Samsung Galaxy S III
Going holiday shopping on Black Friday can be like running with the bulls. The trick is knowing what to dash for when you get to the store–and what to ignore. We’ve compiled the top 10 tech deals for Black Friday, from a $99 and a $499 Ultrabook to one of the hottest smartphones of the year for $150 off. Plus, we’ll tell you where to go and what time you’ll need to be there. In some cases all you need to do is go online.
Samsung Galaxy S III: $49 at RadioShack
Samsung's Galaxy S III has been the No. 1 selling smartphone in the world, thanks to its wide array of sharing options, high-quality camera, and the fact that you get a big 4.8-inch screen in a slim design. RadioShack is offering the device through for $49.99, when it normally retails for $199 (with a two-year contract). That's a savings of $150. There's also an AT&T deal for the same phone for $99.99, which is half off. RadioShack's doors open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday, and will give customers $10 for every $50 they spend.
HP Pavilion g6: $299 at Kmart
HP's Pavilion g6 budget notebook just became even more of a bargain. Normally $499 at Kmart, you can pick up this for $299 on Black Friday. This notebook earned four stars in our review for its attractive design, solid performance, comfortable keyboard and solid speakers. Specs include 4GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive. Plus, Kmart gives you plenty of opportunities to take advantage of the savings; the store is open until 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving, then reopens from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Black Friday and opens for the day at 5 a.m. And if you can't afford it all at once, Kmart's layaway program lets you pay through a down payment then biweekly payments.
Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch: $49 at Target
Although it's not the newest to hit the market, Barnes & Noble's Nook Simple Touch is still a solid e-reader, boasting a slim, light and comfortable design, responsive touch screen, well-designed interface and robust social sharing features. Target is offering the e-reader for half off on Black Friday, at $49 (normally $99.99 at Target and $89.99 on Amazon). Plus, when you spend $50 or more on select items between 4 a.m. and noon at the retailer, you'll receive a $10 gift card. Target opens at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving, so you can get your holiday shopping in early.
Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx: Free at Best Buy
Know someone who hates charging their smartphone? Motorola's Droid RAZR Maxx lasted an epic 8 hours and 25 minutes in our 4G battery test. Currently $149 at Best Buy ($199 though Verizon), this marathon runner of an Android phone is free for the retailer's Black Friday special, which actually extends from Thanksgiving (online shopping only) to the day after Black Friday. So you'll have several days to snag the deal (although supplies may not last long). Opening at 12 a.m. on Black Friday, Best Buy will also be handing out doorbuster tickets from 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving until doors open.
Netgear N600 Wireless Dual-band Router: $59.99 at RadioShack
Looking to boost your home Wi-Fi network without breaking the bank? Netgear's N600 Wireless Dual-band Router, normally $89.99 at RadioShack and $78.51 on Amazon, is $59.99 this Black Friday, plus you'll receive $10 back in coupons. The router offers fast wireless performance, long range and a host of networking features. Or if you just want a dirt-cheap wireless router that's not necessarily dual-band, Netgear's N300 Wireless Router is $29.99 at RadioShack, normally $49.99.
Canon Rebel T3 Bundle: $499 at Target
The Black Friday deal to trump them all, this is perfect for any photog in your life. Target is offering a Canon bundle, complete with its Rebel T3 digital SLR camera, an 18-55mm lens, a 75-300mm zoom lens, a 4GB SDHC card and a Canon DSLR bag, for $499. All this normally retails for $749, so you're saving $250 when all is said and done. Offering a 12-MP sensor, the Rebel T3 features a large screen and 720p video capture.
Barnes & Noble Nook Color: $99 at Walmart
A cross between a color e-reader and a tablet, Barnes & Noble's Nook Color provides a beautiful color screen with a well-designed UI, a large content selection and social sharing on Facebook and Twitter. Nornally $139 at Walmart, the Nook Color will be available through the retailer for just $99. Opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Walmart provides shoppers with the chance to stock up early, and its "1-Hour Stock Guarantee" lets shoppers purchase a card for an item that's out of stock by 11 p.m. on Turkey Day to be delivered by Christmas.
Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook: $499 at Walmart
A sub-$500 Ultrabook isn't that easy to find, but Walmart is making it possible this holiday season. Acer's 13.3-inch Aspire S3, which comes with an Intel Core i3 CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive with SSD, will be on Walmart's shelves this Black Friday for just $499. While this Ultrabook doesn't last as long as we'd like on a charge, you'll get a thin and light design and instant-on responsiveness.
SanDisk 32GB Memory Card: $19.99 at Staples
Those in need of more memory are in luck this season: Staples is offering a SanDisk 32GB Ultra SDHC memory card for $60 off. The microSD Card is just $19.99, normally priced at $79.99 at the retailer. And there's no reason to get caught up in all the mobs of people at stores on Black Friday, because Staples' Black Friday deals will run from Sunday, November 18 all week long. If you really want to participate in the Black Friday frenzy, though, Staples' doors will open at 5 a.m. and from then until noon, the store will feature early bird specials.
Acer 23-inch Widescreen LED Monitor: $109 at Staples
Two screen are always better than one. And this holiday season you can get the multitasker on your list the Acer 23-inch widescreen LED monitor for $60 off. Staples is offering the monitor for $109 on Black Friday. Featuring a full HD display with 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution, this monitor has HDMI, VGA and DVI inputs.
This story was provided by Laptopmag.com, a sister site to LiveScience.