Amazon Kindle Fire HD
Black Friday keeps coming earlier and earlier, with some stores opening on Thanksgiving night. Other retailers announced special deals in early November, and simply called them Black Friday deals. Whatever the timing, there are some great discounts this year, if you’re looking for a laptop, tablet or smartphone. We scoped out all the fliers and doorbusters to narrow our selections. From big savings on the new MacBook Pro to a free Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone or a great kids' tablet that will cost you less than $100, here are our favorite mobile deals for Black Friday 2013.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 16GB ($99, Best Buy)
Designed for bookworms and entertainment junkies alike, Amazon's Kindle Fire line gives users access to tons of e-books, movies and TV shows, as well as exciting apps. And while the all-new Kindle Fire HDX 7 starts at $229, you can take home last year's still-impressive Kindle Fire HD 7 for less than $100. Best Buy is offering the Amazon slate for just $99 in stores and online from Nov. 28 to Nov 30. The $99 Kindle Fire HD is also a great kids' tablet, thanks to Amazon's robust parental controls.
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Fuhu Nabi 2
Fuhu Nabi 2 ($99, Wal-Mart)
The Fuhu Nabi 2 still stands as one of our favorite kids' tablets, and you can get one for almost half off this Black Friday weekend. On Thanksgiving from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., you can get the $179 Nabi 2 for only $99, making it the perfect gift for tech-minded parents on a budget. The Nabi 2 has a powerful Tegra 3 processor, a kid-safe rubber shell, and tons of entertaining and educational content, so make sure to enjoy this absolute steal while it's available for an hour at Walmart stores and Walmart.com.
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Barnes & Noble Nook 7 HD
Barnes & Noble Nook 7 HD ($79, Target)
If you're an e-book addict or have one on your shopping list, Target is giving you a chance to score a Nook 7 HD for just $79 during Black Friday weekend. Normally $129, Barnes & Noble 7-incher has a lush 1440 x 900 screen, epic battery life and access to the Google Play store for all of your entertainment needs. This Target doorbuster kicks off Thanksgiving night at 8 while supplies last, so act fast if you want an excellent HD tablet for under $100.
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MacBook Pro with Retina Display
MacBook Pro with Retina Display ($1,099, Best Buy)
Apple's latest MacBook Pro with Retina Display is the most powerful iteration of its flagship laptop yet. This robust 13-incher provides smoother performance than ever with a fourth-generation Intel processor, faster flash memory and Iris graphics. Plus, we saw more than 9.5 hours of battery life in our tests. Factor in the free iLife and iWork app suites, and this notebook is more than worth the premium. Fortunately, you won't have to pay a premium on Black Friday weekend, as Best Buy is offering the new MacBook Pro for $200 off its retail price at $1,099. This special doorbuster kicks off Thursday at 6 p.m. at Best Buy retail locations and will be available online from Thursday to Saturday, so make sure to line up early if you want a shot at getting one.
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HP Split X2
HP Split X2 ($499, Best Buy)
Best Buy stores are slashing the price of the $729 HP Split x2 hybrid to $499 from Thursday to Saturday online and starting 10 a.m. on Black Friday in-store. For less than $500, the Windows 8-based machine packs a 13-inch, 1366 x 768-pixel display that can easily be detached from its keyboard to be used as a tablet. With a Intel Core i3 processor and 64GB of flash memory, the Split x2 is a solid choice for both work and play, especially when it's available for this cheap.
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HTC One ($29, Best Buy)
One of several Best Buy exclusives, the Metallic Blue HTC One can be had for just $29 with an AT&T, Verizon or Sprint contract this Thanksgiving weekend. Normally $199, this 4.7-inch handset thoroughly impressed us with its unique design, bright and rich 1080p display and punchy stereo speakers. This deal runs online from Thanksgiving Day (online only) through Saturday, though you'll have to line up at your local Best Buy at 10 a.m. on Friday if you want one in person.
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Motorola Moto X
Motorola Moto X ($49, plus bonus $100 gift card; Wal-Mart)
With innovative voice controls, the lightweight Moto X is designed to make getting things done on your smartphone as effortless as possible. Buying one this Black Friday will be equally easy, as the $99 handset will be available for $49 at Wal-Mart with a two-year AT&T, Sprint or Verizon contract. This phone packs a bright 4.7-inch display, a compact design and a camera you can activate with a couple of flicks of your wrist. Wal-Mart is tossing in a $100 gift card for those who take advantage of this deal, so make sure to head to a Wal-Mart store between 8 a.m. Friday and the end of the day on Sunday to get the best possible value on the Moto X.
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Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4 (Free with contract, Best Buy)
With tons of camera features, a fast Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and the ability to control your TV, the Galaxy S4 is Samsung's flagship phone for a reason. If you've considered splurging on the (normally) $199 device, why not wait until Black Friday and take one home for nothing? You read that right — starting at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Best Buy stores are allowing you to snag a store-exclusive Blue Arctic S4 for no money down with a two-year Verizon, Sprint or AT&T contract. Not only will you have a great new phone, but you'll also have it in a hue none of your friends do.
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First published November 26 2013, 2:14 PM