Amazon is not letting Google off the hook when it comes to battling for the home. It is running a fantastic sale on the Echo Dots where you can get three for the price of a Google Home ($129). You can also get a certified refurbished full-sized Echo for just $120 and it comes with the same warranty as a new one. While Google probably has more potential for deeper integration with Google search, the Amazon smart speakers are a long way ahead and arguably are a better value. Some of you might already be invested with an Echo and now is a good time to hop on these deals.
One of the coolest things I have done with my Amazon Echo is connect it to the Philips Hue smart lights. I can give voice commands to the Echo to turn off, dim or change the color of the lights in my home. With daylight savings over, I even programmed my Hue bulbs to come on so it looks like I am home while giving light to my dog. Once you own the Hue bridge, you can connect as many bulbs as your home can handle. The Hue ambient three bulb kit is on sale for $30 off and is a great addition to enable voice commands for your lights as well as offer your home a little extra security.
There are also a couple fantastic deals for earbuds. The first is the Bose Soundport in-ear headphones that are $60 off at Best Buy. Bose offers a balanced and warm sound that is almost universally loved. Or you can grab a little higher end in-ear headphones with the Android compatible Sennheiser machined aluminum Momentums at $78.99. Both are fantastic options.
Keep track of the deals we list. In many cases, the deals are slightly better before Black Friday as many of you wait until the end of the month to grab items. Sellers try to take advantage of the Black Friday hype and sometimes take advantage of it with slightly higher prices the day after Thanksgiving.
Anyways, for those of you with tomorrow off, make sure to thank a veteran for their service to the country.
Have a fantastic Thursday and enjoy the deals.
Featured deals of the day
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.
It can set alarms, play music, news and audiobooks, control smart home products, and even order a pizza and an Uber taxi ride.
Akaso X5C 4CH 2.4GHz 6-Axis Gyro Headless RC Quadcopter with HD Camera, 360-degree 3D Rolling Mode RC Drone (Bonus MicroSD card & Blades Propellers included) – $39.99 at Amazon
- Built-in 6-axis gyro quad-rotor: strong stability, can easily implement various flight movements, stronger wind resistance, easier to control.
- 360-degree Flip: Just press the key, and you got 360-degree Flip, continuous roll for perfect action and wonderful performance.
- Solider protection: the propeller blades are protected by high quality plastic blade frames which decrease impacts from collision.
- Built-in HD camera: allows recording video or taking images. Capture your friends and family from aerial view shots and see the world from a new angle. The AKASO X5C is controlled by a 2.4GHz transmitter, which is interference-free. It will not be interfered by other quadcopters.
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.
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.
Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear (Android version) – $78.99 at Amazon (save $21)
- Custom machined, low resonance stainless steel housing deliver a detailed and accurate sound
- High-quality dynamic transducers produce high output level with low distortion
- In ear canal design provides excellent attenuation of ambient noise. Multiple sized ear tips included insuring a personalized fit
TCL 43UP130 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV – $399.99 at Amazon (save $130)
- Refresh Rate: 60Hz (Native), 120Hz Clear Motion Index (Effective)
- Backlight: LED (Full Array)
- Smart Functionality: Yes – Roku TV Streaming Platform with built-in dual band Wi-Fi
- Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 38.3″ x 22.4″ x 2.7″, TV with stand: 38.3″ x 23.9.” x 7.4″
- Inputs: 4 HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 (one with HDMI ARC), 1 USB (media player), RF, Composite, Headphone Jack, Optical Audio Out
NETGEAR Nighthawk X4S – $199.99 at Amazon (save $70)
- AC2600 WiFi-800+1733 Mbps speeds; Ranked #1 in AC2600 performance by Small Net Builder
- Four-stream (4×4) WiFi Architecture for smoother 4K video streaming and lag-free gaming and 160MHz radio for double the bandwidth for mobile devices
- Multi-user MIMO technology for more throughput; Top spot in MU-MIMO router performance comparison by Small Net Builder
- Powerful 1.7GHz dual core processor and dynamic QoS for smooth jitter-free gaming
- Network storage-ready with superfast twin USB 3.0 and eSATA; Use ReadyCLOUD to access the storage anytime from anywhere
- Secure access to home services using OpenVPN — with iOS and Android app support
- Gigabit Ethernet ports for fast wired performance
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.
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
Nextbit Robin Factory Unlocked GSM Smartphone – Mint – $169.99 at Amazon
- 32 GB Onboard storage merged with 100 GB online storage, so you always have the space you need. Robin seamlessly backs up your apps and photos, intelligently archives the stuff you’re not using, and easily restores items when you need them.
- 5.2″ 1080p LCD with Gorilla glass 4
- 13 MP rear Camera with phase detection Autofocus and Dual tone flash
- Dual Front facing speakers with Dual amplifiers
- GSM 850/900/1800/1900 – HSPA (3G) 850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100 – LTE bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/20/28
- 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
Honor 8 Unlocked Phone 32GB – (US Warranty) – $349.99 at Amazon (save $50)
Huawei made an ultra compelling device in the Honor 8. It came out to rave reviews and is one of the best mid-range phones you can get your hands on. It’s got a beautiful metal and glass build similar to what you’d find on a Samsung Galaxy device, yet it comes in at half the price at $350 on sale. It is one of our favorite phones of 2016 because it offers great hardware with a 12MP dual camera set up, an octa core processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of memory and a 5.2″ 1080P display making for one heck of an experience. It’s only compatible with GSM networks like AT&T, Cricket Wireless and T-Mobile.
Wearables and accessories
Samsung Gear S3 Frontier – $349.99 at Amazon (pre-order)
- The Samsung Gear S3 has an always-on watch face and distinctive Steel bezel that you can rotate to access apps and notifications.
- Text, call and get notifications directly from your watch through a Bluetooth connection.
- With Samsung Pay, easily make payments with your watch almost anywhere you can swipe or tap a credit card.
- The built-in GPS keeps track of your activity and makes it easy to share your location.
- The military-grade Gear S3 resists water, dust, extreme temperatures and occasional drops.
Jabra Stealth Bluetooth Headset – Black – $66.22 at Amazon save $34
- Small, discreet design incorporating microPOWER technology
- Jabra Assist App helps you locate your headset using GPS tracking
- Noise Blackout, HD Voice for crystal clear sound at both ends of phone calls, and A2DP for music streaming
- Easy pairing to smartphones and other devices with NFC, as well as Multiuse to pair to 2 devices at the same time
- 6 hours of talk time and an energy-saving PowerNap function
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.
MINI Cooper Compact MIRROR Bluetooth Speaker – $25.99 at Amazon with discount code Q3S4LE4J (save $10)
Our newest writer, Luke Nam, has been in the process of reviewing this little Mini Cooper speaker and says, “it’s so dope.” That’s a good thing. The speaker itself looks like a Mini Cooper mirror and fits in the palm of your hand. Like the car, it packs a whole lot of performance into a little package and is one of our favorite portable speakers to date. It has six hour playtime and pairs to your phone within seconds of powering it up.
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
Spigen LG V20 cases – all on sale at Amazon
The LG V20 is one of the most durable phones on the market. However with a price tag of over $700, the last thing you’d want to do is drop it without a case on it. Several of Spigen’s LG V20 cases are on sale for and offer a fantastic value.
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.
Sphero 2.0: The App-Controlled Robot Ball – $98.92 at Amazon, save $31
Meet Sphero – the app-enabled ball that does it all. Intelligent and well-rounded, Sphero lets you play, learn, and explore. Create obstacle courses, upgrade family game night with multiplayer fun, or learn to program with our free SPRK lessons. This virtually unstoppable companion is waterproof, pet-proof, and ready for any adventure. It’s time to upgrade your play.
Sphero Ollie App-Controlled Robot – $69.23 at Amazon, save $31
- iOS & Android compatible – control it with your smartphone
- Apps: Driving & Programming
- Ollie will travel up to 6.3 m/s (20.6 f/s, 14 mph)
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.
Mpow Bluetooth FM Transmitter – $15.99 at Amazon with discount code AKZDNLNC (save $4)
- MULTI-FUNCTION: This Bluetooth FM transmitter can transmit audio files from mobile devices to car stereo system via FM radio signal. It can play music files in the FLAC, WAV, MP3, WMA formats on a TF card with a capacity of up to 32GB (Please insert the TF card into the device while using, it will automatically detect and play music in the TF card). With 3.5mm audio port, it supports AUX input/output.
- HANDS-FREE CALLING, STEREO SOUND QUALITY: Simply paired your phone with the Bluetooth Adapter and its hands-free system can set free your hands during answer the calls and let you safely drive. CVC Technology creates full duplex sound, Noise and Wind will be suppressed (Please select an unused FM frequency and turn the FM transmitter into the same frequency).
- 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.
Mpow Bluetooth 4.1 Transmitter/Receiver, 2-in-1 Wireless Audio Adapter for Headphone, Speaker – $24.99 at Amazon with discount code 6E4V7MBG (save $11)
- EASY DUAL CONNECTIONS: After pairing successfully to the first Bluetooth device, just short press the paring switch to turn into the second pair. The easy pairing operation makes it different from others.
- HANDS-FREE CALLING: Simply pair your phone with the Bluetooth Adapter in receiver mode and its hands-free system can set free your hands during answer the calls and let you safely drive.
- 2-IN-1 DESIGN: 2-in-1 Bluetooth adapter with 3.5mm jack, bridges your Bluetooth device to your non-Bluetooth speakers or your Bluetooth speakers to your non-Bluetooth audio device.
Wireless Bluetooth E27 LED Light Bulb Speaker – $24.68 at Amazon with discount code 5FW4FYMJ (save $5)
- STYLISH 2 IN 1 DESIGN: Combines LED light and bluetooth audio speaker. Provides the purity and clarity of music to you and makes your life more colorful!
- POWERFUL LIGHTING SYSTEM: Normal, Rainbow, Pulse, Flashing, Candle and Music Rhythm mood type mode; 7 main colors-over 16 million supported colors plus warm and cool white.
- E27/E26 LAMP BASE: Easy to operate, just plug in and connect via Bluetooth. Light brightness, Bluetooth on-off, music play & stop and music volume are adjustable controlled by cellphone APP
- SMART FUNCTION: Unique digital timer mode help you turn off the bulb at night. And wake you up with your favorite color and love song. Shake your phone for random color, close/open light, play/pause or next song at your favorite.
- High Quality bluetooth speaker, amazing music sound brought your joyful taste! Mini size, easy to use, you can put it many where or hang it without using much area. Small and exquisite in appearance and easy installation
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.
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