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Ara Wagoner-

Ara Wagoner

About Ara Wagoner

Ara Wagoner is Commerce Editor for Android Police and a lover of all things cases, Chromebooks, accessories, and Disney. Overseeing our buyer's guides and product selection, Ara has spent 7 years honing her product-picking instincts and reviews while previously at Android Central, bringing a unique flair to her writing (and a lot of TV/anime references). She works full-time on a Chromebook, whether it's at home or while waiting for fireworks at Walt Disney World. Ara loves Android phones so much that she wears a shoulder holster to ensure they're never out of reach, and if you see her without headphones, RUN.

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Best Black Friday audio deals: early offers on headphones, wireless earbuds, and more

Turn it up with early Black Friday deals on JBL, Samsung, and more

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With just a month to go before Black Friday arrives, early sales and offers will start to arrive in the coming weeks to give shoppers a chance at scoring a good deal before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Yes, Black Friday is technically at the end of November, but the holiday shopping season isn't what it used to be, and no longer do you need to wait until the third Friday of the month to find top Black Friday deals.

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This is the hands-down most important feature in your next phone case

MagSafe is cool, drop ratings are nice, but grip is absolutely essential

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In an ideal phone, a phone case would be optional, just something to customize a phone rather than a necessity to protect your investment. But we live in an era of glass-backed, metal-framed prestigious Android phones that are slippery and shatter-prone, so the first thing we do after unboxing a phone is slap it in a case before we can drop it and break it.

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Best Google Pixel 8 cases in 2023

Keep that Pixel 8 pixel-perfect with one of these top cases to save your phone from knocks and bumps

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While iteration may be the name of the game for 2023's flagship phones, the Google Pixel 8 is a wonderful upgrade from its predecessors. It features a 120Hz refresh rate screen with a whopping max brightness of 2,000 nits, rounded corners for a more comfortable in-hand feel, and an upgraded ultrawide that supports macrofocus and autofocus. The Pixel 8 earns its $100 price increase and then some.

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Best Google Pixel 7a deals: Get up to $320 off one of our favorite mid-range phones

Plenty of carrier deals and bundles to go around

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For years, the A-series has been a staple on our best budget Android phone lists, delivering an impressive experience at affordable prices. The Pixel 7a is Google's most advanced A-series device to date, as it brings sought-after features like a 90Hz display and wireless charging to the phone. It also happens to be the most expensive, tied with the Pixel 4a 5G. With that in mind we've put together a roundup of all the best places to buy the 7a right now, so you can get the best deal possible on the handset.

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Asus Chromebook Plus CX34 review: Productivity on point

Subtly sweet software and sturdy hardware make for a dependable laptop

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A new generation of Chromebooks is upon us! The Chromebook Plus series aims to pull Chromebook specs into the present and help users find the best Chrome OS experience without having to obsess over numbers and standards. (After all, that’s my job.) This is a promising idea, taking the guesswork out of buying a great Chromebook for consumers while also providing a clear standard for Chrome OS devices moving forward.

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Bose QuietComfort Ultra review: Paying for near perfection

Don't just block out the world; refill it with rich stereo sound

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Bose headphones have been a bit stagnant in the last few years, as the QuietComfort 45 saw some iterative updates but no huge steps forward. And for the “normal” QuietComfort that re-debuted last month, that iteration continues, but Bose is finally mixing things up again for the first time since the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 with the Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones.

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Best Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro deals: Bundles, trade-ins, and more

Before you buy Samsung's latest watches, let's make sure you get the best deal on it

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With the holiday shopping season in full swing, you'll see the best Galaxy Watch 5 deals start to show up in the coming weeks. Retailers are eager to move units on the last-gen model of Samsung's wearable, and with Black Friday sales about to kick off, you can bet that both the flagship Galaxy Watch 5 and premium Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will go on sale soon.

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Best Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra cases in 2023

Your shiny new superphone needs the ultimate in protection and practicality

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The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is one of the best Android-powered smartphones on the market for 2023. It’s got a lightning-fast processor, an intuitive user interface, a great camera, and plenty of other impressive features, but guess what it’s not great at? Getting dropped on concrete from pretty much any height.

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Best Google Pixel 6a cases in 2023

The Pixel 6a is a phenomenal phone that only deserves phenomenal cases

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With the Pixel 8 line already here, it's easy to forget about the Pixel 6a. However, it's precisely because it's a generation or so old that the Pixel 6a qualifies for our best budget-friendly Android phones and has aged particularly well, securing it the top spot - even above the more recent Pixel 7a. The Google Pixel 6a was a great phone at launch, lauded for its feature set, performance, and built quality, and it remains one of the best for budget-conscious consumers.

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Best Google Pixel 7a cases in 2023

Whether you want a slim, colorful, thick, or MagSafe-compatible case, one of these will protect your new Pixel 7a

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Google's A-series phones are in the midst of an identity crisis, with the Google Pixel 7a muddying the balance between the mainline Pixel flagships and the budget options. However, despite the price hike and diminished battery life, the 7a is still a somewhat beloved entry among other budget Android phones. And what do you do with something you love? You protect it at all costs. In the case of the Google Pixel 7a, that cost is the price of a durable and functional case.

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Best Buy’s Black Friday deals kick off on October 27

You’ll need a membership to shop the first three days

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Amazon's October Prime Days ended less than a week ago, and we're already diving into Black Friday, folks. Best Buy announced today that it's kicking off its Early Black Friday deals on October 27 for Total and Plus members, and then it's opening its sales up to everyone on October 30. Early Black Friday deals will run until November 17 — that's the Friday before Black Friday — and then kick over to Cyber Monday sales on November 26, the Sunday after Black Friday.

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Google Pixel 8 vs. Samsung Galaxy S23: 'Small' phone showdown

Google finally fixed its flaws and reigns for cameras, but Samsung still wins on the fundamentals

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While it is in human nature to long for the biggest and the best, the largest smartphones also command the largest sizes, and honestly, who needs a phone that heavy or bulky? If you long for a phone that you can actually use one-handed, one that doesn't cost a rent check, that's where these "base" models come in. Make no mistake, though, these are not the "babies," nor is there anything basic about these full-featured flagship phones.

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Best Samsung Galaxy A53 cases in 2023

The Galaxy A53 perfectly fits your life and budget, and it deserves a case to match

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When it comes to value for money, there aren't many devices that can beat the Samsung Galaxy A53. It's a cheap phone with decent performance, enough to go toe-to-toe with pricier mid-range and high-end alternatives. That's why it's one of the best budget Android phones.

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Best Google Pixel Fold deals: Bundles, trade-ins, and insane carrier offers

As with all things carrier-related, Pixel Fold purchases are a bit odd

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With the holiday shopping season in high gear, we're hoping to see this year's best Google Pixel Fold deals show up soon to entice us to finally take the plunge on this new foldable. While the Google Pixel Fold has received discounts since its release back in June, the offers haven't quite been enough for those looking to get the most savings on this expensive yet impressive foldable phone. With highly anticipated Black Friday sales soon to be underway, however, that opportunity may soon reveal itself.

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Best 45W chargers for the Samsung Galaxy S22+ & S22 Ultra in 2023

These chargers can take your Galaxy S22 Ultra from 0 to 50% in 30 minutes

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Like all of the best Samsung phones available today, the Galaxy S22 Ultra and the S22+ come with a charging cable, but no charger. That's not such a bad thing: the in-box charger certainly would have been a 25W charger instead of something compatible with the top charging speed of 45W available on the S22+ and S22 Ultra.

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Black Friday 2023: What to expect from the year's biggest deals

If you could dig out the Halloween decor back in August, we can dig out the Black Friday deals before your jack-o-lantern's lit

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While Amazon Prime Day spiced up the summer doldrums — and popped up again during Techtober because Amazon just can't resist piling on — when it comes to deals, nothing will ever beat Black Friday. No longer is Black Friday a single day or even a single weekend. Oh, no, Black Friday is an entire freaking season that starts in October and runs clear into December. Yes, the biggest and best-est doorbusters and one-day deals are reserved for November 24-27, but we're already seeing "Early Black Friday" sales and "early holiday deals." Who waits for Halloween when

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Which Google Pixel Buds Pro color should you buy?

Before you can go Pro, you first have to determine which Pixel Buds Pro color is right for you

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It's been over a year since the Google Pixel Buds Pro arrived, giving us proper ANC and fit while not suffering the Bluetooth issues of its 2020 predecessor. They've more than earned their spot among the best wireless earbuds, but before you bring a pair home to enjoy those lovely touch controls, the multipoint audio, and the new Feature Drop that brings Clear Calling, gaming mode, and aural wellness, you need to make a very, very important decision. What color are you bringing home?

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Best Samsung Galaxy S23 series deals: Trade-in bonuses, bundles, and credits

Deals are popping back up for the Galaxy S23 series now that the foldable hype is settling

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The holiday shopping season is officially underway thanks to Amazon's October Prime Day Sale this past week, and it dropped some of the best Galaxy S23 series deals we've seen in some time. Unfortunately, many of them are no longer available, meaning you may want to wait a bit until you get your hands on one of the best Samsung phones at a good price. Chances are most will be back around once Black Friday sales kick off in the coming weeks as well, so if you're after a deal on the Galaxy S23 for yourself or as a gift, you may want to wait a bit before you start shopping.

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Best Samsung Galaxy A54 deals: discounts, trade-in offers, and more

Get Samsung's already affordable Galaxy A54 at an even better price with these deals

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While it may be the start of the holiday shopping season, it seems that the best Galaxy A54 deals have yet to arrive. There are a few noteworthy offers from carriers right now, and even a sizable price cut from Samsung directly, but they aren't the biggest discounts the Galaxy A54 has seen this year. However, that could change as we get closer to Black Friday sales next month, so if you don't see an offer worthy of your cash just yet, don't fret.

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Best Google Pixel Tablet deals: Get the latest Pixel device at its lowest price yet

The new Google Pixel Tablet is getting an $80 discount right now

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While the Google Pixel Tablet has been out for some time, up until now it's been a bit tough to actually find a good deal on one. There were some great preorder deals when it first launched, but since then there's only been a couple of actual deals on the Google Pixel Tablet worth noting. It's somewhat understandable since Google's latest Pixel device isn't too expensive to begin with, however, it always helps when there's a good Pixel Tablet deal available to help save a bit of cash.

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