Running shoes, check. Jacket, check. Store map, check. Power bar, check. Got all your gear ready for the Black Friday rush? Are you prepared to jump over fallen merchandise and dodge slow-moving shoppers?
If you’re revving up your shopping engine but don’t know what to buy yet, consider a smartphone. Yeah, you know that thing you use every second of every day? How is yours? A little slow? A little bulky? Chances are you need an upgrade. Here’s our playbook to help you get your hands on the coolest smartphones at amazing prices this Black Friday.
For those of you looking for a mid range, prepaid phone that has all the features of the big guns, like the iPhone 6s, look no further. Best Buy has a stunning deal on the rock solid Galaxy S4 at over $100 off list price and the prepaid option means you are not locked into a horrible contract and can switch carriers at will.
iPhone 6s Plus in Rose Gold – $100 off list price
Is it a plane? Is it a bird? Is it a tablet?! Nope, it’s the iPhone 6s and, yes, it’s gold. Surely a hot ticket item this holiday season, the Rose Gold iPhone 6s Plus is the ultimate gift for the techie who has everything or the beginner who is new to smartphones.
The 6s Plus borders on a tablet with its massive 5.5-inch Retina display, and the improvements over the regular 6 versions ensure it runs like a dream. Apple is notorious for a lack of discounting on Black Friday, but some stores might have this beauty for a few bucks off. Shop around and keep an eye on our Black Friday page and Hot deals forums for updates.
Nexus 6p – $499.99
The granddaddy of all Android phones this holiday season comes to us from none other than the masterminds at Google. The Nexus 6p is the Bentley of Android phones. The screen is massive at 5.7-inches, over two inches bigger than the pricier iPhone 6s.
The phone comes with a veritable grand canyon of storage space at 32gb and without all that preloaded Amazon junk to clog up half of that. And to top it all off, with all the focus on cybersecurity these days, what is better than fingerprint unlocking? The Nexus 6p truly has it all and will be a great gift to the Android lover in your family. Better get in line!
LG Nexus 5 – $199.99
The older and less expensive cousin to the Nexus 6p is the LG Nexus 5. We expect this phone to be a hot ticket item this year, since we have already seen a few retailers, including Newegg and Groupon with the sale price reaching just above the $200 mark.The LG Nexus 5 is a great choice for the savvy smartphone shopper on a budget. It has most of the bells and whistles that newer Android phones have; however, it gets a lot less love because is no longer the hot new thing. Check out your favorite electronic retailer and stay tuned to FatWallet for some amazing deals on this phone going forward.
Nexus 6 32Gb Unlocked – $339.99
In other great news from Google, the Nexus 6 is expected to get discounted this Black Friday to around $200 or The phone retailed last year on Black Friday for around $350 which was far below its regular price.
We here at FatWallet encourage you to shop for last year’s models, like the Nexus 6 because those are likely to be the least expensive. This is because increasingly competitive phone makers, like Google, are looking to dump old stock any which way they can in order to make space for hot new models. Their loss can be your gain.
HTC One M7 – $0.01 during Amazon Black Friday Sales
Last year, HTC partnered with Amazon to have their flagship HTC One M8 available for only one cent during Amazon’s Black Friday sale. We expect them to offer a similar discount on the updated M9 this year, (especially in light of the company’s struggles). The deal seems too good to not repeat.
LG G4 – $220-$315
This crescent shaped phone has largely been overlooked by reviewers and customers alike despite it being a solid choice. This holiday season, we expect LG to heavily discount this puppy in order to get the inventory moving and drive some interest. That desperation could mean great prices for deal seekers!