Black Friday may be two weeks away, but there’s no need to wait – Best Buy in the US has some exciting deals right now. Here are some of the best deals we’ve found. As usual, we focus on smartphones and tablets, but this time we cast a wider net and included headphones and some streaming sticks and smart speakers.
Here are some quick links for each category:
The Samsung Galaxy S22+ is down to $750 for the 8/128GB unit, with the jump to 256GB storage just $50. This is before any credit trading, note, so the final price may be lower.
The Motorola Edge (2022) is less than two months old and packs a 6.6-inch 144Hz OLED display for $500. Also Dimensity 1050, 50MP main (OIS) and 13MP ultra wide cameras, plus a 5,000mAh battery with 30W wired and 15W wireless charging.
The Motorola Edge (2021) is a good deal at $300 cheaper, but it comes with its own 144-inch display — a large 6.8-inch LCD. Also, the Snapdragon 778 inside gives the Dimensity a run for its money and you get a 108MP main camera (no OIS though). The 5,000mAh battery has 30W wired charging but no wireless.
Finally, two cheap options. The larger Moto G Stylus (2021 model) has a 6.8-inch display (FHD+) and comes with a capable stylus. The Snapdragon 480 is nothing fancy, but it has 5G connectivity.
The Moto G Power (2022) is new, but at $50 less than the G Stylus, the savings might not be worth it. You’ll lose 5G connectivity and despite the “powerful” name, the battery capacity won’t exceed that of the Stylus – 5,000mAh in both cases.
Next up – wireless headphones, because who has a phone with a 3.5mm jack anymore? The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 are a solid mid-range choice from the TWS field and come in a variety of colors to match your phone.
If you want something cheaper, the JVC Marshmallow+ is down to just $30. There’s no ANC like the Galaxy Buds2, but there’s basic waterproofing.
For those who prefer over-the-ear headphones, the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless come with leather-wraps and an adjustable headband. These are currently about half.
Windows tablets can help on the go or on the go – or at home if you can’t always use a desk. The Microsoft Surface Pro 8 with an Intel Core i5-1135G7 (8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) and a 13-inch 2,880 x 1,920 pixel display is the $900 higher priced offering. It comes with Windows 11 Home.
At the other end of the scale is the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 3i — at $200, this is one of the cheapest 10.3-inch tablets you can buy, Windows or otherwise. In this case, Windows 11 Home is in S mode. It runs on the Celeron N4020 with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (eMMC).
Note that both boards come with a QWERTY keyboard cover.
Roku or Google? 1080p or 4k? Based on your answers, you can choose one of the four woods below. 1080p options are the cheapest way to refresh an old TV with new smart phones – it will cost you about $20.
If you want some high-quality streaming, though, 4K is a must (especially since some streaming services lock HDR behind the 4K notch—we’re looking at you, Netflix. In this case, Chromecast is cheap ($40) and you get the Google TV experience. Neither is everyone’s favorite, so You might want the Roku Ultra ($70) instead.
If you’re getting into the Google ecosystem, another $20 second-generation Nest Mini speaker might get you there. It’s enough to have Google Assistant always on call and even for some music playback.
The Lenovo Smart Clock Essential is also $20 and can replace your alarm clock. It also lets you talk to the Google Assistant, but the display is pretty basic – just like a real alarm clock.
The Lenovo 2nd-Gen Smart Clock is $15 more, but it’s a good deal more advanced—its 4-inch LCD displays information like weather and it’s touchscreen, which makes the UI simple. Also, the speaker is now targeted for better audio.
The standout of the pack is the Meta Portal Go – with a 10-inch display and front-facing camera, you can use this for group video calls as well as control your smart home. For the privacy conscious, there’s a hardware cover that you can slide over the camera when not in use.