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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.

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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 2013 Android Deals, Part Two – RadioShack, Sears, Kmart, GameStop, Office Depot, Dell

Ready for moar? I said, are… you… ready… for… moar? I think you are. After all, the five retailers holding special Black Friday sales that we covered yesterday are quite clearly only the tip of the iceberg.

Black Friday sale

And even though we’re still more than two weeks away from Thanksgiving and BF 2013, everyone wants to snatch the spotlight early and trumpet their promos for the entire world to hear.

Luckily for you, The Droid Guy is at your service with not just the rounding up of all the usual suspects (and probably a few unusual ones too), but also the filtering of beneficial deals from inopportune, disadvantageous, deceiving promotions. That way, you can be ready to go ahead of time, get all your ducks in a row between now and Turkey Day and, most of all, make sure you don’t spend a penny more than you absolutely need to.

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Without further adieu, here’s what we know about Thanksgiving and Black Friday 2013 deals on RadioShack, Sears, Kmart, GameStop, Office Depot, OfficeMax and… Dell:

RadioShack

The once mighty electronics retail store franchise is this close to filing for bankruptcy, so usually we wouldn’t recommend doing business with RS unless your life depended on it. Then again, as cynical as it might sound, the retailer’s financial woes come with a fair share of perks for their buyers, treated with dozens of extremely lucrative deals on Android-running smartphones and tablets.

radioshack

They’re not so very many, with the RadioShack Black Friday ad running for a measly 8 pages, but boy are they attractive. Physical stores open 8 am on the 29th, whereas if you want to get a bit of a head start on your shopping you can do so online all day Thanksgiving Day.

Studs:

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon contracts – $49.99 plus $50 online VISA card (so technically free of charge)
  • No-contract Boost Mobile LG Optimus F7 – $199.99
  • No-contract Boost Mobile Kyocera Hydro Edge – $69.99
  • Prepaid Samsung Galaxy Ring for Virgin Mobile – $49.99
  • No-contract Samsung Galaxy Discover – $24.99
  • LG Optimus Dynamic – $79.99 buy one, get one free
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 with 8 GB storage – $169.99
  • Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 – $139.99 plus $10 gift card

RadioShack BF

Duds:

  • Trio Stealth Pro 7-inch tablet – $49.99 (crappy hardware is crappy)
  • Moto X with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon pacts – $99.99 with $50 online VISA card
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for AT&T, Sprint or Verizon – $99.99 with $50 online VISA
  • LG G2 for AT&T, Sprint or Verizon – $99.99 with $50 online VISA

(All three not bad deals per se, but inferior to what you’ll likely be able to find via other sellers. Just you wait and see.)

Sears

Well, well, well, what have we here? A three-day promo starting Thanksgiving Day at 8 pm and ending Sunday evening. Not too shabby, Sears, more so as the two catalogues sum up 64 pages of thousands of dollars worth of savings. Not many of the deals are on Android gizmos, true that, but there’s plenty to go around.

Sears

Studs:

  • Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 – $139.99
  • Kindle Fire HDX 7 with 16 GB storage – $229.99
  • No-contract Net10 LG Optimus Dynamic – $39.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 – $159.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 – $249.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 – $299.99

Duds:

  • 8-Inch Zeki tablet – $79.99 (why go Zeki when you can go Barnes & Noble for that dough?)
  • 9.7-inch Mach Speed tablet – $129.99 (likewise)

Kmart

For the most part, Kmart and Sears have many of the same exact Thanksgiving and Black Friday deals. Which is understandable, given, you know, Sears is technically a Kmart subsidiary starting back in 2005. But I can’t overlook Kmart for that reason alone, since some folks are bound to live closer to one of their brick and mortar stores than a Sears location.

Plus, there are a handful of Android products set to have their prices slashed via just Kmart.

Kmart

Best deals:

  • No-contract Boost Mobile Kyocera Hydro phone – $19.99
  • Kindle Fire HD 7 – $139.99
  • Kindle Fire HDX 7 – $229.99
  • Prepaid Verizon LG Optimus Zone – $19.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1 – $159.99, $249.99 and $299.99

Worst Android deals:

  • No-name (literally) 7-inch Android tablet – $39.99
  • All Zeki and Mach Speed bs – no matter the price

GameStop

Before starting to bitch and moan about GameStop’s lack of generosity towards Android aficionados, let’s remember these guys’ focus is primarily on gaming gear. That said, we should probably be content with whatever the retailer throws our way. Besides, the below deals, while few, are quite lucrative.

GameStop

Biggest Android savings:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 – $299.99 (in select stores)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 – $169.99
  • Pre-owned Asus Transformer Pad TF300 with 32 GB storage – $239.99
  • Pre-owned no-contract Samsung Galaxy S3 – $249.99

Duds:

  • Google Nexus 7 2013 – $229.99 with 16 GB memory, $269.99 in 32 GB variant (same prices as via Google Play, not worth the effort)

Office Depot

This Black Friday is not about chairs, furniture, office supplies or printers over at Office Depot, where the first page of the retailer’s ad speaks louder than any metaphors I could ever come up with. “Our lowest prices ever” is touted in there, the only catch being stores will be open just three hours on Thanksgiving night, between 8 and 11 pm.

Subsequently, you should be able to get in on the deals Friday from 8 am and Saturday beginning at 9 am, but something tells me there may not be much left following the Thanksgiving craze, as supplies are most definitely limited.

Office Depot

Best deals:

  • Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 tablet – $69.99
  • Kindle Fire HD 8.9 – $169.99
  • Nexus 7 2013 – $199.99 in 16 GB flavor, $249.99 with 32 GB built-in storage (now that’s what I’m talking about!)
  • Lenovo IdeaTab 10-inch slate – $199.99
  • Kindle Fire HD 7 – $139.99 plus $25 Visa gift card

Not worth it:

  • Apex 7-inch slate – $49.99
  • Apex 9-incher – $87.99

OfficeMax

Repeat after me: OfficeMax and Office Depot are not the same thing, OfficeMax and Office Depot are not the same thing, Office… Got it? Good, because come Thanksgiving you’ll want to remember to swing by both retailers.

OfficeMax has three full days of in-store deals, starting Thanksgiving night at 8 pm through 11 pm and then Black Friday morning at 5 am. Plus, you can get doorbusters via their online store, all day Thanksgiving Day and then Friday and Saturday too… if there’s anything left.

OfficeMax

Totally worth it:

  • Kindle Fire HD 8.9 – $169
  • Lenovo IdeaTab S6000 – $199.99
  • No-contract Net10 Huawei 868 smartphone – $49.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 and 10.1 – $159.99 and $299.99

Meh:

  • Net10 Samsung S720 – $74.99
  • Azpen A909 tablet – $89.99
  • Mach Speed Trio Hype slate – $59.99
  • LePan Mini – $129.99

Dell

Dell

Not your number one shopping destination for Androids, I know and I get it, but as you’re well aware, the world-renowned Windows PC manufacturer has recently turned its attention to our favorite mobile OS and so they have one little deal for us come November 29. A total hottie too:

  • Dell Venue 8 tablet with 16 GB storage and 2 GB RAM – $129.99

Via [BlackFriday.com] and [BFAds.net]