This week’s best deals on phones, tablets, wearables and accessories – April 9

A most fertile ground for practical jokes and hoaxes of all sorts, April doesn’t seem to be a particularly auspicious month as far as mobile deals and bargains are concerned. Due to substandard harvest, we saw ourselves compelled to skip last week’s promotion roundup, and we can’t say we’re too impressed with how things are looking today either.


Still, after meticulously drilling Amazon’s depths, nuts and bolts, a fairly decent collection of on-the-cheap Android smartphones, tablets, wearable products and accessories came together. Long story short, buckle up and let the discount games begin:

April 9’s best smartphone deals


BLU Advance 4.0 unlocked dual SIM – $49.99 (44 percent off)

Remember when this petite Jelly Beaner was $89? Probably not, but the $69.99 price tag must ring a bell. Well, now the 4 incher has hit a new all-time low, albeit for 24 hours only. Until April 10, at midnight PDT, that is.

BLU Advance 4.0

Compatible with AT&T, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Cricket Wireless and whatever GSM network you can think of, the Advance caps off at HSPA speeds and packs a modest dual-core MediaTek chip. Yet at 50 bucks, it basically walks on feature phone turf.

Samsung Galaxy S6 factory unlocked international version – $855

How exactly is this a deal? Technically, it’s not. If anything, $855 is a tad steep. But factory unlocked S6s are uber-hard to come by right now, and Amazon, through WorldWide Distributors, promises to ship the “next big thing” as soon as you put your order in. You won’t find that anywhere else, trust us, we’ve checked.

Galaxy S6

HTC One M9 factory unlocked gunmetal grey with US warranty – $649

In stock, offered with free one-day delivery and as affordable as it’ll get for at least a few months. It’s a slam dunk, even though it ain’t discounted per se.

LG G3 – $351 factory unlocked in white; $360 black

Yeah, yeah, you’ve seen it going for less SIM-free, and on-contract at AT&T, it’s still a penny with an extra complimentary gift card worth a cool Benjamin. Just don’t brush it off at $350 unlocked. You might be sorry once the G4 rolls out, and last year’s flavor of the month starts moving slowly but steadily towards extinction.

Tablet bargains and steals


Fuhu Nabi 2S – $99.99 ($112 off)

Fuhu Nabi 2S

Currently available at Best Buy for a whopping $172, the Nabi 2S isn’t all fun and games. It’s sharp and punchy… for a kid-friendly slate, with a 1,280 x 800 pix res 7-inch screen and quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 titanium bronze – $380

You know what’s hilarious? Samsung says their online store is offering $100 savings with a $400 GTab S. Thanks, guys, but no thanks. Amazon for the win!

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 black – $494

Once again, we’d like to signal a false marketing claim, this time from Best Buy. BB sells the gargantuan Tab Pro for “$100 off”, at… $550. So, then, Amazon has this baby at $155 off? Cool!

Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2

Toshiba Excite Go – $78.99

Launched at $100 back in the day, this quad-core Intel-powered 7 incher was deemed unlikely to ever get its price slashed. Incredibly enough, it’s now $21 off, with the same robust spec sheet – 1 GB RAM, Android 4.4 KitKat, microSD support. Patch Lollipop over KK there, Toshiba, and gear up for stellar profits sales.

Wearables, wearables, wearables


Moto 360 champagne metal – $260

Moto 360 champagne

It’s hard to picture a swankier, more premium smartwatch. At least until the sequel drops, hopefully free of “flat tire” design compromises. Then again, if that’s going to be the case, such a stylish second-gen 360 will probably cost $400 or so. OG champagne 360 it is!

Sony SmartWatch (version 1) – $76.81

It looks archaic now, and it’s obviously passé compared to the 360, yet at $77, it offers something very few fitness bands in that price range can compete with – a nifty multi-touch color 1.3-inch OLED display.

Runtastic Orbit – $78.62 ($41 savings)

Runtastic Orbit

Speaking of basic activity trackers, the Orbit sure looks awkward, but it’s waterproof up to 300ft, lasts up to seven days on a single charge, and is more than capable of monitoring steps and distance covered, “active minutes”, calories burned, as well as sleep patterns.

Accessories for all


Spigen Galaxy S6 cases – $14.99 slim armor; $16.99 tough armor; $17.99 Neo Hybrid Series

All listed at north of $29.99, all up for grabs for roughly 50 percent off, these protective covers are literally the only ones that can keep your precious safe at the moment. Remember, the S6 and S6 Edge may not be very easily bendable, but they’re certainly not indestructible.

Galaxy S6 Spigen case

Spigen Galaxy S6 Edge cases – $17.99 slim armor; $19.99 tough armor; $20.99 Neo Hybrid Series

A fancier phone, slightly fancier and costlier accessories. Still small prices to pay for the degree of shelter Spigen brings to the table.

Sony SRSX2 NFC Bluetooth Wireless speaker – $64 in white; $68 other colors

It missed out on our external speaker chart the other day, but with 20 watts of power and such an uber-low price point, it might force us to reconsider.

Sony SRSX2 speaker

Yubi Power 2,500 mAh lipstick-size portable power bank – $7.99 (73 percent off)

A real man wouldn’t be caught dead carrying this awkwardly named, oddly shaped external battery charger. Luckily, that’s what girlfriends are for.

Newisland extendable selfie stick with built-in Bluetooth remote shutter – starting at $10.99

Look, we hate selfie sticks as much as the next (sane) person, unless of course they’re made of wood, but if you’re into these horrible inventions, at least try not to spend a fortune. 11 bucks is okay (down from 30), though zero would be ideal.