Cell Phones and Smartphones
If you're on a budget, consider these reasonably priced -- and sometimes even free (after you sign a carrier agreement) -- handsets for the holiday season.
Giving someone a phone without a data plan this holiday season? Start with these.
The holidays are coming up fast, which means that the smartphone battle is getting fierce. Let CNET guide you on the top handsets available today.
Mobile phones are certainly capable devices in their own right, but when paired with a handy Bluetooth accessory they become even more useful. From advanced Bluetooth headsets to awesome wireless speakers, this list of our favorite wireless gadgets will help you get the most out of your handset.
Latest Tech Deals
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May 21, 2013
Seagate 1TB Expansion USB 3.0 Hard Drive, more for $25 after rebate + $4 s&h
TigerDirect offers the Seagate 1TB Expansion Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive in Black, model no. STBX1000101, with Total Defense Premium Internet Security 5-User for Windows for $94.99. This $70 mail-in rebate cuts it to $24.99. With around $4 for shipping, that's $10 under our mention from two days ago and the lowest total price we've seen. (It's also a current low for these items by $40.) It features USB 3.0 connectivity, a 4-foot USB cable, and more. Deal ends May 31.
Of note, the software must be activated before the rebate can be redeemed, which involves providing your credit card information. However, you can cancel the service at any time within the first year without any additional charges.
Unlocked BlackBerry Q10 16GB Smartphone for $725 + free shipping
eXpansys offers the 4.9-oz. Unlocked BlackBerry Q10 16GB Smartphone in Black (pictured) or White for $725 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $15. This quad-band GSM phone features a Cortex A-9 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 3.1" 720x720 display, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, QWERTY 35-key keyboard, microSD card slot, 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, and BlackBerry 10 OS.
Intel 180GB SATA 6Gbps 2.5" Internal SSD for $130 after rebate + free shipping
TigerDirect offers the Intel 180GB 335 Series Jay Crest Serial ATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal SSD, model no. SSDSC2CT180A4K5, for $169.99. This $40 mail-in rebate cuts it to $129.99. With free shipping, that's $0.72/GB and the lowest total price we could find by $43. Features include read speeds of up to 500MB/s and write speeds of up to 450MB/s. Deal ends May 21.
- eForCity coupon: Free shipping on orders of $20 or more
Seagate 1TB SATA 6Gbps Internal Hard Drive for $50 after rebate + free shipping
TigerDirect offers the Seagate 1TB Barracuda Serial ATA 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive, model no. ST1000DM003, for $69.99. this $20 mail-in rebate cuts it to $49.99. With free shipping, that's $0.05/GB, $10 under our mention from ten days ago, and the lowest total price we've seen. (It's a current low by $19.) This 7200 rpm drive features a 64MB cache. Deal ends May 21.
Refurb Acer Core i5 Dual 13" Ultrabook w/240GB SSD for $540 + free shipping
Acer via eBay offers its factory-refurbished 2.9-lb. Acer Aspire S3-951-6828 S Series Intel Core i5 1.6GHz 13.3" Ultrabook, model no. LX.RSE02.145, for $539.99 with free shipping. That's $90 under our mention of a new unit from three weeks ago and the lowest total price we've seen for a 13" laptop with a 240GB SSD. It features an Intel Core i5-2467M 1.6GHz Sandy Bridge dual-core processor, 13.3" 1366x768 LED-backlit LCD, 4GB RAM, 240GB SSD, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, media card reader, webcam, HDMI port, 3-cell battery, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. A 90-day Acer warranty applies.
Of note, no optical drive is included.
Refurb Acer Ivy Core i7 13" Ultrabook w/128GB SSD for $600 + free shipping
Acer via eBay offers the factory-refurbished 2.9-lb., 0.7"-thick Acer Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7 1.9GHz 13.3" Ultrabook, model no. S3-391-9415, for $599.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we've seen for an Ivy Core i7 dual-core 13" laptop with a 128GB SSD. (For further comparison, a refurbished Apple MacBook Air with a 128GB SSD and slower Core i5 CPU with a 1-year warranty currently costs $999.) It features an Intel Core i7-3517U 1.9GHz Ivy Bridge dual-core processor, 13.3" 1366x768 LED-backlit LCD, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, webcam, 6-cell battery, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. A 90-day Acer warranty applies.
Note that no optical drive is included.
Sony Ivy Bridge i7 14" Touchscreen Laptop, $100 GC for $850 + free shipping
Sony Store offers its 5.3-lb. Sony VAIO E Series 14P Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7 2.2GHz 14" Touchscreen Laptop, model no. SVE14A37CXH, together with a $100 Sony Gift Card for $849.99 with free shipping. (The gift card is added to your cart automatically .) Assuming you use the gift card, that's the lowest total price we could find by $100. It features an Intel Core i7-3632QM 2.2GHz Ivy Bridge quad-core processor, 14" 1600x900 LED-backlit capacitive LCD, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, webcam, lithium ion battery, and Windows 8 64-bit.
Of note, this item is on backorder with an estimated ship date of July 9.
iBolt xPro Dock for Samsung Galaxy for $33 + $4 s&h
eXpansys offers the iBolt xPro Dock for Samsung Galaxy, model no. IBXS-33603, for $32.99 plus $3.99 for shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $8. It's compatible with Samsung Galaxy S2, S3, S4, Note I, and Note II and features a spring-loaded latch, expandable feet, rotating dock, and can be used with most case styles.
Sony VAIO Ivy Core i5 Dual 16" 1080p Laptop for $750 + free shipping
Sony Store offers the 5.9-lb. Sony VAIO S Series 15 Intel Core i5 2.5GHz 15.5" LED-Backlit Laptop, model no. SVS151290X, for $849.99. Coupon code "DEALNEWS15LAPTOP" cuts it to $749.99. With free shipping, that's $100 off and tied with our mention of a similar model from two weeks ago, although that build featured a Blu-ray player. Features include an Intel Core i5-3210M 2.5GHz Ivy Bridge dual-core processor, 15.5" 1920x1080 (1080p) LED-backlit LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB 7200 rpm hard drive, DVD burner, 802.11n wireless, Gigabit Ethernet, webcam, lithium polymer battery, and Windows 8 64-bit. Deal ends June 1.