Moto G PLAY (4th Gen) for $100 works on all four major carriers

If you are lost in a sea of reviews and comparisons and benchmark navel-gazings, and spreadsheets long enough to scroll off the roof, in trying to decide which one of the dozens and dozens of unlocked smartphones to get, help is on the way. Thanks to some recent Snapdragon processors, a few of the unlocked phones out there have all the necessary radios to work on all four major carriers, GSM (AT&T, T-Mobile) and CDMA (Verizon, Sprint).

This helps cut down the number of choices dramatically, and increases both your carrier versatility (telephone number porting can finish within minutes these days ~ other things equal ~ so if you have a phone you own that works on all four, you can dump them right away) and the resale value of the phone, and encourages the sale of more unlocked all-carrier phones.

Which brings us to the new condition factory unlocked Motorola Moto G PLAY (4th generation) with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage and microSD slot (up to 128GB), 5-inch 720p screen, front and back f2.2 cameras (5mp and 8mp respectively), Snapdragon 410, USA warranty. It is on sale for $100 at Amazon itself (limit 3 per color per customer; this is the Standard version without Amazon’s Ads) and also by B&H Photo. The sale at B&H Photo ends Monday night (5/1/17).

NOTE: there are multiple “G” models. There’s the “G PLAY” (this one), the “G” (without Play or Plus) and the “G PLUS” (the more advanced of the three), in 4th and 5th generation. Note also that a lot of the Moto G phones have double the amount of RAM on the model with the highest on-board storage in its sub-line. Some are 16/32, some are 32/64GB on-board storage, so don’t assume, check!

NOTE #2: as usual with cellular coverage, there may be exceptions to the rule. If you want to be 100% certain, check online and also look for potential problems in particular cities or zipcodes.

(ENDED) 48% off Dell Refurbished with coupon (48 hour sale)

This 48-hour coupon ended, but another coupon is coming on Monday…

48 is the magic number! The Dell Refurbished store is a specialty part of Dell that resellers computers and hardware that came off leases. And for 48 hours, until Sunday 9am Central time, coupon code DELL48HOURS gets you 48% off at the Dell Refurbished website. Clearance items are excluded from the coupon discount. Free ground shipping is included. Coupon expires Sunday at 9am central time.

LG G6 with LG Watch Style for $650 (Unlocked with USA warranty)

If you like to buy unlocked smartphones with USA warranty and also want to dabble into smartwatches, B&H Photo is bundling the new condition LG G6 (USA warranty, unlocked version) with the LG Watch Style for $650. The phone on its own goes for $600. The watch on its own goes for $250. All these are pre-orders.

On the other hand if you are comfortable with carrier phones and want to commit to 24 months of Sprint service, you can get it for $14.75 per month on 24 monthly installments through Sprint, on approved credit. This comes to just over $350 for the phone, but you are committing to 24 months on their Unlimited Freedom plan.

If you defy conventional wisdom and prefer the previous flagship, the LG G5, the one with the modules, including the camera module, you can get it unlocked with a USA warranty for $330 at B&H Photo. Or for $20 less you can get the AT&T models unlocked, but they have an AT&T logo on the back of the phone. IS a $20 discount enough for you to stare at the AT&T logo? (you can always hide it in a non-clear case).

As usual with all these, be sure to double check compatibility with the cellular networks you plan to use them with.

Become an EchoLookographer with new Amazon Echo Look with LED Lighting and Standard Tripod Socket

Now you can take photography to the next (lower) level with the new Amazon Echo Look device. It is like an Echo, but with a camera! It has built-LED lighting and a standard tripod socket, along with AI that evaluates your fashion (bad enough we have to deal with the humans, now machines will be trolling our fashion choices). The price is $200 at Amazon’s website but you cannot pre-order it yet. It is by invitation only at the moment, so request an invitation if interested.

I requested an invitation for blog-testing purposes, and I almost immediately got an automated email from Amazon with this body of text:

$50 off select 27 and 28 inch Monoprice monitors with coupon

For a limited time, coupon code MONITOR50 gets you $50 off the purchase of the following computer monitors (coupon expiration date unspecified):

+ 27-inch Monoprice LED Backlit WQHD (2560×1440) Monitor (DisplayPort HDMI DVI-DL VGA) for $320 ($270 after coupon)
+ 28-inch Monoprice UHD Premium Series Matte 4K 60Hz 5ms Monitor (DisplayPort HDMI, DVI, VGA, Pixel Perfect Display)for $350 ($300 after coupon)
+ 28-inch Monoprice CrystalPro LED 4K 60Hz Monitor (DisplayPort HDMI/MHL DVI-DL) for $350 ($300 after coupon); limit one per customer
+ free standard US shipping for these monitors

+ NOTE: shipping is too expensive for the small things if you buy them on their own, but if you buy an item that qualifies for free standard US shipping (eg the monitors above), then the small items (like the HDMI cable below) will likely get free shipping as well.
+ Unfortunately Monoprice does not have simple free shipping rules like Amazon or Best Buy or Walmart, so figuring out shipping fees is an extra step for Monoprice orders unless you are buying only items that come with free shipping

+ 6ft 30AWG High Speed HDMI Cable for $0.99 + shipping

+ 77mm Center Pinch Lens Cap for $0.93 plus shipping

+ Monoprice Small Neoprene Lens Cap for $0.98 + shipping

+ Monoprice Medium Neoprene Lens Cap for $1.06 + shipping

+ Monoprice Large Neoprene Lens Cap for $1.17 + shipping

+ Monoprice Compact Camera Extender for $2.21 + shipping

+ 63-inch Lightweight Aluminum Portable Monopod (model (aka PID) 10264) for $5.48 + shipping

+ Camera Skate Dolly 11″ Arm for $8.20 plus shipping

+ LED Video Camcorder Light with 140 Pieces LED and 1000 Lumens Brightness With Adjustable Color Temperature for $18~ plus shipping

+ Aluminum Tripod Expert Series – Small for $24~ plus shipping

+ Photo Studio

+ Hubsan X4 H107D: FPV Mini Quadcopter Drone with Live Video Feed Controller for $52.55 + shipping

+ NOTE: except for the HDMI cable above, the camera-n-photo items above are all clearance items

+ open-box and refurbished products

Shipping Soon: 30-inch OLED Dell Ultrasharp UP3017Q for $3500

The dream of the 90s 10s is alive in Portland Dellandia! Shipping in 1-2 weeks is the brand new 30-inch OLED Dell Ultrasharp UP3017Q for $3500. Image a Samsung Galaxy S8 screen but 30-inches and without Samsung Experience TouchWiz 🙂 This has 3840 x 2160 at 60 Hz resolution, DCI-P3 97.5%, Adobe RGB 100%, and various connectors including USB Type C but not Type A. Of course the OLED thing is what makes it priced like that.

Meanwhile Dell’s other star monitor, their 32-inch 8K Ultrasharp has been pushed to June continuing with its $5,000 price tag. 8K being 7680 x 4320 at 60 Hz, that’s a 30+ megapixel image on-screen.

Pre-order new 32-inch LG 32UD99-W 4K UHD IPS for $999

LG is busy this time of the year, in addition to rolling out their LG6 flagship phone with a big installment promotion deal at Sprint, they are now offering their new flagship computer monitor for pre-order for $999. The 32-inch LG 32UD99-W has 4K UHD (3840 x 2160), IPS, HDR-10 For PC, DCI-P3 95% Color Standard, FreeSync support, and various connectors. It has a “1 to 4 weeks” shipping estimate at Amazon by Amazon itself.

Money Maker (buying power): Buy Dash Button for 99c, Get $5 Credit Later after First Dash Button Order [PRIME ONLY!]

This is a Prime members promotion!

This is a money-maker (in terms of buying power) if you want to buy items using the Amazon Dash buttons and make subsequent purchases using the button and then spend the store credit. They have a limited time promotion that gets you a physical Dash button for 99c with coupon code DASHBDAY. Then you wait until you physically receive your physical Dash button. Then you configure it using the Amazon app. Then when you are ready to order, you press the button to make your first order with that particular button. AFTER you place your first order with that particular new Dash button, you will receive a $5 Amazon credit on your account. Limit three discounted Dash buttons per customer during this promotion that expires 4/7/17.

Of camera and photo interest, they have an AmazonBasics Dash button that allows you to buy one of seven options of single-use AmazonBasics batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9V). Another easy to redeem option is a Gift Cards Dash button. Another option is a Rayovac Dash Button that offers ten options of single-use batteries. Most of the rest of the Dash buttons are consumables, foods, household items, office supplies, and other things that need to be replenished or refilled.

UPDATE: here’s another one, a True Image Dash button with nine print cartridge options.

Per the terms and conditions, you have until 12/31/17 to place your first Dash button order that will get you your $5 store credit.

NOTE: I haven’t ordered a Dash button yet, so I don’t know what happens next.

Tech Deal: certified refurbished Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ with 4G LTE for $65

Another tech doorbuster, in certified refurbished condition, you can get the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ with 4G AT&T LTE for $65 with free shipping by Woot fulfilled by Amazon. Two-day free shipping for Prime members! 32GB on-board storage and 1920×1200 resolution. This is a second generation model. Can be used as a digital picture frame among other things given the screen size/resolution 🙂

You can find this and other on-going non-lightning Amazon deals in the Elsewhere at Amazon sections of the lightning deal roundups.

Tech Deal: certified refurbished Fire HD 6 tablet for $35

A secret fire sale (pun intended) has gone live at Amazon! The Amazon Fire HD 6 Tablet is on sale for $34.99 as certified refurbished by Woot fulfilled by Amazon. Free shipping with a $35+ order for non-Prime members. Primes get the usual free 2-day shipping. This has a six inch 1280 x 800 touchscreen, 8GB storage, no memory card, and the Amazon-obligatory Special Offers. The new condition price is $70. You get a 90-day warranty and all original accessories.

This is open to everyone, unlike the Kindle e-reader sale that’s restricted to Prime members. Limit 30 units per customer.

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).

Kindle e-readers on sale (Members only)

Amazon has a new sale on their ebook readers that is currently for Prime members only [exclusive discounts on select products at random points in time is one of the ever-expanding Prime benefits], with the discount appearing after you add the item in the shopping cart. No coupon needed. The offer continues as long as you see the discount mentioned over there in the product pages of the eligible products [see screenshot below]:

+ entry-level Kindle for $50
+ Paperwhite for $90 [bang for the buck model features-wise] ~ also available in White [select that in “Customize & Add to Cart”]
+ Voyage for $150
+ limit two of each per customer during the sale

Photography ebooks and camera manuals are not ideal to be read on an e-ink screen for most people with the current technology level, but there is a small number of text e-books about photography, eg, photography essays including the classic read “On Photography” by Susan Sontag.

PS: you can also find these in the Elsewhere at Amazon sections of the near-daily lightning deal round-ups.

Pre-order new Dell UltraSharp 32 8K Monitor for $5K

And now a pre-order everyone has been waiting for 🙂 Dell Home is accepting pre-orders for the pixel-peepers wildest dream, the Dell UltraSharp 32 8K Monitor, model UP3218K. The pre-order price is $5000 with an April 17 shipping estimate.

This has 7680 x 4320 resolution, 100% AdobeRGB, 100% sRGB, 100% Rec. 709, 98% DCI-P3, a variety of ports and features and things of that nature. That means you can pixel-peep a 32-megapixel image on the screen at 1:1 🙂

Pre-order new iPads ($319 to $549) with $10 discount and 5% rewards

Now that we mentioned an Android device, the Fairness Doctrine dictates that we must needs also mention an iOS device. Which is handy, because B&H Photo is not only accepting new iPad pre-orders, they are also offering a $10 off discount and more importantly 5% promotional rewards on the purchase price. The promotional rewards can be used on future B&H purchases. With a price range of $319 to $549, the promotional rewards range from $16~ to $27~.

There are two storage options, 32GB for $319, and 128GB for $419. The 4G LTE versions cost $130 more than their Wifi-only storage counterparts as usual. Sadly this has no easily distinguishable name, it’s just “the new iPad”. Of photo interest, the 9.7-inch screen has a 2048 x 1536 resolution (4:3~).

Cameraphones: Up to three freebies with pre-order of LG G6 on Verizon

The new LG G6 flagship is doing a lot better review-wise than its modular predecessor, the LG G5. If you have read the G6 reviews, checked the camera samples and comparisons, and you don’t want to wait to see what Samsung has to …unpack with their …explosive presentation of the Galaxy S8 next week, there are various LG G6 pre-order promotions at Verizon Wireless.

If you are a brand new customer to Verizon, and willing to trade-in a qualifying phone (they have a list), and port your old number over, and sign-up for eligible plans and promotions, you can get all three freebies. If not, you can get one or two of the freebies. Each freebie has its own preconditions, requirements, and deadlines. The three freebies are: 1) free 43″ LG HDTV offered through Verizon Rebates, 2) free Google Home offered through LG’s launch promotions, 3) $200 Trade-In bill credit distributed over 24 months. Be sure to read through the terms/conditions of each promotion and ask their CSRs questions if you are not certain or familiar with their promo-speak. More details on their promotions page.

$30 mail-in rebate on five Apple Care plans ($50 to $220 after MIR)

Adorama has a new $30 mail-in rebate (MIR) promotion on the purchase of Apple Care plans. Details on the MIR promotion in the PDF file. The prices AFTER the $30 MIR are:

+ AppleCare 3 Year Extended Protection Plan for Mac Mini for $50

+ AppleCare 3 Year Extended Protection Plan for iMac for $94

+ AppleCare 3 Year Extended Protection Plan for Mac Pro for $149

+ AppleCare 3 Year Extended Protection Plan for MacBook /MacBook Air /13″ MacBook Pro for $149

+ AppleCare 3 Year Extended Protection Plan for 15″ / 17″ MacBook Pro for $219

ASUS ZenFone Zoom (64GB, Unlocked) for $199

Zoom-zoom for smartphones! The new condition ASUS ZenFone Zoom (3X optical zoom with Hoya’s blessings; Unlocked, No Contract, 64GB on-boar storage, Black, U.S. Warranty) is currently on sale for $199 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon herself with a limit of up to three units per customer. This is not a lightning deal. This has a 5.5-inch IPS Gorilla Glass 4 touchscreen, 1080p, 4GB RAM, 64GB on-board, etc. Check bands if you plan to use it with a cellular carrier.

Huawei Mate 9 with dual Leica Cameras for $593 (US warranty; No Contract)

For Leica fans, the Huawei Mate 9 Android flagship smartphone is currently on sale, in new condition, with USA warranty, unlocked, without contract or installment plan or any other preconditions, for $593 at Amazon by Amazon itself. Limit up to three per color per customer. Check bands and specs to make sure it works with your carrier(s) of choice.

UPDATE: speaking of flagship smartphones, the + Lenovo-Motorola Moto Z Unlocked goes for $450 (no contract; limit 2) by Amazon itself.

Computer Monitors sale with Free S&H

Monoprice is having a computer monitor sale with free standard US shipping on participating sale monitors. These are not eligible for coupon EXTRA20 (I tried a couple, it doesn’t work ~ but no one stops you from trying since it is the shopping cart the one that ultimately decides what you pay). This promotion runs until March 13 in 2017. The price you see is the price you pay. There are two ways to view them, a more visually pleasing view or a classic product listing view.

Selfie Stick and FreedomPOP GSM SIM with 2GB Free Data for $2 w/free S&H

If you want a selfie stick and/or are interested in getting a FreedomPOP GSM SIM card (with no commitment), they currently have a promotion that get you a Selfie Stick along with a GSM SIM card with 2GB of data for the first month (if activated) through the FreedomPOP website. FreedomPOP has a free service tier where you pay nothing per month. If you decide to setup an account with them, and you are only interested in the $0/month tier, make sure you turn off the various premium free trials before the 30-day trial period ends.

10% off $200+ Electronics purchase at eBay with coupon (420 options)

eBay too is celebrating the Gaming Developer’s Conference with a coupon. Coupon code CGAMETECH10 gets you 10% off a purchase of $200+ from a choice of consumer electronics (420 options). The list is heavy on Audio/Video gear and HDTVs. Coupon expires 3/6/17.

Separately, Amazon is also celebrating the Gamers Developer Conference, coupon code GDC20 gets you 20% off Gaming Computer Hardware – includes Desktops, Keyboards, Mice, Headsets, Networking and Components (expires 3/10/17).

Unrelated to the coupon, but if you are interested in getting camera/photo books from Barnes and Noble, you can pay $90 and get a $100 Barnes and Noble Gift Card with free shipping. This is a plastic gift card delivered by mail. Limit up to three per customer at this discounted rate. The seller is “SWM Gift Cards” (99.4%, Illinois).

UPDATE: speaking of consumer electronics, good until 11:30pm ET tonight (or earlier if sold out), A4C fulfilled by Amazon is offering the certified refurbished Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablet for $472 with free shipping (i7-4650U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD).

Pre-order new AMD Ryzen 7 processors

AMD’s new big bet on processors is now available for pre-ordering, the new Ryzen 7 are scheduled to ship in March, with pre-orders accepted today. Don’t forget coupon BIGTHANKS ($8.62 off) good until 2/23/17 at 3am ET.

+ AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Processor with Wraith Spire LED Cooler for $329
+ AMD Ryzen 7 1700X Processor for $399
+ AMD Ryzen 7 1700X Processor & Corsair Hydro Series H100i v2 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler, Black Bundle for $496
+ AMD Ryzen 7 1800X Processor for $499
+ AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Processor with Wraith Spire LED Cooler & ASUS PRIME X370-PRO Motherboard Bundle for $499
+ AMD Ryzen 7 1700X Processor & ASUS PRIME X370-PRO Motherboard Bundle for $569
+ AMD Ryzen 7 1800X Processor & ASUS PRIME X370-PRO Motherboard Bundle for $669
+ price above is before coupon


Following the processors are of course the computers, a total of sixteen new Cybertron desktops and bundles of different kinds are now available for pre-order at Amazon with prices ranging from $850 to $3300. The release estimate is the same as the processors, March 2nd (2017).

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).

40% off select items at Dell Refurbished with coupon

If you are interested in off-lease refurbished computers, Dell Refurbished (formerly Dell Financial Services)i is offering 40% off select computer items (excludes Clearance items and 7010 Desktops) with free ground shipping when you use coupon code PRESIDENT2017 until Monday 2/20/2017 at 11:59pm central time. You can buy as many eligible items as you like. Dell Refurbished offers a 100-day warranty on most of these (check individual listings as usual to be sure).

23.6″ Acer K242HQL 1920×1080 monitor for $80

Back to the Trending ebay deals, if you need a bang for the buck 1080p computer monitor with connectivity versatility, the NewEgg eBay store is offering the new condition 23.6-inch Acer K242HQL 1920×1080 TN computer monitor for $80 with free shipping with a limit of up to five units per customer. Per the listing there (see also the product description pictures) this has VGA, DVI and HDMI inputs, making a good candidate for devices old and new.

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.

Google Chromecast (2nd gen) with 3-mo HBO Now trial for $25 w/FS

To the Trending eBay Deals we return where the official Google eBay store is offering the new condition second generation Google Chromecast (non-4K) for $25 with free shipping and a 3-month free trial to HBO Now. Limit five units per customer, but the HBO trials are not stackable on the same account or same device. The HBO Now trials are good for new subscribers on new devices only.

The second generation model came out in 2015, see fund-raising Wikipedia to untangle the various Chromecast versions. You can now send (okay, “cast” or whatever word du jour Google is using these days) a lot of things using it, so many ways to digitally flick your photography and videography to the nearest (bigger) screen.

Speaking of HBO, if you are part of the Amazon Prime/Instant-Video ecosystem, you can now sign-up for an HBO subscription through Amazon Instant Video. It comes with a 30-day free trial.