Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (US version) TOOS at Amazon

The US version with US warranty, factory unlocked, of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 flagship smartphone with its dual OIS back cameras, in the Orchid Gray color scheme is now at the all-encompassing “Temporarily out of stock” status at Amazon, sold and shipped by Amazon itself. This is a step in the right direction (over Pre-Order status without a date) but still not a concrete date. But it’s getting there!

Meanwhile the B&H Photo listings remain in “New Item – Coming Soon” condition. Note that the B&H page has a mix of North American and International variants, so make sure you are looking at the correct model you are interested in.

Speaking of flagships, the Essential Phone is now down to $599 (from $699) in both color schemes, in the new condition factory unlocked with USA warranty model.

BANG FOR THE BUCK ALTERNATIVE

This if you want an uber flagship smartphone. If not, for the same price, you can buy 3-4 units of the Moto G5 Plus with “all carrier” support (the Big Four in the US market) for $240 with Prime Lockscreen Ads or for $300 Factory Unlocked. Note [no pun intended] that the $185/$235 model is with 2GB RAM / 32GB storage, while this $240/$300 model is with 4GB RAM / 64GB storage. The extra RAM is more important, especially if you plan on keeping/using the phone throughout its lifecycle, since apps get more and more bloated as time goes by (even if you don’t upgrade to a newer OS version).

Refurbished Samsung WB1100F superzoom for $150, DJI Phantom 3 Standard for $314, Etc

NewEgg launched what they call the Ultimate Refurbished Sale and it includes:

+ manufacturer refurbished DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter Aircraft with 3-Axis Gimbal and 2.7k CamerA for $314
+ sold by the official DJI store on NewEgg
+ limit three per customer

+ various refurbished Parrot drones prices ranging from $20 to $70

+ some $100-ish refurbished Chromebooks in the middle of the page

+ and a blast from the past towards the bottom, the refurbished red Samsung WB1100F superzoom for $150 by RedTagCamera thru NewEgg (35x optical zoom)

Pre-order the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Per the Mobile OS Fairness Doctrine, having mentioned the new iPhones, we now have to mention the flagship Android phone with its dual OIS cameras, which, what a coincidence, is also available for pre-order!

FACTORY UNLOCKED

If you prefer factory unlocked, with USA warranty and no carrier strings attached, you can get it for $930 in two color options at B&H Photo and Amazon itself.

Samsung’s own store offers it both factory unlocked, and also in six carrier configurations (the Big Four, plus US Cellular and Comcast/Xfinity) for $930. They also have an optional $300 Trade-In Promotion of qualifying/eligible trade-in phones.

UPDATE: if you are a fan of eBay shopping, they have a variety of listings. Keep in mind, eBay is an open marketplace with all kinds of product conditions and authorized dealer status and international models and such, so be sure to scrutinize each listing before buying!

CARRIER OFFERS

Carriers have a variety of offers with their terms and conditions and restrictions and pitfalls, so be sure to read and understand them before jumping aboard a particular carrier…

There are also some promotions that get you free accessories with early pre-orders. Check each carrier’s various options for details.

AT&T offers a 30-month installment plan with 0% APR on approved credit and such, for $31.67 per month. They have an up to $300 trade-in promotion, fineprint buried at the bottom of that page.

T-Mobile offers an old fashioned “Buy One, Get One FREE” promotion, with their own set of prerequisites and requirements for the promotion.

SPRINT has a “Switch to Sprint” promotion that is $20 per month on the 18-month Sprint FLEX Lease program with monthly bill credits on approved credit, with their prerequisites and restrictions. Note that this is a lease promotion, not a purchase promotion.

Verizon Wireless has a Trade-IN promotion that gets you up to 50% off Galaxy Note 8 with select trade-ins and a monthly payment plan and with other requirements. The 50% off is reserved for ten models (S7*, S8*, iPhone 7*, Pixel XL, etc), while the 35% off is with previous previous generation flagships, and 25% off is three times previous generation models.

Samsung PRO 850 Series 2.5″ Internal SATA III SSD sale: 256GB for $120, 512GB for $212, Etc

SSD time once again because the data must flow, and flow, and faster and faster it must flow πŸ˜‰ The new condition Samsung 850 PRO series of Internal SATA III 2.5-inch SSDs is on sale in the various storage denominations at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of up to three units per storage option per customer. The 256GB goes for $120, the 512GB for $212, the 1TB for $421, and the 2TB for $898. Each one also has an option to come bundled with a Mount Bundle for +$7.

UPDATE: corrected link!

Pre-order new 49″ Samsung 32:9 Curved 4K 144 Hz FreeSync HDR LCD Monitor

If you are a fan of state of the art really-really wide monitors, the new 49″ Samsung 32:9 Curved 4K 144 Hz FreeSync HDR LCD Monitor is now available for pre-ordering for $1500 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo with a late July 2017 release estimate.

Speaking of Samsung, their Samsung Gear 360 VR camera is on sale for $110 with free shipping with up to three units per customer. This is the US version with US warranty.

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 for $425 with Trade-IN or $575 without [add $100 for S8+]

Samsung too joined the dual camera party with the Samsung Galaxy S8 flagship introduction. And the prices are dropping. You can now get the Galaxy S8 phone in new condition, unlocked, with USA warranty and no carrier obligations for $575 at B&H Photo and the Samsung website. Make sure you are looking at the US variant if you are switching between colors and such.

On the other hand, if you have an older ex-flagship smartphone that are willing to part with, the samsung website has a $150 off trade-in promotion that would drop the price to $425. Only specific Samsung, iPhones, Pixels and LG phones are eligible for the trade-in promotion.

There is also a parallel promotion on the Galaxy S8+ going for $675 unlocked, or for $525 with a qualifying trade-in at the Samsung website.

PS: note also (yes, pun intended) that the Galaxy Note 8 is expected to be revealed August 23 in 2017 but it’s likely going to be closer to four figures unlocked when it starts rolling out.

Samsung Gear 360 VR Camera for $110

If you are part of the Samsung ecosystem, the new condition Samsung Gear 360 VR Camera is on sale $110 with free shipping at Groupon Goods until 7/18/17… Speaking of Groupon, they are currently running a Black Friday Bonanza sale. Because they already used up their Gunsmoke and Love Boat themes? πŸ˜‰

If you are planning to place a $34.99+ order (to get free shipping), they have $7 Lens-Shaped Coffee Cups.

Samsung EVO Select U3 MicroSD cards: 128GB for $45, 64GB for $23, 32GB for $13

If you are a fan of the green Samsung EVO Select U3 microSD memory cards, the whole line-up (except for the 256GB) is on sale and in-stock and shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself: the 32GB goes for $13, the 64GB goes for $23, and the 128GB goes for $45. You can buy as many as you like. Free shipping for Prime members or with a $35+ order.

For more Amazon action, check our Prime Day Situation Room which will continue throughout the Prime Day 2017 festivities.

Samsung Chromebook Plus Convertible Touch Laptop drops to $379

Temptation time! The Samsung Chromebook PLUS (PLUS = ARM processor; PRO = Intel) Convertible Touch Laptop, model XE513C24-K01US, is on sale for $379 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of up to three per customer.

Of interest if you want a multi-purpose device, as you get a ChromeOS laptop that can officially run Android apps through Google PLAY, a touchscreen display, a built-in and included Samsung stylus (S-Pen), a non-widescreen aspect ratio, a 360-degree rotating screen, and more.

This will not replace a Photoshop machine, but you can use it for all kinds of other tasks. Also handy when on assignment or when working with others, you can put it in Guest mode or they can login with their own Google account and pick up quickly from where they left off.

The PRO (Intel) model remains at $550 and was the one that got delayed because of hardware and software issues.

PS: I don’t know if the included S-Pen is compatible with (or which) other Samsung devices that have their own version of the S-Pen (phones, tablets, laptops, etc).

PS2: one lesser known feature of ChromeOS is that you can login with multiple Google accounts at the same time and switch between them as needed. You don’t have to login and logout all the time. Handy if you use it for both personal and work, or have one account with paid subscriptions (eg YouTube RED or Music All Access or extra Google Drive storage).

Factory Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8+ for $700 with USA warranty

The official Samsung eBay store (yes, almost everyone is on eBay these days), is offering the factory unlocked new condition Samsung Galaxy S8+ (Plus; the larger model), model SM-G955U, in the Midnight Black color scheme, with 64GB on-board storage, for $700 with free shipping and a Samsung USA warranty. Limit up to five per customer.

You own the phone and you can use it on any carrier, it is one of only a few smartphones that are what I call “uber carrier”, they work with all four major USA carriers (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile) and their various MVNOs. There are many benefits to getting an unlocked no-contract phone, but historically Samsung has not been giving their previous unlocked flagship phones OS updates as fast as they did the carrier-branded ones. There’s only one unlocked color at the moment.

On the other hand, if you want an “uber carrier” phone without breaking the bank, B&H Photo comes to the rescue! They offer the Motorola Moto G (4th Generation) for $160 in the 2GB RAM / 16 GB storage) option, or for $200 you can get a better value/performance combo with the 4GB / 64 GB storage. RAM being the more important factor as you have a lot more flexibility in terms of multi-tasking and using big apps.

Orderable Again: Samsung Chromebook PRO for $550

If you are a boldly going early adopter, the Samsung Chromebook PRO is orderable again for $550 at Amazon by Amazon itself. It had returned a few days ago but then quickly became un-orderable again. But as of the time of writing, this is orderable again in the all-encompassing “temporarily out of stock” status.

The difference between this and the $436 PLUS model is that the PRO has an Intel processor versus ARM of the PLUS.

More details on what caused the delays and their plans for the future of the ChromeOS + Android marriage can be found in this Google I/O 2017 Verge post. It turns out the delays were a mix of software and hardware:

“The Chromebook Pro hardware itself needed to be redesigned. Issues with the thermals and antennas meant some things had to get shifted around. Google itself handles the software stack, so it needed to tweak that software as Samsung tweaked the hardware.”

Of photography interest is the combination of the S-Pen (for retouching and such), touchscreen, combination of Android and ChromeOS apps and options, a 3:2 QHD screen (if you prefer to work in this aspect ratio), and such.

Note however that it may take a few weeks/months before everything gels as Android apps are in Beta. On the plus side, it is on a six week update cycle, so fixes will definitely come faster than they do with Android phones.

If I wasn’t a poor blogger I would scoop this up πŸ™‚ Please feel free to send me one πŸ™‚

In-Stock Now: Samsung Gear 360 4K Spherical VR Camera (2017 Version)

The new Samsung Gear 360 4K Spherical VR Camera (2017 Version) is now in-stock and ready to ship for $230 at Adorama and B&H Photo and Verizon Wireless.

Note that Verizon Wireless has a limited time promotion that gets you a $50 prepaid VISA gift card if you spend $200+ using coupon code 50BACK. Since this is priced at $230, you are eligible for the prepaid VISA gift card. This offer ends 5/29/17.

Another offer running at Verizon Wireless also mentioned under “Description”, gets you the Gear 360 for just $50 IF you purchase it TOGETHER with either the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the S8+ smartphones from Verizon.

250GB Samsung T3 Portable External SSD (USB 3.1) for $100

If you are a fan of Samsung’s external SSDs, the 250GB Samsung T3 Portable External SSD (USB 3.1, model MU-PT250B/AM) is currently on sale for $100 with free shipping at Amazon and Samsung’s store and by NewEgg on eBay and B&H Photo.

Speaking of storage, the 3TB Seagate BarraCuda SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Hard Drive (ST3000DM008) is on sale for $80 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself.

500GB SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5″ SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal SSD for $148

More eBay Deals action, this time it is the NewEgg eBay store offering a “See Price at Checkout” promotion on the new condition 500GB SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5″ SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive. When you do the “See Price at Checkout” song and dance, the price drops to $148 with free shipping. Limit three per customer (not the usual limit five NewEgg typically has).

Speaking of eBay Deals, don’t forget the 20% off coupon promotion expires tonight (Thursday night).

Now shipping: Factory Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagships

If you much prefer to get the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagships factory unlocked, with Samsung USA warranty and in new condition, there are now in-stock and shipping in limited quantities at the Samsung USA website. The S8 goes for $725 while the S8+ goes for $825.

It is also available for purchase through Samsung Financing on 24-month installment plans with 0% APR on approved credit.

They are also shipping from B&H Photo. The S8 goes for $800 while the S8+ goes for $900.

NOTE that with previous models (eg Galaxy S7), Samsung did not prioritize updates for the unlocked phones. For example, the S7 only just now is getting Nougat (7.0, not even the latest).

Samsung microSDXC EVO Select U3 cards for $13 (32GB), $23 (64GB), $45 (128GB)

If you are a fan of the Samsung memory cards, the line of the green-ish Samsung microSDXC EVO Select U3 is on sale for $13 in the 32GB option, $23 in the 64GB option and $45 in the 128GB option at Amazon by Amazon itself. This is not a lightning deal.

On the full SD front, the 32GB Sandisk Ultra SDHC C10 UHS-1, model SDSDUNC-032G-GN6IN, continues to be on sale for $10 at Amazon by Amazon itself. Limit up to 3 per customer. It currently β€œdefeats” the 64GB and 128GB in its own sub-line in GB/$.

$150 Gift Card and Gear VR Controller with Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ pre-orders

Sam’s Club is offering two freebies when you pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+. You have to follow the steps and the deadlines and requirements of each promotion. Freebie #1 is “Gear VR with Controller” to be sent to you later on by mail. You have to submit your information after purchase at the Samsung promotions website, and then they will mail you the Gear VR. Freebie #2 is a $150 Sam’s Club gift card. To redeem this, you must pick-up and activate your phone at a Sam’s Club store between April 21-30 in 2017. Activations are free April 21-23. Check their website for more details.

34-inch Samsung SE790 Curved Ultra-Wide Monitor for $600

While surfing around eBay, trendy at the Trending eBay Deals, the BuyDig ebay store is back with the new condition 34-inch Samsung SE790 Curved Ultra Wide WQHD display offered for $600 with free shipping. Limit five per customer. This has 3440 x 1440 resolution, and various connection options (zoom in on gallery picture #4 to see them).

Samsung 360 Gear VR camera for $190

On the VRography front (okay, VR cameras), the new condition Samsung 360 Gear VR camera is on sale for $190 with free shipping and free returns at Groupon Goods. The sale ends 2/24/17. This ships in two business days. Groupon is trying to improve their shipping speeds, which is a must in the era of Prime and Doordash and Google Express πŸ™‚

Refurbished Samsung S29E790C Ultra Wide Curved WFHD LED backlit Monitor for $310

If you are a bit of an adventurous shopper, and your world view is wide and slightly curved, there is currently the certified refurbished 29-inch Ultra Wide Curved Samsung S29E790C WFHD LED-backlit Monitor is offered for $310 with free shipping by Woot with the order fulfilled by Amazon. It only has three customer reviews, one is happy, one is happy but the first one was a dead-on-arrival, and the third got the wrong power cord. So there is some risk here. If you are risk averse and start fuming at the thought of having to return/exchange something, you may want to skip it.

The monitor has 2560 x 1080 resolution (21:9), Picture in Picture, HDMI, DisplayPort, VESA, etc. Gallery picture #6 shows the connections on the back but it’s a small picture. Zooming in, it looks like there are three, maybe the two are the HDMI (I’m only guessing).

Samsung Gear 360 VR camera for $226

The new condition USA warranty version of the Samsung Gear 360 VR camera is currently on sale for $226 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself. Limit up to three units per customer. This price is for Prime-members only at this point in time.

PS: I turned in-browser spell-checking back on again, so random misspellings should be cut down. I turned it off because the browser spell-checking can get jumpy spell-checking the long lightning deals posts (which are full of non-words, such as “href”). On the other hand, the two keyboard approach (mechanical in front for most of the text typing; and the previously mentioned Logitech G105 for macros, keypad, and night light) appears to have significantly improved the typing/writing aspects of doing this πŸ™‚ The danger of this is falling into the mechanical keyboard addiction ~ I suppose I could start a mechanical keyboard blog if that happens πŸ™‚

PS: all fixed-lens cameras that are not camera-cameras are now under the Other Cameras category (action cameras, smartphones, VR cameras, 360 cameras, drones, etc).

Pre-order new Samsung Chromebook Plus for $450

If you live at the intersection of ChromeOS, Google Play and like to use a digitizer pen for your photography (and other hand-input) needs, Samsung’s new “ChromeDroid” Chromebooks have been unleashed at CES 2017, and right now you can pre-order the Samsung Chromebook Plus (model XE513C24-K01US) for $450 at Amazon by Amazon itself. The release estimate is mid-February 2017.

This has some pretty good specs (considering it is not running Windows), 12.3-inch, 2400 x 1600 resolution, 4GB RAM, 360-degree hinge, digitizer pen included, two USB-C ports, microSD slot, and such. I would have liked to see more RAM and full SD and USB slots but I suppose there’s only so many things they can stuff in a thinner device and a $450 price.

The $450 model is using an ARM processor. The “Pro” model will use an Intel Core m3 processor but details on that will come in the future.

Starts Thursday 3am ET: 128GB Samsung EVO microSDXC for $24.88

In a rare Amazon Gold Box teaser that shows the actual sale price before it goes live, it reveals that starting at 3am ET on Thursday, the 128GB Samsung 80MB/s EVO Select Micro SDXC Memory Card (model MB-ME128DA/AM) will be on sale for $24.88 instead of its current price of $40. Free shipping for Prime members or with a $49+ order. I do not know how long it will last after it goes live. Timezone in the teaser below is pacific time:

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UPDATE: Speaking of microSDXC cards, the 64GB Sandisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter, Grey/Red, Standard Packaging (SDSQUNC-064G-GN6MA) is on sale for $15 at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of one per customer.

Speaking of Samsung, their 64GB SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SDCZ43-064G-GAM46) is on sale for $13, while the 32GB goes for $8. The usual Amazon free shipping terms apply (Prime or $49+). These are the tiny flash drives, great for laptops or PCs or media players and streaming boxes.

In-Stock Alert: Samsung’s Dalek ArtPC Pulse Desktop computers

It’s the attack of the Samsung Daleks! Their brand new cylindrical PCs that are also omni-directional speakers are now in-stock and ready to ship at Amazon by Amazon itself. There are two preset configurations, the i5 model (8GB, 256GB SSD, Radeon RX460) goes for $1200, while the i7 model (16GB, 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD, Radeon RX460) goes for $1600. From a distance, the various input ports on the side look like a built-in remote control πŸ™‚ Some may point out that Apple had a cylindrical PC, so Samsung was compelled to do so as well πŸ™‚

128GB Samsung BAR USB 3.0 Flash Drive for $30

If you like your USB flash drives to have metal casing and a keyring (because Samsung), the 128GB Samsung BAR USB 3.0 Flash Drive, model MUF-128BA/AM, is on sale for $30 at Amazon by Amazon itself (limit three per customer; usual S&H terms) and Beach Camera on eBay (no limits) and NewEgg Business (no limits)… The 64GB goes for $18…

On the other hand, if you prefer the really small USB flash drives that you can attach to a laptop or other devices and they won’t stick out like a sore thumb, the 128GB Samsung Fit USB 3.0 Flash drive (model MUF-128BB/AM) is on sale for $28.50 at Amazon by Amazon itself (limit three) and Adorama and B&H Photo and NewEgg.

128GB Samsung USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit for $36.50

Sometimes Samsung forgets to turn off the copy machine during product design that they end up copying the name too. Case in point, Sandisk calls their tiny USB flash drives Ultra Fit, so Samsung felt compelled to calls their “Fit” too πŸ™‚

Joking aside, there is a sale, the 128GB Samsung USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit, model MUF-128BB/AM, with Water proof, Shock proof, magnet proof, temp proof, and X-ray proofness and a 5-year warranty is on sale for $36.50 at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of three per customer (usual shipping terms), along with NewEgg (limit 20; free S&H) and if they run out, it goes for $29 with free shipping at Adorama.

These can be really handy when you don’t want the flash drives to protrude, eg laptops, front of desktops, media players, phone/tablet USB-OTG connections, etc. On the other hand, these are easier to lose because of their size πŸ™‚

Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 (GC200; 21x optical; Android) for $295

To the galaxy of eBay Deals we return, where the legendary Legend Micro store (I can’t help all these bad puns) is offering the manufacturer refurbished Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 (GC200) Android camera with 21x optical zoom for $295 with free shipping and a 90 day warranty.

1TB Samsung Portable SSD T3 portable USB 3.1 External HDD with $100 Promo eGift Card for $400

On the high speed storage front, Dell Home is offering the 1TB Samsung Portable SSD T3 portable USB 3.1 Gen1 external hard drive for $400 alogn with a $100 Dell promotional eGift Card automatically added to your shopping cart when you add the SSD to your cart. No coupon is needed. The eGift Card magically appears in your shopping cart while this promotion is running. The promo egift card will be emailed to you 10-20 days after your order ships and must be used up within 90 days after receipt. That’s why it’s a promotional gift card versus a conventional gift card. Offer ends 7/4/2016 6:59am Dell time or earlier if sold out.

In comparison, this goes for $370 at Amazon by Amazon itself but without a promotional gift card.

Storage Round-Up: 4TB for $105, 32GB Flash Drive for $5.50, new Green Samsung microSDXCs, Etc

In this post we round up some storage-related offers, all in one post to keep things relatively organized. Here we go:

+ 4TB Seagate Backup Plus Portable External Hard Drive for $105 with free shipping by NewEgg’s eBay store (limit 5)

+ PNY Metal AttachΓ© 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive for $5.50 (limit 5; Temporarily Out Of Stock) by Amazon itself

+ … and now to the other end of the performance spectrum…
+ 128GB SanDisk Extreme PRO CZ88 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (model SDCZ88-128G-G46) for $56~ by Amazon itself

+ 120GB Silicon Power S55 2.5″ 7mm SATA III Internal SSD (model SP120GBSS3S55S25) for $32 (not a Lightning Deal)

+ new Green Samsung microSD cards with full size adapters, limit 3 per size
+ 32GB for $10, 64GB for $20, 128GB for $40
+ this is a brand new release

+ Google Chromecast (latest model) for $30 with free shipping with a limit of five by Google’s eBay store ~ YES, they opened an eBay store!

64GB Samsung PRO+ UHS-I U3 SDXC for $40 w/free S&H [or 32GB for $25 w/free S&H]

B&H Photo has a Samsung Memory Card sale featuring 13 items. Of mainstream digital camera interest, the 64GB PRO+ UHS-I U3 SDXC goes for $40, while the 32GB goes for $25. Free shipping for these two cards. They have a variety of microSD cards on sale as well going from 16GB to 128GB. The SD cards are in the third row over there. Offer ends 6/4/16.

64GB Samsung or Sandisk USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit for $18 each [updated]

If you are looking for tiny USB 3.0 flash drives, the 64GB Samsung USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit, model MUF-64BB/AM, is currently on sale for $18 at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of 30 per customer. This is not a lightning. These are small enough they can be handy for laptops without increasing the “air space” a laptop occupies. They are the usual “proof” (Water proof, Shock proof, magnet proof, temp proof, and X-ray proof) with a five year warranty. Currently the 64GB version “defeats” the other two options in its own line.

UPDATE: it looks like we have an inter-company price-match because the 64GB version of Sandisk’s own line-up is also on sale for $18. In-fact Sandisk has two options, the Newest Version and the Previous Version.

64GB Samsung EVO element-proof microSDXC w/adapter for $18 (limit 3)

If you have some of the newer smaller cameras that take microSD cards or use other non-camera cameras (smartphones, action cams, etc), and like the idea of element-proofness in memory cards (Water proof, Temperature Proof, X-Ray proof, Magnetic proof), the 64GB Samsung EVO Class 10 Micro SDXC Card with full size SD Adapter (up to 48/MB/s, model MB-MP64DA/AM) is on sale again for $18~ with a limit of three per customer at Amazon by Amazon itself. A marketplace seller (fulfilled by Amazon) has it for $0.55 less for the more adventurous shoppers. This currently “defeats” all the other options in its own line-up (16GB to 128GB). Note that the prices of this change very often, probably a combination of market-driven price-changes, price-matches, and things like that.

Free shipping if you are a Prime member, or with a order of $49+. Or if your order contains $25+ in books. More details on Amazon’s new free super saver shipping terms.

UPDATE: while we are talking microSDXC cards, the 128GB PNY microSDXC Class 10 UHS-1, model P-SDUX128U160G-GE, is on sale for $35 at B&H Photo (no limits) and Amazon itself (limit 3). Neither has unconditional free shipping. B&H has free shipping with a $49+ order, Amazon with a $49+ order (or if you have $25+ in Books OR if you are a Prime member). Maybe I need to create a free shipping flowchart graphic πŸ™‚ [actually this sounds like a good idea!]

Pre-order new Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

Since we are in the pre-order spirit, here’s the new flagship duo of the Samsung line-up, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, now with bigger pixels, fewer megapixels, wider aperture, the return of the microSD card, IPX 68 water resistant, and more advanced auto focusing. It is now available for pre-order:

+ T-Mobile offers include 1-year of Netflix

+ Verizon Wireless offers

+ Sprint offers with various transfer offers and “Buy One Get One Half Off”

+ AT&T Offers include a cross-promotion for Direct TV customers for unlimited data

+ Samsung is running a pre-order promotion when you buy from authorized dealers (such as the above) that gets you a VR kit and in-game currency.
+ summary of the terms and conditions

If you prefer unlocked with no contract, there are no prices or pre-order options yet but the new phones have product pages ready at B&H Photo which is always a good sign.

Amazon doesn’t have the phones yet, but there have dozens upon dozens of S7 and S7 Edge phone cases available.

As usual, if you are buying through a carrier with a contract or an installment plan or frequent-upgrade plans, be sure to check the terms and conditions and restrictions and fees and such.

Lowepro Transit Sling 150 AW for $35 w/free S&H

Bag action now, the Lowepro Transit Sling 150 AW (Slate Grey) is on sale for a limited time for $35 with free shipping and handling at B&H Photo… While there, you can find the Pacsafe Camsafe V8 Anti-Theft Camera Shoulder Bag (Black) on sale for $79 with free expedited shipping… And for Samsung NX20/NX1000 camera owners, the official Samsung Semi-Hard Case, model ED-PCC9N20B, is on sale for $9. Free shipping IF your order total is $49 or more…

UPDATE: Speaking of Lowepro, the Lowepro Scope Travel 200 AW, Dark Olive is on sale for $30 with free shipping at Adorama.

Samsung NX1 with 16-50mm f2-2.8 S OIS & Battery Grip & Extra Battery & Audio Technica Camera-Mount Mic for $2200

The Samsung NX system did not hitch a meteoric ride on the popularity of the Galaxy phones, but on the other hand, it’s still around, which may have been the “tide lifts all boats” impact of the Galaxy phones. Regardless, the current Samsung NX1 body only goes for $1100 at authorized dealers with some offering 4% promotional rewards ($44~) such as B&H Photo and others while retaining the same $1100 price offer a free Audio-Technica AT8024 mic (Adorama; the mic goes for $250 on its own).

On the other hand, if one is looking for a “serious kit”, the NX1 is bundled with the 16-50mm f2-2.8 S ED OIS lens for $2200 with 4% promotional rewards ($88~) at B&H Photo.

But if you want a better bang for the buck power-user deal, at Adorama you still pay $2200 for the NX1 with 16-50mm f2-2.8 S OIS but instead of the 4% promotional rewards, you get the Samsung ED-VGNX01 Vertical Battery Grip, an additional Samsung battery, and the Audio-Technica AT8024 camera-mount mic. So that’s three additional items instead of $88~ to be used in future purchases.

Refurbished Samsung Galaxy 2 Android Compact-Zoom (21x) for $179

eBay is running a curated refurbished Camera Sale (55 options) and among the offers there is the manufacturer refurbished with a 90 day warranty Samsung Galaxy 2 Android Camera, model EK-GC200ZWAXAR, with a 21x optical zoom, offered for $179 with free shipping, with a limit of five per customer by eBay seller “Northwest Outdoor” (98.8%).

PS: if you want to research it, you may want to google a combination of its name and model number, because Galaxy is mostly associated with their blockbuster smartphones.