When you’ve been working in the e-commerce space for as long as I have, you begin to notice a few trends around the Black Friday sale season. This year, I’ve decided to use this knowledge to create something called Android Central’s Most Wanted, a holiday wish list that identifies the year’s hottest gadgets and predicts whether these items will be seeing major discounts over the coming weeks.
Whether you’re shopping for yourself or a loved one, if you’re looking to buy any new piece of tech this holiday season, use this guide as a jumping-off point. Not only will you find the items that our readers are most interested in buying this year, but we’ll also tell you if you should make the purchase today or wait until the big sales arrive next month. We use a variety of audience data and price-tracking tools to pull this information, so although these are just predictions, I’m pretty confident in the methodology here.
Didn’t find anything today? Fear not, you can check back later for an update or visit one of our deal hubs below.
Most Wanted: Phones
Most Wanted: Headphones and earbuds
Most Wanted: Wearables
Most Wanted: Virtual reality
Black Friday FAQ
When do the Black Friday sales start?
Although Black Friday doesn’t officially land until November 24th, the day after Thanksgiving, you can expect many retailers to begin launching their holiday shopping events as early as November 1st.
It’s going to be tricky to keep track of all the best offers as they go live, so we’re actively monitoring all of the best early Black Friday tech deals so you don’t have to.
How should I pick a Black Friday deal?
As you begin shopping for Black Friday deals, you’ll notice that many of the biggest retailers — I’m talking about sites like Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart — will be offering identical discounts. So how do you choose?
If the prices are the same, look a little closer to see who’s going to hook you up with the best bonus incentives. If you’re a paying Prime member, for example, it might be worth buying from Amazon so you get the free delivery and extended returns. I also recommend using Best Buy since they’ll often hook you up with free trials for things like YouTube Premium and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. It’s really up to you, just remember to be patient and look at every retailer option before hitting that Add to Cart button.