3 Tech Deals To Look For This Black Friday

Every year Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year that every bargain shopper eagerly anticipates. This year Black Friday falls on the second-latest possible date, November 28th. This will give retailers a shorter than average period between Black Friday and Christmas, the most important stretch of the year for them, which should mean more deals after Black Friday as well.

 

We’ve come up with 3 tech deals you should look for this upcoming Black Friday 2014.

 

1. Larger-Sized TV Deals – Go Big or Go Home!

TV’s are usually one of the biggest seller’s at most top retailers each Black Friday, and for good reason. Each year, as the sizes that are up for sale tend to grow, discounts do too. So it is realistic to assume that the same should be expected this year.

 

New this year, we can expect to see several models of Ultra HD models, as well as a curved screen model or two, to appear in Black Friday ads.  You can also expect deals in Black Friday ads for under $250 on a lower-quality model.

At Best Buy, these TV door buster deals will be available in limited quantity.

  • A 55-inch Samsung UHD TV, model UN55HU6830FXZA, a 120Hz smart TV that will be available for $899.99
  • The 55-inch LG 55LB5900, priced at $479.99, a 1080p 120Hz set that doesn’t have many other features
  • A 50-inch Vizio M502I-B1, a 240Hz smart TV set in the company’s step-up M series, for $499.99

Ultra HD 4K

  • Samsung UN55HU7250FXZA, a curved UHD TV, for $1,299.99
  • LG 55UB8200 for $1,300
  • Sony XBR55X850B, in its entry-level 4K series, for $1,499.99
  • Vizio P552UI-B2, a P-series model, priced at $1,299.99

Large 1080p

  • Samsung’s 60-inch 120Hz 1080p LED/LCD smart TV, model UN60H6203AFXZ for $799
  • LG’s 65-inch 1080p LED/LCD (65LB5200) for $799
  • Sharp’s 60-inch Aquos 1080p LED/LCD smart TV (model LC-60LE644) for $699
  • a 60-inch Sony 120Hz smart LED/LCD TV, model KDL-60R510A for $799
  • Sharp’s 70-inch LC-70TQ15U, a 240Hz 1080p smart LED/LCD TV for $1,799

 

2. Apple Products Galore – iPhones, iPads, & More!

Apple products are among the first items that shoppers look for deals on during the Black Friday event.

Walmart will be selling the new Apple iPhone 6 at a $20 discount and giving buyers a $75 gift card on top of that. Target is offering a similar deal except the $75 gift card will be only $30.  Don’t be cheap Target!

 

Staples will be offering the Apple iPad Mini 2 for $239.  Target will offer a $140 store gift card with the purchase of a 16GB iPad Air 2 (which lists for $499), a $100 card with a 16GB iPad Mini 3 or iPad Air ($399 each), and an $80 card with a 16GB non-Retina iPad Mini ($249).

 

For Apple Macbooks at Best Buy, shoppers will be able to save $150 off of the larger 13.3-inch MacBook Air and $120 off of the smaller 11.6-inch MacBook Air. With respect to the MacBook Pro, the 13.3-inch model with Retina display will come with $150 worth of savings while the non-Retina model will come with $200 worth of dicsounts.
The final price tag will appear like this:

  • MacBook Air 13.3-inch – $1049.99
  • MacBook Air 11.6-inch – $779.99
  • MacBook Pro Retina Display – $1349.99
  • MacBook Pro non-Retina – $899.99

 

3. Laptops – Yes these still exist!

One of the most popular Black Friday ad items traditionally has been the ultra-cheap laptop. Models with upgraded components should also be very good deals this year. Back-to-school sales were down and that factor, combined with lower prices for the individual components should lead to great bargains this year.

Best Buy is dishing out the Acer Chromebook 11.6-inch for $149.99 (regular price $199.99). Staples is selling a super cheap Asus laptop for $99.99, giving shoppers a $150 discount.

 

Looking for a laptop/tablet combo? Wal-mart is offering a Toshiba 2in1 Touchscreen laptop for $299. That’s a sweet deal for a laptop/tablet combo that usually goes for $500.

 

Remember, to get a jump on great Black Friday deals, start planning now, research your purchases and above all else spread good cheer. If previous years’ Black Fridays are any indication, pretty much everything will be on sale. If you haven’t already started budgeting for this usually big expense, now would be a good time to start!

 


 

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A Tech Expert’s Take on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Mark Wilson - Techonology Expert

When the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were released, strong opinions quickly formed both for and against the new technology, and possibly lackthereof. We wanted to know what a smartphone expert thought, so we interviewed Mark Wilson, technology journalist at Huffington Post, Betanews, Cloudswave, and more. Mark knows the ins and outs of the many smartphones he’s reviewed over the years and has a lot to say about Apple’s devices and how they differ from Android’s phones and wearables. Check out what he shared with us on why he’s no longer an iPhone owner.

 

1. Which new features of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are you most excited about and why?

I am actually not excited by the iPhone any more. Having previously been an iPhone owner, over the years I have found that it became a dull and lifeless platform, too limited by Apple. That said, the larger screen of the iPhone 6 Plus is interesting

iphone 6 plus large screen

2. What are your predictions for how many people will adopt new technology like Apple Pay and the Apple Watch and what impacts will that technology have?

I think Apple Pay will take a long time to gain traction. There is far too much competition from established payment systems like PayPal. We have already seen a number of retailers refusing to use Apple Pay. There are obvious security concerns that need to be allayed, and problems with iCloud leaks have not done Apple many favours in this area. While the iPhone is popular, its number of users almost pales into insignificance when compared to Android — the numbers probably just aren’t there to give Apple Pay any real hold.

apple payment system

The Apple Watch faces a major obstacle that has just been addressed by the latest version of Android Wear — it is linked to an iPhone. The latest Android wearables, and the bracelet from Will.i.am show that smartwatches of the future need to operate independently of other devices.

 

3. Is there anything you’re surprised to find didn’t make it into the new iPhone model and why?

I was surprised that the front facing camera wasn’t of a higher resolution — it seems odd given Apple’s focus on quality, and the resolution of the screen. I guess, ultimately, the lack of innovation is the biggest disappointment.

iphone front camera

4. Many of the features that are new to these iPhone models have been in Android phones for years. How will this affect adaptation of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus? Do you think Apple is falling behind in the smartphone world or are their other core features more important than these specs?

For Apple users, the Apple ecosystem is more important that just about anything else. Yes, Android gives you far wider choice, technically superior hardware, a greater level of customization of the OS. Android has taken over when it comes to innovation. Apple’s fingerprint scanner was widely regarded as innovative, but it was also not particularly useful. The focus is on style and perception over function.

 

5. How do you think criticisms like #bendgate will affect Apple’s brand and possibly future design strategy?

It will have very little impact on Apple’s brand. People buy Apple product because it’s Apple — for fans, it’s the company that can do no wrong. It might be a cynical view, but I very much doubt that #bendgate will change the way future iPhones are designed.

bendgate

6. From your writing in BetaNews and other publications, you portray your strong honest opinion on the tech you’re covering. As a journalist how do you balance news with an obligation to inform people of how you feel the products you’re reviewing will work for them?

I make it very clear when I am conveying news and when I am expressing opinion. All news and writing has an element of bias to it — just by opting to writing about a subject you are voicing an opinion. Reporting straight facts is very simple, but when it comes to reviews I like to try to put together scenarios and work through them. At the same time, I like to treat readers with respect; I know they are intelligent enough (for the most part!) to realize that a review is an opinion and not everyone will feel the same. But whatever I’m writing, I am always entirely honest — whether that means a glowing review or a scathing one — and I think that shows.

 

Have you purchased a new iPhone or are you planning to? Let us know in the comments why or why not.

 


 

 

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Monster Hands: Comparing iPhone 6 Plus & Other Phablets

phablets

Devices that are part phone, part tablet, and bigger than your normal smartphone are often called phablets. These devices have been a hot category for other phone manufacturers. Recently launched, the iPhone 6 Plus goes head-to-head with similar-sized devices in the market, including the latest products from Samsung and Google. So the big question is which phablet is the best?

 

We broke down the specs of each device to help you decide which phablet better suits your needs.

 

1. Display

galaxy note 4 screen

The iPhone 6 Plus sports a 5.5-inch LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology, resolution at 1080p with a pixel density of 400ppi. The Galaxy Note 4 has a sharper 5.7-inch quad-HD Super AMOLED display, offering vivid colors with a 515ppi. The Nexus 6 has a quad-HD AMOLED panel, but it is slightly larger at 5.96-inches and 493ppi. The Galaxy Note 4 screen obviously has the edge with the highest resolution.  Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 4

 

2. Camera

iphone 6 camera

The Galaxy Note 4 packs a 16-megapixel snapper with a single LED flash; the Nexus 6 has a 13-megapixel camera with dual LED flash, and the iPhone 6 Plus has a 8-megapixel camera with dual LED flash.  They all include optical image stabilization software. Although the Note 4 camera has the highest resolution, the iPhone 6 Plus should not be considered as inferior because of its lower resolution. The ISP on the A8 chip has proven superior compared to Android phones in terms of camera clarity, we defer to the iPhone 6 Plus as the smartphone as the better shooter.  Winner: Apple iPhone 6

 

3. Internal Components

galaxy note 4 pda

The Galaxy Note 4 CPU is powered by the Exynos 5433 and GPU by the ARM Mali-T760. The Nexus 6 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 CPU and the Adreno 420 GPU. Both phones are faster compared to other Android smartphones. The iPhone 6 Plus on the other hand uses Apple’s own dual-core A8 chip which has a 64-bit architecture. In terms of raw performance, the Apple’s processor is noticeably faster. Both the Galaxy Note 4 and the Nexus 6 have 3GB of RAM while the iPhone 6 Plus only has 1GB RAM. In terms of multitasking for you frequently multi-tabbing users, the smartphones with 3GB RAM may offer a better experience. Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 4

 

4. Software

apple pay

The Nexus 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus offer its users a less complex software experience. The Nexus 6 is powered by Android Lollipop, and the iPhone has iOs 8. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 runs on an outdated OS in the form of Android KitKat, but is soon to get an upgrade.  This category is too hard to determine a winner since every user has different needs.  Winner: TIE

 

5. Other Special Features

nexus 6 

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 offers accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, gesture, UV, heart rate, SpO2, fingerprint scanner, fast charging feature, S Pen – pressure sensitivity has been doubled and has a new calligraphy mode, Multi Window, Ultra Power Saving Mode. The Apple iPhone 6 Plus has Apple Pay via new NFC chip, new Health app, Touch ID for security, Siri, barometer, three-axis gyro, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor. The Nexus 6 has a longer lasting battery, USB and extended memory support, sharing (guest) mode, and full app control. All in all the Nexus 6 gives you the most control during a time when privacy and sharing is key as well as battery life. Winner: Google Nexus 6

 

With the ongoing tough competition in phablet market, it’s a tough to decide which model is right for you. We hope this brief comparison of the latest phablets can help you determine if one smartphone has a decisive advantage over the others. From what we’ve seen the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 gives you the most for the money.

 


 

 

All data sourced from PhoneArena

phablet compare

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