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Should you buy a discounted Moto G6 in 2019?

Best answer: Yes! The Moto G6 is one of those phones that really, truly delivers everything you need in a smartphone at a reasonable price. The debut of the Moto G7 series has discounted the price of the Moto G6 to $180, making it an excellent choice in 2019.

Amazon: Moto G6 ($180)

The Moto G6 is still a great phone in 2019

The Moto G6 comes with everything you’d expect in a phone: a Snapdragon 450, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 3000mAh battery, a 12MP rear camera, a fingerprint sensor, and a 5.7-inch 720p display. Let’s address the elephant in the room: is the Snapdragon 450 platform powerful enough to do what needs to get done? The answer is yes.

While it may seem like it’s a significant downgrade from the Moto G5 Plus’ Snapdragon 625, it’s basically the same chip. The only major difference is the speed of the individual cores — they run at 1.8GHz compared to the 2.0GHz on the SD625. In real-world use, the two chips are indistinguishable. But the Snapdragon 450 has all the same power efficiencies of modern Qualcomm chips.

The Moto G6 is a $200 phone that looks, feels, and performs like one double the price.

If you don’t know what all this means, don’t sweat it: just know that the Moto G6 is plenty fast enough for gaming, Instragramming, and everything else you need a phone to do.

The Moto G6 isn’t lacking when it comes to battery life either. The 3,000mAh battery is plenty big on its own, but combined with the Snapdragon 450 and Motorola’s power-efficient build of Android, you’re not going to need to worry about battery life.

That said, the phone does have a few downsides: First, the screen isn’t amazing, and it doesn’t get bright enough to easily use outdoors, so if you spend a lot of time in the sun, this probably isn’t the phone for you. Second, Motorola isn’t great about releasing software updates, so don’t expect to receive monthly, or even quarterly, security patches.

The Moto G6 is still running Oreo, and there’s no mention of when the Pie update will be available for the device.

There’s a 12MP main camera with an f/1.8 lens for depth of field, and there’s also a secondary rear sensor that provides depth information for features like portrait mode and color cut-out. The second sensor isn’t great, and neither are the portrait photos that come from it, but the primary one is good enough that it doesn’t matter.

Finally, the phone works on all major U.S. carriers, so once you buy it you don’t have to worry about whether it will work if you switch providers.

Our pick

Moto G6

$180 at Amazon

Everything you need, nothing you don’t

The Moto G6 continues to be a great choice in 2019, particularly now that it’s on sale for under $200. You get decent performance, all-day battery life, compatibility with all four major carriers, and one of the best cameras in this segment.

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Top Kindle reads are available starting at just $2 today

Digital deals.

Amazon, through the end of the day, is offering a selection of top Kindle reads at a discount. Prices start at only $1.99 and there are three pages of items to choose from.

Did you know that Amazon’s Kindle Reading app is free? You can download it and use it on iOS, Android, Mac, and PC devices. You don’t need a Kindle to take advantage of discounted eBooks. If you have any no-rush shipping digital credits, you can apply them to Kindle titles too.

As one example, Emily Carpenter’s novel Burying the Honeysuckle Girls is available for $1.99. It usually would cost you about $5 and has great customer reviews. An excerpt of Amazon’s description reads: Gripping and visceral, this unforgettable debut delves straight into the heart of dark family secrets and into one woman’s emotional journey to save herself from a sinister inheritance.

Be sure to check out the entire sale before the deals expire tonight. For more Kindle goodness, check out these free Kindle books.

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Sunday’s top deals: mixed reality headsets, network storage, and more!

On a daily basis there is no shortage of great deals to be had, but sometimes hunting them down can be a bit time consuming. Don’t let that drag you down, though. We’ve rounded up some of our absolute favorites from today that you simply can’t miss out on.

New Worlds

Samsung HMD Odyssey+ Windows Mixed Reality headset

The headset normally sells for $500 or more and has never dropped this low on Amazon before. We don’t think this price will last very long because a deal we saw from Newegg sold out very quickly.

$399.99 $500 $100 off

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As long as you have a PC powerful enough to use it, the Samsung mixed reality headset comes with everything you need to get started in virtual worlds. It works really well with Windows and will work pretty much right outside the box. The headset uses inside-out tracking so you don’t need additional tracking equipment. It comes with 3K AMOLED displays and a wide 110-degree field of view, built-in AKG headphones with 360-degree spatial sound, and a mic.

Play Online

Xbox Live Gold 3 or 6 months

The code unlocks access to online multiplayer on hundreds of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games. Not only that, but you’ll receive exclusive discounts at Microsoft on video games and extra savings during sales. If you already have an Xbox Live membership, these digital codes can be added to your existing subscription to lengthen it. Xbox Live members receive free games every month, along with Microsoft store discounts and more that you don’t want to miss out on. February’s Games with Gold include Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon and Super Bomberman R and the original Xbox game Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy.

$10 off at Amazon

New Low Price

Synology DS218+ 2-bay diskless NAS DiskStation

The DS218+ is a two-bay NAS with 2GB DDR3 memory that’s expandable up to 6GB. It has a dual-core 2.5 GHz processor, hardware encryption, and encrypted sequential read and write speeds up to 113 MB/s and 112 MB/s respectively. It also has live transcoding for up to two concurrent 4K streams. It also has three USB 3.0 ports.

$249.99 at Amazon

Save More

BlackBerry KEY2 LE 64GB unlocked Android smartphone

It features a 4.5-inch display, 13MP camera on the back, runs Android 8.1 and boasts an insane 22 hours of battery life per charge. If you’ve been missing out a bit on the physical keyboard life, this is a great way to get back to it and save a bit in the process. Read CrackBerry’s hands-on review or see why the budget-friendly approach of the KEY2 LE won them over.

$399.99 at Amazon

More Internets

TP-Link N300 Wi-Fi extender

The N300 uses your 2.4GHz Wi-Fi band to extend a weak wireless signal in a spot of your home that might not get any at all. It has a limitation of 300Mbps but something is better than nothing, and this is designed to work with pretty much any standard router or gateway. It has an Ethernet port you can use to directly connect to the device for something slightly more stable.

$16.99 at Amazon

Stack It

Shelves, benches, and modular storage

All of these products are down to low prices. So if you need a new way to organize a room or just some extra storage, today’s the day for you. The Songmics 3-tier vintage shoe bench rack is down to $36.79. The stand normally sells for around $48 and doesn’t drop this low directly. Use it to organize your shoes, your closet, or serve as a great living room accent piece.

Various Prices at Amazon

Extras on Deck

SGI Bedding Sheet Sets

The fitted sheet has a deep pocket that ensures your bedding will stay on your mattress. They’ll work perfectly for guest rooms, second homes, AirBNB properties, dorm rooms, and more. Additionally, a portion of the profit of these sheets goes to charity, so you can feel good about your purchase since you’re saving money and contributing to a good cause.

25% off at Amazon

This is just a small sampling of the deals that the Thrifter team has uncovered today. If you want to keep up with everything that the crew is uncovering, be sure to follow Thrifter on Twitter and sign up for the daily deals newsletter so you never miss out on anything!

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The best places to buy a used phone

Getting a second-hand phone doesn’t have to be overly complicated or stressful.

The used phone market is an iceberg; you can only see the tip sticking out of the water, but it goes far deeper than you can imagine. This bears out in a recent Deloitte report that claims the used phone market grew to 120 million units in 2016, generating $17 billion for their owners. That number is only going to get bigger faster, too: IDC believes that by 2020, over 220 million used devices will be sold or traded in annually.

That’s a lot of gear, and similar to how a new car loses its value once it’s driven off the lot, phones immediately become cheaper once they’re removed from the plastic wrapping. For a seller — even one who treats his or her phone with the utmost care — that can be problematic. For a buyer, though, that becomes an opportunity to pick up a gently-used device for a great deal.

Things to consider before you buy a used phone

We’ve already talked about the principles of selling your phone, and you can keep all of those in mind as you go to buy a used phone. Go through the same sort of checklist — factory reset, SIM unlock status, original accessories, damage, sales history — to decide if the phone you’re buying has been given the care you would have given your own phone to sell. There’s a loose thought process to go through:

The first is what kind of used phone you’re looking to buy:

  • A used phone purchased directly from an owner (eg. Swappa, Craigslist, eBay)
  • A refurbished phone that has been through a “touch-up” directly from the manufacturer or a partner (eg. Verizon, Samsung, Amazon, Gazelle, Best Buy)

Know what kind of used phone buying experience you want before you start shopping around.

You can probably get the best deal buying directly from someone else because there is no intermediary taking a fee, but you also run the risk of the phone having issues that the naked eye can’t see. If you know exactly what you want and know what to look for, you’re probably going to be comfortable buying a used phone from a direct marketplace like Craiglist, Swappa, eBay or one of many buy/sell forums.

If you don’t want to take any chances with the quality, but still don’t mind a bit of wear and tear, buying through an intermediary marketplace like Gazelle could work really well. The phones often come with (admittedly limited) warranties and money-back guarantees which, as a buyer, offers considerably more peace of mind than the average “meet up at the nearby 7-Eleven and hand over a wad of cash” type deal.

Finally, buying a certified refurbished phone is your safest bet, but comes with the least discount over a new product. Carriers, retailers and third parties all refurbish and sell used devices, with varying levels of discount and inventory options. These phones are used, yes, but they’ve gone through a (varying) set of checks to verify their condition and details before being cleaned up and passed on to you. There’s a peace of mind associated with buying refurbished, but there’s also a cost associated.

Best places to buy a refurbished phone

The best places to buy a used phone

This is not an exhaustive list. There are innumerable places to buy a used phone on the internet, and depending on your country, this list may not be as applicable (though we tried to highlight international marketplaces as much as possible).

Gazelle

Gazelle uses an interesting model: it buys phones from sellers and resells some of them on its website just like a regular e-commerce store (the rest are either recycled or sold to third parties). The advantage is that once Gazelle receives the device it performs a so-called “30-point inspection process” to ensure that it is in working order, and puts a SIM card in it to make sure it can properly connect to a network.

As a buyer, that means you may pay slightly more than Swappa for the equivalent model, but you get a phone that is guaranteed to work, either unlocked on a number of carriers or the one that it is advertised to be locked to, and there is a 30-day return policy if you’re not completely satisfied.

Gazelle also offers financing options, which allows it to compete with carriers by offering flexible payment plans that don’t require a lot of money up front. At the same time, Gazelle doesn’t accept every type of Android phone, but it’s willing to take in most popular models that are within a few years old.

Something that can make that purchase a bit easier is Gazelle’s current promotion, running until February 28: trade in a phone worth over $200, and get an extra $20 to apply to a new phone.

Good: Seamless buying experience with plenty of choice, all phones come with a charger and are guaranteed to work, 30-day money back return policy.

Bad: Doesn’t sell every type of phone, and can be more expensive than person-to-person marketplaces.

Learn more at Gazelle

Craigslist

Craigslist relies on in-person meetings for a cash transaction, which can be hit-or-miss depending on how adept you are at identifying scams — of which there are many.

The main thing Craigslist has going for it is size and scale — it’s practically everywhere, and has communities for almost every city in the world. You will be able to find a used phone on Craigslist, that’s not the problem; the problem is sifting through the thousands of listings to find something worth pursuing and ensuring that the phone you decide on does not have underlying damage or, worse, that its IMEI (a unique number that helps identify individual devices) hasn’t been blocked due to theft.

Good: Good prices, excellent availability, and plenty of choice, with the option of buying local to check condition.

Bad: Hard to verify sellers or the quality of the phones.

Learn more at Craigslist

eBay

eBay is enormous, and today continues to be one of the top places to purchase a used phone. It has the advantages of Craigslist, scale, with few of the disadvantages, especially since it uses PayPal to ensure that payments can be recalled should there be a problem.

For buyers, eBay has a robust filtering system, allowing you to search for exactly what you want, with filters for price, carrier — even color. Of course, eBay still has its roots as an auction house, and that is how some used phones are still sold, but far more of them are sold at set prices. eBay charges sellers, not buyers, to host their listings, so all you need to do is find the right listing and you’re off to the races.

eBay’s best feature is its Money Back Guarantee which, combined with the extensive seller profiles, make it easy to buy with confidence. If there’s an issue with the device, or the shipment, you can apply to get your money back and, within reason, eBay will either cancel the PayPal transaction or, if it’s already gone through, refund you. And seller profiles let you filter potential purchases based on trusted sellers that have been around the block once, ten, or ten thousand times.

Good: Lots of selection with verifiable sellers with a money-back guarantee and buyer protection.

Bad: Potentially high cost of shipping, and you won’t be able to see the device before buying.

Learn more at eBay

Swappa

Swappa began its life as a small Android-based phone buying and selling community, but it’s since expanded to include all mobile devices like iPhones, as well as tablets, Chromebooks and MacBooks.

Swappa works on a set fee structure that’s very different to most other platforms, and this is important: the buyer pays the fee. Most will pay under $20 for the privilege though, which isn’t bad at all, and all payments are done over PayPal, which is incredibly convenient and secure. Why is a buyer fee better for both buyers and sellers? Because it encourages sellers to list their products on Swappa, adding inventory to a service that relies heavily on participation.

Swappa does not physically inspect devices, but it does do a few things to make sure the buyer is getting what he or she pays for: all listings are verified by a human, who ensures that the IMEI is valid and can be activated. All listings must have good quality photos that clearly show any damage, and the quality (fair/good/excellent) should match the photos. And the cost of shipping is included in the price of the listing, which should prevent post-sale price gouging. And because Swappa uses PayPal, all listings are protected, so if a device doesn’t arrive as advertised, buyers have recourse to get their money back.

Finally, Swappa’s prices tend to be lower than many curated services, and because Swappa lists the sale history of phones of the same type you’re likely to get a fair price for the phone in the current market.

Good: Plenty of listings with clear quality guidelines and good prices.

Bad: Buyer pays fee, and there’s no warranty or guaranteed accessories.

Learn more at Swappa

Glyde

Glyde has an interesting business model, somewhere between Swappa and Gazelle. Like Swappa, it’s a user-to-user e-commerce portal but, like Gazelle, it asserts some control over the potential exchange by forcing the seller to use its secure shipping container, and doesn’t release payment to the seller until the buyer receives it. It also promises to refund a disappointed buyer within 72-hours.

Buyers pay no additional fee beyond what is shown on the site, but the inventory is limited to just iPhones and the last few generations of Samsung Galaxy phones.

Good: Lots of choice and buyers have leverage if unhappy with a sale.

Bad: Selection limited to iPhone and Samsung Galaxy. Phones are not inspected beforehand so what you see may not be what you get.

Learn more at Glyde

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Samsung’s flash sale takes $300 off the Galaxy Note 9 today only

The unlocked 128GB model is on sale through midnight EST.

Samsung is holding a flash sale on the unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 9 device today, offering $300 off through midnight EST when you enter promo code SAMSUNG300 during checkout. That’ll bring its price down to $699.99, but only the 128GB models are eligible for this promotion; shipping is free. There is a limit of two devices per customer.

By trading in an eligible device, you can score a bonus of up to $350 off the price of the device instantly! That’s an extra $50 more than what Samsung usually offers for trade-ins. Once all is said and done, and traded in, you could be walking away with the new device for as low as $349.99.

The Galaxy Note 9 is equipped with a huge 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display and features IP68 water resistance. It comes with the S-Pen as well and sports a 4000mAh battery. Basically, the Note 9 is a powerhouse. It usually sells for $999.99 and has never been priced this low until today.

If you have any other questions regarding this device, our review and overview guide should help you find some answers.

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Ditch the nav bar on the latest Samsung phones with One UI

With OneUI and Android Pie, Samsung — like Google and OnePlus — is offering a gesture navigation system option to replace the traditional nav bar if you so choose. Unlike Google and OnePlus, Samsung’s version keeps the Recents “button” alongside Home and Back, and even has two modes to help you ease into your bar-less experience. Whether you want to try the new modes or just want to put your nav buttons back the way you want them, everything lives in one simple menu.

Samsung phones with OneUI

How to adjust your navigation settings in Samsung OneUI

  1. Open the Settings app (gear icon).
  2. Tap Display.
  3. Scroll down and tap Navigation bar.

  4. By default, if you hard-press where the home button normally is on the screen while the screen is off, the screen will wake. To adjust that sensitivity, tap Hard press Home button.
  5. To not skip your lock screen by hard pressing the home button, tap Unlock with Home button to toggle it off.
  6. Tap Full screen gestures to try out Samsung’s gesture navigation system.
  7. Scroll down and tap the Button order you prefer. Samsung traditionally has the nav bar set to [Recents, Home, Back] as opposed to the more normal [Back, Home, Recents] used by most manufacturers.

By default when you swap to full-screen gestures, you’ll still see three slim lines at the bottom of the bar, which help train your fingers as to where each of the nav gestures sit at the bottom of the screen. Once you’re sure you’re comfortable with the gestures, scroll to the bottom of the Navigation bar menu and tap Gesture hints to remove the three lines and give yourself a full-screen experience.

Our pick

Samsung Galaxy S9

$530 at Amazon

Get the latest Samsung navigation at reasonable prices

The Galaxy S10 is almost here, and that’s put the S9 on sale almost everywhere, even though it’s still a top-tier phone with a top-tier screen — without a hole punch in its top corner.

Deep discounts make this flagship even more affordable while still letting you try out Samsung’s new Android 9 Pie and One UI software. While this model is almost year old, it’s by no means outdated.

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Pride and Tribalism [#acpodcast]

Daniel Bader and Andrew Martonik are joined this week by Android Police managing editor David Ruddock! They discuss Amazon’s acquisition of mesh Wi-Fi company, Eero, and why David thinks 5G might be the death of some smartphone companies.

They also look at Samsung’s 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S5e and rumors about several new Galaxy wearables. There are also rumors about Pixel Watch from Google and some not-so-great realities when it comes to the current state of Wear OS.

Rounding things out, the crew discuss the harm caused by clickbait tech sites that publish bad/fake rumors alongside “aggregated” articles from legitimate sources.

Listen now

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Show Notes and Links:

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Score this 6-quart Instant Pot 6-in-1 multicooker discounted by nearly 15%

This highly-praised kitchen essential is at just the right price for gifting.

Amazon has the Instant Pot LUX60 6-quart 6-in-1 multicooker on sale for $69 today. That’s an $11 savings off its regular price, plus the first time it’s been discounted since last year’s Black Friday. It has stellar reviews from 4,500 customers.

This pot is the perfect size for 4 to 6 people. This model has all the normal cooking programs, including pressure cooking, slow cooking, rice cooking, sauteing, steaming, and warming. It also has two additional programs for eggs and cakes. There are additional built-in programs for various foods as well. Basically, if you need to cook something, this thing can probably do it for you.

The latest Instant Pot technology means that you can pressure cook for up to 240 minutes, delay your start time by up to 24 hours, keep warm for 10 hours, and more. Your purchase includes a ton of different accessories as well.

Harness the power of your new kitchen gadget with the Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker cookbook. You may also wnt to pick up a tempered glass lid so you can see what’s going on.

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The best places to buy a refurbished Android phone

Phones are expensive, but they don’t have to be that expensive.

Everyone wants a high-end phone, but the problem is bringing yourself to actually pay the high prices required for one. Some people are happy to pay retail, but others are looking for a deal — and one of the ways to find discounts is to look for refurbished phones.

However, as you’d expect, buying a refurbished phone isn’t as simple as walking into a store and asking for one — it takes a bit more research and understanding. To help you navigate it, we have all of the information you need right here to make a good choice in buying a refurbished phone.

What does ‘refurbished’ mean?

Even though we see “refurbished” thrown around a lot, that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily a standardized term. You may often see it used interchangeably with “recertified,” “reconditioned,” or just “open box” or “pre-owned.” No matter the exact word, it generally refers to a product that was manufactured to sell as new, but for whatever reason was returned to the manufacturer — either by a store, reseller or customer — and is now ready to be sold again. They’re sold at a discount, and that’s why people are interested in them.

The terminology changes, but the idea is the same.

Refurbished devices could have simply been opened and returned to a store, but could have also been returned to the manufacturer for a malfunction that was then fixed before selling again. Most of the time, depending on the country where you’re shopping, a product that was purchased and opened — and possibly not even removed from the packaging or powered on — can no longer be sold as “new” and must be sold as refurbished instead. Stores, resellers, or companies themselves then have to discount the device because it technically isn’t new-in-box and therefore can’t command the same price as a new phone.

Unfortunately, it’s hard to know when shopping for a refurbished phone why exactly the phone has made its way to refurbished status or what was done to the phone to then certify that it was refurbished.

What to look for when shopping refurbished

The issue with refurbished phones is that you don’t necessarily know which of the possible pathways it took to become refurbished in the first place.The truth is you may never know, even after you have the phone in your hands. But there are some good tips to follow when shopping for a refurbished phone.

  • Buy from the original company or reputable store whenever possible. They do the best refurbishing process, and can actually offer some sort of guarantee that the phone is in good, working condition.
  • See what warranty, if any, is offered for the refurbished phones. Some manufacturers will offer a full warranty for refurbished phones, while third parties typically won’t.
  • Read the fine print on the sale — even though it may be hard to find. Most refurbished or open-box phones are sold “as is” with little or no option for returns or refunds.
  • Keep in mind the age of the device you’re looking to buy. Sometimes companies won’t be selling refurbished versions of the latest phones, but instead a model or two older. It may be nicely discounted, but much of that discount is likely due to it just being old.
  • If the price is too good to be true … then it probably is! If you see a retailer selling a late-model “refurbished” phone for something like half the retail price or less, there’s likely some sort of catch you’ve yet to find. Refurbished phones will be cheap, but they won’t be a steal.

Where to buy refurbished

If you’re doing your researched and are ready to buy refurbished, here are some great places to look that often have refurbished, recertified, pre-owned, or open-box phones.

  • Gazelle refurbishes and sells phones it buys from consumers, and offers the last few years of popular devices from Samsung and Google (plus all of the latest iPhone models). This means there’s a small diversity of brands, but a great selection within the most popular ones. If you trade-in your phone before February 28, you’ll get an extra $20 on your $200+ phone, which can make it even easier to buy something new.
  • Best Buy sells refurbished, pre-owned, and open-box phones from a variety of companies at discounts ranging from 10-30% off. Open-box deals in particular are great because they’re typically devices that have just been purchased, opened, and returned, not even used. Because of this, you can often find the latest models of phones for sale, rather than just old models.
  • Samsung sells certified pre-owned devices, typically at least one model year old, at solid but not substantial discounts. The big upside of buying from Samsung directly is getting a full one-year warranty as if you bought it new.
  • Amazon has a “renewed” refurbished electronics section where you can find many last-generation devices at solid discounts. There’s more variety of conditions, though, and it isn’t always clear exactly what you’re going to get when buying because the products come from a variety of companies that don’t follow the same refurbishing process.
  • Amazon Warehouse is often a better choice for discounted phones. Warehouse doesn’t technically have “refurbished” phones, but instead sells opened-and-returned brand new (or gently used) products, which can be found at similar discounts to refurbs — but Warehouse has more latest-generation devices to choose from.
  • Verizon has certified pre-owned devices, but the selection is small and isn’t always the best deal. For the most part, it only sells pre-owned Samsung phones. Buying certified from the carrier gives you a bit of security, though, as Verizon will guarantee you’re getting a working device and offers a 90-day warranty.
  • T-Mobile sometimes sells certified pre-owned devices at deep discounts, but stock fluctuates regularly and is generally limited to Samsung and/or LG phones when available. The carrier will also offer similar support to that of a brand new device, so you do have a safety net there.
  • AT&T technically has certified pre-owned phones, but they’re only available online and at any given time you may find just one or two low-end models. You’re likely better off buying an unlocked refurbished phone elsewhere.
  • Sprint lands in the same situation as the other carriers, offering certified pre-owned phones but often just one or two models — usually from Samsung —available depending on when you look.

Do your research, pick the right store and compare prices before buying, and you’re likely to come away with a good phone at a better price than you would ever find on a new-in-box phone.

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Enhance your cord cutting lifestyle with $40 off the Tablo Dual Lite DVR

Say bye to cable.

The Tablo Dual Lite over-the-air Wi-Fi DVR is down to $99.99 on Amazon right now, though this is a deal that’s valid for Prime members only! If you’re not yet a member, you can start a free 30-day trial to become eligible. This deal matches one we saw back in December but haven’t seen since. The Dual Lite usually sells for around $140. Amazon is price-matching a deal at Best Buy, so you can grab it there as well if you’re not a Prime member.


If you’ve left your cable subscription behind and mostly watch TV using an HDTV antenna like this one, you should consider the Tablo. It works with your over-the-air antenna to add some DVR functionality so you can record your favorite shows and watch them whenever you want. It’s called the Dual because it can record two live shows simultaneously. With the DVR, you can browse upcoming shows, schedule and manage your recordings, sort them by episode or series, skip commercials, and rewind. It connects to your home network via Wi-Fi and has a free app you can access from just about anywhere, including iOS, Android, and streaming devices like the Roku.

The Dual Lite is the most basic of the Tablo lineup, which you can read more about here. You will need to add an external hard drive up to 8TB like the WD My Passport 1TB drive if you want to record shows locally.

Tablo does have a subscription service that will give you 14 days of access to future programming through a guide, different views and filters for all your shows, and out-of-home streaming. It costs $4.99 a month or $150 for a lifetime

Tablo continues to add new features like surround sound all the time, so these boxes only grow in value.

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