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Ahead of Valentine's Day, there are plenty of new deals on the latest handsets, including that of Apple, Samsung, Google, and more that are worth your consideration. Skip the flowers this year -- you can upgrade your loved one's device and save some cash. If you missed out on the initial wave of promotions, look to these remaining offers to save hundreds on some of the best smartphones.
If you're hoping to get your hands on one of Samsung's new flagship Galaxy S23 models, the tech giant is ready and waiting to entice you to make a pre-order purchase. The starting price for the S23 is $799, whereas the S23+ will set you back $999. However, you can reduce this bill significantly with up to $100 of Samsung Credit and up to $350 off if you trade in an old device.
If you pre-order one of the new smartphones, Samsung will give you steep discounts on the Galaxy Watch5 Pro and Buds2 Pro earbuds. You can also take advantage of carrier deals directly on the Samsung website, with some companies offering up to $1,000 in bill credits with the eligible trade-in of an older device.
If you're most interested in the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, the tech giant will give you up to $500 in instant trade-in credit and $100 in Samsung Credit when you pre-order an unlocked device. The current deal will give you a free storage upgrade, too. The S23 Ultra will come with a free upgrade from 256GB SSD storage to 512GB. However, the storage boost doesn't apply to 1TB models.
If you pre-order one of the new smartphones, Samsung will give you a discount of up to 30% on the Galaxy Watch5 Pro and Buds2 Pro earbuds. As we previously mentioned, you can investigate carrier deals directly on the Samsung website -- with up to $1,000 in bill credits with the eligible trade-in of an older device.
T-Mobile will give you a free Samsung Galaxy S23 or S23+, with no deposit required, if you pre-order now. A storage upgrade bonus is on the table -- a 256GB Samsung Galaxy S23 for the price of a 128GB model or a 512GB S23+ device instead of a 256GB option.
Best Buy has a number of deals available for the Samsung Galaxy S23. You can save up to $780 when you pre-order the new smartphone and trade in your old device and while the storage offer is active, you can pick up a 256GB Galaxy S23 model for the price of a 128GB device, or either a 512GB Galaxy S23+ or S23 Ultra for the price of a 256GB smartphone.
Amazon is also offering an interesting pre-order deal for the new Samsung flagship device. If you purchase an unlocked Samsung S23 Ultra through the e-commerce giant, you can expect a bonus of $100 as an Amazon Gift Card. The company is also matching the free storage upgrade from 256GB to 512GB at no cost.
If you typically buy your smartphones from the local carrier, it may be in your best interest to stick to the practice at the start of 2023. Right now, providers like AT&T are running promotions that will get you the latest iPhone 14 for free. There are some loopholes, of course, but they're less of a chore than you think.
In the running for one of the best smartphones of last year is the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, with its gorgeous 6.8-inch OLED display, up to 8K video recording, S Pen support, and a generous 5,000mAh battery. Amazon has the 512GB variant discounted by $260.
Over the last two years, OnePlus has carved up a new segment of smartphones that focuses on bringing value to cheaper price points -- and it's gotten really good at it. The Nord N20 5G is among the few nominees for best cheap 5G phone of last year. The reasoning is actually pretty simple. For one, it has a sharp-looking 6.43-inch AMOLED display -- a rarity in this sub-$300 market. Then there's the 128GB of base storage, 4,500mAh battery, and 33W fast charging that laps that of Motorola and Samsung's low-mid range offerings.
When it comes to finding the best deal, part of the equation is looking for smartphones that users will actually enjoy using. By testing most of the handsets that hit the open market all year long, ZDNET's team of subject experts can offer the best advice on what to buy and what to avoid.
The short answer is no. DSLRs have larger sensors and can capture more information. They also tend to do better in low-light or difficult conditions, whereas smartphones perform best in well-lit environments.
Then check out the new NFL Blitz model from ArcadeUp before you dive into our coverage of its latest Marvel vs Capcom 2 cabinet. This mode delivers light-up cabinet artwork, Wi-Fi connectivity, 2-player action, and a host of classic Marvel/Capcom titles (Marvel vs. Capcom, Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, X-Men vs. Street Fighter, Marvel Super Heroes, X-Men: Children of the ATOM, X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse, and Marvel Super Heroes in War of the Gem). It is now up for pre-order and you can get a complete breakdown of what to expect from it right here.
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The Moto G Power has firmly established itself as the phone to get in Motorola's G Series lineup of budget handsets, and it's easy to understand why. If you want one of the best cheap phones that lasts all day and then some on a single charge, you turn to the Moto G Power, whether it was the 2020 or 2021 versions. With a pitch that straightforward, you can see why Motorola keeps cranking out new versions.
You can now pre-order the Moto G Power (2022) in advance of the phone's March 18 release. Best Buy (opens in new tab) and Amazon (opens in new tab) are taking orders now, as is Motorola.com (opens in new tab).
Neither time matches what the Moto G Power (2021) and Moto G Power (2020) did on our battery test. But it's still the third-best time we've seen in the last 18 months. Only the Nubia RedMagic 6 stands between the Moto G Power (2022) and its predecessor on our best phone battery life list.
The standard praise we have for Motorola's My UX interface applies to the Moto G Power (2022). My UX is a clean implementation of Android, and the few additions Motorola makes are welcome ones, such as gesture shortcuts to take screenshots, split your screen or turn on the flashlight. Wallpapers and styles let you personalize the look of your phone.
Our usual criticism of Motorola's update policy applies, too. The Moto G Power (2022) ships with Android 11, and all you can expect from Motorola is an update to Android 12, which is already out. You'll get bi-monthly security updates for two years, but the lack of Android updates beyond a version that was released two months ago does not speak well to this phone's longevity.
Apple Watch Series 8 and new Apple Watch SE bring groundbreaking technology and performance, and important safety innovations to the two best-selling smartwatches. Apple Watch Series 8 maintains the current beloved design with a large, Always-On Retina display, 18-hour battery life, and a new Low Power Mode that can extend battery life to reach up to 36 hours5, while building on best-in-class health and safety features like the ECG app and Fall Detection by introducing temperature-sensing capabilities, retrospective ovulation estimates6, and Crash Detection and international roaming7. With international roaming, available later this year, users can stay connected to a cellular network while traveling abroad by adding Apple Watch to their iPhone roaming plan. Apple Watch Series 8 is available in two sizes, 41mm and 45mm, across a range of case finishes and colors including starlight, midnight, silver and PRODUCT(RED).3
The new Apple Watch SE delivers the core Apple Watch experience including Activity tracking, high and low heart rate notifications, Emergency SOS and Crash Detection all at a more affordable price. SE features a completely redesigned back case that perfectly matches the three classic case finishes. Apple Watch SE is available in 40mm and 44mm aluminum cases, in midnight, starlight, and silver finishes, and is compatible with all bands. Customers can pre-order Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE on Friday, September 9, with availability beginning Friday, September 16 at att.com.
AT&T Business customers can also take advantage of our best deals on every iPhone! Plus, customers can save $150 on every new line they activate on an installment plan with an eligible AT&T Business Unlimited plan11. And starting Sept, 9, 2022, AT&T Business customers can pre-order the iPhone 14 for $199.99 with a two-year service commitment12. For more details, visit att.com/smallbusiness/wireless or, for larger customers, att.com/premier or business.att.com.
It's that time of the year once again. That's right, Black Friday and Cyber Monday season is upon us, which means right now is one of the best times to buy all kinds of tech products. Some of the most exciting products that launched in the past year tend to get heavy discounts during this time, making it a perfect opportunity to make some upgrades. 2b1af7f3a8