PROS:
  • Bright, clear display
  • Doubles as standalone tablet
  • Fully adjustable kickstand
  • 10-finger support
  • Better battery life than earlier versions
CONS:
  • Must buy keyboard separately
WHY WE RECOMMEND:

If you’re focused on finding a tablet this Black Friday 2014 season, look no further than the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. This third generation Microsoft tablet is winning rave reviews. The display is large, a full 12 inches, the image is crisp, bright and high resolution. It is perfect for watching movies and the Dolby speakers offer great sound. The kickstand on this model works well, adjusting effortlessly to a range of positions. You can use it placed on a desk or on your lap. The unit uses magnetic stability to keep it steady. Battery life is good for up to nine hours of internet browsing. The unit is light and quite thin, making it easy to use on the go.

Among other reasons, we highly recommend the Surface Pro 3 for its extra processing power, actually close to what you would expect in a laptop. The unit comes with a fully integrated stylus, the new Surface Pen. It is easy to sign documents or open OneNote to capture your ideas. The tablet will run a variety of other apps, like the full version of Adobe Photoshop. In fact, with the addition of a keyboard and monitor, you can actually use it as a desktop, giving it greater functionality than many other tablets. Though not something most users would consider, it does show the versatility of this tablet and the ability to get real work done using it. The Type Cover accessory, an add-on that doesn’t come with the unit, is both a keyboard and a cover for the tablet, offering extra protection. It can easily be flipped to the back of the Surface Pro, making it easy to switch to tablet mode.

PROS:
  • Thin and lightweight, just a pound
  • 10-hour battery life
  • Beautiful Retina display
  • iLife and iWork apps
  • Fast speed
  • Dual cameras in front and back
CONS:
  • No SD card slot
WHY WE RECOMMEND:

Tablets are hot gifts this Christmas season. If you are looking for one with a top quality screen, great performance and long battery life, we highly recommend the iPad Air 2. It uses an Apple A8X chip with 64-bit architecture and boasts the incredible Retina 9.7-inch display that maintains accurate color at any angle and highly legible text. With a resolution of 2,048 by 1,536 pixels, it offers great color and contrast. The protective glass is scratch proof. The case is sturdy, made of lightweight aluminum. Rounded sides make it an ergonomic choice, especially if you are holding it for long periods. Weighting slightly under a pound, it is just under a quarter of an inch thick, making it very easy to hold one-handed.

Smart shoppers this Black Friday 2014 season looking for a tablet with a high-end camera will find it in the iPAd Air 2. The iSight camera features 8 megapixel capacity with face detection, autofocus, backside illumination, burst mode and geo tagging capability. The tablet has two speakers located along the bottom edge on each side. You can choose from an array of storage amounts, including 16, 64 and 128 GB. The iPad Air 2 uses iOs 8, offering AirDrop, AirPlay, the Control Center, Family Sharing, iCloud Drive and ITunes Radio. The look of the updated iOS is clean and functional. Several apps come free with the device, including iWork, Keynote, Numbers Pages, GarageBand and the ever-popular Find My iPhone. Many more apps are available at the Apple App store. One of the joys of the iPad Air 2 is the fact that applications open instantly, with no irritating wait. The tablet offers fast speed for gamers, business people and casual users. Do not let Black Friday 2014 holiday pass you by without picking up an iPad Air 2.

PROS:
  • Long battery life
  • Light, portable, easy to handle
  • Slick design
  •  Intuitive interface
CONS:
  • Does not come with headphones or dock adaptor
WHY WE RECOMMEND:

Savvy shoppers this Black Friday 2014 season will love the iPad Mini 3. The new fingerprint-based Touch ID means you can unlock the device with just a swipe of your finger on a sapphire glass circle. It gives added security to your information, photos and payment info. It makes it possible for those in the U.S. to use Apple Pay for online shopping. Retailers are slowly supporting the system, a way of ensuring greater security during the checkout process. By tapping the Apple Pay button, the online checkout interface asks for a fingerprint scan. No one sees the actual fingerprint, instead the system generates a secure token to continue the purchase.

The overall design is made for comfort and portability. Rounded corners make it easy to hold in your hand and the small size makes it a natural for toting it in your jacket or coat pocket. It is just 7.5mm thick and weighs just a bit under three-quarters of a pound. Other specs are the same as the last edition, including 7.9 inch display with 2048 x 1546 pixels. It has an A7 64-bit chip and an M7 motion coprocessor. It handles iPad games and all types of graphics software with ease. If you’re looking for a mini-tablet during your holiday shopping this year, we highly recommend the iPad Mini 3. The Retina display is crisp, with high contrast and bright colors. It has a 5 mega-pixel iSight camera facing front and a 1.2 mega pixel FaceTime HD camera, also facing front. It offers good sound quality. The iOS 8 operating system includes iTunes radio. The battery life is exceptional for a mini, a full 10 hours of mixed use from each charge.

 

PROS:
  • A8 processor
  • A large 4.7-inch screen
  • Improved keyboard
  • Voice over LTE support
  • Impressive camera
CONS:
  • Battery life still under performs rivals
WHY WE RECOMMEND:

Comparing smartphones based on standard specifications is not the best route to determine if one item is better than another. The most important aspect about comparing options is the experience of the user and their day-to-day relationship with a device. Apple has achieved this year after year whenever users pick up a new device for the first time. This needs to be on your shopping list for holiday shopping in 2014.

One interesting aspect of the iPhone 6 is it appears as a slim-down version of an iPad Air. The phone is not difficult to hold and is actually comfortable when held in the palm of the hand. Users will see the improved battery life is a significant plus. Another plus is the camera quality. There are also new modes for a user to create unique images. There is still a fair amount of battery drain when the device is under heavy use. However, the drain which occurred with the iPhone 5S is not apparent with the new iPhone 6. If you looking for a new phone during your Black Friday 2014 shopping, then we highly recommend going with an iPhone 6.

There is a round Touch ID button that is still at the bottom of the device. This works the same the button on last year’s iPhone 5S. A simple press will unlock your phone. This year the new iOS 8 and Apple Pay will allow users to do much more with the Touch ID and it will become an even more essential feature. Users will find the iPhone 6 offers a good reason to upgrade. The iPhone 6 is a great all around device that is a great option for the upcoming Black Friday 2014 holiday season.

 

PROS:
  • Excellent controller
  • Easy-to-use interface
  • Impressive graphics
  • Great price
  • Share button
CONS:
  • PS3 games not compatible
  • Additional fee for multiplay with PS Plus
WHY WE RECOMMEND:

For the gamer on your holiday shopping list, we highly recommend the Playstation 4. With 8GB of RAM, it is fast, delivering a one of the smoothest gaming experiences available. The unit is compact and light, easy to fit into a small space. It is an exceptionally quiet unit, even when downloading. Most gamers enjoy playing against friends and Playstation 4 makes it easier than ever. It has a share button and lets you watch game play live from your friends. Gamers can actually give each other feedback during play, even having another person take virtual control of a game in order to help you out of a tight corner. You can also stream your game to the public using Ustream.

Dedicated gamers with a library of games will be happy to know that with Playstation 4, they actually how the games and are able to sell or lend them without restriction. So when doing your shopping this Black Friday 2014 season, consider buying a popular game to add to your favorite player’s Christmas stocking. Gamers, whether new or experienced, are thrilled with the DualShock controller on the Playstation 4, with its gyroscopic motion sensor and three-axis motion and accelerometer. It is accurate and responsive, important features in the midst of an adventure-packed game. It has larger handles than version 3, with bigger buttons, making it easier to use. The speaker is built-in, adding immediacy to the game in play. The camera system, called the Playstation 4 Eye, can put the player’s photo in the background. The Dynamic Menu, the official name for its interface, provides up-to-date information about what you’ve installed and played, as well as news about just released games.  All things considered, PlayStation 4 is a logical purchase for Black Friday 2014 holiday shopping.

 

Pros:
  • Kinect Technology
  • 1080p Camera
  • 500GB Hard Drive
  • Eight-Core Processor by AMD

Why We Recommend:

One of the most anticipated releases of the year is the Xbox One. Unlike the Xbox 360, Xbox One comes with Kinect as a standard feature. The Kinect has also been updated for this release with improved accuracy, Skype connectivity, better understanding of rotational movement, and 1080p camera. The insides of the Xbox One are spectacular. There are USB 3.0 connections, 8 GB of RAM, 500 GB hard drive, Blu-ray, and an eight-core processor by AMD. Pick up 2014’s most anticipated gaming console on Cyber Monday or Black Friday.

Microsoft went all out with the Xbox One, and they pretty much need to with how competitive today’s gaming industry is. The Xbox One hits it out of the park. Although it comes with a steep price tag, it is worth it for all of the features. This device is one stop shopping for all your media needs. Xbox One improves upon its predecessor with how it links games, entertainment, and live TV in one unit. You can even control it all with simply using your voice or by using gestures. With the power that puts many computers to shame, the Xbox One is built to impress with 8 GB RAM, 500 GB storage, and an eight-core processor and graphics made by AMD. For gaming, Xbox Live is devoting an incredible 300,000 servers to gameplay. To improve your media experience, grab an Xbox One this Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

Fire HD 7

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PROS:
  • Sharp, easy-to-read display
  • Little or no learning curve
  • Dolby sound
  • Easy access to content on Amazon
  • Parental controls

Fire HD 7 is an e-reader with a browser, making it simple to shop online. If someone on your list this Black Friday 2014 season is looking for an easy-to-use way to connect to the internet and read books, it’s an excellent choice. Buying online is a snap using the direct connection to Amazon’s app and book stores. For other purchases, the Silk browser makes it simple to connect to other online stores. Though it uses an Android base, the Fire limits apps to those found on Amazon. You have access to the huge Amazon library of video and book titles. If you add Prime to the package, you can easily stream a huge number of videos and songs at no additional cost. The excellent display makes watching movies on the Fire a delight. The device uses dual speakers with Dolby audio, providing surround sound for music listening and movies. Each member of the family, even kids, can create a separate profile on the Kindle. This lets parents set time limits for children.

The Fire HD 7 weighs just under 12 ounces, has rounded corners and an easy-to-grip case. It is an easy and ergonomic device to use, even for reading. The display has a resolution of 1280 x 800, with excellent color and a non-reflective surface, making it easy to view at any angle. Using a quad-core processor, it lets apps and streaming video run smoothly. The front and rear cameras are convenient for photos, video and chat. As with all Kindles, there is no memory slot, but Amazon offers free and unlimited cloud storage for photos, books and documents. If you’re looking for an affordable e-reader with internet browsing capability during your Black Friday 2014 shopping, the Fire HD 7 is the way to go.

 

PROS:
  • Excellent camera
  • Sound quality is very good
  • Ergonomic shape
  • Free year of Amazon Prime included
  • Interesting 3D perspective for images
  • Ability to view videos from Prime on bigger screens
WHY WE RECOMMEND:

Image is king with Amazon’s Fire Phone. The display is 4.7”, uses HD, and is made of sturdy Gorilla glass with a rubber frame. Camera lovers will love its 13-megapixel capacity, f/2.0 lens and optical image stabilization, it can handle low light situations with ease. You can also choose panorama, burst and action shots. It has a capacity of 1080p video. A very attractive feature is unlimited photo and video storage. The Prime feature means you can make the most of the great videos offered by pushing them from your phone onto a bigger screen, using the Second Screen feature. The phone has Dolby stereo for high quality surround sound. With average camera use, a charge will last you most of the day.

Three apps give Fire Phone great versatility. Get support for your phone in a snap using Mayday. A customer service person is available with the click of a button. They can even use your phone’s screen to show you what to do to fix the problem. The second terrific app, called Firefly, helps you locate products online with a single click. Simply take a photo of a book, DVD, QR code, even phone numbers, actually any type of media. Firefly figures out what it is and then checks for an online version available on Amazon. If you are looking for info on a subject, for example a tourist attraction, the app will take you to its Wikipedia page. The Shopping app lets you look at online products from a variety of angles. Do not let Black Friday 2014 holiday pass you by without picking up a Fire Phone.

PROS:
  • Attractive display
  • Water and dust resistant
  • Long battery life
  •  Excellent camera
  • Removable battery
CONS:
  • Case is somewhat flimsy feeling
WHY WE RECOMMEND:

New features on the Samsung S5 make it a must have for the smartphone user on your list. By registering your fingerprints, you can use that instead of a four digit password to gain access to your phone. There are some reports of problems, but the feature is cutting edge and an excellent way to assure security, for example for Paypal transactions. You can also lock away your sensitive folders and photos from the prying eyes of authorized users. The heart rate monitor is a boon for fitness users, especially those following walking and running training plans. Using the Samsung S-Health app, the monitor is attached to the LED flash on the phone. Users can easily integrate it with Samsung Gear Fit and other Gear apps available by the maker.

The Samsung S5 also has several physical enhancements that make it more useful. If you are just about to run out of power on your phone, you can use the Ultra Power Saving mode, turning the screen black and white and shutting down apps that aren’t absolutely necessary. It allows you to still receive calls and text messages even if you’re down to just a 10% charge. Using the Smart Switch app, you can move all your data, including music, photos, contact info, from your old phone to your Samsung S5. The device is both dust and water resistant. The camera has a 16 megapixel capacity, with several photo modes including auto, zoom, panorama and 3D tour.

 

Pros:
  • Long Battery Life
  • 10.6” Precise Display
  • Comfortable
  • High-Speed Performance
  • Durable Hardware
Cons:
  • Keyboard Is Just Satisfactory

Why We Recommend:

The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is lighter at two pounds. The battery life has been extended to over six hours: one of the best in the industry. Also, the original kickstand was not designed to set in one’s lap. The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 fit comfortably on your lap. Make purchasing a Microsoft Surface Pro 2 the highlight of your Cyber Monday shopping experience.

The second generation of the Microsoft Surface Pro tackles all of the shortcomings of its predecessor head on. Specifically, with all of the changes, the Surface Pro 2 is a viable option for laptop use. With a kickstand that has dual stages, it is comfortable on your lap. The keyboard is less bendable than the previous version, which makes it great for the lap. And, with the Core i5-4200U processor and Intel HD 4400 graphics, it performs better than most notebooks and almost at par with a PC. Yet another improvement on the previous Surface Pro is the extended battery life, which is better than Ultrabooks. Finally, as a tablet, the Surface Pro 2 is a solid choice now that it weighs less. For all of these reasons, Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is the perfect Cyber Monday purchase.

 

Pros:
  • Proprietary 7” and 8.9” HDX Display Screen
  • Lightning-Fast 2.2Ghx Quad Core Processing Unit
  • 8 Mega-Pixel Rear Facing Camera
  • “Mayday” On-Device Tech Support
Why We Recommend:

The Kindle Fire HDX tablet is light years ahead of its predecessors. The Kindle Fire HDX 7” and 8.9” display provides a gorgeous viewing experience for movies, web browsing, reading and more. The 2.2 GHZ processor is three times faster than previous versions. Expect performance that will allow you to blow through websites and user interface pages at a pace that has not been seen before. This unit is so awesome that it won’t be surprising to see it outperform the leaders in its vertical. This needs to be on your shopping list for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2014.

Get ready for performance and value like you have never seen before. The Kindle Fire HDX is one tablet that you won’t want to miss out on this year. Featuring HDX 7” and 8.9” display, a new 2.2 Ghz quad core processor, an 8 mega-pixel rear facing camera, and on-device tech help – this tablet is a game changer. The gorgeous display is easy on the eyes and will allow users to use the device much longer than before. Speed and performance issues are no longer a problem, thanks to the quad-core, 2.2 Ghz processing unit. The Kindle Fire HDX features two cameras, including the 8mp rear facing camera that offers recording performance between 720p and 1080p. Perhaps one of the coolest features, the Mayday On-Device Tech Support, is going to help you keep the tablet running far beyond what has been seen before. If looking for a tablet during your Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping, we highly recommend going with a Kindle Fire HDX.

 

black friday ipad air cyber monday 2013
Pros:
  • Improved Front-Facing Camera
  • Seemingly Impossible Thinness and Weight
  • Does Not Have Fingerprint Scanner (Available on iPhone 5S)
Cons:
  • Only Minor Functional Improvements on Previous Model

Why We Recommend:

Compared to last year’s iPad model, the iPad Air (2013) only really offers better video chatting and faster performance. Aside from those improvements, it essentially functions the same as its predecessor. The iPad is groundbreaking once you factor in its aesthetics and design. Hands down it is the best full size tablet on the market today. Grab an iPad Air if you would like to get the perfect Black Friday gift or Cyber Monday find.

A substantial redesign of the iPad has been a long time in coming for Apple. After only eleven months, they released a slimmed version of the original husky iPad in 2011. The design remained almost unchanged for the next two and a half years. During that time, Apple improved the display and installed faster chips. But, it was not until now that the iPad actually felt new and refreshed. With this fifth generation installment, Apple has finally done away with the chunky bezels. A truly magnificent feat of this gadget is that the battery life remains the same as its predecessor, yet it offers significantly improved performance. The only real downside is the price. At $499 MSRP for the 16 GB version, it is perhaps the most expensive tablet on the market, and you would be lucky to find it at that price. As you head to the malls this Black Friday or your computer on Cyber Monday, pick up this hot ticket item…if you can find it.

Pros:
  • Apple iOS 7 with Dual-Core A7 Chip
  • Battery Life of up to Ten Hours
  • 5 Megapixel iSight Camera
  • 7.9” Display
Cons:
  • A Little Bit Pricey

Why We Recommend:

The iPad Mini is well worth the expensive price of admission. It provides the full, polished Apple tablet experience, utilizing iOS 7 and the A7 chip, in a miniature package, 7.9” display. It builds upon last year’s original iPad Mini by including the Retina Display and adding a better processor. For the best miniature tablet on the market, kick off Black Friday or Cyber Monday 2014 right by purchasing an iPad Mini.

The iPad Mini somehow packs a crystal clear 2,048 by 1,536 pixel resolution into a 7.9” screen. This version of the miniature tablet also includes the greatest and latest Apple chips: the M7 motion coprocessor and the 64-bit A7 CPU. The iPad Mini (2013) has the exact same specs as the iPad Air (2013), only it is much smaller, lighter, and less expensive. Despite its relatively low price, it is pricier than the less impressive offerings from its competitors at Amazon and Google. Also improved with the latest iPad Mini is the front-facing camera, improved LTE connectivity, and MIMO Wi-Fi antenna. In many ways, the small tablet is like the iPhone 5S without the much talked about fingerprint sensing Touch ID home button. So, taken in consideration with the current Apple generation of products, it is all about the size preference. Grab an iPad Mini if you would like to get the perfect Black Friday gift or Cyber Monday find.

 

Pros:
  • Energy Efficient
  • 160GB Hard Drive
  • Blu-Ray Player
  • Wireless DualShock 3 Controller
Cons:
  • Not Compatible with PS2
Why We Recommend:

For years, the PlayStation 3 has been the standard in home gaming. It is through the PS3 that many people have a Blu-ray player for enjoying movies with much higher quality. This is also Sony’s first attempt to get people involved with online play. PS3 is chocked full of features: high power GPU and processor, motion sensing controllers, and HD graphics among other aspects. The PlayStation 3 is a time tested classic that deserves to be on anyone wish list this Cyber Monday or Black Friday.

The PlayStation 3 is the original one stop shopping gaming system. It offers media viewing capabilities using a variety of outlets. One can easily go online and play. And, of course, the game play is top notch. The hardware does not over heat at all and runs silently. It also looks great in your living room. The Wireless DualShock 3 controller is cutting edge with its motion sensing capabilities. It is light and fits comfortably in your hands. If the PS3 had nothing else by the Blu-ray player, it would be a great deal. As it is, it shows DVDs with stunning clarity. There are endless lists of multimedia options, including a well-stocked online store. Also, the PS3 has great backwards compatibility with systems such as PSOne. Best of all, the user interface is enjoyable and intuitive. Go for a PS3 this Black Friday or Cyber Monday if you want the standard in gaming systems.

 

Pros:
  • Energy Efficient
  • 802.11n WiFi Integrated
  • Runs Silently
Cons:
  • Generates a lot of Heat

Why We Recommend:

The Xbox 360 takes gaming systems to a whole new level. These devices are your all in one home entertainment source. You can stream video, surf the internet, store files, watch DVDs, and of course play games. The 802.11n WiFi card allows for faster download speeds. And, an improved optical disc drive loads DVDs and game levels at lightning fast speeds. Microsoft pulls out all the stops with the Xbox 360. This needs to be on your shopping list for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2014.

The Xbox 360 is a vast improvement on its predecessor and puts most of its competitors to shame. The 250GB hard drive makes it easy to store all sorts of media for easy access. It is a silent, stylish, and sleek addition to any entertainment area. This Xbox is also energy efficient, so it will keep your electric bills down and serve as a green alternative. If you are concerned about upgrading to the Xbox 360 and losing data on your old console, there is no need to worry. Microsoft has a Hard Drive Data Migration Transfer Kit to help you do it easily. With its new integrated 802.11n WiFi card, download speeds are much faster, and playing games over wireless is much more enjoyable. The Xbox 360 is also compatible with Kinect technology. Definitely take advantage of any Xbox 360 deals you find during Cyber Monday or Black Friday 2014.

 

Pros:
  • Full Body Motion Sensor
  • Controller Free Motion Gaming
  • Voice Control
  • Substantial Game Library
Cons:
  • Requires a lot of Room to Play
  • Learning Curve
Why We Recommend:

The Kinect really ups the ante in wireless, motion sensing game play. The gaming system is great for workouts and for casual gaming parties. The unique, controller-free experience and body tracking are a first in the industry and really open up the possibilities of what game consoles can do. The Kinect is available as a stand-alone and as part of a bundle with the Xbox. The future of gaming is available Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2014.

The Wii was a hit in the current generation of game consoles with its focus on enjoyment over appearance. It took them a few years, but Microsoft responded with a vengeance with the Kinect. With the wild success of this system, it appears motion gaming is here to stay. While competitors have the user hold on to a controller, the Kinect makes the user’s entire body the controller. With a motion camera/detector placed above your television, the Kinect hardware converts your movements into a language the Xbox can understand. The actual hardware is about 11 inches by 3 inches and can sit atop your TV. The motorized head automatically adjusts to improve its viewing angle. It is so simple to setup that even parents can set it up in the matter of minutes. You could do worse than to cash in on Xbox Kinect Black Friday or Cyber Monday 2014 deals.

Pros:
  • Library of Over 800 Kid-Safe Videos, Games, Music, eBooks, and Apps
  • For Ages 4 to 9
  • 8 Gb On-Board Memory
  • 9 Hour Battery
Cons:
  • Operates a Touch Slower than Previous Generation

Why We Recommend:

The LeapFrog continues to lead the way with its LeapPad series of tablets specifically designed to entertain kids and put parents at ease. The latest addition to the series has the biggest screen yet: seven inches. It is specially designed to avoid damage from overzealous children. Any kid would love to get this for Christmas, think of it as you hit the shops on Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2014.

The LeapPad Ultra is a market improvement on last year’s LeapPad2. The screen has expanded by two inches to seven inches and is touch resistive to make sure the youngsters do not crack the screen. With the larger screen also comes better resolution: 1024 by 600 pixels. The 9 hour battery life of the built in lithium battery assures the kids will be busy the entire ride to grandma’s this winter. And, the ever expanding library of over 800 apps, eBooks, music, games, and videos will also keep the children busy. Each LeapPad Ultra comes with eleven free apps. There are both front and rear facing cameras that take two megapixel photos and 480 pixel video recordings. Finally, two of the neatest additions to the latest generation are Wi-Fi with kid-safe web and peer-to-peer game play.  Do not let Black Friday or Cyber Monday 2014 pass without picking up this gem.

 

Pros:
  • Global LTE Support
  • A7 Chip
  • Clear 8 Megapixel Camera
  • Fingerprint ID
Cons:
  • No Changes to Design

Why We Recommend:

Despite looking just like its iPhone 5 predecessor, the iPhone 5s is leaps and bounds ahead of it with software and hardware improvements. The iPhone 5s produces two firsts in smartphone history. It is the first phone to have a fingerprint sensor. Also, it is the first to have full 64-bit support. It also comes with a revamped version of iOS. iPhones are the standard in smartphones. They are always innovative. The iPhone 5s is no different. This is the got to have purchase for the 2014 Black Friday and Cyber Monday rush.

Apple is typically known for its rock star style releases of its products. There was little pomp and circumstance surrounding the release of the iPhone 5s. This is because this device speaks for itself. The TouchID fingerprint scanner is embedded into the home button making it virtually impossible for others to access your phone. Apple’s A7 chip is a powerhouse. It makes iPhone 5s the first phone to have 64-bit support. This doubles the CPU and GPU performance of its predecessor. The cameras are improved too. The FaceTime HD front facing shooter and iSight rear camera are clearer than ever before. There is LTE support across the globe, including all four major networks in the United States. This ensures quality service wherever you may be. If you are looking to upgrade your phone this Black Friday and Cyber Monday season, look no further.

 

Pros:
  • Crystal Clear 8 Megapixel Camera
  • Runs Using iOS 7
  • Global LTE Support
  • Affordable
Cons:
  • Little Change to Previous Hardware

Why We Recommend:

The iPhone 5c has finally hit the streets. The lower-cost handset from Apple is colorful. It comes standard with the iOS 7 and is slotted just below the more expensive iPhone 5s, which was launched at the same time as the 5c. The 5c’s global LTE support, including all four major LTE networks in the United States, ensures superior coverage. If you are looking for an affordable iPhone during Black Friday or Cyber Monday, the iPhone 5c is the way to go.

The iPhone 5c is the smart, practical iPhone for users who want an affordable smartphone without all of the fanfare. Compared to its predecessor, the 5c has the global LTE support for improved performance and a better front-facing camera for clearer FaceTime or Skype. The iPhone 5c is gorgeous coming in blue, pink, green, yellow, and white pastels. The front of the iPhone is all glass with the 1.2 megapixel front facing camera. The Retina display is four inches and packs in 326 pixels per inch. The bright screen allows for a wide viewing angle. The iPhone 5c utilizes Apple’s powerful A6 processor with 1 GB of RAM. There are 5cs available with 16 GB built in storage or 32 GB. Both are bigger than most people would need for their purposes. For the smart and practical shoppers this Cyber Monday and Black Friday season, the iPhone 5c delivers.

 

Pros:
  • Snapdragon 600 Processor
  • Super AMOLED 1080p 5” Display
  • Long Battery Life
  • High Quality Camera
Cons:
  • Design Is Not That Flashy
  • Some Features Are Not Practical for Most Users

Why We Recommend:

The Samsung Galaxy S4 has almost universally received good reviews, and our experience with it was no different. The GS4 is designed with the best in smartphone technology. The camera is a whopping 13.2 megapixels. It runs on a powerful 1.9GHz quad core chipset. Also, there is a wide array of firmware amenities. If you want the best smartphone available, buy a Samsung Galaxy S4 this Cyber Monday and Black Friday.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is basically what you get when you take all of the best specs on the market and put them in one smartphone. The design is an improvement on its predecessor the GS3. The display is larger at 5” with a 1080p Super AMOLED screen. Yet, the device is actually narrower than the GS3. The battery supports over one full day of heavy use, such as phone calls, internet, streaming music, games, etc. Under the hood, the GS4 runs the Snapdragon 600 with Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The GS4 also includes a removable battery cell and microSDXC. And, the software includes brand new features that are clever and innovative. With this set up, the GS4 leaves other phones in the dust in benchmark tests. Forget everything else that is available: Move the Samsung Galaxy S4 to the top of your shopping list for Black Friday or Cyber Monday 2014.

 

Pros:
  • 8 Megapixel Camera
  • 1080p Video Recording
  • Comfortable and Easy to Hold
  • Performs Well for Its Class
Cons:
  • Storage Is Limited
Why We Recommend:

As smartphones move to larger and larger screens, Samsung has decided to go after the crowd that wants something small. They have succeeded in producing a superior product with the Galaxy S4 Mini. At 4.3 inches this middle-tier phone literally fits into the palm of your hand. One of the best features of the Galaxy S4 Mini is its ability to capture images and record video. Snatch up the Galaxy S4 Mini when looking for Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals.

The 4.3 inch Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is the ideal smartphone for those fed up with the industry’s trend of making larger devices. This phone features an 8 MP rear facing camera and 1.9 MP front-facing camera. The 1080p video capture is perfect for video chat or filming video. The Galaxy S4 Mini uses Android 4.2.2 as its operating system, which is one of the best on the market. The Mini sports many of the same features as its much larger flagship smartphone. There is a headphone jack on the top, volume rocker on the left, power button on the right, and a micro-USB port at the bottom. The appearance is very similar. But, with the smaller design, you can wrap your fingers around it and use it comfortably. All and all, do not let Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2014 pass you by without purchasing a Galaxy S4 Mini.

Pros:
  • Helpful Stylus for Intricate Actions
  • Massive 5.7” AMOLED Display
  • 8.3 mm Thick
  • Powerful Processor
  • Many Exclusive Apps
Cons:
  • Stylus Can Be Hard to Remove from Holster
Why We Recommend:

In the two years since the release of its flagship, the Galaxy Note has grown to become Samsung’s biggest brands. The Galaxy Note 3 is even narrower, thinner, and taller than its predecessors. This device is unique in the giant smartphone class in that it utilizes a stylus. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is a worthy purchase during the 2014 Cyber Monday and Black Friday season for those looking for a supersized smartphone.

Samsung is back with an updated version of its giant Galaxy Note phones. The Galaxy Note 3 is a marked improvement on the Note II in that the screen has gotten larger, but the phone as a whole is smaller. The Note 3 is narrower (8.3 mm overall) and thinner (now 79.2 mm) while shaving 12 grams off its weight. Yet, the screen is a nice large 5.7” and packs 386 pixels per inch. The Galaxy Note 3’s S-Pen stylus continues to be a helpful feature of the Notes. This device features the Android 4.3, a 13MP rear facing camera, and a 2MP front facing shooter. Both models have powerful processors: the 1.9GHz Exynos Octa-core SoC and the 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 chipset. Speed is not an issue with the Galaxy Note 3. Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2014 are your perfect opportunities to pick up the best giant-sized phone on the market.

Pros:
  • Comfortable
  • Convenient
  • Runs Smoothly
  • 1.9 Megapixel Auto-Focus Camera
Cons:
  • Limited Compatibility

Why We Recommend:

Samsung packs a lot of punch into the small frame of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The revolutionary Galaxy Gear signifies that we have finally made it to the future: communicator watches. This gadget features a 1.6 inch AMOLED screen protected by Gorilla Glass, a 1.9 megapixel camera with auto-focus, and third party support. With their first attempt at a phone that fits on your wrist, Samsung has succeeded wondrously. The Samsung Galaxy Gear is one of the most impressive offerings available for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2014.

There have been other attempts to make smartwatches in the past, but this is the first time a major manufacturer has given it a go. The Galaxy Gear is a very good product for a first generation offering. It works with your phone and Bluetooth to make calls. The 1.63 inch display panel has 320 by 320 resolution which gives you crystal clear 277 pixels per inch. There is a 1.9 megapixel camera located in the rubber wristband of the Gear. Most impressive about the Gear is how much Samsung was able to fit under the hood. There are 4 GB of storage, an accelerometer and gyroscope, 800 MHz processor with 512 MB of RAM, and a long lasting battery of about two days between charges. Best of all, it keeps good time! This is the perfect gift for you or a tech nerd on your gift list this Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

 

Pros:
  • Loud Speaker with Good Sound Quality
  • 4.3” Display
  • 4 Megapixel Ultrapixel Camera
  • Strong Design
Cons:
  • Missing Some Features of Larger One
  • Short Battery Life

Why We Recommend:

HTC One Mini is another trend bucking miniature smartphone. The software and the hardware for the 4.3 inch mini look just like its larger flagship device. The frame is made from plastic and aluminum to maintain a thin figure. The Ultrapixel camera has a four megapixel resolution for crystal clear shots. If you are looking to smaller size your smartphone during Cyber Monday or Black Friday 2014, the HTC One Mini is definitely a good decision.

The HTC One Mini is one of the best smartphones put out in a while. The 4.3 inch screen on the mini has 720 pixels putting it above and beyond its competition. The HTC One Mini also has 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, and runs a dual core, 1.4 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor. This device is all about choices. You can use One favorites, such as Zoe, Blinkfeed, or HTC’s automated video highlight reel, on the mini. The One mini is also able to capture 1080p video in HD. The rear facing camera has a crisp 4 megapixels, while the front facing camera has 1.6 megapixels and supports video chat. Compared to other middleweight phones, the mini beats out the others in its class. It is also quite affordable. Pick up an HTC One Mini this Black Friday or Cyber Monday for an improved smartphone experience.

 

Pros:
  • 1080p Display
  • 5.9” Screen
  • High Quality Audio
  • Long Battery Life
Cons:
  • Bulky
  • Touchy Fingerprint Scanner

Why We Recommend:

HTC’s entry into the giant smartphone market is a resounding success. With many improvements on its predecessors’ performance, the HTC One Max not only has a crystal clear 5.9 inch screen, it also scores big on a variety of other attributes. The fingerprint scanner is one notable addition that protects your phone from potential thieves of snoops. The storage is also quite substantial. Impress your friends with the best giant smartphone around. Cash in on deals for the HTC One Max this Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

The HTC One Max is a giant step forward in the smartphone market. The fingerprint scanner is a rare commodity these days in the smartphone world, but it will likely become more common with the success of the iPhone 5s and the Max. The cool feature with the HTC fingerprint reader is you can attach quick launch shortcuts for different fingers. The Super LCD 3 screen has a resolution of 1,920 by 1,080 for crisper than life images. This paired with the BoomSound speakers makes for the ideal video viewing experience. The One Max’s rear facing camera has 4 megapixel Ultrapixel technology, which allows users to get better performance in low light. As for software, Sense 5.5, which is based on the Android 4.3, is a revamped, better performing version of the user interface that popularized the flagship One. Do not let Black Friday or Cyber Monday pass you by without picking up an HTC One Max.

Pros:
  • Great Price
  • 4.95” 1080p Display
  • Cutting Edge Android 4.4 OS
  • High Power Quad-Core Processor
Cons:
  • Is Not Available through Verizon
  • Battery Life Is Unsatisfying

Why We Recommend:

Once again, Google has produced a top of the line product that is reasonably priced and puts the other Android flagships to shame. The Nexus 5 is the perfect gadget for those who spend all of their time on their smartphone but do not want to blow the big bucks on others in its class. The Nexus 5 blows them away. For an astoundingly sophisticated state of the art phone at a mid-range price, look no further than the Google Nexus 5 this Cyber Monday and Black Friday.

The Google Nexus 5 works better than phones twice its price. And, there are no clear signs that Google cut back on any features in favor of chopping the price. The 4.95” display is crystal clear with 1080p. The iteration of the Android OS 4.4 is practically flawless. This souped up little phone is running Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chipset, which features a quad-core Adreno 330 GPU that runs at 450MHz and four 2.26GHz Krait 400 cores. The battery life is an improvement on past Nexus phones, and all of the issues with Nexus 4 have been fixed. We hope the quality and price of the Nexus 5 serves as a challenge to other manufacturers. If you are a looking for a smartphone this Black Friday or Cyber Monday, whether you want mid-range or top-of-the-line, go with the Google Nexus 5.

 

Pros:
  • Long Battery Life
  • Active Display Gives Notification Previews
  • Fast Performance Overall
  • Quick Capture Is Easy to Utilize
Cons:
  • Moto Maker Is Only Available with AT&T

Why We Recommend:

After nearly a year of going into seclusion after its purchase by Google, Motorola is back with the beautiful Moto X. You can design the Moto X to be whatever colors you want using the Moto Maker site. The Moto X is even assembled here in the United States, which is almost unheard of with smartphone companies. There should be some good deals on the Moto X during Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2014: take advantage of them.

According to Google, the Moto X was designed for everyone. They utilized Facebook polls to determine what people want. The Moto X is a trim 130 grams, has a curvature to the back, 4.7” display, and sports a 10 megapixel camera. The AMOLED screen of the Moto X has a pixel density of 316 ppi. It exudes a vibrant pop from almost any angle. It has the brightest screen of any smartphone. The battery easily lasts up to two days with the heaviest use (streaming music, video, web browsing, etc.) Under the hood, you find X8 custom architecture which combining a quad-core Adreno 320 GPU, a specialized core for contextual computer, a specialized core for natural language processing, and a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro. If you are in the market for a smartphone this Black Friday and Cyber Monday season, we highly recommend the Motorola Moto X.

 

Pros:
  • Fun Three Dimensional Augmented Reality Games
  • Controls Are Analog
  • 3D Screen
  • Compatible with DS Games
Cons:
  • Short Battery Life
  • Expensive

Why We Recommend:

The Nintendo 3DS is a major step up from its predecessors, yet users of the previous systems will feel right at home. It is a little bit heavier than the previous models, but it utilizes the same clamshell design. The touchscreen is three inches, while the second glasses-free 3D screen is three and a half inches and high resolution at 800 by 240 pixels. This is a must have for any gamer on your Cyber Monday and Black Friday shopping list.

The 3DS is the perfect device for games who want to be on the cutting edge. There are no systems that compare to the 3DS’s 3D abilities, and the augmented reality (AR) games that come already loaded on the device are stellar. The 3D screen takes a second to adjust to, but once you do adjust, it is a game changer. The 3DS builds upon its predecessors by offering higher resolution screens. The touchscreen at three inches has a 320 by 240 resolution. The 3D screen is even larger and sharper. There are also three cameras with a resolution of just under one megapixel. The 3DS features both a gyroscope and an accelerometer to track your movements when playing certain games. And, with 2GB of storage, it will take a while before you would need to upgrade. If you are willing to spend a few extra buck for the best, the Nintendo 3DS is definitely worth the money this Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

 

Pros:
  • Allows up to Five Players
  • Backward Compatible
  • Two Screen Gaming Experience
  • Great lineup of games with beautiful HD graphics
  • Nintendo TVii
Cons:
  • Short Battery Life for GamePad

Why We Recommend:

The much anticipated Wii U is unique because it offers players a double screen experience when playing games. Nintendo goes all out with the Wii U introducing a first of its kind tablet controller, called the GamePad. The gaming library mostly consists of games available on competitors consoles. Best of all, Nintendo’s offering changes how we interact with our televisions and video content. This is the must buy game console for the 2014 Black Friday and Cyber Monday season.

Nintendo keeps improving its Wii brand with the Wii U. Wii U utilizes both your television screen and the screen of a 6.2” display tablet, called the GamePad. After a little practice, jumping between the two screens is seamless and really enhances the experience of playing video games. But, the Wii U is not just about video games. With the Wii U, Nintendo also introduces its Nintendo TVii. This ambitious project changes how we use our television and how we view video content. It has the ability to connect streaming services, TiVo DVR, and live TV into one package. Wii U can be purchased as a Basic Set or a Deluxe Set for about $50 more. We recommend the Deluxe set because it comes with a charging stand, much larger storage capacity (32GB versus 8GB), and a game. If you want to streamline the way you view your media, definitely look for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on the Wii U.

 

Pros:
  • Long Battery Life
  • Charging Cables Are Available from Third Parties
  • Lighter and Thinner
  • More Comfortable
Cons:
  • Memory Cards Are Expensive
  • Some May Prefer Older Gen Screen

Why We Recommend:

The PS Vita is Sony’s cutting edge next generation handheld console. Everything that Sony has done with the Vita has improved it. There is 1GB of built in memory for storing gaming data. The device is also twenty percent slimmer and fifteen percent lighter than its predecessor. Overall, PS Vita is one of the best handheld gaming devices on the market. Take advantage of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday season, and pick up a PS Vita for the gamer on your shopping list.

The PS Vita is better than its forebears. At 15mm thick and 219g, it is both one of the thinnest and lightest devices on the market. This Vita does not require a proprietary charging cable. It is interchangeable with other devices to help control your clutter. The LCD screen is an improvement on previous editions in that it does not get black spots. It also allows for longer game play without needing a charge. The PS Vita is stuffed full of changes that makes running non-gaming software more reliable. The PS Vita can be used to Skype using the front facing VGA camera. Facebook and Twitter are also easily accessible with this device. In short, the PS Vita is an extraordinary all in one console. Grab a PS Vita this Cyber Monday or Black Friday for a quality handheld gaming experience.

 

Pros:
  • Longer Battery Life
  • Sharp Retina Display
  • Improved Performance
  • Lighter and Thinner
  • Affordable
Cons:
  • Fans Are Audible

Why We Recommend:

Apple’s MacBook Pro Retina (2013) is another improvement on the MacBook Pro line. Only, this time the improvement is drastic, and it is matched by a cut in price. The 2013 pro uses Apple’s  OS X 10.9 Mavericks operating system, which provides a beautiful and intuitive user interface. The 13 inch screen utilizes the state of the art Retina technology. If looking for a laptop during your Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping, we highly recommend going with a MacBook Pro Retina if you can find it.

When one first sees it, the MacBook Pro Retina looks like a marginal upgrade at best. But, upon closer look, there is a vast array of improvements. The Pro Retina has the longest battery life in the industry at over eleven hours. It has trimmed down to .71 inches thick and dropped down to 3.46 pounds. The 13” Retina display packs a walloping 2,560 by 1,600 pixels. The pixels are impossible to distinguish with the naked eye when sitting at a natural distance from the screen. There is 256GB of storage in the MacBook Pro Retina. Its performance is seamless with a 2.4 GHz fourth generation, dual-core Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM. The MacBook Pro Retina works impressively well for watching videos and for gaming. And, for its price, it blows the competition away. Check out Apple’s latest laptop offering for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2014.

 

Pros:
  • Beautiful All in One Design
  • Versatile Audio Features
  • High Octane Performance
Cons:
  • Lacks an Optical Drive

Why We Recommend:

With the iMac (2013), Apple has revamped the iMac series. This edition comes in both 27 inch and 21.5 inch screen sizes. The display is low glare and has a razor thin bezel of just half a centimeter. Apple has also added faster 802.11ac WiFi, NVIDIA GPUs, improved transfer rates, and Haswell processors to boost the iMac (2013) performance. The iMac (2013) is the single best computer you can buy during this Black Friday and Cyber Monday season.

The iMac (2013)’s predecessor was already hands down one of the best computers around. Apple just upgraded it, effectively putting the iMac (2013) in a class by itself. The 27” display has 2,560 by 1,440 pixel resolution. The robust audio matches the display in its clarity. The upgrades include faster 802.11ac WiFi, a 3.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 CPU, 8 GB of RAM, and an impressive 1 GB NVIDIA GT 755M GPU. The hard drive provides you with all the storage space you will likely need with one terabyte (7,200 RPM). The iMac (2013) is unique in that it combines an HDD and large SSD into one volume. If you are used to using the OS X, the only question you need to ask yourself is which iMac (2013) size best suits your needs. Anyone in the market for a high speed computer during the Cyber Monday or Black Friday shopping rush should pick up the iMac.

 

Pros:
  • Two-Thirds of an Inch Thick
  • Crisp, Bright 13 Inch Display
  • 3.3 Pounds
  • Incredibly Versatile
Cons:
  • Keyboard Feels Small at Times

Why We Recommend:

The IdeaPad Yoga 13 from Lenovo is like nothing else before it. This device is part of the first generation of Windows 8 items. It is hard to categorize the IdeaPad Yoga 13. The screen of this Ultrabook folds back 360 degrees to turn the device into an Ultratablet, if you will. This special hinge makes the Yoga extremely flexible, hence its name. If you can afford it, this is the ideal tablet/Ultrabook to purchase this Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga 13 is the most striking design using the Windows 8 operation system so far. Before tinkering around with the Yoga, it would first appear to be a lower end Ultrabook. The design makes it look like a paper book. It is made from softer material to make holding it more comfortable, yet it does not detract from the durability. Despite having touchscreen capabilities, the Yoga 13 is incredibly light at only 3.3 pounds. It is also only .67 inches thick. The screen folks all the way back 360 degrees creating a tablet. The keyboard automatically turns off in this mode. The display is a 1600 x 600, 300-nit IPS panel that produces crisp images and broad viewing angles. For those who are willing to spend a few bucks to have the best gadgets, look for great Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on the IdeaPad Yoga 13.

 

Pros:
  • Clear 11.6” IPS Display
  • Lightweight Design
  • Great Battery Life
  • Strong Performance
Cons:
  • Keyboard Is a Little Cramped

Why We Recommend:

Many companies are releasing laptops with touchscreen features that properly utilize the Windows 8 operating system. HP may have released the best of these with the HP Envy x2. HP has really slimmed down the Envy. It weighs 1.5 pounds and is a svelte .3 inches thick when used as a tablet. The battery lasts for an impressive 13 hours when used as a laptop.  For the best laptop-tablet hybrid experience, purchase an HP Envy x2 this Cyber Monday and Black Friday season.

HP manages to do an exemplary job of combining the productivity of a laptop with the fluid experience of a tablet into one device. Using an Atom processor and the Windows 8 operating system, the Envy x2 is a hybrid that is the best of both worlds. When used as a tablet, the battery last nearly nine hours. This number jumps to 13 hours when the Envy x2 is used as a laptop. This featherweight device is only .3 inches thick and weighs a pound and a half as a tablet. With the keyboard dock, it weighs a respectable 3.1 pounds as a laptop. And, the display packs a 1,366 by 768 resolution into its 11.6 inch screen. You will be purchasing both one of the best tablets and a superior laptop if you decide to put an HP Envy x2 in your shopping cart during Black Friday or Cyber Monday 2014.

 

Pros:
  • Endless Recording Options
  • Superior HD Video Footage
  • Smaller
  • 4Kp15 Video Capture
Cons:
  • Accessories Can Get a Bit Expensive

Why We Recommend:

GoPro Hero 3 is the perfect camera for those who want to combine their love of video with their passion for adventure. The Hero series offers improved battery life, better optics, a slimmer build, and a new SuperView mode. And, depending on frame rate, the Hero 3 has a 4K frame rate. Do not let Black Friday or Cyber Monday pass you by without picking up a GoPro Hero 3 for the adventurous person in your family.

This is the best camera ever released by the best action video camera manufacturer. The GoPro Hero 3 has an amazing number of qualify video shooting options. As the resolution works its way up from WGVA all the way to 4K, the number of frames per second decreases, which is only natural. One can still pick up a faster than the eye speed of 60 frames per a second at 1080p. There are also different screen aspects including Ultra Wide available. The Hero 3 works well in just about every environment: low light, bright light, even underwater. It has also lost some size since the Hero 2. This device weighs in at a trim 1.4 pounds. One of the best things about the Hero 3 is the wide range of accessories. These make it possible for you to use your Hero 3 for just about any purpose. The GoPro Hero 3 belongs on your Cyber Monday and Black Friday shopping list.

 

Pros:
  • 20.2 Megapixels
  • Superb Autofocusing System
  • Sensor with 40.3 Million Photodiodes
  • 3” 1.04M-Dot Vari-Angle Display
Cons:
  • May Be Hard for Beginners to Learn

Why We Recommend:

Want an inexpensive camera that will help you capture video with quality that rivals the pros? The Canon 70D is the camera for you. It goes well beyond its predecessor. The 70D is a 20.2 megapixel camera. At its core, it has the Dual Pixel CMOS AF. This basically has twice the number of pixels in the sensor to help improve focusing abilities. The Canon 70D should be your top choice for cameras on Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

Canon 70D has an impressive price tag for how solid of a camera it is. The focusing abilities are much better than its predecessor, the 60D. There are nineteen AF points, compared to the 60D’s nine. Shooting in low lighting is no problem. The 70D can handle up to ISO 25,600. The display is three inches and 1.04M dot utilizing a Vari-Angle screen with touch functionality. With just a tap, you can tell the camera what to track and focus on. The focusing abilities are boosted by Canon’s  Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which works with 103 EF lenses. The 70D is the only camera in the world that includes this cutting edge technology. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF is like having twenty million people using both eyes to track the focus. For quality video shooting capabilities, start Cyber Monday and Black Friday off on the right foot by grabbing a Canon 70D.

 

Pros:
  • Full HD 1080p Video
  • Excellent Video and Audio Quality
  • 18 Megapixels
  • Great Battery Life
Cons:
  • Bit of a Learning Curve in Switching between Video and Still Shots

Why We Recommend:

The Canon Rebel T3i, also referred to as 600D, is the latest addition to the Canon Rebel series. It is a superb choice for those photographers who like to take creative still shots as well as for dSLR videographers. The shooting performance and image quality are unmatched. It is ideal for capturing kids, sports, and pets. Do not pass up the Canon Rebel T3i for the photog in your family during this Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping season.

The Canon Rebel T3i is an exciting addition to the Rebel series. It features an 18 megapixel CMOS effective resolution sensor that measures 22.3 by 14.9 millimeters. The image processor is Digic 4. For video shooters, the T3i is a must have. It shoots full HD 1080p video. At its maximum quality, it can film for quite a while on its battery. There is Eye-Fi wireless integration. There is also three shot bracketing and there is a range of up to seven stops in either direction. The ambience settings provide a wide variety of ways to liven up your pictures. These include darker, cool, warm, vivid, monochrome, brighter, intense, soft, and standard. The Canon Rebel T3i is all about flexibility. If you are looking for a quality digital camera, definitely add the Canon Rebel T3i to your Cyber Monday or Black Friday list.

 

Pros:
  • HD Video Options
  • Image Quality Is Incredible through 25,600 ISO
  • 3.2 Inch LCD Screen
  • Great Focusing System
Cons:
  • Lacks Autofocus when Capturing Video

Why We Recommend:

The Canon 5D Mark III is like nothing else. It blows its competition out of the water. The Mark III has a top sensitivity of ISO 102,400. This is unheard of in the photography world and essentially allows you to shoot in the dark. It also has incredible image quality at the higher ISOs. The Mark II was highly impressive, but the Mark III is even better than its predecessor. For the very best in digital cameras, definitely buy a Canon 5D Mark III while Cyber Monday and Black Friday shopping.

No other camera on the market compares to what the top of the line Canon 5D Mark III can do. This shooter captures images that appear to be lit up with professional lighting even with high ISOs. Images at ISO 6400 and below are virtually flawless. And, anything higher than that is better than any other camera. There is a silent shooter mode that allows you to take pictures without there being a shutter sound. This makes it ideal for discreet street photographers, nature shooters, and wedding photogs. The Mark III is able to capture six frames per second. The 5D Mark III utilizes the 61 point High Density Reticular Autofocus leading to a perfect focusing system. The Canon 5D Mark III is a must have for talented photographers. Look for deals on it this Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

 

Pros:
  • Expeed 3 Processing Engine
  • 24 Megapixels
  • Up to ISO 6400
  • High Resolution LCD Display
Cons:
  • A Little Bit Pricey

Why We Recommend:

The Nikon D3200 is a vast step up from its predecessor, the D3100. There are a wide range of significant improvements on the older version. The LCD display screen is incredibly high res with about four times as many pixels. With 24 megapixels and using the Expeed 3 processing engine, crystal clear video is pretty much unavoidable. Believe all the hype about the Nikon D3200 and snatch one up if you can during Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2014.

Compared to the D3100, the Nikon D3200 is heads and shoulders above its forebear. Although it is a little bit pricey for an entry level camera, the D3200’s specs are a lot better than most cameras in its class. It offers unmatched flexibility in low lighting due to its ISO of up to 6400. For beginners, guide mode is a useful tool. It helps guide you through the process of creating various effects, such as shooting a sunset or blurring backgrounds. The 24 megapixel sensor coupled with the powerful Expeed 3 processing engine guarantees the highest quality images. There is also an add-on, the WU-1A WiFi dongle, which allows you to send pictures directly from the D3200 to your tablet or smartphone. All things considered, the D3200 is the must buy camera for that photog in your family. Do not let Cyber Monday or Black Friday 2014 pass you buy without picking up one of these beauties.

 

Pros:
  • 39 Point AF
  • Wireless Port
  • 24 Megapixel Sensor
  • Expeed 3 processor
Cons:
  • Looks the Same as the D5100

Why We Recommend:

The Nikon D5200 is a lightweight camera that is designed to help bring beginning photographers to the professional level. The D5200 improves upon its predecessor with a 39 point autofocus system that tracks moving objects. You can take up to five pictures per second with the D5200’s Expeed 3 processor. Also, there is a 2,016 pixel RGB metering sensor. The DX format chip squeezes in eight million more pixels than the D5100. The Nikon D5200 is for the aspiring professional photographer on your shopping list during Cyber Monday and Black Friday 2014.

With articulated LCD, impressive low light performance, and a 24 megapixel sensor; Nikon has upped the ante for consumer DSLRs with the D5200. The D5200 offers more choices of h.264 frame rates allowing up to 60 frames per second. The internal mic is in stereo. There is an add-on available, the WU-1a WiFi adapter, which allows you to send pictures directly from the D5200 to your smartphone or tablet. The D5200 also has a much easier to use user interface than the D5100. Basically, the D5200 is a vast improvement its forebear in just about every department, and it is one of the best cameras in its class when compared to the offerings of Nikon’s competitors. Overall, the Nikon D5200 is a strong Black Friday or Cyber Monday purchase for any shooter interested in taking their talent to the next level.

 

Pros:
  • Easy Set Up
  • Simple App Implementation
  • Inexpensive
  • High Quality Internet Video on Your Television
Cons:
  • Requires Newer Computer Hardware for HD Streaming

Why We Recommend:

Google Chromecast takes any television and turns it into a smart television. All that is needed is a simple HDMI port. With Google’s Chromecast, your dumb TV can gain access to content from the internet. With Chromecast plugged into your television, you can tap into YouTube, content in any open tab on the Chrome browser, Google Play, or Netflix. Coming from a company like Google makes this a groundbreaking gadget. Google Chromecast is the practice gift for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2014.

Making your television smart has never been so simple or inexpensive. For the first time, you can get internet content on your television screen without buying a home theater PC or smart television. There is also no need to buy expensive hardware. The Chromecast comes with a micro-USB cable, a dongle, an electrical plug adapter, and an HDMI extender. The main dongle is quite small at 70 mm long. This makes it a very unobtrusive gadget. Under the hood, the dongle has 2 GB storage, a Marvell SoC, 512 MB of RAM, and a combination Bluetooth/FM/802.11 b/g/n WiFi radio. Installation is seamless and only takes a few minutes. With the backing of Google, it will only continue to improve on its app selection that currently includes Netflix, Google Play, YouTube, and Chrome connectivity.  Pick up a Google Chromecast while Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping: you will not be disappointed.