Best Black Friday 2012 Android smartphone and tablet deals [Updated x3]

November 17, 2012
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We’re just a few days away from Black Friday 2012 (November 23) and while we have covered the most important Android offers as mentioned in the leaked Black Friday ads originating from the most important retailers out there, we’re going to do a major recap just so you know what stores to visit next week in search for sweeter smartphone and tablet deals.

We’ll note from the start that not all the hottest Android devices out there are included in this year’s Black Friday offer, so you won’t be able to buy a discounted Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Galaxy Note 2 or Droid DNA (to name just a few of the most recently launched Android devices,) but there are plenty of deals to take advantage of, including some very cheap Android devices, even if coming from not so well-known brands.

We’re going to try to order the devices not by store, but by other criteria in what follows, including device model, maker or product category. You can compare prices instantly, from the cheapest offer to the most expensive deal, and we’re going to highlight the ones that stand out from the crowd.

In case you want to jump to a specific section of this complete Black Friday 2012 Android guide, here are some useful links:

Android Smartphones:

Android Tablets:

Other Android Deals

Android Smartphones

One of the most important smartphone of the year, the Galaxy S3, is part of various Black Friday offers, some more interesting than others. While the Galaxy Note 2 is not included in those leaked ads, there are plenty of other Samsung smartphones that can be purchased for discounted prices, although you should be ready to ink a new two-year contract to take advantage of the special November 23 price for these devices.

Naturally, there are plenty of other smartphone deals, both on-contract and off-contract, which we’re going to take a look at in addition to Samsung offers.

But since Samsung has grown to be one of the most important Android handset makers, here’s what Samsung smartphone deals you can expect this Black Friday:

Samsung Galaxy S3

  • Sam’s Club: 16GB Samsung Galaxy S3 – $0.96 with new two-year contract
  • Walmart: 16GB Samsung Galaxy S3 – $129 with new two-year contract (Walmart also offers a $100 Walmart Gift Card for every Android smartphone purchase with a contract)
  • Best Buy: 16GB Samsung Galaxy S3 – $48.16 with new two-year Sprint contract
  • Best Buy: 16GB Samsung Galaxy S3 – $49.99 with new two-year AT&T contract
  • Sprint: 16GB Samsung Galaxy S3 – $49.99 with new two-year contract
  • Radio Shack: 16GB Samsung Galaxy S3 – $49.99 with new two-year Sprint contract
  • Radio Shack: 16GB Samsung Galaxy S3 – $99.99 with new two-year AT&T contract

Other Samsung Smartphones

  • Sprint: Samsung Galaxy Nexus – $0 with new two-year contract
  • Sprint: Samsung Galaxy Victory – $0 with new two-year contract
  • Verizon: Samsung Galaxy Nexus – $0 with new two-year contract
  • Radio Shack: Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket – $0 with new two-year AT&T contract
  • Radio Shack: Samsung Galaxy S2 – $0 with new two-year Sprint contract
  • AT&T: Refurbished phones  $0.01 with new two-year contract
  • Walmart: Samsung Captivate Glide – $0.97 with AT&T new two-year contract
  • AT&T: Samsung Rugby Smart  $0.01 with new two-year contract
  • AT&T: Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket  $0.99 with new two-year contract
  • Best Buy: Samsung Galaxy S2 – $1 with new two-year Sprint contract
  • Walmart: Samsung Stratosphere 2 – $49.88 with new Verizon two-year contract
  • Radio Shack: Samsung Galaxy Rush – $69.99 prepaid Boost Mobile offer ($80 in savings)
  • Walmart: Samsung Galaxy S2 – $79.88 with new T-Mobile two-year contract
  • Kmart: Samsung Galaxy Discover – $89.99 prepaid Net10 offer
  • Best Buy: Samsung Galaxy S2 – $299.99 prepaid Boost Mobile offer ($70 in savings)

On-Contract Smartphones

As you can see, there are plenty of Samsung smartphones included in Black Friday 2012 ads, but those aren’t the only Android smartphones that you’ll be able to buy for less next week. In fact, here’s a list of HTC, Motorola and Sony devices you should check out before you make your buying decision:

  • Radio Shack: HTC One X – $0 with new two-year AT&T contract
  • Best Buy: HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE – $0 with new two-year Verizon contract
  • AT&T: HTC Vivid  $0.01 with new two-year contract
  • AT&T: HTC One X  $0.99 with new two-year contract
  • Walmart: HTC One X – $49.88 with AT&T new two-year contract
  • Best Buy: Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx – $0 with new two-year Verizon contract ($149.99 in savings)
  • AT&T: Motorola Atrix HD  $0.99 with new two-year contract
  • Walmart: Motorola Photon Q – $89.99 with new T-Mobile two-year contract
  • Walmart: Motorola Droid RAZR M – price to be decided, with new Verizon two-year contract
  • Verizon: Motorola Droid RAZR – $0 with new two-year contract
  • Verizon: LG Lucid – $0 with new two-year contract
  • Best Buy: Sony Xperia TL – price to be decided, with new two-year AT&T contract
  • AT&T: Pantech Renue  $0.99 with new two-year contract

Off-Contract Smartphones

On-contract smartphones are not everyone’s favorite piece of cakes, but luckily there are plenty of off-contract Black Friday deals to check out. Not including the Samsung prepaid handsets mentioned above, we have a variety of other devices to show you, albeit you may not find the high-end model you’d have hoped for in here:

  • Office Max: Virgin Mobile Venture – $19.99 prepaid Virgin Mobile offer ($30 in savings)
  • Walmart: LG Optimus Logic – $39.88 prepaid smartphone ($50 in savings)
  • Walmart: Kyocera Hydro – $39.88 prepaid smartphone ($60 in savings)
  • Best Buy: LG Optimus Elite – $49.99 prepaid Virgin Mobile offer ($80 in savings)
  • Sears: LG smartphone – $49 prepaid Net10 offer
  • Best Buy: ZTE Warp – $64.99 prepaid Boost Mobile offer ($65 in savings)
  • Office Depot: T-Mobile LTE VMB Comcast – $89.99 Prepaid T-Mobile ($10 in savings)
  • Virgin Mobile: $99.99 Samsung Galaxy Reverb – $100 in savings
  • Virgin Mobile: $199 HTC EVO V 4G – $100 in savings
  • Virgin Mobile: $299.99 Samsung Galaxy S2 4G – $70 in savings

Tablets

Pressured by Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet launched late last year, Google stepped into the tablet business this summer with its first tablet ever, the Nexus 7, which quickly become a best seller device. In what follows we’ll take a look at the Android tablets that will get discounted on Black Friday, although don’t be surprised if you won’t find deals on all the devices you expect to see carrying special prices on November 23.

Nexus 7

The Nexus 7 is certainly one of the most popular tablets to date, and there are plenty of retailers ready to offer it on Black Friday. However, not everyone is willing to really drop the price on it. Here’s what you can expect for the 16GB and 32GB models – the 32GB Nexus 7 3G is not available in any of the leaked offers:

  • Staples: 16GB Google Nexus 7 – $199.99
  • Office Depot: 32GB Google Nexus 7 Wi-Fi – $229.99 ($20 in savings)
  • Staples: 32GB Google nexus 7 – $249.99
  • Office Max: 32GB Google Nexus 7 – $249.99

Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD

The Nexus 7 main Android rivals are Amazon’s 2012 Kindle Fire models, the new Kindle Fire and the Kindle Fire HD, which are available from a variety of retailers. While most of them don’t offer discounts, they do include gift cards that can be used towards the purchase of other products.

  • Best Buy: Amazon Kindle Fire – $159.99 bundled with free $30 Best Buy Gift Card
  • Office Depot: Amazon Kindle Fire – $159.99 bundled with $25 Visa Card
  • Staples: Amazon Kindle Fire – $159, bundled with $20 Staples Gift Card
  • Office Max: Amazon Kindle Fire – $159
  • Best Buy: 16GB Amazon Kindle Fire HD – $199.99 free $30 Best Buy Gift Card included
  • Office Max: 16GB Amazon Kindle Fire HD – $199, bundled with $25 Office Max Gift Card
  • Staples: 16GB Amazon Kindle Fire HD – $199, bundled with $20 Staples Gift Card
  • Staples: 32GB Amazon Kindle Fire HD – $249, bundled with $20 Staples Gift Card

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 

The following Samsung Galaxy Tab offers will generally net you around $70 and $100 in savings on the 8GB Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and 16GB Galaxy Tab 10.1, respectively, no matter where you buy your selected models – all are Wi-Fi versions. However, we would point out a special Office Depot deal that lets you bundle a Laptop and a 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2 for $469.98 in the following list.

  • Verizon: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 LTE – $99 (probably with new two-year data contract)
  • Best Buy: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 – $179.99, bundled with $20 Best Buy Gift Card
  • Sears: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 – $177.99
  • Sam’s Club: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 – $179
  • Office Depot: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 – $179.99
  • Office Depot: Samsung Laptop & Tablet Bundle (Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and Samsung Series 3 Laptop) – $469.98 ($230 in savings)
  • Sears: 16GB Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 – $297.99
  • Sam’s Club: 16GB Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 – $299
  • Office Max: 16GB Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 – $299.99

Other Well-Known Tablets

It’s not just Google, Amazon and Samsung that have some of their products included in this year’s Black Friday offers. There are plenty of well-known Android tablet makers such as Asus, Acer, Lenovo and Barnes & Noble that you’ll find in various electronics stores next Friday. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Walmart: 8GB Barnes & Noble Nook Color Tablet – $99 ($60 in savings)
  • Staples: 8GB Lenovo A2017 – $149.99
  • Office Max: Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet – $179
  • Office Depot: Lenovo IdeaTab A2 – $199.99 ($100 in savings)
  • Best Buy: 16GB Acer Iconia Tab A200 – $249.99 ($100 in savings)
  • Best Buy: 16GB Asus EeePad Transformer TF300T – $279.99 ($100 in savings)
  • Office Depot: 32GB Asus Transformer Pad – $299.99 ($100 in savings)

Very Cheap Tablets

In addition to all the tables mentioned above, some of them which we have thoroughly covered here at Android Authority, there are plenty of unknown Android tablets that are usually available for even less than what the most affordable Google and Amazon tablets cost. And these devices will be even more affordable on Black Friday, with various retailers stocking such models. Here’s what you’ll find in stores on November 23:

  • Kmart: X-treme Tab 7-inch ICS tablet – $39.99
  • Sears: X-treme Tab 7 ICS tablet – $39.99 ($30 in savings)
  • Walmart: Ematic $49 7-inch tablet – $49
  • Office Max: 4GB AZPEN ICS tablet – $69.99 ($60 in savings)
  • Office Depot: Jazz Ultratab 7 – $69.99 ($60 in savings)
  • Shopko: Coby 7-inch tablet 9 – $79.99 ($50 in savings)
  • Kmart: 4Sight 9-inch ICS tablet 1.1GHz – $89.99
  • Kmart: Maylong 7-inch ICS tablet with keyboard case – $99.99
  • Sears: Maylong 7-inch ICS tablet with keyboard case bundle – $99.99 ($40 in savings)
  • Office Depot: Jazz Ultratab 9 – $99.99 ($80 in savings)
  • Walmart: 8GB Nabi 2- $129 ($70 in savings)
  • Shopko: Coby 9.7-inch tablet 9 – $129.99 ($70 in savings)
  • Radio Shack: Digix 10-inch ICS tablet – $149
  • Best Buy: 8GB nabi 2 Tablet – $169.99
  • Best Buy: Visual Land 7-inch ICS tablet – price yet to be determined

Other Android Deals

We could have included plenty of accessories that would go well with your Android smarpthone or tablet purchase, but we decided only to list the most important “other” Android-related deals you should consider in this one:

  • Shopko: Nikon Coolpix S800c Android camera – $297.99 ($102 in savings)
  • Office Depot: Asus Keyboard Charging Dock – $149.99 with tablet purchase
  • Best Buy: $100 in savings on any tablet purchase bundled with a new two-year activation of a Sprint or Verizon Mobile Broadband Device
  • Best Buy: 8GB Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 – $99.99 ($50 in savings)
  • Best Buy: $50 off on all Samsung Galaxy Android players
  • Mach Speed Trio 4.3-inch ICS PMP – $49.99
  • Walmart: Verizon prepaid refill card: 2GB traffic, unlimited talk and text – $80
  • Walmart: unlimited Boost Mobile plan – $55
  • Walmart: unlimited Straight Talk plan – $45
  • Walmart: Virgin Mobile prepaid refill card: 1GB of traffic – $19.98
  • Virgin Mobile: $35/month Beyond Talk unlimited data and messaging plan for Android phones
  • Virgin Mobile: 50% off Overdrive Pro 3G/4G mobile hotspot

In case you’re looking for accessories to go with your Android device then make sure you check out our full Black Friday 2012 coverage, as we looked at the main leaked Black Friday ads already including flyers from Radio Shack, Staples, Kmart, Sam’s Club, Best Buy, Office Max, Sears, Walmart, Office Depot, Shopko and Sprint.

And make sure you bookmark this guide, as we’ll update it in the following days to include future, last minute deals!

[Update 1] We have included Verizon leaked deals for Black Friday 2012.

[Update 2] We have included AT&T deals for Black Friday 2012.

[Update 3] We have included Virgin Mobile deals for Black Friday 2012

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