder. And T-Mobile’s, for that matter, keeping Magenta at bay despite their recent rebranding and focus reshift. Here’s how:

Sprint

Black Friday studs:

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 – free with two-year contracts (valid Thursday through Monday)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 – $49.99 with 24-month pacts (already live)
  • Galaxy S4 mini – no charge with contracts
  • $100 savings on any phone when switching to Sprint

Staples

When a retailer needs two different catalogues to detail its holiday deals, you can tell right away they’ve gone the extra mile to bring a smile on people’s faces around Turkey Day. On the one hand, there’s the “classic” BF flyer, starring promos valid Thanksgiving Day starting at 8 pm and Friday from 6 am onwards.

Staples

And then there’s a special “inventory” of so-called doorbusters, which will debut early, on November 24, and last throughout the week. The only catch being the products on sale will change fast and furious and most of them won’t last for more than a few hours.

Studs:

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 – $0.01 with AT&T or Verizon contracts
  • Amazon Kindle Fire 7 – $79
  • HP Pavilion Chromebook 14 – $179.99 (technically not running Android, but Chrome OS, so still a Google-made concoction)
  • Acer Iconia A1 7.9-inch tablet – $99.99
  • Asus MeMo Pad 10 Me102A – $179.99
  • Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 – $139
  • Kindle Fire HD 8.9 – $169
  • Kindle Fire HDX 7 – $229

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Duds:

Nothing. Nada. Zilch. All’s well that ends well. Or in this case, all’s well that begins well.

TigerDirect

Though the actual promos here are not too bad all in all (they’re not great, mind you), the biggest fault I can find with TigerDirect’s Black Friday 2013 offer is it’s not going to fly online. And there are only 35 or so retail locations across the US of A. Bummer.

Also a bit restrictive is the timetable, as you’ll have but five hours to take advantage of the whopping savings offered. Specifically, between 5 am and 10 am next Friday morning. But, but, but, what about my beauty sleep, Tiger?

TigerDirect

Best Android deals:

  • Sprint or AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3 – free (oldie but goldie)
  • No-contract ZTE Avail 2 – $44.99
  • Outright Samsung Galaxy Note – $290 (even oldier yet still fairly goldie)
  • Unlocked Galaxy S3 – $420
  • Sony SmartWatch 2 – $200 plus $50 gift card
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 – $159.99
  • Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 – $299.99
  • 13.3-inch Hanspree slate – $200 (if you like’em big)

Black Friday shopping

Not worth it:

  • AT&T LG G2 – $70 (much cheaper elsewhere)
  • Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – $80 (expected free of charge via other retailers)
  • Sprint Galaxy S4 – $80 (likewise)
  • Galaxy Note 10.1 first-gen – $400
  • Refurbished Lenovo A2109 tablet – $150 (all I want for Black Friday is not a refurb tab)

Toys R Us

A toy store is not usually the go-to place for Android purchases, but in this day and age it’s not enough anymore to send our kids to school and then play in the back yard with wooden little “weapons” and whatnot.

We can also help mold and educate them through gadgets, as well as inoculate the idea that learning can be fun. And there’s nothing more entertaining, for both the little ones and their parents, than scoring a kid-friendly Android slate on the cheap from Toys R Us either Thanksgiving night or all day Black Friday.

Toys R Us

Totally worth it:

  • 7-inch Polaroid tab – $69.99
  • 8-inch Polaroid – $79.99
  • Leapfrog LeapPad 2 Explorer – $39.99
  • Kindle Fire HD 8.9 – $179.99 plus $20 gift card
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Kids – $189.99 plus $20 gift card
  • Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1 – $160, $250 and $300 respectively plus $20 gift cards

Meh:

  • Refurbished Arnova 7- $39.99

Shopko

Hate, hate, hate the Thanksgiving and BF crowds and have an itch you need to scratch a little earlier? Fret not, as Shopko has your backs, with the festivities underway Wednesday November 27 online and then extended in brick and mortar stores Thursday night with an expiration date set for Friday noon. Such a shame Shopko is so thrifty when it comes to actually slashing prices of devices people crave for.

Shopko

Studs:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 – $170
  • Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 – $190

Duds:

  • Polaroid dual-core 7-incher – $80 (your kiddies may not be bothered by Polaroid’s shady name in the business, but trust me, you will)
  • Polaroid 10-incher – $130

Dollar General

Keeping things modest seems to be the motto of this booming chain of variety stores, with over 10,000 locations nowadays spread around the US, as their Black Friday ad this year totals a measly 4 pages. 4 lousy pages that still put a decent emphasis on a couple of dirt-cheap Android handhelds.

Dollar General

Best deals:

  • No-contract Huawei Inspira – $25
  • Outright Verizon LG Optimus Zone – $25
  • Prepaid Tracfone LG840G – $20

And that’s a wrap, but just for now, as a part four and possibly part five are coming in time for you to get your ducks in a row before the sun sets next Thansgiving. Remember, there are still plenty of retailers to come forward with their special offers, with Amazon, Newegg, AT&T and eBay being just the first few that come to mind. Stay tuned and shop responsibly.

Via [BF Ads] and [Black Friday]

2013 Nexus 7 now available with a $50 discount from Staples

Nexus 7

The 2013 Nexus 7 isn’t exactly buzzing right now with the arrival of the Nexus 5 and several other smartphones and tablets over the past couple of months. But no matter where you look, the 2013 Nexus 7 is still the best value for money tablet you will find. And this tablet has gone even cheaper thanks to a new coupon code promotion at Staples which gives users a decent $50 discount straight off the retail pricing. This means users can get the 16GB Nexus 7 for as little as $179 and the 32GB Nexus 7 for $219.

Staples refrains from giving us an expiration date for this deal, but it appears to be a standard weekend sales promotion, so you have until Sunday or Monday to make up your mind, assuming that Staples will have the tablet in stock until then. The retailer seems to have run out of the 16GB stocks already, so users can only get the 32GB variant at the moment. Considering that the 32GB variant currently costs $10 lesser than the standard 16GB variant, we think this is worth a look. Here’s the coupon code you need to enter during checkout – 24373.

Source: Staples

Via: Droid-Life

New Nexus 7 spotted on Staples, listed as “Out of Stock”

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The new Nexus 7 was announced with great aplomb last morning by Google, with launch slated to commence on the 30th of this month. As we learnt from a Best Buy pre order listing, the Nexus 7 will also launch via retail channels in the country instead of just the Play Store. And one such retail chain is going to be Staples, which has now put up a listing on its site.

Although the tablet is listed as “out of stock“, it’s good to know that Google is expanding its horizon with the new Nexus 7. The 2012 Nexus 7 gradually began rolling out to retail outlets with the Play Store being the only source to buy it during the first few months of the launch.

Staples has both the 16 and 32GB variants of the smartphone up for grabs for $229.99 and $269.99 respectively. We’re guessing the listing will go live on the 30th which isn’t long from now. With the amount of hardware upgrades packed with the new Nexus 7, we can expect to see quite a lot of buyers interested in snatching up the tablet on launch day. Users can also head over to their nearest Best Buy or Staples outlets on the 30th to check out the new tablet in person.

Source: Staples

Via: Android Police

Prices of the 16 and 32GB Nexus 7 slashed further on Staples

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We posted a deal earlier this week on the 16 and 32GB Wi-Fi variants of the Google Nexus 7 tablet and just as we kick off the weekend, another deal has surfaced. This time the prices have dipped further, and on Staples again with the help of a discount coupon. Users can now attain the 16GB Nexus 7 for $149 and the 32GB tablet for just $169.

Staples seems to be eager to clear out stocks before the inevitable arrival of the second gen Nexus 7 (or whatever name ASUS and Google decide on), as is clearly visible from the massive discounts on offer. But this time around, it’s not a straight out deal as the users have to apply a coupon to avail the discount.

The timing of this news is perfect as well, with the weekend ahead of us. However, this discount is valid only for online purchases so make sure you get on your computer right now for the best deal on the Nexus 7 out there. This could be a limited period promotion, so make sure you hurry.

Apply the following coupon code to avail the additional $30 discount on the original price – 20098.

Source: Staples (16GB, 32GB)

Via: Talk Android

Staples slashes prices of the Nexus 7 tablet, 32GB variant for $199 and 16GB for $179

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The Google Nexus 7 has been the budget lover’s favorite Android tablet for almost a year now. And it seems like a newer variant is set to hit the shelves at the Play Store as Google and Staples have decided to slash the prices of the 16 and 32GB variants of the tablet by $20 and $50 respectively. So for the price of a regular 16GB tablet, users can now get the 32GB variant while the 16GB variant has gone cheaper by $20.

This price reduction is highly indicative of the fact that a newer version of the tablet is in tow. Inventory clearance is very common right before the launch of a newer and better version of a device. While there have been plenty of rumors about this new Nexus 7 tablet, we’re yet to come across an official announcement. A snappier chipset and a higher resolution display have been rumored, so we’ll stick to that until we have the official word.

You can find these revised prices of the Nexus 7 over at Staples.

Nexus 7 – 16GB

Nexus 7 – 32GB

Via: Android Police

Staples Will Begin Selling Apple Products in the U.S Very Soon

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Apple products are usually sold in most electronics retail outlets across the world. But there’s a certain edge to it when people buy an Apple device from an Apple Store. However, at times, it’s not possible to find an Apple Store at all locations in the U.S or anywhere else. This is exactly why Apple has teamed up with a bunch of retailers to bring the devices to its customers at convenient locations across the world. So users don’t necessarily have to go looking for an Apple outlet to get their favorite iDevice. This is something Microsoft should have done long back with its Surface tablets, but the company is learning.

One of the major retailers in the U.S, Staples, doesn’t sell Apple products in the U.S. However, according to a tweet sent out by Senior VP of Global Human Resources at Staples, Regis Mulot, Apple and Staples have finally come to an agreement to sell Apple devices in the country under Staples’ roofs. However, his tweet was later deleted mysteriously, which could mean that he spoke too soon. But thankfully, other employees and members of Staples involved in the talks again confirmed the info via Twitter. As this story is relatively new, there’s little info available on when we could see Apple products land on Staples’ shelves. But it seems like the day isn’t too far away now. There’s enough excitement in the air already, and we should see the two companies make a formal announcement fairly soon. It must be noted that Staples already sells Apple product in its Canadian outlets, but it’s the U.S where the two have had a hard time in coming to a formal agreement. A tweet from Staples’ Field Services Manager pretty much summed it up for us – “Staples just finalized a deal to begin selling Apple products #finally“.

There’s little clarity on which Apple products Staples will have on its shelves. But we’re hoping it’s going to be the entirety of Apple’s lineup including the iPhones and the iPads. This will certainly make it something to look forward to as Staples clearly has more outlets in the country compared to Apple Stores. Sure it won’t be the same as walking into an Apple Store and having a “genius” help you out, but these are the luxuries you really don’t need in this day and age. Let’s hope there’s more info coming up in the following days and a formal announcement should pretty much seal the deal.

Source: Apple Insider
Via: Phone Arena

Surface RT Heading To Electronics Retailers Beginning From Today

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The Microsoft Surface RT was initially launched in select locations and only through Microsoft’s Online Store or its brick-and-mortar stores. This partial rollout of the tablet was heavily criticized as most people had no access to live units of the device to use it before making the purchase. Although Microsoft Stores had the tablet in display, the volume of these stores were very less which meant that most potential buyers had to rely on third party accounts of the device or merely check out images of the device on Microsoft’s Online Store.

But all that is set to change now with Microsoft deciding to finally make the device available in stores other than Microsoft’s own. Starting with Australia and the U.S, the tablet will go up on sale on the shelves of electronic retailers. Although MS didn’t mention exactly which retailers will get it, in the U.S it was confirmed that Staples and Best Buy will have the device in stock beginning today. Other reports claim that the device could be hitting retailers like JB-HiFi and Harvey Norman in Australia. More countries will follow suit in the coming months, apparently. Microsoft issued a statement yesterday which detailed the wider roll out of the device.

According to Microsoft, retailers have been very keen on getting the Surface RT on their shelves which is what convinced Microsoft to take this move earlier than expected. Microsoft can expect volume of sales to increase post this new roll out. Electronics retailers have a lot of customers walking in everyday and it would clearly impact the sales of the Surface RT substantially if not extravagantly.  It was initially reported that Microsoft would expand the availability of the tablet with the Surface Pro starting from next year, but it seems like Microsoft wanted to get in on some of the holiday season business.

Initial reports claimed that Microsoft would be looking to sell about 600,000 Surface RTs this month during the holiday season. Now with the expanded roll out, that seems like a plausible figure. Going by Microsoft’s standards, a sales figure of 600,000 in the presence of stalwarts like the iPad and the two Nexus tablets isn’t bad at all. It is being said that Microsoft is looking to make some of its holiday stores permanent in the U.S, although it failed to mention which ones exactly.

Source: Microsoft
Via: Pocketnow

New Staples Infographic Shows Trends In Tablet Useage

Tablets are burning up the charts in the United States, and big box office supply retailer Staples has taken notice.

Staples has released a really cool infographic showing tablet trends and what people are doing with their tablets. According to the infographic 82.1 million people in the United States will own a tablet by 2015, but right now Americans are already using their tablets with some impressive stats.

According to the graphic the average American is spending 90 minutes a day on their device. 88.3% of people say they use tablets while traveling. We certainly do, not just for data, and cruising the internet, but for streaming movies and Netflix to hotel room TVs.

A whopping 35% of Americans have revealed that they use their tablet in the bathroom.  54% of tablet owners are 34 and over.

One of the most interesting factoids from this infographic is the fact that 80% of tablet owners feel that tablets have helped with their work/life balance.

source: Staples via Phandroid

Motorola Xoom WiFi Coming March 27th

Motorola Mobility announced this morning that the Motorola Xoom, wi-fi only version will be available starting March 27th.

The Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi edition will be available at Best Buy, Costco, Radio Shack, select Sams Club stores, Staples and Walmart. The 10.1″ widescreen tablet carries a manufacturers suggested retail price (MSRP) of $599 but we’ve seen pictures of the Xoom Wi-Fi Edition at Sam’s for $539.99 which is probably right on the money.

It seems that Motorola’s Wi-Fi Edition strategy is much more aggressive than even the wireless enabled version. The Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi will hit stores just about a month after the original was released and while people are still contemplating the iPad 2 verse Android tablet platform (the xoom is better hardware)

Now if they could just market it to people that shop at Costco, Sam’s Club and Walmart

source: Motorola

(ps we are well aware that’s the Verizon model in the picture we are still on location at SXSW and wanted to get the story up)

Motorola Xoom WiFi Headed To Staples Also

As we reported at the tail end of last week we are expecting the WiFi only version of the Motorola Xoom to end up at Sam’s Club sometime this month or early next month. Droid-Life is reporting that the Wifi Xoom will be available at Staples as well.

According to Droid-Life’s sources the Motorola Xoom WiFi will be available, or at least formally announced on April 3rd and the Staples staff will begin training on the device on March 23rd. The screen shot above shows that the Staple’s training module will be available starting March 23rd.

The screen shot also suggests that Tablets will be a new product line under computers for the office supply super chain.  The Blackberry/RIM Playbook also shows up with a training module available on March 30th.

The photos in the Sams’s Club story show a price point of $539 for the WiFi only Xoom so we can safely suggest the price will be in the $500-$600 range at Staples.

Over the past five or so years Staples technology department has been rather average with the better office gadgets finding their ways to Best Buy shelves. It’s odd that we haven’t heard reports of the Motorola Xoom WiFi only version ending up at Best Buy Stores.

Are you waiting for a WiFi only Xoom?

Source: Droid Life

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Viewsonic Responds To Tablet Recall.. G-Tablet Getting Flash

As we reported yesterday the Viewsonic G-Tablet 10.1 Android 2.2 tablet was recalled from Staples shelves without warning citing a manufacturers defect.  We, along with others, speculated that it could be in part to software optimization and the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor.  The Toshiba Folio 10″ tablet was recalled from the UK about a month ago and also sports the Nvidia chip set.

Viewsonic did not go in depth as to why they had the recall however Jeff Volpe, Vice President and General Manager for Viewsonic America’s made this statement

“We always listen to customers; while they love the hardware, they raised several issues about the user interface,” Jeff Volpe, VP and GM for ViewSonic Americas. “As a result, our software partner is releasing an upgrade that will address customer concerns. Along with great performance improvements, customers will have the flexibility to use both a standard Android interface as well as a user-customizable interface which has been significantly enhanced since the product launch.” Volpe went on to say, “ViewSonic is committed to its tablet endeavors and will continue with new announcements at CES in January.”

Viewsonic went on to say that this software update they are doing will be available by Christmas Eve (December 24, 2010) to current G-Tablet owners. Users will need to be on wifi and check off to allow the update. Viewsonic also advised that current users can download flash from any website that distribute Android applications and that Flash will be made officially available to G-Tablet owners by the end of January 2011.

We handled the G-Tablet at both IFA and a Pepcom event in New York City. We were very impressed with the graphics processing and the potential game playing functionality brought on by the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset. Nvidia Tegra 2 chips are the “celebrity” of this years CES show in the mobile space. We are expecting multiple announcements of both smartphones and tablets that will have the chips, including the Motorola Honeycomb tablet showed off by Andy Rubin earlier this month.

Viewsonic says they are committed to continuing their tablet product line.  Hopefully when the G-Tablet is brought back to market they will be able to secure more retail placement in the United States.

See the entire Press Release after the break
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