questionshave you seen best buy's black friday ad yet?

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Sorry, I meant to include the links to the listing:
http://bfads.net/Black-Friday/Best-Buy

and the actual ad scan:
http://bfads.net/Black-Friday/Best-Buy/Ad

I forgot the big drawback for IPads in my earlier enthusiasm. The lack of an SD card slot is a huge drawback for me as I am used to taking an enormous video library on micro SD cards with me when I travel. The search continues.

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@moondrake: Don't you know that you're supposed to put everything in the cloud and never ever carry any media on your person??? Makes me crazy when devices don't have any inputs and I hear that nonsense. How do I get what I want out of the cloud if I'm nowhere near wifi? And yes, Tech Designers, those places actually exist and there are lots of them. OK, rant over.

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@moondrake: I just bought my mom a Lenovo K3 from Amazon for $319. It is a windows 8 tablet with 11.6" screen, 2 gb ram, 64gb rom, and an atom dual core 1.8 gh processor. Office Depot now has them for $299. The reviews (about 4 stars across the board) are pretty good for it being a windows tablet, and it runs a full os not the rt os. I haven't received it yet, but am supposed to today. I am looking forward to checking it out for me. I have been an android fan (own 2 Asus tablets), but this one looks too good to pass up at this price point and specs.

Add: has microsd slot

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@zuiquan: Yes, I often wonder if the whole rest of the US is under some sort of comprehensive wifi blanket and we out here in the wastelands were left out. Unless I am at home, in a very small area of downtown which has free community wifi coverage, the airport, or in a coffee shop (where free wifi appears to be mandatory nationwide) I don't have access to wifi. Add to that the fact that I often vacation outside the US, which means no wifi access for weeks at a time. Plus I honestly just don't understand this cloud stuff enough to trust it to keep my data safe, or to keep it private.

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@pyxientx: I was just researching MS Surface tablets as Best buy is going to have an older model for $200 and I heard good things about them. But you have to use an emulator to run android apps and the article I read says that many apps won't run properly on it, which means that's not a good device for me. I am looking mostly for a fun-box, not a work-box. I have several laptops to do that with.

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@moondrake: Gotcha. Just thought you were looking for a cheaper tablet with storage, as you were looking at $299 iPads and lamenting lack of.

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I'm in the hunt right now for a new television as my current one broke. They have quite a few models here at solid discounts. I've heard however, that usually these models are "cheaper" and use more inferior parts. Can anyone speak to validate or discredit this claim?

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@pyxientx: Thanks. I actually like using the micro SD cards as they keep the clutter down on my tablet. The only files I keep on my tablet are photos I like to share (mostly of pets) and a handful of songs. I use it mostly to play games (PvZ, AnDominion, and Settlers of Catan when it will run), to surf the internet and to quickly scan my mail. It's only when I travel that I need gigs and gigs of space to take video media with me. But two much more computer literate friends have separately observed that what's wrong with my ASUS is just hard use. I play games on it all evening while watching TV, and my friend plays games on it when he is relaxing after working on my house during the day. In two years it has logged thousands of hours of use and it's just used up.

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@studerc: I would assume that the same model of TV by the same manufacturer would be essentially the same no matter where you purchased it. It seems like it would be very complicated for the manufacturers to try to sort out crappy one to BB and good ones to other distributors. BB gets a lot of bad press for good reasons, the employees don't know the product, their checkout is slow, their return policies can be a pain, their repair shop is overpriced. But I would seriously doubt that the actual products are of lesser quality than the same brand and model found elsewhere.

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@moondrake @studerc:

I would say that you should pay careful attention to the actual product/model number of the TV. If it is a product that has been on the market and is just being offered at a discount, then you should be fine jumping on it. But sometimes the TVs are a new, although similar model, that is a "just for Black Friday" edition. Those are the ones of which to be careful.

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@tjfrit01: See that's what I thought. I heard that many manufacturers make Black Friday specific models that have lower end components that make them cheaper to produce, thus cheaper to sell.

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@studerc:

That is true, but not all the TVs will be bad deals. Like with any big purchase, it pays to be careful and do a bit of research before buying.

Another big item this happens with is laptops. There are invariably $200 laptops on Black Friday that have old Celeron processors and inferior motherboards. They get bought up because of the crazy low price, before the purchasers find out that they've bought a $200 paperweight.