About Ara Wagoner
Ara Wagoner is Commerce Editor for Android Police and a lover of all things cases, Chromebooks, accessories, and Disney. Overseeing our buyer's guides and product selection, Ara has spent 7 years honing her product-picking instincts and reviews while previously at Android Central, bringing a unique flair to her writing (and a lot of TV/anime references). She works full-time on a Chromebook, whether it's at home or while waiting for fireworks at Walt Disney World. Ara loves Android phones so much that she wears a shoulder holster to ensure they're never out of reach, and if you see her without headphones, RUN.
The discounts are big and the quantities are limited
It's official, Best Buy's Black Friday sale is in full swing. The retailer is now offering significant discounts on thousands of products including 4K smart TVs, top Android smartphones, tablets, wireless headphones, and so much more. Quantities are limited and there are no rainchecks, so if you see something you like, you better grab it while you can. The sale is open to everyone, so you don't need to be a My Best Buy member to participate. It is worth noting, though, that signing up for the free plan will get you free shipping, and even the paid plans can pay for themselves with their additional savings.
Forget Pixel Watches and Garmins, Samsung makes the only watch you should buy this holiday season
It's easy to look at a sleek Android smartwatch and think it's a luxury, a frivolous add-on to a device you already spent hundreds upon hundreds of dollars. Sure, fitness tracking is nice — especially as a small motivator for those of us who don't normally get much physical activity in — and being able to use some apps from your wrist makes it easy to accomplish small tasks without getting sucked into some random app on your phone for hours on end, but do you really need one? Well, I did.
Save big on new phones for you and your loved ones
If you're looking to upgrade from your aging smartphone, there's no better time than Black Friday. As manufacturers and retailers alike aim to sell as many devices as possible amid the busiest economic quarter of the year, you — as the smart shopper that you are — can take advantage of their desperation and save hundreds on the device that we keep our most important data and connections on. Whether you're after an affordable budget device at an even lower price or you're looking to pick up one of the best Android phones without breaking the bank, Black Friday provides the perfect window.
From lightweight laptops to Pixelbook successors, there's a new Chromebook here for you this holiday
While phones and tablets might get the bulk of the attention when it comes to Black Friday deals, Chromebooks deals can get downright chaotic. Starting at prices like $80 — we've even seen $50 in the past — Chromebook sales can be so sweet, but you have to pay extra attention to avoid "deals" that are really just what a 2019 Chromebook should cost when it's four years old.
Sure, Black Friday may be a week away, but the best deals are right now
While Amazon Prime Day spiced up the summer doldrums — and popped up again during Techtober because Amazon just can't resist piling on — when it comes to deals, nothing will ever beat Black Friday. No longer is Black Friday a single day or even a single weekend. Oh, no, Black Friday is an entire freaking season that starts in October and runs clear into December, with Cyber Monday now stretching into a week. We're now a week out from the day itself, but you wouldn't know it from how retailers have already pulled out all the stops with the deals we're seeing today.
Turn it up with early Black Friday deals on JBL, Samsung, and more
With just one week to go before Black Friday arrives, early sales and offers have arrived to give shoppers a chance at scoring a good deal before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Yes, Black Friday is technically at the end of November, but the holiday shopping season isn't what it used to be, and no longer do you need to wait until the third Friday of the month to find the best Black Friday deals.
Choose from instant discounts or long-term carrier promotions
For years, the A-series has been a staple on our best budget Android phone lists, delivering an impressive experience at affordable prices. The Pixel 7a is Google's most advanced A-series device to date, as it brings sought-after features like a 90Hz display and wireless charging to the phone. It also happens to be the most expensive, tied with the Pixel 4a 5G. With that in mind, we've put together a roundup of all the best places to buy the 7a right now, so you can get the best deal possible on the handset.
The Pixel Fold hits an all-time low in these unbeatable Black Friday deals
We've made it the final weekend before Black Friday, and thanks to a fresh batch of Black Friday Google deals, the newest foldable on the block is down to an incredible price point. Google's Black Friday offerings may have come close to the last minute, but for those of you who held out and waited, your patience has paid off.
Google's Black Friday deals drop the Pixel Tablet back down to its lowest price
With just a week to go until Black Friday, the Google Pixel Tablet has finally received its highly anticipated Black Friday discount — and boy was it worth the wait. Dropping back down to its lowest price ever, savvy shoppers can pick up Google's impressive tablet for its best price yet.
Get serious protection for Google's latest budget smartphone
Google's 2023 mid-range smartphone, the Pixel 7a, is a tempting choice for those chasing after the Pixel experience without breaking the bank. Boasting specs that come close to its flagship sibling, the Pixel 7, the 7a rightfully earns its place among the best budget Android phones you can get your hands on. But let's get real — no matter how pocket-friendly this phone or its price tag might be, it still needs protection.
The Google Nest Audio gets its first deal all year
The ever-expanding season known as Black Friday is springing deals on us earlier and earlier, and while November 24 is still just over a week away, Walmart is diving head-first into its second wave of Black Friday deals with discounts on everything from tablets to Toblerones, smart water to smartwatches. There are some impressive diamonds in the rough of these early sales, and while you'll need to turn your attention to Best Buy's sales or Amazon for any worthwhile Black Friday phone deals, the audio and tablet deals here are nothing to sneeze at, and it's got one of the best smartwatch deals we're likely to see all month.
The Pixel 7 may fit almost perfectly in your hands, but to keep a good grip on it, you'll want one of these cases
The Google Pixel 7 has been hailed as “the most refined Pixel yet.” That sounds like the kind of smartphone you take extra care of and pamper with a new, durable case. After all, you’re going to want that Google Tensor G2-powered device kept in one piece at least until you feel it’s time to upgrade to the Google Pixel 8. A case may cover up the phone’s elegant design, but luckily, there are some options that can also either enhance its visual appeal or speak more to your personality.
Enhanced trade-in = practically free watches
Black Friday may be over a week away, but Samsung simply couldn't wait any longer to bring us the best deal we've seen on the best Android smartwatch you can buy today. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 is bright, slim, and has a battery that can go up to two days before needing a charge — a feature I'm eternally grateful for if I forget to
grab a shower charge it one morning among the neverending meetings and tasks — and it easily earns its $300 price tag. So how about getting it for $100 instead? That's a goddamn steal.
Black Friday Galaxy S23 deals are starting to arrive, here's where to find them
Black Friday is just around the corner, and surprisingly, some of the best Black Friday Samsung deals we've seen so far haven't been around their phones just yet. There have been a couple of smaller discounts on the S23 series, but the best offers have been with carriers offering the devices for free with qualifying trade-ins.
Don't wait for Black Friday, nothing will beat this $99 Galaxy Watch 4 Classic deal
There haven't been too many smartwatch and fitness tracker deals so far this season, but Walmart made my jaw drop at seeing this Galaxy Watch 4 Classic discount among its first wave of Black Friday deals. Samsung released the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic back in 2021, but it's still among the best Android smartwatches you can buy today, even though it is now two generations old.
Keep that Pixel 8 pixel-perfect with one of these top cases to save your phone from knocks and bumps
While iteration may be the name of the game for 2023's flagship phones, the Google Pixel 8 is a wonderful upgrade from its predecessors. It features a 120Hz refresh rate screen with a whopping max brightness of 2,000 nits, rounded corners for a more comfortable in-hand feel, and an upgraded ultrawide that supports macrofocus and autofocus. With all this and seven years of system updates, the Pixel 8 earns its $100 price increase and then some.
There's an amazing Samsung phone out there for every size and budget
Whether you're on a strict $200 budget or looking to make a $1,800 splash for the latest and greatest foldable, Samsung has you covered. The smartphone and electronics titan has lofty expectations of itself and, luckily for Android fans, usually paves the way with some of the best Android phones money can buy. Some may criticize Samsung for its design choices or One UI's occasional heavy-handedness, but these quibbles usually range from unwarranted to wildly inaccurate.
Get Samsung's already affordable Galaxy A54 at an even better price with these deals
With Black Friday sales well underway, some of the best Black Friday Samsung deals have arrived to make sure your next phone is a Samsung. That includes some sweet offers on the brand's most popular yet budget-friendly phones on the market, the Galaxy A54 5G. It's seen some great price cuts over the past few months, but one deal in particular is now available that makes it a must-buy for those who want a good yet cheap phone.
Put a case on; your Galaxy S23 is naked and afraid in this concrete jungle
The Samsung Galaxy S23 has established a reputation as one of the top compact smartphones not only due to its smaller-than-average build but also its very competitive internals. Samsung built the S23 around its impressive Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, and it also boasts a significant battery upgrade compared to the S22, all hinged on a manageable 6.1-inch display.
Your super-sized Samsung deserves a great case, whether it's super-sized, thin, or anywhere in between
Even after the launch of the S23 family of phones, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra remains a viable option, largely because it gorgeously merged the S and Note lines. It finally brought all the convenience and functionality of the S Pen to S series users and keeps up with the best Android phones, particularly since it can be found for significantly less than its original MSRP.