Thanksgiving is a busy time of the year filled with travel, family, and (hopefully) fun. It's also when holiday deals season fully kicks off. To help minimize the amount of time you spend hunting for deals, we've rounded up the best smartphone and smartwatch sales around the internet. Below, you'll also find deals on ebook readers and accessories like wireless chargers, battery packs, and cases.
If you're shopping through the weekend, be sure to keep this page bookmarked. We will update this post through the weekend with new deals. If an item is no longer at its deal price or sold out, we cross it out. Deal prices sometimes return and items come back in stock faster than we can update, so it never hurts to check for yourself.
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Almost everyone needs a smartphone these days, and this is the best time to buy one—all the major manufacturers have announced their products already, and we won't see many new phones until March or later next year. Check out our list of the best Android phones, best cheap phones, and best iPhones for more info on our favorite devices.
Apple's not discounting its phones, but it is offering a $50 Apple Store Gift Card when you purchase select models like the iPhone XR. The XR, 2018's best-selling iPhone (8/10 WIRED Recommends), is still a great option. Its range of colors make it stand out, and its size is perfect for one-handed use. The camera might not be as versatile as the iPhone 11 Pro Max, and its screen not as impressive, but it still takes great photos, and battery life is pretty good. This can be combined with a trade-in, which will net you up to $200 in credit, and you do get one year of Apple TV+ included.
This is one of our favorite phones of the year. Google brought its considerable camera prowess down to the affordable phone market. It also has good battery life too, a sore point on the new Pixel 4, and its polycarbonate body won't shatter at the first drop. Because it's a Pixel phone, it will get software and security updates directly from Google (the maker of the Android operating system) for three years.
The Google Pixel 4 XL is the latest from Google, with multiple cameras on the back that can capture some stunning photos. That's paired with simple software, clever machine learning features, and a really nice screen. The downside is battery life, which isn't very strong, but it can make it through one full day of use. Read our review for more details. You can buy the smaller Pixel 4 for $600, but I wouldn't recommend it as you will really struggle to get through a day with its small battery capacity inside.
Samsung's latest massive phone is powerful and packed to the brim with features—perhaps a little too packed. Three camera lenses on the back let you take in wide landscapes or zoom in for close ups. The S Pen stylus is tucked inside, and you can use it as a Bluetooth remote to control some functions of the phone, like the camera. The all-screen design makes the Note look quite futuristic, especially in the Aura Glow color, though it gets quite smudgy. The Note 10 Plus earned our WIRED Recommends badge, and made it into our list of the top 10 Android phones.
If you don't need the absolute best (but want to get real close), the Galaxy S10E is a perfectly strong choice. The screen is nice; it looks modern; it's just as powerful as its pricier brethren; and you also get an ultra-wide-angle lens paired with the main one for a little variety in your photos. It's also more comfortable to hold, due to the smaller 5.8-inch screen.
The G7 is a top pick for under $300. It nails the basics, namely with performance, which won't make you want to pull your hair out unlike most budget phones. The camera is satisfactory, there's a headphone jack, battery life is solid, and it doesn't look hideous, either.
If you want to save as much money as possible on a phone, the Moto G7 Play is the way to go. It offers the same processor as the Moto G7 listed above, though performance can get bogged down because it only has 2 GB of RAM. The screen quality isn't as good, and while you shouldn't expect much from the camera, it can get the job done in good lighting. It is a phone that comes with some compromises, but it is usable. Note: You can get the variant with the larger battery, the Moto G7 Power, for $180 ($70 off) at Best Buy.
ZTE's first major phone for the American market in years (after problems with the US government), delivers flagship-grade performance at half the cost of the competition. Inside this phone is a Snapdragon 855, the same chip inside the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, and to get that at $450 is pretty outstanding value. There's no game-changing tech in this phone, but the camera, battery life, and design are all up to par.
It's not for the latest model, and the newer OnePlus 7T may be a better buy, but this deal on the OnePlus 7 Pro brings an already high-value phone to an even better price. This phone is powerful, with a beautiful screen that refreshes at 90 Hz (that means scrolling in apps and playing games will look really smooth). Its downsides are the camera, which is versatile with three lenses but only produces adequate photos, and the battery life, which is nothing to write home about. Thankfully, it charges back up shockingly fast.
T-Mobile: You can get four free iPhone 11 devices (paid through 24 monthly bill credits) when you add four Unlimited lines for $30 per line with a qualifying iPhone trade-in (in good condition).
T-Mobile: If you're adding a line, you can get the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 for around $363 (50 percent off), but you need to buy it on a monthly payment plan, and you'll see the discount come through in bill credits each month for 24 months. Android tablets aren't as good as iPads, but the Tab S6 is a formidable contender and great value at this price.
Verizon: If you're planning on buying an iPhone on a monthly payment plan and adding a line, Verizon is offering a buy one, get one discounted offer. For example, you can get a second iPhone 11 Pro Max for $400, though the discount is credited to your account over 24 months.
Sprint: If you want to switch to Sprint, you can lease the 64 GB iPhone 11 for $0 per month if you trade in an iPhone 6S or newer in any condition and also activate a new line. The discount is applied to your monthly bill.
If you have an iPhone, an Apple Watch is the best smartwatch to get—anything Series 3 or higher will serve you well. There are decent alternatives below though, all of which work on Android and iOS.
The Apple Watch Series 3 is one of our favorite fitness watches and priced anywhere under $200 is a steal. Yes, it's a little more than two years old now, but it still holds up with a great screen and day-long battery life. It can still run the latest version of Apple's excellent smartwatch operating system too.
You only need to buy the latest Apple Watch Series 5 if you desperately want a screen that always displays the time. If you don't care about that as much, and if you don't mind twisting your arm to wake up the screen so you can see the clock, the Series 4 is still a great option.
It's not much of a deal, but considering the Apple Watch Series 5 is so new, this is likely the best discount you'll see for some time. The Series 5 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) doesn't reinvent the wheel, or square in this case, but it does bring features like an always-on display so you can always see the time without having to raise the watch. You may be able to save an additional $24 at Amazon by clipping the on-page coupon, though not all accounts are eligible for this offer.
This watch might be a year old, but it's still good value at this price. You can respond to notifications, track workouts and sleep, and it can last around two days if you're not using it too heavily. It's best paired with a Samsung phone, but it works just as well with other Android devices; some functionality is limited when connected to an iPhone.
The new Galaxy Watch Active 2 has a digital bezel that lets you scroll through the interface cleanly, and gives the wearable a more minimalist look. The improved heart rate sensors allow for more accurate fitness tracking, there's an electrocardiogram function (though it's still in a research phase), and the battery can last a little more than a day. We've linked the larger 44 mm model above, but you can get the 40 mm for less.
The Fossil Sport was the first Wear OS watch to be powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip. The interface is still not as smooth as the one on an Apple Watch, but if you want stay on top of notifications and do some light fitness tracking, Fossil's watch is a solid option, especially at $150. Fossil sells it for a little less than other retailers. Also check out the other smartwatches on Fossil's site, which are seeing up to 50 percent off select styles if you use the promo code INTHEBAG at checkout. On Cyber Monday, use the code MONDAY at checkout to see up to a 70 percent discount on sale items.
The Fitbit Versa 2 leans a little more toward fitness tracker compared to others on this list, but it's undeniably a smartwatch. You can see notifications and even respond to them (if you're on Android), and Alexa is onboard, so you can ask Amazon's assistant anything. Our reviewer, Adrienne So, said the Versa 2's (6/10, WIRED Recommends) software interface isn't great and she had a few connectivity issues, but the watch can last five days and can track your sleep—two things the Apple Watch can't do.
The Misfit Command isn't a full-on smartwatch; it's an analog watch with some connected features, making it a great buy for the person who wants something traditional-looking. This watch connects to your Android or iOS phone and can track basic activity, control your music playback, track sleep, and alert you to notifications. I've linked the 44 mm model above, but I've been wearing and digging the style of the the 45 mm option.
If you want to buy a Kindle for yourself or someone else, this is the smartest choice (read our best Kindles guide). It now has a light-up screen and looks about as good as the Paperwhite below—just don't dunk it in your tub.
The 2018 Kindle Paperwhite isn't radically different from its predecessors, but it's now (finally) waterproof, it supports Bluetooth so you can listen to Audible audiobooks, and it maintains the same weeks-long battery life as older models. It's close to being the perfect e-reader (9/10, WIRED Recommends).
if you want an alternative to Amazon's ebook readers, your only other worthwhile option comes from Kobo. The Kobo Clara HD has a front light, and a blue-light filtering mode to make reading easier on the eyes at night. It also has weeks of battery life, supports a variety of ebook formats, and can store 8 GB worth of books, which is around 6,000 titles.
Here are our top choices for accessories to compliment your smartphone. Check out our favorite iPhone 11 cases, as well.
Otterbox Symmetry cases (40 percent off at Target): Otterbox's Symmetry line offers cases for a variety of iPhones, including the new iPhone 11 Pro Max, as well as for Samsung and Google Pixel phones.
Speck cases (25 percent off site-wide): Speck makes good cases for phones, MacBooks, iPads, and Samsung tablets—even bags and other accessories. Speck will offer 50 percent off site-wide on Cyber Monday, as well.
Nomad Wireless Hub for $56 ($24 off): I have this wireless charging base station and I use it to keep all my smartwatches charged (thanks to the four USB ports inside). It's easy to keep wires hidden away, and best of all, the top of the base doubles as a wireless charger so you can use it to charge your phone. Nomad is also offering up to 70 percent off on certain items in its store.
Moment 2 Lens Starter Kit for $145 ($25 off): Moment makes some of our favorite lenses for smartphones. This starter kit gives you a case, which is required to make the lens fit to the back of the phone (iPhone, Samsung, Google, OnePlus), and you can choose two other lenses. The price you see here is for the 58 mm telephoto and the 18 mm wide paired with the Pixel 4 case, so if you choose other lenses or an XL phone case, the price may vary. Moment's store also has gear from more than 30 brands, and most items are discounted.
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