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25 Best Black Friday Phone, Tablet, and Watch Deals (2021)

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3.

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Amazon, Samsung ($900), Target ($200 Gift Card)

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip3 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) is the first foldable phone we’re comfortable recommending—especially for under $1,000. On the outside, the third-generation Flip is compact enough to slip into even the smallest of pockets and comes in fun, stylish colors. It has all the high-end features you’d expect too, like a 120-Hz refresh rate, 5G, an IPX8 water-resistance rating, and great performance. The battery is sadly so-so. This deal includes Samsung’s newest Galaxy Buds2 earbuds (9/10, WIRED Recommends).

Nokia, B&H ($517)

The Nokia XR20 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) is our favorite rugged phone. We dropped it three times onto the pavement and its glass screen did not get scuffed up. The tough polymer composite back helps, along with the grippy texture, and there’s a spot to attach a wrist strap. You also get wireless charging, NFC for contactless payments, a headphone jack, IP68 water resistance, and three years of OS upgrades (with four years of security updates). 

OnePlus 9 Pro

Photograph: OnePlus

OnePlus, Amazon

The OnePlus 9 Pro (9/10, WIRED Recommends) received an honorable mention on our roundup of Best Android Phones. It’s a good phone with a heavily improved camera system (for photo and video), fast performance, a bright display, and solid battery life, but it’s also the most expensive phone OnePlus has ever offered. This price makes it a much better deal. If you want to save even more, the OnePlus 9 is $599 ($130 off).

Best Buy (Out of Stock), Target (Out of Stock)

We thought the Pixel 6 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) was already a great, affordable flagship phone, but this deal makes it even more enticing. Unfortunately, stock is extremely low. There’s a chance it’s available in your zip code, but it might be a good idea to check back later to see if the deal comes back. This is Google’s first phone with its own custom Tensor processor, which gives it the power to take on advanced machine learning tasks on device. It’s powerful, has a colorful OLED display, more than a day of battery life, wireless charging, and 5G. Its impressive camera system also makes it our favorite Android camera phone that rivals the iPhone 13 Pro. 

Accessory Deals

Totallee cases.

Photograph: Totallee

Totallee (Enter Code BFCM2021 at Checkout), Amazon (Enter Code BFCM2021 at Checkout)

Totallee is a good option if you absolutely despise slapping a case on your phone, but still want some protection from minor scratches. We’ve tested and liked its cases, but the company is also offering half off on the rest of its products including screen protectors, wireless charging pads, and ring grips. 

Nomad

If you recently purchased the iPhone 13 (or even the iPhone 12), a screen protector is a good idea to protect that display—even if Apple claims its Ceramic Shield glass is its strongest ever. Nomad’s tempered glass screen protector is on our list of Best iPhone 13 Cases and Accessories for ease of installation. You only get one out of the box though, which is pretty expensive at its full price, but this deal makes it tough to pass on. 

Nomad

Nomad’s Base Station Mini only charges at 7.5 watts and doesn’t have the strongest magnetic connection for MagSafe compatible iPhones, but you can rest assured the charger aligns perfectly with the iPhone’s charging coils. You won’t wake up to a phone that didn’t charge, which can happen with some wireless chargers. (It also works just fine with any Android phone that supports wireless charging.) As with all of Nomad’s products, the Base Station Mini has an elegant look and its small footprint makes it easy to find room for on your desk or nightstand. 


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