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Best Black Friday Electronics Ads: Free Smartphones, iPod touch at New Low

$1 smartphones, stocking-stuffer cameras, and a $39 Roku are why gadgets rule Black Friday sales.

Black Friday is a gadget lover's dream come true, but with so many sales and discounts, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. To help you sort through all the ads, we've gathered some of the best gadget deals we've seen to date from cheap stocking stuffers to new iPods, and beyond!


  • Apple iPhone 5C for AT&T or Verizon with a $75 Gift Card for $45 at Walmart
    Any deal where you can score an iPhone 5C and walk away with a $30 profit is a good deal to us. Assuming you use the gift card in this offer, not only is your iPhone on Walmart's tab, but you'll also get a $75 gift card to boot. Subtract the $45 you spent and you've just made $30.

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 for AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon for free at Best Buy
    There are hundreds of Android smartphones on the market, but the undisputed king remains the Galaxy S4. Best Buy is offering this phone for free (with a 2-year contract renewal) starting Thanksgiving Day at 6 pm. That's $100 under the best deal we've seen and a bargain you simply cannot beat. Need a little more time to digest your turkey? Staples is offering the S4 for AT&T and Verizon customers for a penny starting at 8 pm also on Thanksgiving Day.

  • HTC One 4G Android Smartphone for Sprint for $0.97 at Sam's Club
    If you're a Sam's Club member (or know someone who is), you can score the HTC One 4G Android Smartphone for a buck. That's $19 under the best price we've seen for this phone.

Digital Cameras

  • Canon PowerShot SX160 16-Megapixel Digital Camera for $79 at Walmart
    Once a hot item during the holidays, digital cameras have now become an after-thought. But with their ultra-cheap prices, they're also the perfect gift for budding photographers who aren't quite ready for an SLR upgrade. Case in point: this 16MP PowerShot SX160 is a full $46 under our best mention and a great gift for that budding photographer. Plus, this has been a popular model with our own readers.

  • Canon PowerShot A2500 16MP Digital Camera for $80 at Radio Shack
    Is your smartphone camera just not good enough these days? This 16MP PowerShot is $6 under our best mention and the cheapest price we've seen for this camera. Even better, this deal can also be found at Staples and OfficeMax.

  • Canon A3500 16MP 5x Digital Camera with WiFi for $80 at Target
    Prefer to shoot with a larger LCD? For the same price, Target offers the similarly-built A3500, which packs a 3.5" LCD to the A2500's 2.7" LCD, although you do lose some battery life with the larger LCD.

  • Nikon D3200 24.2-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera with 2 lenses for $500 at Dell Home
    Although we've seen refurb kits for as low as $369, this is the best price we've seen for a factory-sealed unit complete with two lenses.

Music/Video Players & Accessories

  • 5th Generation Apple iPod touch 16GB MP3 Player with $50 Gift Card for $229 at Target
    Although $229 is list price for this current-gen iPod touch, it's the bundled $50 gift card that makes this deal worth it. Assuming you use the card, you're getting the new iPod touch for a mere $179. If you don't mind paying an extra buck (and braving your way through a store-full of crazed moms and dads), Toys "R" Us is offering the same deal (with a $50 Toys "R" Us gift card) for $230.

  • Sylvania 7" Portable DVD Player for $38 at Walmart
    Need something to entertain the kids, but don't have the budget for a tablet? This portable DVD player features a 7" screen and is tied with last year's mention as the cheapest price we've seen for this player.

  • Roku HD Streaming Video Player for $39 at Walmart
    Every year we've been disappointed by mediocre Roku deals on Black Friday. And while we're unsure which Roku model is mentioned here, at $39 it's still the cheapest factory-sealed Roku unit we've ever seen.

  • Beats by Dr. Dre Solo HD On-Ear Headphones for $115 at Walmart
    Outside of a few refurb mentions, these are the cheapest Beats On-Ear Headphones we've seen by $25. They also trump Target's Black Friday price of $119 for the same set of designer cans.

If any more smokin' hot electronics deals pop up in the next couple of days, we'll update this post, so come on back! Also, be sure to check out all of our Black Friday deals where you'll find more ad analyses as the ads are released.

Senior Features Writer

With over a decade of experience covering technology, Louis Ramirez has written for CNET, Laptop, Gizmodo, and various other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @louisramirez.
Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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The Galaxy S4 in the Staples Ad applies only to AT&T and Verison. No mention of Sprint in the Black Friday ad itself... Guess I'm left fighting the mob at Best Buy.
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