15 Best Deals: Phones, Tablets, Kindles, and Hair Tools

We focused on back-to-school hardware and deals for the past few weeks, but sometimes you want to treat yourself to something that has nothing to do with books, like a new smartphone, hair dryer, or smart speaker. We’ve rounded up a number of great discounts that can help you kick that new gear itch.

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Our favorite phone is on sale

Google Pixel 6

Photography: Google

Its one-year anniversary is approaching, but that shouldn’t stop you from buying Google’s Pixel 6 (9/10, WIRED Recommends), especially at this price. That’s the lowest we’ve ever tracked for this Android phone, and it matches what we saw during Amazon Prime Day a month ago. For under $500, you get fast performance, a 90Hz AMOLED display, all-day battery life, one of the best camera phones, and really smart software. This discount might have something to do with the Pixel 7 launching in about two months, but it’s still a great way to save if you don’t care about having the absolute latest.

If you want a slightly larger 120Hz display, plus an excellent 4x optical telephoto lens, you should snag the Pixel 6 Pro, which is also on sale for $649 ($250 off) (also available on Amazon). These two phones are the first to run Android 13, which Google rolled out earlier this week.

Kindle and tablet deals

Check out our guides to the best tablets, the best Kindles and our best e-readers for more.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8

Photo: Samsung

The Galaxy Tab S8 is a luxury Android tablet. That’s close to one of the lowest prices we’ve tracked. It doesn’t have an AMOLED panel, but an LCD screen, which is still crisp, bright and colorful. The 11-inch screen is also a good size, neither too small nor too big. It’s fast, thanks to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor powering it, and you get a stylus that sticks magnetically to the slate. Samsung’s DeX mode gets light work done if you connect a Bluetooth keyboard, but it’s also a fantastic slate to catch up on the latest season of stranger things.

It dropped to $75 during Prime Day and you can expect it to drop again during Black Friday, so if you don’t desperately need it, it’s best to wait. Amazon Fire tablets aren’t for everyone – there’s no Google Play Store (there’s a workaround) so not all apps are available and Amazon is pushing its own services heavily. But these inexpensive screens are great for playing games, watching TV, or catching up on long reads. The Fire HD 10 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) is our favorite Fire tablet due to its large size, but the smaller Fire HD 8 is also on sale for $50 ($40 off).

There are better tablets for adults, but kids don’t need a $300 iPad. This one is durable and cheap, especially at $70, which is the sale price we usually see. It’s the same as the standard Fire HD 8 we mentioned above, but with a bulky case to protect it. It’s backed by a two-year worry-free warranty so you can replace it if it breaks down, and you’ll get a year of Amazon Kids+ service, which provides access to relevant books, movies, games and apps. to children, all with parental controls.

Kindle Paperwhite

Photography: Amazon

Kindles are our favorite e-readers, and the Paperwhite is the best option in Amazon’s lineup. This standard version has 8 gigabytes of storage and bright, warm lighting. Plus, it’s waterproof for reading in the tub. For $130 ($30 off), you can get the Paperwhite without ads on the lock screen.

The Signature Edition (8/10, WIRED recommends) gets 32 gigabytes of storage and has no lock screen ads. It’s a huge storage upgrade but not necessary unless you listen to a ton of audiobooks. (For reference, 8 gigs is about 5,000 pounds.) This version also gets auto-adjusting lighting and wireless charging capabilities.

The 2019 Oasis is getting long in the tooth. It was the best-looking of all the Kindles available, but the Paperwhite options above are cheaper, with many of the same benefits. However, I love that it has physical page-turning buttons. Its 7-inch screen is also slightly larger, with a thinner and sleeker aluminum design.

Welcome offers

Check out more options in our Best security cameras and Best smart speakers guides.

Nooie Cam 360

Photography: Nooie

Nooie makes some of my favorite smart home products. They get the job done and aren’t made by a mega-corporation that likes to hoard data, and I really like the matte design. This camera has 1080p video, with accurate motion detection and two-way audio. It’s called a dog camera on the Amazon page, but there’s nothing specific to making it that way – it’s good for anything you need to watch. You can store clips by subscribing to Nooie’s cloud service or insert your own MicroSD card.

Eufy makes many affordable smart home products that we love, including this security camera, but it has flaws. For example, it has several different apps for each type of smart home product, so if you’re already using its smart plugs or robot vacuums, you’ll need to download a separate security app to monitor that camera. Still, it lets you pan and tilt so you can see the whole room from a distance.

Like the other Amazon devices on this list, the Echo’s sale price isn’t uncommon, but it’s our favorite Echo speaker (8/10, WIRED Recommends). The Echo is powered by Alexa, easy to use, and takes up little space. It also has surprisingly good speakers for its size. If you don’t want to spend that much, the Echo Dot with digital clock is on sale for $50 ($10 off). Its speakers don’t sound as good, but it does a lot of the same stuff.

Monoprice makes much of our favorite home office gear, from monitor stands and desk lamps to HDMI cables and 4K monitors. They are currently running a 15% promotion sitewide if you use the code SMORE at checkout (some products are excluded). This sale event ends on August 21.

Beauty & Hair Tool Deals

None of these please you? We have a bunch of hair dryer recommendations in our guide.

Alleyoop Correspondent

Photography: Alleyoop

We love Alleyoop, especially its multi-use products like this. Designed like the multicolored pens of your youth, it includes eyeliner, eyebrow pencil, lip liner and highlighter in a nice package. The rest of the products on the site are also discounted, 25-40% off.

There’s no shortage of blower brushes like this (we’ve tried a few), but Hot Tools has brush attachments for different styles (or to appease everyone in your household). Adrienne So, editor of WIRED, says it did a good job in 10 minutes, but not as good as the Revlon or the Drybar, and it takes a bit more time and finesse.

Plaid Headboard Loops

Photography: Headboard

This is a good, affordable hair dryer for curly hair that needs a large area of ​​coverage. It’s light and thin too, so it’s not a bad travel option. I also love the way it looks, but wish it had a medium speed setting.

Conair makes great affordable hair tools, and this dryer is no different. It’s simple, but it works well and it’s super cheap, even when it’s not on sale. It comes with a diffuser and an air concentrator.

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