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31 Cyber Monday 2020 Phone and Tablet Deals We Love

Our final update: Cyber Monday has ended. If you're sale hunting, we've collected the best Cyber Monday deals still available (as of December 1). As always, we hope we helped you sift through the sales madness and find great products. Check our Holiday Buying Guides for the latest recommendations.

Need a new phone? Or maybe a tablet for binge-watching one more episode of The Mandalorian before bed? The good news is the best phones and tablets are on sale for Cyber Monday. We’ve rounded up our favorite deals, as well as discounts on top smartwatches and other accessories.

Note: We strike through items that sell out or are no longer at their deal price as of publishing. Discounts sometimes return, so check for yourself. We will update this guide throughout the weekend.

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Updated November 30: We updated pricing, struck-out sold-out retailers, brought back deals that came back into stock, and added the Amazon Kindle Kids Edition e-reader.

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Tablet Deals

Check out our Best iPads, Best Fire Tablets, and Best Tablets guides for more picks.

★ Best Value—Amazon Fire 10-Inch Tablets ($40-$70 off)

Amazon Fire HD 10 for $80 ($70 off)

Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition for $130 ($70 off)

Whether you want to watch some movies before bed, or want to get your kid their first screen, Amazon's Fire tablets are cheap and good enough. They're best for folks subscribed to Amazon services like Prime Video. The Fire HD 10 is the biggest model available, with an HD screen that's good for watching videos. It operates well and uses USB-C to charge. Just know that you can't access the Google Play Store on it, so not every Android app is available. The Kids Edition comes with a case and a two-year worry-free guarantee; Amazon will replace the tablet for free if your kid breaks it.

Kindle Kids Edition for $80 ($30 off)


Set your kids up for a lifelong love of reading with the Kids Edition Kindle, which got a 7/10, WIRED Recommends for its two-year free replacement program. It comes with a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+, and there are no games, ads, or voice assistants to draw your kids' attention away. Amazon is currently backordered until late December or later, depending on the cover color.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite for $250 ($100 off)

Best Buy, B&H

The Tab S6 Lite is noticeably slower than many tablets, though it's powerful enough to get by if you mostly use it for browsing social media, reading, or watching movies and TV. A stylus is included in this one as well.

★ Luxe Pick—iPad Pro (2020) for $749 ($50 off)


The 11-inch iPad Pro is the best luxury iPad, and the size is just right—not too small, not too big. It's immensely powerful with the A12Z Bionic chip inside, and cursor support in iPadOS paired with the large screen real-estate make it a machine you can easily bang out some work on. It supports the second-generation Apple Pencil (with its much better magnetic wireless recharging system), and not only is the screen exquisite, but the speakers may be the best you'll find on a tablet. At Amazon, the iPad Pro is backordered until late January.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ for $699 ($150 off)

Amazon, $B&H, $750 at Best Buy

If you want a powerful Android tablet that can handle light work and be a mobile media center, look no further than the Galaxy Tab S7+. The 120-Hz OLED screen is stunning, the tablet has great speakers, and a stylus is included. Snag a keyboard cover if you want to spend a lot of time typing; just know that the desktop PC experience is nowhere near as refined as a Mac or Windows computer.

You can get a very similar experience with the smaller Tab S7 for $500 ($150 off). The screen is an LCD panel and not an OLED, which is the main difference outside of size; it's not as nice, but it doesn't disappoint.

Phone Deals

Check out our Best Android Phones, Best Cheap Phones, and Best iPhones guides for more recommendations. And please note that our favorite Android phone is the Google Pixel 4A ($350). It's still the best deal going.

★ Best Camera—Google Pixel 5 for $650 ($50 off)

Amazon, Best Buy (Choose Unlocked), Google Store

The Pixel 5 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is our top choice among Android phones if camera quality is your main criterion. The main 12-megapixel camera reliably shoots detailed photos with natural colors, and a mode called Night Sight brightens up scenes in low light. There's an ultrawide camera this year that's just as good too. The rest of the phone is problem-free, with great performance, a 90-Hz OLED screen, 5G, day-long battery life, and a compact aluminum frame that's water-resistant and supports wireless charging. At Best Buy, you can score $100 extra off this phone on Verizon or AT&T, or $200 off on Sprint (with a new line), if you activate it at the time of purchase, although the savings come in the form of monthly bill credits. Also, if this deal appears sold out, try selecting different color options—it may just be the color you're viewing that's sold out.

★ Runner Up—Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition for $550 ($150 off)

Amazon, Best Buy (Choose Unlocked), $650 from Samsung

Samsung's latest flagship is the runner up in our Best Android Phones guide. Why? You get the best of the Galaxy S20 from earlier this year for several hundred dollars less. It runs super fast thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, the high-end chip in all high-end Android phones this year, and the battery comfortably lasts all day. The 120-Hz OLED screen is sharp and colorful, and the phone has a reliable triple-camera system for great photos. The back is made of plastic, and it has water resistance and wireless charging.

If you do want to pay up for the S20 with its slightly better cameras, screen, and glass body, it's also on sale for $750 ($250 off).

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra for $1,050 ($250 off)

Amazon, Best Buy (Choose Unlocked), $1,149 from Samsung

Want a stylus with your phone? Samsung makes the best pen-phone combo (nearly the only one). The massive Note 20 Ultra (8/10, WIRED Recommends) has a sprawling 6.9-inch screen, and the S Pen stylus is tucked away for you to pull out for scribbling or marking up documents. It's one of the most powerful Android phones around with the Snapdragon 865+ processor, and it delivers great battery life, 5G, excellent cameras, and all the bells and whistles you'd want. If you buy it directly from Samsung, you can get a chunk extra off the phone if you trade in an eligible device.

Samsung Galaxy A71 5G for $500 ($100 off)

$480 at Amazon, Best Buy (Choose Unlocked), $550 from Samsung

There are better phones, even at this discounted price (like the Google Pixel 4A 5G), but if you want to stick with Samsung, the A71 5G is solid. It runs well, delivers more than a day of battery life, and has perks like expandable storage and a headphone jack. However, it doesn't have the brightest screen, the cameras aren't amazing, and there's no water resistance or wireless charging.

OnePlus 8, with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB Storage, for $580 ($120 off)

B&H, $599 at OnePlus

Both the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro (8/10, WIRED Recommends) are excellent phones, but our main issue has been their high prices. With this discount, the OnePlus 8 is a better buy. You get a sharp 90-Hz OLED screen, 5G support, and the same flagship power you'll find on the Samsung above. The triple-camera system is capable, but there's no water resistance or wireless charging. If you want those latter two features, the OnePlus 8 Pro is also on sale for $800 ($100 off).

Motorola Edge for $400 ($300 off)

$640 at Amazon, $395 at Best Buy (Choose Unlocked), Motorola

This phone has good performance, a two-day battery, and a large, edge-to-edge 6.7-inch OLED screen. I didn't like the Edge's waterfall display, where the screen bleeds into the edges, because it's easy to accidentally press the screen while you hold the phone, but it certainly looks cool. Plus, it's a 90-Hz panel, so content looks wonderfully fluid (that's rare at this price). You also get a headphone jack! The cameras are good, though they're lackluster in low light. It's also a shame there's no wireless charging or water resistance, but the absence of those things is easy to ignore for $400.

Moto G Stylus for $200 ($100 off)

Amazon, Best Buy (Choose Unlocked), B&H

The Moto G Stylus wasn't a good value when it launched, but it makes much more sense at this lower price. Its performance and screen are satisfactory, the battery lasts two days, and the software is uncluttered. The cameras aren't great in low light, and you probably won't use the included stylus, because Motorola's palm rejection tech is poor. Also, there's no NFC on this phone, so you can't use contactless payment systems like Google Pay.

If you want to spend even less, the Moto G Power for $175 ($75 off) is a similar phone with a lesser camera, but the battery lasts three full days. There's also the Moto G Fast for $145 ($55 off), which offers a lot of phone for very, very little. Another good cheap phone I'm testing right now? The Nokia 5.3, which gets two years of Android upgrades and three years of security updates (well more than what you get with Motorola). It's down to $167 ($33 off).

TCL 10 Pro for $315 ($135 off)

Amazon (Click the Coupon Button), Best Buy (Choose Unlocked), B&H

The TCL 10 Pro looks and feels like it should cost a lot more. The ultra-modern OLED screen is bright enough to see outdoors, performance is great, plus you get a headphone jack, MicroSD card slot, and NFC for contactless payments. The camera is its weak point; it's OK, just not as good as the $350 Pixel 4A's.

The even cheaper TCL 10L is also discounted to $175 ($75 off), and it's a good phone if you don't plan on taking lots of pictures.

Smartwatch Deals

Read our Best Fitness Trackers, Best Apple Watch, and Best Smartwatches guides to learn more about these categories.

Apple Watch Series 6 for $350 ($50 off)

Amazon, Target ($380), Walmart

The Apple Watch Series 6 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is the smartwatch to get if you have an iPhone. It's attractive, has a wealth of health features like blood oxygen measuring and an electrocardiogram, plus you can text your friends back without picking up your phone. Sleep tracking is also available, but you'll need to recharge the watch before bed to make sure it lasts the night.

The Apple Watch SE is also discounted to $289 ($20 off) at Amazon and Best Buy. It doesn't have the added health features like blood oxygen measuring.

Read our guide to Apple Watches to learn more.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 for $339 ($60 off)

Amazon, Target, Walmart, Best Buy, B&H

I'm still reviewing the Galaxy Watch 3. So far, it's my favorite smartwatch if you don't own an iPhone. It goes toe-to-toe with the Apple Watch on many features—it even has an electrocardiogram (only works if you have a Samsung phone) and blood oxygen tracking. It has a fun rotating bezel that makes navigation easy, and the battery lasts two days if you turn off the always-on display. The watch can track sleep too, and it's round, which I like. There are two size options: 41 millimeters, or 45 mm for $30 more.

Fossil Gen 5E for $169 ($80 off)

Amazon (Men's), Amazon (Women's), Fossil ($149)

I'm just about to start testing Fossil's latest Wear OS by Google smartwatch. It can track your sleep, respond to notifications, track your fitness and heart rate, make contactless payments, and take calls via the built-in mic and speaker. On the inside, it's a little dated. It runs the slightly older Wear 3100 processor, so I don't recommend buying it if you intend on using it for anything more than checking notifications and tracking your heart rate or steps. (There are Wear OS watches with the significantly better 4100 chip coming next year.)

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 for $180 ($70 off)

Amazon, Target, Walmart, B&H

This is a great, affordable smartwatch that can deliver you notifications and track your fitness metrics. It shares many of the same sensors as the Watch3 but with a slimmer and lighter design. Some functionality is limited on iOS (the same is true for the Watch3 above), but its battery lasts two to three days on a single charge.

Skagen Falster 3 Stylish Smartwatch for $199 ($96 off)

Amazon, Skagen

To me, this is the prettiest smartwatch around. I'm a sucker for simple designs, and the Falster 3 tugs at my strings more than any other. It runs the same chip as the Wear OS watch above, so the same advice stands.

Casio PRT-B50 Semi-Smart Watch for $130 ($70 off)


This smartwatch won't give you notifications from your phone, but it tracks steps and automatically adjusts the time to wherever you are in the world. It also has a compass, and you can get altitude, temperature, and barometric readings. Connect it to an app and you can drop markers, so you can quickly make it back to camp (or your parking spot).

Accessory Deals

  • Aukey 65W 2-Port Fast Charger for $30 ($8 off): This small power adapter packs a lot of power. It's enough to recharge your MacBook, or you can use it to juice up two smartphones quickly. The 100-W version is also on sale for $37 ($13 off) if you need to recharge your laptop and smartphone at the same time (use 2LP4P4WH and clip the coupon). The deal is available only on the white version.

  • Samsung 256 GB MicroSD Card for $25 ($10 off): Samsung makes pretty good MicroSD cards from our experience. This one's 100MB/s transfer speed is fast enough for typical applications, and 256 GB of storage room is more than enough to help your phone last a couple years without running out of memory.

  • SanDisk 512 GB Dual Drive Luxe USB Flash Drive for $63 ($21 off): If you need more room—a lot more room—for storing files, try a flash drive. You won't want to leave it plugged into your device as you use it, but you can offload files onto it periodically to free up space on your device's internal storage or your MicroSD card. It has both USB-C and USB-A connectors, so you can transfer files between your computer and smartphone or table without an adapter, and it has a fast transfer speed of 150 MB/s.

  • Samsung 128 GB USB Flash Drive for $23 ($7 off): It's not a black hole of file storage at only 128 GB, but its stand-out feature is its very fast 300 MB/s transfer speed. Backing up files from your phone or sending files to it takes a fraction of the time it would take with a typical flash drive. It also has USB-C and USB-A connections on either end, so it'll work with any computer, smartphone, or tablet you come across.

  • Otterbox and Lifeproof Cases are 25 percent off: Otterbox is known for its durable cases (and it's one of the few accessory-makers with MagSafe cases). Its sub-brand Lifeproof makes great eco-friendly cases if the environment is top-of-mind for you.

  • Totallee Phone Cases are Buy Two Items, Get the Third Free: Use the promo code THIRD to see the deal. Totallee's known for its ultra-thin cases. Don't expect them to protect your phone from a 6-foot drop, but it will help repel everyday scratches and scuffs.

  • Moment Phone Cases for 50 percent off: The deal doesn't apply to the new iPhone 12 range. Moment's cases offer good protection for select phones and let you attach tiny camera lenses to improve your photography. The camera lenses are also $20 to $40 off, and a great many other items are on sale.

  • Nomad iPhone Cases for 30-50 percent off: I like Nomad's leather cases, and many of them are discounted now. Nomad also has a lot of other sales, like Kevlar USB cables for as low as $20 and discounted Apple Watch straps.

  • Nimble Disc iPhone Case for $28 ($12 off): This is in our Best iPhone 12 Cases guide, and it's eco-friendly! It's made out of 100 percent recycled CDs and DVDs. Nimble is also offering discounts on its cables, and their wireless chargers are on sale for as low as $35.

  • Nomad Base Station Pro for $160 ($70 off): If you want a nicer wireless charger, this is one of the best. It uses new wireless charging technology that lets you place your phone or earbuds case anywhere on the mat to charge. No need to find the sweet spot. You can read more about it here. It's backordered currently until mid-December.

  • PopSockets Sale: 25 percent off: Phone grips make good, small holiday gifts. PopSockets has a sale running sitewide, so it’s a good time to pick up a new grip if yours is grubby. All of these options are around $11 or less. Shipping is free on orders over $20. This is a one-day deal.

  • Ampere HyperCube Wireless Charger for $100 ($70 off): This is a great gadget for when we can go back to traveling again. It’s a wireless charger that can charge three devices simultaneously, or you can put it into its cube position and turn it into an alarm clock. It also doubles as a night light, and can play ambient sounds to lull you to sleep. When you’re done with it, it packs down and barely takes up any room in a backpack. You'll see the sale price once you add it to your cart.

  • iOttie iON Wireless Duo Charger for $40 ($10 off): This simple wireless charger currently sits on my nightstand. Use it to wirelessly recharge two devices. I put my phone on the stand and my wireless earbuds on the pad. The LED indicator lights aren’t too bright.

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