Google Home Now Just $99 for a Limited Time!

November 23 has arrived and that means Google Home is officially discounted for a limited time during this Black Friday deals week to $99. That’s a cool $30 discount on the brand new home assistant.

Need a refresher on what Google Home is and can do? The unboxing and setup below should help, but think of it a lot like Amazon Echo. You get to control portions of your smart home with voice actions and Google Assistant, set reminders or timers, check traffic, order an Uber, look up information, play games, check on the weather, and listen to music, just to name a few items. I’ve got a couple in my house and use them multiple times per day already. At $99, they are a steal.

A bunch of retailers all have them discounted and they are linked below.

Google Home Links:  VerizonBest Buy | Walmart | Target | Google Store  (more…)

Google WiFi Pre-Orders Now Live!

Google WiFi pre-orders are now live for those interested in Google’s “smart” router system. At this time, Google is offering up 1-Pack or 3-Pack options depending on your needs.

As a recap, Google WiFi is a “mesh” router system that helps blanket your entire house with WiFi. Instead of having a single wireless router in your office or kitchen that can’t stretch to your upstairs or back bedroom, a system like this allows you to help reach those areas. It’s a bit modular in that you can add on Google WiFi units as needed, depending on the size of your home. (more…)

DEAL: Best Buy has the Moto X Pure Edition on Sale for $250

Sure, the Moto X Pure Edition is over a year old and we don’t know how long Motorola will continue to support it, but if you are in need of a really solid phone on the cheap, it’s not a bad option. At just $249.99 through Best Buy, you can own a brand new Moto X Pure Edition with 32GB of storage.

The phone is fully unlocked and works on all major carriers (including Verizon). It also has a 5.7-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 808 processor, 21MP rear camera, microSD slot, and front-facing stereo speakers. Again, it’s not a new release, but it’s a decent one, especially when you consider the clean, almost “pure” Android experience.

If interested, be sure to check out our Moto X Pure Edition review as well.

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5 Reasons the Pixel and Pixel XL are Worth Buying

If you decided that reading the 4,000 or so words in our Pixel and Pixel XL review wasn’t something you had time for, maybe this post will give you a quicker overview that will get you on your way to making a purchasing decision. Like we have done with most flagships this year, we have 5 straight forward reasons you may want to pick up one of Google’s new flagship offerings.

From the excellent camera to the best-in-Android software experience, there is a lot to like with the Pixel and Pixel XL, even if they are missing a few features, like true water resistance and an SD card slot. I don’t know that I would call either the “perfect” Android phone, but they sure are my favorites at the moment.

Here are 5 reasons the Pixel and Pixel XL are worth buying.  (more…)

DEAL: Buy Moto Z DROID at Best Buy, Get a $250 Gift Card

With no Galaxy Note 7 for you to spend money on coupled with the chance that our list of solid replacement choices might not be for everyone, we have another smartphone option for your consideration – the Moto Z DROID at Best Buy. Why? Because if you buy this modular wonder from Best Buy on a payment plan or contract, they will hand you a $250 gift card to be spent on whatever.

The Moto Z DROID, for those not familiar, is Moto’s newest flagship that is compatible with Moto Mods (our full review). Moto Mods are modules that can add functionality to or improve the experience of the Moto Z, like a projector, external speaker, and battery pack. It’s by no means a flawless device, but it’s a solid device that is of flagship quality. Is it better than the Galaxy S7? I don’t think so, but you may, especially if you find Moto Mods to be appealing.

Right now, the phone can be had for 24 monthly payments of $26 or with a 2-year contract and $201 up front.

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Pixel XL at Best Buy is About $26 Cheaper, Comes With $100 Gift Card and Free Chromecast

Who has the best deal on the Pixel XL? Best Buy does. Since pre-orders first opened up, Best Buy has been selling the bigger Pixel at a $26 discount over Google and Verizon. How do they get away with that? I don’t know and I don’t really care.

If you pre-order the Pixel XL from the electronics retailer, you’ll pay $31 per month, which amounts to a total of $744 over 24 months. The same phone at Google and Verizon is $32.08 per month. That may not be a substantial savings, but 26 bucks is 26 bucks.

Best Buy is also tossing in a $100 Best Buy gift card and a free Chromecast with purchase (not the Ultra, just the regular).

Best Buy Links: Pixel XL (Silver) | Pixel XL (Black)  (more…)