Samsung is willing to discount its devices more than Apple, but seeing as how Black Friday is, Amazon has deals for both. We’ve included some other interesting deals we’ve stumbled upon, including a pair of VR headsets.
We will start with the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. Amazon has models with 512GB and 1TB storage, the 256GB one is not part of this week’s deals. The 2024 S-phones are certainly a few months away, and there will be some pre-order benefits, but the S23 Ultra has one of the best cameras of 2023 and even its predecessor, the S22 Ultra, is still on sale. .
The Galaxy S23+ is available at a lower price for those who don’t want the 200MP main camera or periscope zoom. The S23+ is a solid all-rounder and is scheduled to receive 3 more OS updates (after getting Android 14 soon) and will be seeing security patches until 2028, so the fact that the phone is only a year old isn’t a big deal – it has a long way to go before it reaches retirement age.
You can also pick up a new pair of TWS buds – Samsung Galaxy Buds2 or Buds2 Pro. The Pro model has two speakers (tweeter + woofer) for better audio and IPX7 rating, so they have more significant protection against water.
That said, the Galaxy Buds2 are a good deal cheaper and still offer features like active noise cancellation and wireless charging for that matter. The buds are only rated IPX2, so they should be protected from sweat and rain, but definitely don’t drop them in the pool.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro was left without a successor this year. This model has a larger 590mAh battery compared to 425mAh for the Watch6 Classic, and both support 10W wireless charging. The Watch5 Pro is rated IP68 (50m water resistance), has ECG and blood pressure monitoring.
Samsung’s redesigned Smart Tag2 launched last month with new features like Lost Mode – which lets you add your contact information to the tag so people who find it can scan it and call you. There’s also the new Compass View, which points you in the right direction to the label, although note that you’ll need a UWB-enabled phone for this (the S23+ and S23 Ultra have UWB).
The Apple iPad (2022) is the latest in the vanilla series. It’s similar to the Air, but with the Apple A14 instead of the M1 chipset – the latter is better for serious multitaskers, but the former is cheaper. You still get the iPadOS multi-screen feature, of course, plus the A14 is still very fast.
If you need more computing power, check out the Apple MacBook Air. This 15.3-inch model is equipped with an Apple M2 chip, 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. It’s bigger than the M1 Air and has a Liquid Retina display, which in non-marketing terms translates to slightly higher resolution and higher brightness (500 nits vs. 400 nits). The new model also includes a better FaceTime camera (1080p vs. 720p, albeit in a notch) and better speakers (6 vs. 2 speakers).
The Apple Watch Ultra is designed as a companion for adventure – it can dive up to 40m and has a depth gauge. It has ECG and fall detection, plus a loud alarm on board, a large 1.92-inch OLED display with sapphire glass and UWB, which helps you track Apple AirTags (we’ll get to them).
If that’s too expensive for you, the Apple Watch SE (2022) has a smaller 1.78-inch display and more basic protection features – 50m water resistance (100m for the Ultra, note this is different from the dive depth) and Ion-X reinforced glass. The biggest loss is the ECG feature.
As mentioned, Apple AirTags can track the Apple Watch Ultra as well as any recent iPhone. You can take a single account or a pack of 4.
Any phone (1) is stuck and currently priced in the average range. It has a 6.55-inch 120Hz 10-bit AMOLED display and Snapdragon 778G and dual 50MP cameras (main + ultra-wide). The 4,500mAh battery supports 33W wired and 15W wireless charging.
You can also get any phone (2), but it costs more. That extra cash goes to a larger 6.7-inch display – this time a 120Hz LTPO panel, though still with FHD+ resolution. And the more powerful Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. Although the cameras are mostly the same. On the plus side, you get a slightly larger battery (4,700mAh) to compensate for the larger display and faster 45W wired charging (while wireless stays at 15W).
And since we’ve covered Samsung’s flagships, check out No Ear (2). They’re stylish and match the look of any phone, but their audio quality and ANC aren’t up to par, at least not at this price.
We wrap things up with two VR headsets. The first is the old meta mission 2. This new Mission 3 does not have a color pass, but it is actively supported by game developers. It’s actually cheaper than the new model, especially since this one comes with a $100 Amazon gift card.
The second headset is the Sony PlayStation VR2. This one only works with the PS5, so the overall price is higher, but the Quest 2 doesn’t have the same processing power as a standalone headset for current-gen graphics (you can hook it up to a PC, of course). PSVR2 has the same powers and improvements that came with PS5.
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