Google LG Nexus 5X with $20 Gift Card for $300 (16GB) or $350 (32GB)

To the eBay Deals we go, where BuyDig’s eBay store is offering a nice deal for fans of Android purity who want to have the latest version (Android 6.0) with the new permissions system, and compatibility with the Google-Fi hybrid cellular-wifi service that refunds you any unused data. They include a $20 VISA gift card with either the 16GB Nexus 5X ($300; two color options) or the 32GB Nexus 5X ($350; one color option). No contracts!

This is a good way to use and test the latest versions of a variety of camera and photography Android apps but restrict them when they get too grabby with their permissions and data hoarding. Having said that, keep in mind that the new Permissions system is not perfect and it only gives us partial control. There is a very good write-up on it at the Ars Technica review.

Pre-order ASUS ZenFone Zoom (3x optical) for $400

Optical zoom lenses have had a hard time breaking out in non-superzoom camera-phones, but ASUS is trying their hand at it with the new ASUS ZenFone, and this creature, unlocked with 64GB on-board storage and a 3x flat-ish optical zoom lens (4-11mm f/2.7-4.8) is now available for pre-order for $400 at B&H Photo. This is model ZX551ML-23-4G64G-BK, with Android 5.x, a generous 4GB RAM, Intel Atom Ant Z3580 processor, 5.5-inch iPS Gorilla Glass 4 1920 x 1080 screen, microSD slot, and things like that. This looks like an actual phone, unlike the various Samsung superzoom Android phones that look more like travel-zoom digital cameras than phones.

DXO One and $60 Gift Card and 32GB card for $572

The DXO One discounting action moves to Amazon’s website where you can get the new condition DXO ONE along with a $60 plastic Amazon Gift Card and a 32GB Transcend microSDHC card (633x with full SD adapter) for $572~ with free shipping… In the off chance the gift card arrives before the camera actually ships (eg your credit card is billed), you can use the gift card to partially pay for the camera…

B&H Android Sale: Panasonic CM1 for $450, Nexus 5x with $20 GC for $330, and more

Meanwhile, the theme of the latest B&H Days of Deals group sale is a Smartphone Sale featuring various phones and accessories, including the Panasonic CM1 Android-Camera with 1″ sensor for $450, the Nexus 5X bundled with a $20 B&H Gift Card Card for $330 (16GB) or $380 (32GB), along with models from Samsung (eg 32GB Galaxy S6 for $480), ASUS, LG, Sony, Blu, ZTE, Alcatel and Huawei. The sale also includes accessories such as olloClip add-on lens bundles and cameraphone-holders.

(ENDED) Nexus 5X with $25 Gift Card for $300

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2TB WD My Passport Ultra USB 3.0 External Hard Drive for $70 (limit 5)

And now something to put all pictures, more storage options at the eBay Deals. This time it is Adorama’s very own eBay store offering the new condition 2TB WD My Passport Ultra USB 3.0 External Hard Drive for $70 with free shipping, in the black color scheme, with a limit of five per customer.

Speaking of eBay, if you want to be among the first to get the official Android 6.0 release, and your current Nexus device (Nexus 10 or 7 (first gen) or 4 or earlier) will not get the official 6.0, and you are looking to get a device that will get that, the new condition factory unlocked Nexus 6 by Motorola in the blue color scheme is on sale for $300 with free shipping and a one year warranty by MobilePros1 (97.9%) on eBay. Limit five per customer. Over 3500 units sold so far from this listing. (the Nexus 5 will also get Android 6.0 but it will probably be its last official major release, while the Nexus 6 will likely get two more official major releases – this is based on previous patterns, by no means guaranteed).

Crazy deal on seller-refurbished unlocked HTC One M8 for $165

The latest Trending eBay Deals have a crazy low price on the 2014 HTC flagship smartphone/cameraphone, the One M8, with a microSD card, so you can many and more pictures without worrying about filling up the on-board storage.

NOTE: this is seller-refurbished, so they have a higher risk than manufacturer refurbished, so if you are risk-averse or a bit of a perfectionist, you may want to avoid them or at least approach with caution.

It is the seller refurbished 32GB HTC One M8 (6525), the Verizon model with its GSM part unlocked for use with any GSM provider. Check the bands and frequencies to make sure it works on your carriers of choice if planning to use it for cellular. Limit five per buyer. Over 4000 units sold so far. Only the gray color scheme remains. The other colors sold out. The M8 is one of the devices scheduled to get upgraded to Android 6.0.

They also have a couple of seller-refurbished Galaxy models, the S4 for $100 and the S5 for $180, at the Trending eBay Deals. No more microSD card with the new Galaxy S6 and its contemporaries.

(ENDED) Sony DSC-QX10/B Smartphone Attachable 4.45-44.5mm Lens-Style Camera for $100 (ends 3pm ET)

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One Year Of Prime + unlockable GSM Fire Phone for $110 (refurb) or $130 (32GB) or $150 (64GB)

UPDATE 9/22/15: yet another option, the 32GB version (manufacturer refurbished, AT&T GSM version, unlocking code included) with One Year Prime for $110 with free shipping by QualityCellz (99.2%), with a limit of five per customer…

NOTE: if you are not already a Prime member already, for one day only (Friday 9/25/15), you can purchase a Prime membership for $67 as a new member. So if you don’t need this phone, $67 is definitely better.

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Free Panasonic HX-A1 Wearable action cam with Panasonic DMC-CM1 Android CameraPhone purchase for $1000

B&H Photo is offering a free Panasonic HX-A1 Wearable HD Action Cam (choice of Orange or Black color scheme) with the purchase of the GSM unlocked Panasonic DMC-CM1 Android CameraPhone at its regular price of $1000. You can optionally extend the warranty to three years via a Panasonic mail-in rebate. You can select the free action camera color by clicking on the “Your choice from free items” link there. Annotated screenshot crop of that right below:


In-stock again: 32GB Motorola Nexus 6 for $350 (unlocked, no contract)

If you don’t want to wait for the Google New Nexus event in late September, the 32GB Nexus 6 is back in-stock for $350 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of three per customer. No contract, no carrier restrictions, this is Pure Nexus Android. The only phone so far (as far as I recall) eligible for Google’s Project Fi phone service.

Speaking of pure Android, the Nexus 9 tablet was on sale for $239~ (16GB) or $287~ (32GB) directly from HTC but as of the time of writing, all four combinations (two colors each) are out of stock.

Not out of stock at the HTC website is their RE action camera going for $100, available in four colors.

Speaking of HTC, you can get their flagship M9 phone for $487 with a $100 Google Play credit included. This is available as Unlocked, or as a Developer model, or in one of the four carrier various (Red, Blue, Yellow, Magenta networks). Each phone is available in different colors as well. Of photographer interest, it has a microSD slot, so you can take more pictures without having to micromanage limited on-board storage.

TIP: on the HTC website, you have to select all the options (storage, colors, etc) before they show the price and stock status.

Nexus 6 for $350 (32GB) or $400 (64GB) – Unlocked, GSM, No Contract, Project Fi eligible

Fire up your laptops and tablets and desktops! The Apple Extravaganza announcement starts at 1pm Eastern today, Wednesday 9/9/15. Expected is a 13-inch iPad Pro with maybe a pressure-sensitive screen which could be welcome news for digital creatives.

If you are not of the Apple persuasion, there’s a Pure Android sale for you. The 6-inch Motorola Nexus 6, Unlocked, No Contract, Pure Nexus-Android, with USA warranty is on sale for $350 in the 32GB version and $400 in the 64GB version. Limit three of each per customer. It ships in 9-11 days. The 6-inch AMOLED 2560 x 1440 screen is a fun way to showcase pictures to the average consumer. It is currently the only phone eligible for Google’s Project Fi service. Keep in mind, Google is planning to reveal new Nexus phones at the end of the month.

Refurbished GoPro HERO3 White Edition with 1yr warranty for $145

To the eBay Deals we go pro-dding where the official GoPro eBay store is offering manufacturer refurbished GoPro HERO3 White Edition Action Cameras for $145 with free shipping and a one year warranty. Limit five per buyer. Already over 3100 units got sold from this very listing.

UPDATE: in new condition this goes for $200 at B&H Photo.

Speaking of eBay, if you missed the Fire Phone fire sale at Amazon (gone there), but are still tempted, you can get it in new condition with One Year of Prime for $125 with free shipping by Quality Cellz on eBay (99.2%), with a limit of fifty per customer. Over 10,000 units got sold through this listing per the stats over there. Since a Prime membership is $100, you are effectively getting a 32GB unlocked GSM no-contract faux-Android smartphone with decent mid-rangey specs for just $25.

(OUT OF STOCK) One Year of Prime + 32GB Fire Phone (Unlocked GSM) for $130 [limit 5; Prime years are STACKABLE]

UPDATE 8/27/15 at 12:03am ET: As of this update, the Fire Phone (32GB, GSM, Unlocked, No Contract) is out of stock and cannot be ordered. I don’t know if it will return, they don’t have the usual “email me” link… You can use this link to check for updates, but I will also monitor the situation… Previous updates from when it was in-stock after the jump…

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(ENDED) Wedn: One Year Prime + unlocked 32GB Fire Phone (no contract; GSM) + Case for $170

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(SOLD OUT) Thur: 128GB Samsung Galaxy S6 Unlocked for $600

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Panasonic CM1P with two Cotta Extras for $1000

Adorama is bundling two free extras (Cotta Hard Jacket and Cotta Lens Cover) with the Panasonic CM1P camera phone for $1000 with free shipping. The phone part is carrier unlocked. It has a Leica-branded lens, Snapdragon 801, RAW capture, 1-inch sensor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, microSD (up to 128GB), Android 4.4, etc.

PS: if the bands work, T-Mobile has a limited time offer that gets you 4 lines with 10GB of full speed data per line, (with data rollover for 12 months), for $120 total per month (plus taxes and other fees of course). You could use the CM1 as of the four lines and not worry about it eating up your cellular data. Also, if you don’t need more than two lines, you can turn one of the phones into a virtual mobile hotspot (you pay the same price whether you get 3 or 4 lines).

In-stock nao: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (unlocked GSM) for $820

Early adopters mobile temptation time. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, unlocked and without contract, with an f1.9 lens and optical image stabilization and 4K UHD video recording, model SM-G925F, with 64GB on-board storage and no microSD, is now in-stock and ready to ship for $820 at B&H Photo in black, and also in gold platinum.

(ENDED) Fire Phone with 1yr Prime Membership for $160

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Pre-Order new Panasonic 1″ CM1 Camera + Smartphone (GSM, Unlocked, North America model)

The intersection of cameras and smartphones has a new resident, the North American edition of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1P camera and smartphone device. It is available carrier unlocked (GSM, no contract) with a 1-inch MOS sensor, 28mm f2.8 Leica DC Elmarit lens, Android 4.4, Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 1920 x 1080, microSDXC, a mid-June release estimate and a $1000 pre-order price, available through B&H Photo and Adorama.

Pay $180, Get One Year Of Prime and Unlocked GSM Fire Phone

If you are looking to start a new Prime membership or extend your existing Prime membership by a year (12 months aka 365 days), the 32GB Unlocked GSM Fire Phone is back on sale again for $180. This is no contract, no carrier lock, you own the phone. If you value the Prime membership at its full price, you are essentially getting the phone for $80. Limit five per customer.

(ENDED) Motorola Moto G (Verizon, no contract) for $20

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In-stock Nao: 5.5″ flagship ASUS ZenFone 2 for $300 (unlocked, 4G RAM)

If you are the early adopter type and are looking for a new budget-flagship unlocked Android smartphone without a contract and no commitments to a carrier, the 5.5 inch ASUS Zenfone 2 is now available as a North American product from ASUS, and it is in-stock and ready to ship for $300 at Amazon in either the silver color scheme or red color scheme. It has a 13mp f2 camera, 4GB of RAM (I think the first, or one of the first), 64-bit Intel Atom processor, 64GB storage, microSD (up to 64GB), 1920×1080 Gorilla Glass 3 IPS display, Android 5.0, dual SIM (of interest to traveling photographers), compatible with GSM networks (4G LTE), 60% charge in 39 minutes, etc.

UPDATE: it is also shipping from Groupon Goods which is celebrating this launch with an ASUS Technology Sale Event (over 50 items included).

NOTE: if you are searching at Amazon, there are a lot of international/imported models listed there as well.

If you are curious about it, B&H Photo will have a live-streaming panel talking about it on Tuesday 5/19/15 at 1pm eastern. In the meantime, there is a technical preview at Anandtech (with benchmarks and such) and a review with camera samples at Tom’s Guide.

(ENDED) Thursday Lightning Deals: Sony SDXC cards, Moto X, EBL

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(ENDED) Wedn: HTC One M8 (no contract) for $300

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One Year of Amazon Prime + 32GB Unlocked Fire Phone for $190

It is back in-stock and ready to ship. The unlocked no-contract 32GB Amazon Fire Phone with One Year of Amazon Prime service is going for $190 at Amazon by Amazon itself (limit five per customer). The One Year of Prime is good for new members, but also good for existing members – it extends an existing Prime membership by 12 months. You can optionally use the phone on any GSM network but this is a no-contract phone, you can also just use it as a Wifi-only device.

One Year of Prime + Unlocked Fire Phone (GSM) for $190

The sale is back, the unlocked 32GB Fire Phone (GSM) is back on sale for $190 with free shipping by Amazon herself and it includes one year of Amazon Prime membership which can be appended to existing Prime memberships or for new members. No contract. Limit five per customer.

(ENDED) Friday Lightning Deals: Ape camera bag, Schneider step-down, $30 Lumia 635

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One Year of Prime + Unlocked Fire Phone for $200

The Fire Phone discount is back at Amazon by Amazon itself. You get one year of Amazon Prime (good for new members or renewals of existing Prime subscriptions) along with the 32GB Fire Phone (GSM, Unlocked, No Contract) for $200 total. One year of Prime costs $100, so essentially you are getting a free unlocked GSM phone for $100. Limit five per customer during this promotion. This is a limited time promotion but they do not specify the expiration date.

UPDATE: speaking of Amazon, the new condition Roku 3 streaming box is on sale for $85.50.

Pay $200, Get One Year of Prime and Fire Phone (unlocked, no contract)

The Amazon Fire Phone is discounted again, currently going for $200 in new condition (unlocked GSM, no contract, 32GB). It includes one full year of Prime (365 days). Existing Prime members will get an additional 12 months added to their membership. New members get 12 months of Prime. This sale is limit five phones per customer.