Read the rest of our Black Friday Smartphone and Smartwatch picks.
iPhone XR for $599 ($50 gift card)
Apple’s not discounting its phones, but it is offering a $50 Apple Store Gift Card when you purchase select models like the iPhone XR. The XR, 2018’s best-selling iPhone (8/10 WIRED Recommends), is still a great option. Its range of colors make it stand out, and its size is perfect for one-handed use. The camera might not be as versatile as the iPhone 11 Pro Max, and its screen not as impressive, but it still takes great photos, and battery life is pretty good. This can be combined with a trade-in, which will net you up to $200 in credit, and you do get one year of Apple TV+ included.
Check out Apple’s Black Friday page to see what other products you can buy to nab a gift card.
Google Pixel 3A for $299 ($100 off)
This is one of our favorite phones of the year. Google brought its considerable camera prowess down to the affordable phone market. It also has good battery life too, a sore point on the new Pixel 4, and its polycarbonate body won’t shatter at the first drop. Because it’s a Pixel phone, it will get software and security updates directly from Google (the maker of the Android operating system) for three years.
Google Pixel 4 for $699 ($100 off)
It’s always a good idea to wait to buy Pixel phones as they’re often discounted for Black Friday barely a month after their debut. The latest Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL (8/10 WIRED Recommends) are some of our favorite Android phones because of their simple but smart software, excellent cameras, and Google’s commitment to delivering timely updates. Their biggest flaw is battery life, which will barely get through a full day of use, if at all. The larger Pixel 4 XL is also on sale (Amazon, Google Store)
Samsung Galaxy S10E for $550 ($200 off)
The Galaxy S10E might not have as many cameras as the Galaxy S10 or S10 Plus (8/10 WIRED Recommends), but it’s similar in many ways and just as powerful. You still get a wide-angle camera to accompany the main one for some versatility, battery life is solid, and the screen is nice. It’s a fantastic size, and the side-mounted fingerprint sensor is much more reliable than the ultrasonic fingerprint sensors in its more expensive siblings.
Lenovo Smart Clock for $40 ($40 off)
We gave this gadget a 7/10 in our review. It’s one of our favorite Google Assistant displays—unlike some similar smart displays, this one doesn’t have a camera.
Amazon Kindle (2019 Model) for $60 ($30 off)
If you want to buy a Kindle for yourself or someone else, this is the smartest choice (read our best Kindles guide). It now has a light-up screen and looks about as good as the Paperwhite below—just don’t dunk it in your tub.
Kindle Paperwhite for $85 ($45 off)
The Kindle Paperwhite (9/10 WIRED Recommends) is almost the perfect e-reader, though it’s not drastically different from its predecessors. It’s waterproof, supports Bluetooth for listening to audiobooks through Audible, and lasts for weeks on a single charge.
Amazon Kindle Oasis (2019 Model) for $195 ($75 off)
The Kindle Oasis is the fanciest ebook reader that Amazon makes. It has a few more lights in it, sharper text, a waterproof design, and physical buttons for turning the page (yes, that’s a premium feature now).
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