Earlier this month, Apple announced that it would stop including earbuds and chargers in the box with its iPhone smartphones. Several Android manufacturers raced to mock Apple’s decision on social media, which will look awful when they likely follow suit and remove in-box chargers next year.
Samsung was one such manufacturer, with some of its social media accounts quickly posting about how Galaxy phones include a charging brick.
However, SamMobile spotted reports from Korean media that indicate Samsung could remove the charger from the box of its future phones, such as the recently leaked Galaxy S21 (or perhaps S30, depending on how you think Samsung plans to handle the naming scheme this year). Further, the company will likely continue to not include earbuds in the box, similar to how it did with the Note 20 Ultra this year.
If the rumour proves true, Samsung’s social media trolling may look rather foolish. Still, Samsung arguably handled the removal of earbuds from the Note 20 packaging better than Apple did. Customers could request a pair of earbuds from Samsung if they needed them. It’s not clear if this option was available in Canada, but we’ll update this post once we learn more.
Still, if Samsung does remove the charging brick and chooses not to offer free bricks to those who request them, the company’s approach will likely be easier to stomach than Apple’s. This is mostly because almost every major Android phone has a USB-C port, and on top of that, most offer Qi wireless charging. In other words, most people likely have some form of charger that will work fine with whatever phone they choose to get next, something that isn’t quite true with the iPhone and its proprietary Lightning cable.
Removing chargers to help the environment is the bare minimum these companies can do
Regardless of how it plays out, it’s hard to say what benefits, if any, removing chargers will actually bring.
Apple claimed that doing so would help the environment by reducing waste and environmental impact. For example, no longer including the charger in the box means Apple wouldn’t need to make as many chargers and would use up less natural resources. Another argument the company made was that removing these items allowed it to shrink the packaging, allowing it to ship more iPhones on a pallet, reducing the total number of shipments needed and its carbon footprint.
Most of these claims are easily debunked. For example, Apple still includes a cable in the box, but it’s Lightning to USB-C, which won’t work with most people’s existing iPhone chargers that feature USB-A ports, requiring them to buy new chargers anyway. That’s not to say that Apple’s efforts to help the environment by cutting down on waste are bad. Instead, the effort is misplaced, and there are many other ways the company could actually benefit the environment. Switching the iPhone to USB-C instead of Lightning is one method.
With Android phones, there may be more of an environmental argument since the USB-C charger you currently have will likely work with the USB-C phone you get — in other words, most people legitimately don’t need a new charger.
At the end of the day, there will be people who don’t mind the change — I’m firmly in this camp as, thanks to my job, I have more USB-C chargers than I know what to do with. Others will undoubtedly feel frustrated or ripped off by the lack of charging peripherals in the box. And either way, removing the charger from the box is about the bare minimum any of these companies can do to actually help the environment. It’s a start, but there’s a lot more manufacturers can do to make smartphones more sustainable.
Apple’s new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini with M1 are at their lowest prices yet for Black Friday – The Verge
Apple’s brand-new computers based on its own custom M1 chip have both been getting sterling reviews due to their great performance and better life. (Well, almost sterling reviews; The Verge’s Nilay Patel is not a fan of the Touch Bar that still adorns the MacBook Pro, and according to reviewer Chris Welch, the Mac mini has a truly awful speaker. But aside from that…)
Normally, brand-new Apple computers would not be on sale, even during Black Friday. But the M1-powered MacBook Pro 13 has already had a $50-off sale at Amazon, and today Adorama and B&H are discounting the Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro with M1 chips.
For the MacBook Air, both B&H and Adorama are taking $100 off of both the base configuration and the upgraded model with 512GB of storage. It’s the lowest price we’ve seen the new M1-powered Air sell for yet.
If you’re looking at the Mac mini, Adorama is selling the base model for $639, a discount of $60, while the upgraded 512GB storage model goes for $839. B&H has the base model for $649, with the upgraded storage version going for $829.
Finally, both stores are taking $100 off the M1-equipped MacBook Pro. If you’re looking for 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, the normally $1,299 system is available for $1,199 in either gray or silver. If you upgrade it to 512GB of storage, then the usual price of $1,499 drops to $1,399, again in either gray or silver.
Not a bad deal, especially if you’re a Mac fan looking to upgrade. Note that all of these sales are considered “preorders”, as both stores are expecting to get stock of the M1 computers in soon, but haven’t yet.
By the way, if you’re thinking of going for this deal, keep in mind that B&H closes its online checkout from 4:30PM ET on Fridays until 5:45PM ET on Saturdays. However, according to the website, even though you won’t be able to check out, you can still add items to your cart or wish list.
Back in stock – this 50in 4K TV is just $150 for Black Friday, but it's going fast – TechRadar
You can snag an Insignia 50-inch 4K smart TV for just $149.99 right now in the Best Buy Black Friday sale, but you’ll have to move fast – this deal has sold out before, and stock is likely to go fast.
We’ve seen some brilliant Black Friday TV deals already, but at such a low price, this is one of the most tempting – and Insignia is Best Buy’s own TV brand, so it’s a name that you can trust.
Insignia 50-inch HD smart TV:
$349.99 $149.99 at Best Buy
Save $200 – Another cheap Black Friday TV deal at Best Buy, this 50-inch Insignia is now on sale for $149.99. The smart TV comes equipped with Fire TV and Amazon Alexa fully built in – not bad value at all if you’re looking for a one-stop inexpensive TV that’s useful right out of the box.
The specs aren’t on par with the very best 4K TVs you can buy, but they’re not at all shabby for such a ridiculously low price. You get a 3,840 x 2,160 screen, running at 60Hz. It uses the HDR 10 format, and although the refresh rate is only 60Hz, we wouldn’t expect to see anything higher.
Alexa integration is built into the remote, and the TV runs the Amazon Fire TV platform. There’s support for Apple TV+, Disney+, Hulu, Netflix, Prime Video, Sling TV and YouTube as well, so all the main bases are covered.
This deal has sold out before, so don’t hang around!
Not in the US? Scroll down for the best TV deals near you.
All the latest Black Friday deals
- Walmart – now live: up to 50% off 4K TVs, laptops, Instant Pot, and more
- Amazon: up to 40% off Ring Doorbell, Fire TV Sticks, and Kindle
- Apple AirPods Pro: on sale for a record-low price of $169 at Amazon
- iPad sale at Amazon: the all-new iPad Air hits lowest price ever
- Adidas: Black Friday sale – save up to 50% off shoes, clothing, and more
- Best Buy: Black Friday deals are live – save big on 4K TVs, laptops, and headphones
- Casper mattress: save up to 30% in the Black Friday sale
- Cheap TV deal: get this 50-inch 4K TV at Walmart for $199.99
- Dell: the XPS 13 is on sale for $649.99 – the cheapest price we’ve seen
- Fitbit deals at Amazon: save $50 on the Fitbit Charge 4
- Home Depot: Black Friday prices on tools, appliances, and home improvement
- HP: Black Friday flash sale, save up to 60% off sitewide
- Instant Pot sale: save up to 40% off at Amazon
- Laptop deal: the HP Spectre x360 gets a massive $500 discount at Best Buy
- Lowe’s: appliance deals from Samsung, Whirlpool, and LG starting at $99
- Nectar mattress: up to $400 off + $399 of free gifts
- Newegg: save up to 54% off laptops, headphones, and SSD cards
- Nike: up to 40% off shoes, hoodies, and more
- Nintendo Switch: check to see the latest in stock options
- NordVPN: get 68% off + three months free when you sign up now
- OLED TV deal: the Vizio 55-inch 4K TV drops to $899.99 – lowest price ever
- Purple mattress: up to $500 off mattresses and sleep bundles
- Robot Vacuum deal: iRobot Roomba 675 is on sale for $179.99 at Best Buy
- Staples: discounts on laptops, office furniture, and AirPods
- Target: up to 50% off kitchen appliances, Christmas decor, TVs, and more
- Tempur-Pedic: save 40% on the Tempur Essential mattress – lowest price ever
- Toys – top gifts from Walmart for all ages starting at $12
- QLED TV deal: this Samsung 75 QLED gets a massive $702 price cut at Amazon
- Wayfair: standing desks starting at $169.99
Best Black Friday deals: our top picks
Fire TV Stick Lite with Alexa Voice Remote:
$29.99 $17.99 at Amazon
Save $12 – The all-new Fire TV Stick Lite gets a first-time price cut in this early Amazon Black Friday deal. For just $17.99, the streaming player allows you to enjoy tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills and features an Alexa voice remote.
Insignia 6qt multi-function pressure cooker:
$59.99 $29.99 at Best Buy
Save $30 – At half price, this Insignia 6qt pressure cooker is sure to be a popular buy this Black Friday at Best Buy. Although a fairly common sale item, we don’t normally see price cuts quite this low, so we definitely think it’s a great pick-up if you’re looking for an appliance that’s really useful for easy to prepare meals.
Apple AirPods Pro:
$249 $169.99 at Amazon
Save $80 – Amazon’s epic Black Friday deal has the AirPods Pro on sale for a record-low price of $169.99. The truly wireless earbuds feature active noise cancellation, and the wireless charging case delivers more than 24 hours of battery life. You’ll have to be fast though, this deal is flashing in and out of stock.
Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones:
$350 $278 at Best Buy
Save $72 – The Sony WH-1000XM4 over-ear headphones are some of the best noise-cancelling headphones on the market, and they’re seriously discounted with this Black Friday deal.
Fitbit Versa 2 40mm smartwatch:
$199.95 $129 at Walmart
Save $70 – Pick up a Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch (40mm) at a $70 discount with this Black Friday deal. The Fitbit Versa 2 packs an AMOLED display, sleep, and fitness tracking, and up to 5 days of battery life at a compelling price.View Deal
iPad Air 4 – 64GB:
$599 $569.99 at Amazon
Save $40 – Stock is moving fast on these discounts on the iPad Air 4, and we’re only seeing this model left so you’ll need to act quickly to secure yours for less. This is an excellent discount on the latest iPad to hit the market – if you can grab it in time.
Acer Chromebook 715:
$549.99 $299 at Walmart
Save $270 – this might just be the best Chromebook deal we’ll see on Black Friday, with almost 50% knocked off this impressively powerful Chromebook with an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB storage.View Deal
Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020):
$1,299.99 $1,199.99 at B&H Photo
B&H Photo is also offering the the new MacBook Pro with M1 chip for $100 off if you don’t want to go with Amazon. Like with Amazon, this deal applies to both the 256GB and 512GB models, so you don’t have to compromise and still save some money. Normally not a saving worth talking about – but this is a hyper-new (and excellent) laptop.View Deal
Nintendo Switch Lite | carry case | 128GB memory card:
$287.97 $239.97 at Best Buy
Save $50 – Best Buy has this full bundle costing $287.97 when purchased separately, and it’s true you’re saving some cash with this $50 discount, however it’s worth noting that the 128GB memory card is available on sale elsewhere as well. It’s easier to grab this all in one place, but this isn’t as good a bundle offer as it appears at first glance.
LG CX 55-inch OLED 4K TV:
$1,999.99 $1,399.99 at Best Buy (save $600)
Limited Stock – This 55-inch LG CX OLED TV deal brings the price of a gorgeous premium display all the way down to $1,399.99 right now. That’s a fantastic $600 saving on a TV with everything you need for a stunning viewing experience (and all the latest tech for next-gen consoles).
Outside the US? We’ve rounded up the best 4K TV deals near you.
Best Amazon Black Friday deals: Huge savings on DJI drones, Bose headphones, Fitbit, Echo and more – CNET
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Thanksgiving Day is but a mere memory and a swelling in our waistbands butis still well underway at Amazon. There are solid deals for everything from smart TVs, DJI drones, Apple Watches, Sonos speakers, Roku streamers, Fitbit wearables and more. Meanwhile, nearly every device in the Amazon stable — Echo smart speakers and displays, Fire tablets, Fire TV streamers, Kindles, Eero networking product and Ring doorbells and security cameras — are at or near their lowest prices ever. Keep reading to find our top picks from Amazon’s big sale, along with some pro tips for saving extra cash.
A few other pointers:
Pro tip No. 1: We also found a “secret” deal, one reserved for those who already have Alexa-capable devices: Just say, “Alexa, order an Amazon Smart Plug.” You’ll then have the option of purchasing the $25 plug for just $5. (Note that this deal isn’t working for some, though I just spoke with my Echo Show 5 and it’s still coming up. One theory: If you’ve already purchased this plug, you’re not eligible.) This was still working for us as of Thursday morning.
Pro tip No. 2: Delivery dates are starting to slip to late December and even January on some products. Those may readjust to closer ranges, but be aware if you’re ordering anything that’s a must-have holiday gift.
Pro tip No. 3: Virtually everything you buy from Amazon qualifies for 5% cash back when you pay with an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card. But— even sale items, like the DJI Mavic Mini and iRobot Roomba i3 Plus (see below). That makes this a good time to if you don’t already have one.
Pro tip No. 4: Cash-back service TopCashback is currently offering(mostly Amazon devices.) That would be in addition to the 5% to 10% back if you used Amazon’s Visa. Buy an Echo Show 8 for $65, for example, and you’d get 8% back here and 5% from the card. Real savings!
Finally, don’t forget: Amazon isn’t the only Black Friday game in town.started Nov. 22 and started Nov. 25.
Amazon Black Friday deals available now
This jumbo-size Echo Show smart display measures, as the name implies, 8 inches diagonally, which makes it a great choice for watching cooking videos in the kitchen or making video calls. This sale price ties the lowest price we’ve ever seen for this model. Read our Echo Show 8 review.
Not everyone wants to wear a smartwatch, and the Fitbit Charge 4 was called the best all-around fitness tracker of 2020 and received CNET’s Editors’ Choice Award — read our Fitbit Charge 4 review for details.
Finally! We’ve been hoping for a discount on the rarely discounted Mavic Mini, which is a simply fantastic personal drone. This isn’t the lowest price we’ve seen, but it’s definitely the best deal we’ve seen in a while. Same goes for the Fly More Combo, which you can grab for $449 (a $50 savings).
Yes, there’s now a Mavic Mini 2, but it starts at $449. Is it worth the extra $90? That’s your call, but the original is pretty sweet.
Note that the Mavic Mini qualifies for the aforementioned 10% cash back (instead of the usual 5%) when you pay with an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card. That lowers your net cost to around $323.
“Wait for a sale.” That was the conclusion of CNET’s Echo Dot 2020 review, which praised the design and sound quality of the new model but rightly noted that Amazon’s mini smart speakers go on sale all the time. This, however, is actually the first time it’s happening; during Prime Day, Amazon discounted only the previous-gen Dot.
This was already a bargain at $70, so $55 feels like outright theft. The Bip S improves on the already-great original Bip in several ways, with more sport modes and a higher-resolution display. Take note that Amazon currently shows an in-stock date of Dec. 12. If you want it sooner, look for a price-match at other stores (notably Best Buy).
Tile usually makes you buy a multipack in order to get a decent discount. This is one of the best deals on record for a single tracker — which just happens to be one of my favorite products. Add it to your keychain, then use the Tile app when those keys go missing. Just as valuable, double-press the Tile button and it rings your phone (even when set to silent).
This is the lowest price on record for this particular Pot, which holds six quarts of pretty much anything you want to cook and has a digital display. In addition to pressure cooking, it does sous vide, rice, yogurt and even cake.
Read more: The best Black Friday Instant Pot deals
Want something a little fancier than the Bip S? This ties the lowest price on record for Amazfit’s Apple Watch lookalike, which offers a lot of the same features and way better battery life (up to 14 days, according to Amazfit). It offers a vibrant 1.6-inch display (with an always-on option), built-in GPS and loads of fitness features. Plus, it works with both Android and iOS phones.
This combo would ordinarily cost $75, but it’s on sale for $34. You get the all-new Echo Dot along with an Amazon Smart Plug, which you can use to control lights or appliances using Alexa.
This isn’t the only Echo Dot (4th gen) bundle, either. For example, if you’re more a fan of TP-Link smart plugs, you can get the Echo Dot with TP-Link Smart Plug for $47, saving $26.
This is the largest discount on record for this new Roomba, which not only navigates your floors with smart sensors but also empties its own dust bin. (I’m pretty sure this is how Terminators got started.) And this is another item that qualifies for 10% cash back when you pay with your Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card. That effectively lops another $39 off the price.
Don’t have that Visa? You should get one, right now, because there’s a $100 Amazon gift card in it for you.
At $100 off, we haven’t seen the Sonos Move priced any cheaper. This is the first portable Bluetooth speaker from Sonos, but of course it also works with other Sonos speakers as part of a whole-home sound system using a Sonos wireless mesh network. You get an 11-hour battery life when it’s not sitting on its discreet charging pad. Read our Sonos Move review.
Another Prime Day rerun, the Fire HD 10 tablet is an absolute steal at this price. Among the highlights: a big, sharp screen, expandable storage, a USB-C connector and a speed boost over the previous-gen model. It may be a while before we see the Fire HD 10 get discounted this much again.
Normally $30, the new-for-2020 Fire Stick Lite continues to see a solid discount ahead of Black Friday. This entry-level streamer delivers 1080p video with HDR support (but not 4K). The big missing apps are HBO Max and Peacock (for now), but the Alexa-powered voice remote is top-notch.
Ebooks: awesome. Reading ebooks on a phone or tablet: less awesome. Good luck settling in with email, Twitter, TikTok and text messages clamoring for your attention. Plus, those screens aren’t too easy on the eyes. That’s why I’m a big believer in a dedicated e-reader. The entry-level Kindle is superb, with an integrated light and an improved design.
Available only in arctic white at this price, the Bose 700 was dubbed CNET’s pick for “top noise-canceling headphones” last year. It originally sold for $400 but has been hanging out at $379 more recently. At $299, this ties the lowest price on record.
In CNET’s hands-on tests, we found AncestryDNA to offer the best integration of DNA analysis and historical research. And now the service is on sale for more than half off.
It just hit the market about a month ago at $50, so this is a pretty major price drop. The Band 5 packs a wealth of fitness features — heart rate and blood oxygen monitoring, music controls, even Alexa — into a wearable that can run up to 15 days on a charge. You can read my first take on the Amazfit Band 5 here. It’s not in stock until January but if you buy today then you’ll still get that low price.
Also worth noting: The Amazfit GTS smartwatch is on sale for $100, tying the lowest price ever. It’s an Apple Watch lookalike with way, way better battery life.
Sure, cloud storage is great, but nothing beats having your data locally. Whether you need a MicroSD card for your Switch or a backup drive for your PC, this SanDisk sale is a great time to get all the terabytes you need at deep discounts.
Amazon is following Target’s lead with a “Buy two, get one free” gaming sale. Fair warning, though: The good stuff is going fast.
The Versa 2 is a powerful hybrid smartwatch and fitness tracker that combines many of the things Fitbit does especially well — like excellent sleep tracking and detailed analytics about your workout habits — with smartphone notifications, Alexa integration and a wide selection of watch faces. We’ve even given this model our Editors’ Choice Award; read our Versa 2 review.
While saving $50 is nothing to sneeze at, be aware that $130 still higher than $100, the lowest price ever for this fitness watch.
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