Best Gadgets of 2012
From tablets and smartphones to game systems and software, 2012 has been a banner year for awesome new devices. And with Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up fast, it’s the perfect opportunity to grab some hot deals on the best gadgets on the market.
To get those, it’s worth checking a variety of online stores for their best deals. That includes the stores belonging to Apple, Google, Microsoft, Dell and more. The two biggest shopping days of the year will have tons of different deals, so figure out what you’re looking for, and start hitting the Internet early.
The hottest gifts of the year: mobile devices
There’s a new crop of tablets this year that offer a mess of cool features. Apple rolled out its iPad 3 in the spring, plus its iPad 4 and iPad mini a few weeks ago. As well, there are great new tablets on the Android side. Among our favorites are Amazon’s Kindle Fire and the Google Nexus 7.
All three of the tablets can be purchased from many of the big electronics sellers. Best Buy offers a $20 gift card with all tablet purchases, plus free shipping and 4 percent cash back, specially boosted for a limited time. Hit Radio Shack’s store to find the Google Nexus tablet, plus three percent cash back. Walmart and Target will also offer free shipping on electronics such as the Kindle Fire, with the former offering at least 1.5 percent cash back (with periodic promotions of up to 5 percent) and Target doling out 4 percent.
It’s also worth checking anyplace you normally like to shop for your electronics, including the Apple and Microsoft stores, for future deals.
Sony and Nintendo have both rolled out great new gaming systems this year, and it’s possible to get some good deals on their new consoles and handhelds with a little savvy searching.
The Playstation Vita, Sony’s new touchscreen handheld gaming system, can be snagged for $250 and free shipping if you’re interested in grabbing a Vaio laptop along with it. You can snag three games for the Nintendo 3DS for the price of two if you get them from Best Buy. You can also pre-order the Nintendo Wii-U console from GameStop with 5 percent cash back from GameStop through the weekend.
Check around – more deals are coming
Whatever electronics you’re looking for, however, there are bound to be deals on them. Lots of stores are offering blanket deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. KMart, for instance, will give buyers 6 percent cash back through the end of the month, up from the usual 4 percent. Try the various electronic companies’ stores listed above, and check your favorite shops as well. Lots of deals will be cropping up between now and the holidays.