Happy Veterans Day.
Today we observe the men and women who have served our country. I personally want to say thank all of you soldiers for your services, as you fought for the freedoms we have today. To my Dad, thank you too. It was 47 years ago when you served and I am proud to be your son.
As we get closer to Black Friday, November 25th, we are seeing a wide range of fantastic deals come out early. It’s kind of an industry secret that some of the better deals are released in advance of Black Friday as retailers want to differentiate themselves from the pack. Plus, the sooner they can get your money the better, since they have to compete with each other all on one or two days.
FitBit, the world’s most popular maker of activity trackers, rarely ever puts the trackers at a discounted price. The ultra-popular FitBit Charge 2 is on sale for $132.99 for a savings of $17. It’s not a huge discount but it is a good one for a device with almost 1,000 reviews and a 4.3/5 star rating by real users on Amazon. It’s a great way to track your health and keep your body functioning at its best.
If you have been waiting for the perfect time to strike on an automatic vacuum cleaner, today is your day. The iRobot Roomba 650 robotic vacuum cleaner is on sale at $100 off the regular price. It’s a nice option for keeping your floors and carpets clean since you can schedule it to vacuum up to seven times per week. Over 3,000 customers gave it a 4.5/5.0 star rating.
There are also quite a few items on sale for improving your home’s safety. The NETGEAR Arlo security camera system, Hue Connected smart lights, and the Ring Doorbell video pro are all great options for keeping you and your loved ones safe.
If you’re looking to save big at the major carriers check out our Discounts and promotions for service providers here.
I hope all of you enjoy Veterans Day today and have a fun and relaxing weekend. Enjoy the deals.
Featured deals of the day
Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband – $132.99 at Amazon
- PurePulse continuous, automatic wrist-based heart rate tracking to better measure calorie burn all day
- Maximize your workouts using simplified heart rate zones (Fat Burn, Cardio and Peak)
- See call, text & calendar notifications on the OLED display; Automatically track how long and how well you sleep and wake with a silent vibrating alarm
- Get a better understanding of your fitness level and see how you can improve over time with a personalized Cardio Fitness Score; Use Connected GPS during run mode to see real-time stats like pace and distance on your wrist
- Track all-day activity like steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes;Find moments of calm throughout your day with personalized guided breathing sessions based on your heart rate
iRobot Roomba 650 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner – $274 at Amazon (save $100)
- iAdapt Navigation uses a full suite of sensors to navigate and adapt to your changing home
- 3-Stage Cleaning System agitates, brushes and suctions floors
- Conveniently schedule up to 7x per week, or just press CLEAN on the robot
- Automatically docks and recharges
- Automatically adjusts to all floor types – carpet, tile, hardwood, laminate & more
Eton FRX5, All Purpose Weather Alert Radio with Bluetooth – $49.99 at Amazon
A power outage or natural disaster can spell trouble with our heavy reliance on technology like Wi-Fi and cellular data. On sale for $49.99, for a savings of $80, the Eton FRX5 NOAA speaker is on of the smartest investments you can make. It has a large 2000mAh internal battery for keeping you informed to the national weather alerts, AM and FM radio frequencies as well too. There’s a built-in hand crank for keeping it going when you don’t have power and it can also charge your mobile devices as well.
One of the best things you can do for your home is to install security cameras. The days of needing a professional system are long behind us with devices like the NETGEAR Arlo. Right now you can save $150 on a four pack of wireless cameras. Put one at your front door to check who is there and to see when your packages arrive. Then set the others up by the garage, side and back to keep track of any dubious activities. These cameras can go a long way in protecting your most precious you, your family and your valuables.
Amazon was the first to make a speaker for the smart home. The Amazon Echo Dot is the cheapest of the bunch and arguably the most versatile. While the Amazon Echo and Google Home are both all-in-one smart speakers, their speakers actually aren’t the best performers. The Echo Dot is a fraction of the price starting at $49.99, making it $80 cheaper than the Google Home and $120 cheaper than the Echo. You can connect it to your own speakers as long as they have a 3.5mm audio jack. Right now for the first time ever, Amazon is running a promotion where you can save $20 on a pack of three which makes it the exact same price as the Google Home. That means you can put an Echo Dot in your bedroom, office and kitchen. They will also make for fantastic gifts this holiday season.
Philips 456194 Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit, 3 A19 Bulbs and 1 Bridge, 2nd Generation, Works with Amazon Alexa – $149.77 at Amazon (save $30)
- Starter kit includes 3 color LED light bulbs and a bridge that wirelessly connects up to 50 lights
- The bridge enables you to control your lights from your smart device via the Philips Hue App. Add Hue accessories or connect to Alexa to control your lights your way
- 2nd Generation starter kit comes with brighter bulbs (upgraded from 600 to 800 lumens) and more internal storage for lighting scenes.
- Works with Alexa for voice control. Also works with Apple HomeKit, Nest and SmartThings (hub required)
- Choose from 16 million colors and play with color. Sync your lights with your music, TV and games for an immersive effect
Bose – SoundSport In-Ear Headphones – $39.99 at Best Buy (save $60)
Work out in the rain worry-free with these Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones, which feature sweat- and weather-resistant acoustic ports for ideal sound that keeps up with your active lifestyle. The carrying case simplifies portability.
Ring Video Doorbell Pro – $227.99 at Amazon, save $21
- Versatile Smartphone compatibility: works with select iOS and android devices,Wi-Fi connectivity-2.4 GHz or 5 GHz Wi-Fi: makes it easy to link with your home wireless network
- Download the Ring app to view footage and receive alerts on your mobile device: you can keep an eye on your home and speak with visitors, all from a remote location
- Record wide-angle high-definition video: maintain a clear view of your home’s entrance for optimal security, optional cloud recording lets you view footage at a later time
- Automatically record footage and receive alerts when motion is detected: motion sensors let you know when someone is at your door
- Night vision: infrared LED’s allow you to record footage, even in dim lighting,See and speak with visitors: 2-way audio with noise cancellation with crystal clear 1,080p HD video
ASUS ZenWatch – $229 at Amazon
ASUS recently released its latest Android Wear device with the ZenWatch 3. It builds upon a solid foundation and offers a full 360 AMOLED display that offers great contrast and color. The 1.39″ display is protected with Gorilla Glass 3 and housed in a stainless steel case. It has IP67 water resistance and even offers fast charging. It’s one of the nicer looking smartwatches available now.
- Fast 4G LTE speed, an up to 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a bright 5″ HD (720p) display ensure videos and games run smoothly and look great
- Enjoy the best of Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow, including Google Play Store, Google Maps, Gmail and more
- Offers and ads, including personalized deals and recommendations, display on the phone’s lockscreen
- Shoot photos with an 8 MP camera in back and take selfies with a 5 MP camera in front.
- Includes 16 GB of internal storage plus add up to 128 GB more with a microSD card
- Includes a 2800 mAh battery, so you can go from morning to night without worrying about battery life
- Unlocked and carrier-friendly, works with all major carrier networks domestically or abroad
Mpow Thor Bluetooth Headphones – $18.99 at Amazon with discount code ABMWNBBG (save $5)
- HIGH FIDELITY STEREO SOUND: Featured with noise cancelling technology, our headset provides you high fidelity stereo music. Noise cancelling microphone further guarantees clear sound for hands-free calls.
- ULTRA LONG PLAYING TIME: Powerful rechargeable battery provides up to 8 hours playing time.
- FOLDABLE & PORTABLE: Designed with portability and storage. An extra storage bag is offered for carrying convenience.
- BOTH WIRED and WIRELESS: By connected with an audio cable, the product can be used as wired headphone when the battery is powered off.
CHOETECH Sweatproof Sports Wireless Bluetooth V4.1 Earbuds – $22.99 at Amazon with discount code LMO5QHHR (save $16)
CHOETECH is a brand we regularly feature on AG for its great prices and high-quality products. Its latest sports earbuds are designed for sports use with an IPX5 sweatproof rating, and Bluetooth 4.1 to ensure a strong wireless signal. There’s also built in noise cancelling into the microphone which is a necessity if you plan on taking calls with the earbuds. At $22.99, the CHOETECH earbuds are a solid value for those who are not looking to spend copious amount of money on accessories.
CHOETECH Sweatproof Sport Wireless Bluetooth V4.1 Earbuds – $19.99 at Amazon with discount code RVOXL8OT (save $14)
- Latest Bluetooth V4.1 Technology: Features much lower power consumption, more stable signal transmission, clearer sound production. Built-in microphone, supports hands-free calling.
- Lightweight & Sweat-proof: Rare small headphones, more comfortable and less burden. IPX4 sweat-proof design, well suited for running, exercising or listening to music on the go.
- Comfortable & Stable Fit: Included eartips and ear hooks of different sizes to ensure a comfortable and secure fit for you.
Cables, chargers and other accessories
Jamstik+ Black Portable App Enabled MIDI Electric Guitar – $250.10 at Amazon (save $50)
- Works wirelessly with your device and our apps to teach you guitar
- Sensors detect your finger placements giving you instant feedback
- Play chords in minutes with simple interactive tutorials and games
- Real strings and frets. Never needs tuning. Great for traveling.
- Also a creative MIDI tool: Play any sound with 100’s of other apps
- Compatible with iPhone, iPad, Mac and select Android M devices
Spigen is one of our favorite cases makers for our smartphones. Not only do they look good, but they also feel comfortable while managing to give extreme protection. Almost all of Spigen’s cases are on sale today and are a great way to keep your devices protected from drops. The S7 and S7 edge are great phones, but being made out of mostly glass makes them prone to cracks in a fall. For those of you with the edge version, I highly recommend a case as the edges are a weak point in falls. My particular favorite Spigen case is the Rugged Armor with the carbon fiber design in the image above.
Caseology S7 and S7 edge cases – on sale at Amazon
Caseology is another case maker who offers great designs, protection and value. I reviewed several of its cases for the Note 7 and found them to be one of my favorite brands.
We love our Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones here at AndroidGuys. Most of us think, in our early impressions, that they are the best two Androids you can get. The only problem is their massive prices which start at $649. Regardless, it still is ridiculously fast, has the coolest launcher, and has one of the best cameras in a smartphone.
You need to protect your investment with a case. Right now, Spigen has a sale on most of its premium cases at Amazon. Spigen has been an industry leader in cases, and its Pixel examples are top notch too. My personal favorite of the Spigen cases is the Rugged Armor Carbon Fiber series case because it offers a solid look without being flashy with ultra strong protection. It’s on sale for $7 off.
- Different lengths and multiple colors usb cable available in a combination unit ensures your various use in different occasions, the best choice for your portable usage and for your family.
- Earth wire and foil shielding added to increase its durability and to further protect the wire from interference. And the sufficient copper wires ensure its fast charging at 2.4A/2.0A Max and high speed data sync up to 480Mbps.
- The special design of its reversible USB helps you plug into the USB port in the right way all the time. Ladder design makes it more beautiful and fitting well with most cases.
- Extended connector and the high quality nylon fabric jacket ensures extended protection of the nylon fiber to avoid easily coming out of the braided cover.
iOrange-E USB C to USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) 6.6 Ft Braided Cable – $9.99 at Amazon with discount code QGJP7CJ8 (save $3)
While we are on the topic of the Pixels, you might as well grab a few new USB C cables from i-Orange. The 6ft braided cable from iOrange is one of the most durable you can get with its nylon wrapping, and I use several around my house and office. This particular is my favorite because the ends are metal and the cable is wrapped in ballistic nylon which makes it incredibly tough. All of my i-Orange cables still look brand new even though they are six months old. At $9.99 these cables are an incredible value considering they will last longer than any device you currently own.
EasyAcc Gooseneck Smartphone and Tablet Mount – $16.79 at Amazon with discount code KB2O9GHE (save $4.20).
This mount is perfect for those who love to keep their tablets or smartphone hands free while at home or in the office. With a 1M long bendable goose neck, it can hold just about any device ranging in sizes from 4 to 10.6″. It has a large clamp that can squeeze onto desk, bed frames or other furniture to keep your devices where you want them.
- Sleep Sounds – Play one of several calming ambient sounds that can help you drift peacefully off to sleep, and mask disruptive noise during the night.
- Sleep Monitor – Improve your sleep and learn how the environment of your bedroom can affect the quality of your rest.
- Smart Alarm – Wake up feeling great, not groggy, while you’re in the lightest part of your sleep cycle, but always by your set time.
- Nothing to wear or charge – Your sleep patterns are invisibly tracked by the Sleep Pill that comes with your Sense. You don’t need to remember anything except to just sleep.
- Advanced sensors – See how light, sound, temperature, humidity, air quality, and more affect your rest.
There’s a good chance you own a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge as it was 2016’s best selling Android device in the US. You may have purchased it early on when it was new, or you might have exchanged your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 for the S7 when it was recalled. One of my favorite cases is made by Samsung and is the S-View Clear flip cover. It protects the edges and display while offering one of the best fits in a case you can get. At $32.99 it might be pricier than third party options, but you didn’t buy such a great looking phone to ruin it with a bulky case, did you? Samsung also has the S-View window case on sale for $27 and is good for those of you who want to use a small window on the case without needing to open the front cover.
There’s a good chance the charger in your car is a few years old. It’s time to upgrade with the AXGIO Quick charger which is on sale for $13.99. If you need to take advantage of fast charging speeds anywhere it will be in your car. You’ll also need the extra power to charge your device while using it for tasks such as GPS and wireless streaming. It’s one of the better options out there as it offers dual USB 3.0 ports where most chargers offer one. It can charge compatible devices such as the LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge from 0-50% in less than 30 minutes.
Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Tunable Gaming Mouse, FPS Mouse – $57.51 at Amazon (save $22)
- Advanced optical gaming sensor (PMW3366): Logitech’s most accurate and responsive optical sensor precisely translates hand movements onscreen
- Tunable weight and balance: Repositionable 3.6G weights for superior fit and feel
- RGB customizable lighting: Match your style and environment with up to 16.8 million colors
- Easy-to-program Logitech Gaming Software: Customize lighting, surface tuning, button macros and more
- Comfortable shape: Textured grips and convenient button layout for extended gaming sessions
- Customizable controls: 11 programmable buttons and adjustable hyper-fast scroll wheel for fast, accurate maneuvers
Mpow Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – $30.99 at Amazon with discount code IYKGQ85A
Apparently mechanical gaming keyboards are all the rage these days. The buttons offer faster responses than typical keyboards and are perfect for gamers. Luke Nam, a new writer here at AndroidGuys swears by mechanical keyboards and says the MPOW version is as good as his Razer. At $30.99 this keyboard is much cheaper than big brand options and is perfect for those who demand more from their peripherals.
KooPower Professional 58 in 1 Magnetic Screwdriver Bit Sets with 54 Precision Bits – $15.99 at Amazon (save $14)
- PERFECT FOR ELECTRONICS With these 54 screwdriver bits, you’ll be ready to repair smartphones, tablets, computers, video game consoles and more
- QUALITY CRAFTSMANSHIP The metal used in our screwdriver bit set is chrome vanadium alloy steel–an ultra durable material that can stand the test of time