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We just received word that Samsung's Nexus S smarphone from Google is landing at AT&T this weekend. Starting Sunday, July 24th, you'll be able to trot into your local Best Buy brick-and-mortar store and pick one up for $99.99 with a new, two-year activation. Feeling impatient? You can place your pre-order today in Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile specialty stores, and online at www.BestBuy.com/Mobile. In case you're not yet familiar with the Nexus S, which is already available on Sprint and T-Mobile, a quick rundown of the spec sheet looks like this: 4-inch Super AMOLED display (480x800) 1GHz Cortez A8 (Hummingbird) processor 16GB iNAND flash memory Front-facing VGA camera Rear-facing 5MP camera... Read more...
In what can be taken as yet another sign that Apple is getting ready to refresh its MacBook Air line with a much needed makeover of modern parts, Best Buy's online listings for current generation models show that they're "Not Available for Shipping." You can still walk down to your local Best Buy brick-and-mortar store and pick one up, provided they still have models in stock. According to AppleInsider, some locations have run out of units, and it doesn't appear they'll be replenishing them until Apple comes out with revised models. Another option is to hop over to Apple's Online Store, where current generation MacBook Air models are still available for purchase. Baseline models run from $999... Read more...
The long awaited launch of HTC's Evo 3D smartphone on Sprint is less than 24 hours away, and if you don't happen to have anything better to do on a Friday morning (like commute to work), Best Buy will let you through its doors a little early to be one of the first to pick up what could end up being the hottest Android device this summer. Best Buy stores, along with select Best Buy Mobile specialty locations, will open at 8AM local time tomorrow morning. "There has been a lot of excitement and interest in the HTC Evo 3D in our stores and we are happy to help bring it to market by opening our stores early on Friday," said Scott Anderson, head of merchandising for Best Buy Mobile. "This is a big... Read more...
Do you know what today is? You could answer 'Wednesday' or 'June 15, 2011' both of which would be correct responses. But it's also the day that, at long last, the first notebooks built around Google's Chrome OS are shipping. We're of course talking about Samsung's Series 5 Chromebook, and if you missed out on ordering through Gilt a couple of weeks ago, now's your chance to jump on the Chrome OS bandwagon. Samsung's Series 5 Chromebook is available at Best Buy and Amazon.com, and will set you back $430 if all you want is Wi-Fi connectivity, or $500 if you want the 3G radio. The relatively high price (compared to low end 15.6-inch notebooks) will put Google's Chrome OS to the test. The Chromebook... Read more...
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has just appeared on Best Buy's website. Although it has the very vague "coming soon" date attached to its page, the fact that it's there at all is a signal that date is not far off. In addition, the site offers a lot more detail on the device, including the fact that it will ship with Android 3.1, rather than 3.0.1. The site also lists the full specs (below). Here are the blurbs Best Buy put on the sale page: Redefining High Performance Adobe® Flash® Player-compatible Web pages and play games on a 10.1" screen. Enjoy movies in beautiful HD clarity on the 10.1" widescreen (1280 x 800) display Dual Core 1GHz Tegra™ 2 processor delivers vibrant colors and... Read more...
With a little more than a week's worth of sales figures to analyze, mega electronics retailer Best Buy said that BlackBerry PlayBook tablet PC sales have so far been much higher than expected. Whether or not Best Buy is feigning surprise to boost consumer confidence is hard to tell since the chain didn't release any figures, but assuming Best Buy is being sincere, then it would appear that early mixed reviews haven't scared customers away from the PlayBook. "Best Buy has had great success selling BlackBerry smartphones in North America, so our sales expectations for the BlackBerry PlayBook were very high," Best Buy said in a statement. "To date, we have far exceeded those expectations and we're... Read more...
Earlier this month, we told you the Acer Iconia Tab A500, the company's first 10.1-inch tablet in the new Acer Iconia family, would be available starting April 24. As promised, Acer has delivered this Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablet on schedule. As you'll recall, the Iconia Tab A500 supports a resolution of 1280×800 on its 10.1-inch screen. The tablet is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 250 1GHz dual-core processor. It has 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of flash storage. There's also a microSD slot for additional storage. You'll find a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera on this tablet. All in all, the Iconia Tab A500 has many similar hardware features to the Motorola Xoom, though... Read more...
The tablet market couldn't be any hotter if it tried, and while HTC has focused largely on smartphones over the years, the company's still diving into those crowded tablet waters with the launch of the Flyer. The Wi-Fi only version of the tablet has been talked about for months, but there's been no real clear indication of how much it'd cost Americans and when it would be available here. Now, we know. Thanks to a Best Buy page on the device, we're told that the Flyer will cost $499 and will ship this week. Of course, it'll only ship with Android 2.3 (and a healthy dose of Sense), and if it's the Wi-Fi only model you crave, BB will be the only place to get it -- at least at first. The pre-sales... Read more...
Recently, it was reported that Wal-mart stores would begin carving the size of their electronics department due to shrinking sizes of gadgets, and now it feels like Best Buy is following suit. Now that Circuit City no longer exists (that's STILL hard to believe!), Best Buy has become the go-to big box retailer when it comes to electronics. But it's still a tough market to be in; online sales are creeping up, and it's just easier to shop for electronics, music and the like on a computer versus heading into a store for a lot of devices that the company sells. Now, a Reuters report is suggesting that Best Buy will be boosting their presence on the Web while shrinking some of their larger stores.... Read more...
Although a definite price and release date have yet to be announced, the Asus EEE Pad Transformer recently made a brief appearance on BestBuy.com. A short time later, the page was pulled from the site. While the page was available, it showed a price of $399.99, which would make it $100 cheaper than the least expensive iPad 2 and $200 less than the Motorola Xoom, which is currently the only Android 3.0 tablet on the market. Asus announced the EEE Pad Transformer tablet at CES in January. At the time, Asus promised the tablet would make its debut in the spring for a price somewhere between $400 and $700 depending on the version purchased. As its name alludes, the transformer will feature a keyboard... Read more...
As with Roku last week, Lenovo is joining the growing crowd who are pushing to get their goods showcased in America's most notable electronics retailer. That'd be Best Buy, and starting this month Lenovo will be expanding their selection of PCs at the big box store. This also marks the first time that an IdeaPad will be sold at over 1000+ U.S. Best Buy locations, and the Lenovo B560 laptop, IdeaPad Z565 and Lenovo V560 will also be joining the fun.  All Best Buy stores in the U.S. will offer the Lenovo B560 laptop as well as the IdeaPad Z565 laptop, while select stores also will carry the Lenovo V560 laptop. From April 3 – April 30, 2011, Best Buy Reward Zone members will receive Double... Read more...
Today's date is Friday March 11, 2011. Do you know what that means? An end to the work week and the beginning of a weekend of partying, for some of you. For others, this is the day you decide between a black or white iPad 2, between 3G or Wi-Fi, and 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of capacity. But before you settle which version of the iPad 2 you plan to purchase, you have decide where exactly you're going to buy one. Let's look at your options. Option 1 -- Apple.com You can direct your browser to www.apple.com/ipad/ and order Apple's second generation tablet right now. Every model is available for purchase, and while you're there, you can tack on a cart full of accessories too. But just because you can... Read more...
Possible further evidence that Apple may be planning a surprise for the iPad 2 event scheduled for Wednesday comes via this new report. A Best Buy source told MacRumors that all iPad models have now show a status of "deleted" at the source's store. The source further provided screenshots which showed both the 16GB wi-fi-only and 16GB 3G iPads as "deleted" in the store's inventory system. Although it was clear from Apple's invitation to tomorrow's event (10AM PST in San Francisco) that it would be an iPad event, it is (as always) unclear when the device will hit retail. However, rumors have indicated that Apple might introduce the new iPad 2 into retail quickly, as quickly as the same week, to... Read more...
Google's Nexus S smartphone has a lot of attractive features, but the one that attracts the most attention is the fact that this smartphone is the first to ship with the latest version of the Android smartphone operating system—version 2.3. Otherwise known as Gingerbread, this OS is said to be the fastest version of Android yet. In addition to Gingerbread, the Nexus S touts a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, and 16GB of internal memory. Although the Nexus S is the sequel to Google's Nexus One smartphone, Google is taking a different approach with this product. Whereas the Nexus One was only offered through Google's website, the Nexus S is available through Best... Read more...
Google's Nexus S smartphone has a lot of attractive features, but the one that attracts the most attention is the fact that this smartphone is the first to ship with the latest version of the Android smartphone operating system—version 2.3. Otherwise known as Gingerbread, this OS is said to be the fastest version of Android yet. In addition to Gingerbread, the Nexus S touts a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, and 16GB of internal memory. Although the Nexus S is the sequel to Google's Nexus One smartphone, Google is taking a different approach with this product. Whereas the Nexus One was only offered through Google's website, the Nexus S is available through Best... Read more...
Best Buy isn't the only company offering to buy back your electronics. A company called NEW is also willing to purchase your high-tech products after you're finished with them. According to the company, it is interested in buying back your old MP3 players, tablets, laptops, netbooks, GPS units, digital cameras and gaming devices. The program works similar to Best Buy's program; in other words, you'll get a percentage of the original purchase price within two years. The difference is that NEW's program will (hopefully) be available in some of your favorite retail stores soon. Maybe this whole concept of "future proofing" one's electronics will catch on yet? Who knows. If not, there's always eBay... Read more...
Short of an official announcement, the most convincing proof that Motorola's Xoom tablet will launch on February 24th, 2011 (and not February 17th, 2011 as earlier reports indicated) is a Best Buy ad that's been floating around the Web. According to the ad, we're about two-and-a-half weeks away from launch, which gives you time to start saving. Good thing too, because the Xoom is going to cost $800. That seems high to us, though we suppose that's the luxury (for Motorola) of being first out the gate with a tablet built around Google's Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) platform. For those who want to sign up with a 3G data plan with Verizon, the ad lists the following tiered options: 1GB Data Allowance:... Read more...
The Super Bowl broadcast tonight actually served to be quite revealing in the technology space. Motorola's XOOM, the world's first Android 3.0 tablet, was finally introduced in a crazy '1984'-like advertisement, and Best Buy also used a bunch of celebs to showcase their new Buy Back Program. The company is getting into a market that has been around forever, and it makes perfect sense for the biggest CE retailer in the U.S. Best Buy is spinning this new program as a way to "future proof" your purchases, but as we all know, you take a hit when selling back electronics. Just look at GameStop; they'll buy your old games and controllers back, but at just a fraction of the purchase price. The program... Read more...
Verizon's HTC Thunderbolt, also known as the wireless carrier's first handheld LTE device, still has a TBD date, but at least pre-orders are being taken. Multiple sources have said that Best Buy dealers nationwide are taking pre-orders for the new Android device. To get a pre-order, buyers just have to plunk down $50 toward the device. Best Buy stores are reporting that the device will be ready to pick up on Feb. 14th, or Valentine's Day, although Verizon hasn't released an official date.. It's indeed interesting to see that Verizon is willing to push out another device so close to its star device, the iPhone 4, which launches to retail on Feb. 10. As far as a price, it's been reported that the... Read more...
Best Buy plans to launch a buyback program aimed at helping you "future-proof" your technology. The retailer plans to launch the program during the Super Bowl this Sunday. Through the Buy Back Program, you can purchase the technology you want today, knowing that within two years (four for TVs), Best Buy will buy it back for a set price. The program will accept TVs, mobile phones, laptops, netbooks, and tablets. When you sell your old technology back to Best Buy, you'll get a gift card that you can use in store for a future purchase.  In an email to Best Buy Reward Zone members, Brian J. Dunn, CEO, explained the service: Because you're a valued Best Buy customer, I want to personally tell... Read more...
For the better part of the second half of 2010 there's been plenty of hype surrounding the emerging tablet market, but few actual product releases. As 2011 slowly gets underway, things are starting to look different already. CES was bustling with working tablets, Android 3.0 is just around the corner, HP is expected to launch its webOS-based Topaz slate next month, and according to a leaked Best Buy database screenshot, Motorola is planning to launch its Android-based Xoom tablet on February 17th. Engadget got its paws on the internal document, which shows an in-stock date of February 16th. That's the day Best Buy will receive inventory of the device, and it will go on sale a day later, according... Read more...
It's unclear if the Samsung Nexus S will be a huge seller, but this particular version of it is definitely a huge device. It's a 42-inch version of the stock Android-powered "Google phone," with a multitouch screen, no less. The device passes all the processing to a real Samsung Nexus S. The giant Nexus S, in a San Carlos, CA Best Buy, has a working camera, Internet access and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). You can watch a video below and see all the huge action. It's definitely not pocketable, not even like a Samsung Galaxy Tab.... Read more...
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