Google’s latest iPad Mini and Pixel 6A top our favorite deals of the week

    Ah. April Fool’s Day. The dreaded day when publishers like The edge must re-guess every news item or potential tip that lands in our Gmail inbox. Fortunately, things are often exactly what they appear to be when it comes to deals. Pick up today’s discount Apple’s sixth generation iPad Minithat is currently matches an all-time low of $399.99 ($100 off) at Amazon in the 64GB configuration with Wi-Fi.

    My colleague Dan Seifert recently heralded Apple’s latest iPad Mini as one of the best tablets for reading, but it’s capable of much more than just burning through the latest BookTok craze (spoiler: it’s still Colleen Hoover). ). The refreshed tablet is essentially a small version of the iPad Air, but with an 8.3-inch screen that’s easier to hold than the 10.9-inch panel on the latter. In addition, the 2021 Mini features a USB-C port, a speedy A15 Bionic chip and compatibility with the second-generation Apple Pencil – something that can’t be said of the cheapest model in Apple’s tablet lineup.

    The last few weeks have been ripe for earbud deals, with heavy discounts on everything from Google’s Pixel A series (now $79) to Jabra’s ultra-reliable Elite 3 (now just under $60). That said, we think the current $82 off The WF-1000XM4 from Sonywhich brings them down to just $198 at Amazon And Best Buy, is the highlight. The XM4 features wireless charging, noise cancellation that’s almost on par with Bose’s, and a warm sound that revels in the mid-low frequencies. Besides, now that Sony has rolled out multipoint support to the XM4 alongside a range of other wireless earbuds, our biggest issue with Sony’s flagship model has been officially addressed.

    Google’s Pixel 6A is currently the best phone you can get for less than $500.
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    Unsurprisingly, the Google Pixel 6A remains one of the best values ​​in the smartphone world, one that you can currently get in an unlocked configuration for $299 ($150 off) – an all-time low – at Amazon, GoalAnd Best Buy. In addition, the latter retailer offers an additional $50 discount when you activate the device on one of the three major carriers, specifically AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon.

    We’ve covered the Pixel 6A a lot, namely because Google is discounting it so much! The Android phone is great value for money, as it features a great (if slightly dated) camera system and the same Google Tensor processor found in Google’s last-generation flagship, the Pixel 6. The 6.1- inch screen of the phone is also a nice friendly size that feels just right for many of us. Sure, the Pixel 7A will likely make its debut at Google I/O next month, but the 6A is still a worthwhile buy at its current promo price.

    Sonos’ latest smart speaker, the Era 100, may be the new standard for some, but there are plenty of cheaper alternatives out there for those looking to get the smart home game without dropping a cool $249. Amazon’s fourth generation Echo is a good example and is currently available at Amazon, Best BuyAnd Goal on sale for $64.99 ($25 off).

    The sound won’t be as rich or detailed as it could be with a more expensive speaker, but the latest Echo sounds remarkably robust, with a little bit of stereo separation and an admirable amount of bass for its size. It also includes all the Alexa-based smarts we’ve come to associate with Echo devices, along with the ability to act as an Eero mesh Wi-Fi extender thanks to a recent OTA update that landed in the fall.

    Update April 1 at 11:33 a.m. ET: Added Amazon’s first-generation inReach Mini deal.

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