This week’s best deals on smartphones, tablets and accessories – March 13

TGIF, everybody! Another exhausting work week is almost behind us, so it’s time to fire up the YouTube cat videos, catch up on all the entertainment news you feared would distract you from your strenuous business tasks, and… spend some of that hard-earned cash.


Otherwise, what’s the point of busting your hump day in and day out… well, at least from Monday through Thursday? Go on, be adventurous, have a little fun and stock up on gadgets and accessories. After all, you can never own too many of those.

The thing is purchasing a new powerhouse phone, backup handheld, tablet, power bank, keyboard accessory or whatever sometimes feels like another day at the office. You have to scour the web for the best prices, spend hours reading user reviews, and ultimately, the joy is all gone.

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But that’s why we’re here. We have dozens of unbeatable promotions on sizzling hot gear, carefully selected and handpicked to make your life so much easier. Many are time-limited, a few will expire in a matter of hours due to overwhelming demand, and all come with the safety guarantee of America’s number one online retailer, Amazon:



Samsung Galaxy S5 – $1 with Verizon contracts

This baby is the number one on-contract best seller on Amazon for a very good reason. It’s handsome, powerful and not particularly pricey. Just keep in mind Big Red’s tag has been fluctuating for weeks now between $1 and $100.


BLU Studio 6.0 LTE – $220 (60 bucks off)

One of the largest 4G-enabled phones you can find under $250 is also Full HD-capable, quad-core-powered, and ready to keep the lights on for a full day’s work, thanks to a 3,200 mAh battery.

BLU Studio 6.0 HD – $149 ($40 discount)

It goes without saying the “HD” ditches LTE and lowers the screen res bar to 720p. But at $150 unlocked, it’s still a bargain, what with its quad-core processor, 3,000 mAh cell and 8 MP camera.

Prepaid HTC Desire 510 – $49 for Sprint; $69 with Boost Mobile

“In stock but may require an extra 1-2 days to process.” This should tell you everything you need to know about Desire 510’s popularity. A well-deserved success, given the value for money: quad-core Snapdragon 400, 1 GB RAM, 2,100 mAh battery.


LG Tribute – $39 on Sprint or Virgin prepaid

Yet another prepaid Moto E “killer”, the Tribute stands out with uber-slim bezels, a generous juicer and respectable S400 chip. Also, a no-contract tag $40 under the list price.



Kindle Fire HDX 7 – $199 ($40 off)

Kindle Fire HDX 7

A surprise contender in our recent high-res slate roundup, the tiny Fire HDX thrills with raw power as well, though the closed ecosystem may throw you off a bit.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 – $150 by itself; $163 with Targus case and free stylus

The bundle offer in particular is very attractive, albeit the HD 7 incher has never been a beast.

Free Shield controller and tablet cover with 32 GB 4G LTE Nvidia Shield Tablet

Shield Tablet controller

The deal is as straightforward as it sounds. Buy an LTE 8-inch Shield, with or without an AT&T pact, and the gaming controller and protective cover are on the house. Sweet!

LeapFrog LeapPad 3 kids’ learning tablet – $79 in green

Much more than a toy, the third-gen LeapPad is made to resist shocks, and perfectly blends entertainment with education.

Asus Transformer Pad TF103C-A1 – $239 (with keyboard dock)

Can’t decide between a large tablet and mini-laptop? Why not get both… for the price of one? Processing and shipping may take a while, unfortunately.

Asus TF103C

32 GB Asus Google Nexus 7 2012 – $140

If Nexus 5’s disappearance reopened your appetite for the family’s classics, it’s good to know the OG N7 can still be found on Amazon. And it’s a steal.

Best Amazon deals on accessories


Rebelite Ultra Slim Bluetooth keyboard – $16.95 (down from $49.99)

The only thing “wrong” with this heavily discounted listing is the product doesn’t qualify for free shipping by itself. But you can surely find something to add to your cart to reach $35, and thus not miss out on one of the cheapest all-compatible smartphone/tablet keyboards.

Omaker 10000 mAh external battery pack with flashlight – $18.69 (63 percent savings)

Omaker power bank

No idea why you’d need a flashlight on your power bank, but this thing is gigantic and affordable, not to mention it’s praised by Amazon buyers like the second coming of Jesus. So yeah, it’s probably a must-buy, if your phone or tablet’s cell can’t keep up with your lifestyle.

Otterbox Defender Series Samsung Galaxy S5 case – $25

It goes without saying there are better, stronger cover accessories to be found on Amazon for the S5, but many cost over $50, some almost $100. For $25, this bad boy offers respectable protection against drops, bumps and shocks.

Tech Armor Samsung Galaxy Note 4 screen protectors – $5.91 (3-pack)

They keep your precious Note 4 away from scratches and dust, they’re 6 bucks, and there are three of them. We rest our case.

Jawbone Jambox Wireless Bluetooth speaker – $79.99 in purple hex

Jawbone Jambox

With its own internal rechargeable battery, cross-platform support, a compact form factor and, above all, booming sound, the Jambox is a no-brainer purchase for always-on-the-road audiophiles. Especially at $80, which is almost half off.

Aaaand there you have it. Something for everyone, at the best prices around. Remember, same place, same time, next week, all-new deals!