Amazon Cyber Monday deals: Recap

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Cyber Monday 2023 brought about countless fantastic offers on Amazon's entire portfolio of products, including super-hot tech items. During this year’s event, shoppers got treated to jaw-dropping discounts on flagship phones, tablets, headphones, and more.

If you'd like to know what happened during this year's Cyber Monday, you've come to the right place. Here, we'll recap the most tempting Amazon offers we came across at this event, sharing all the significant highlights of the event. Stay with us if you want to be well-prepared for next year's shopping spree.

By the way, Amazon isn't your only retailer. Usually, exciting Best Buy Cyber Monday deals and Cyber Monday Walmart offers go live during the shopping spree as well.

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Best Cyber Monday Amazon deals on phones

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

The Good

  • Battery life is great, big improvement from predecessor
  • New Snapdragon chip is the best one in years
  • Design is improved, feels more ergonomic
  • Screen is less curved and gets very dim (perfect for night time use)
  • Camera improvements are there, but not quite huge
  • Loudspeakers sound much better now
  • You get double the storage (256GB) at base model

The Bad

  • Base model still only has 8GB RAM
  • Charging speeds have not improved
  • Haptics are still not as good as rivals
  • Camera system hasn't improved as much as hoped for
  • Expensive if you buy at full price

Amazon, as usual, was the best place to get a new phone on the cheap this Cyber Monday. In the Galaxy universe, the Galaxy S23 Ultra was available at $150 off, while the S23+ got a $100 price cut, making it a more affordable choice for Samsung fans. 

OnePlus 11

OnePlus 11

The Good

  • Affordable price
  • Powerful chip inside
  • One of the fastest and smoothest phones around
  • Incredibly fast charging
  • Great haptics

The Bad

  • Camera quality a step below rivals, especially video
  • Display does not get as bright as rivals
  • OxygenOS makes weird changes to accepted Android gestures
  • No wireless charging
  • Throttles quicker than other Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 phones

Things were no less exciting for OnePlus phone users. They could get the latest non-foldable flagship by OnePlus for $170 off its price tag, with the discount applying to the model with 16GB RAM and 256GB of internal storage. 

Some of the deals we came across on Motorola phones remained live on Cyber Monday as well. One of those was the $300 discount on the Razr+ (2023), a deal many clamshell foldable fans must have appreciated.

Google Pixel 6

Google Pixel 6

The Good

  • Great price to value
  • Good-looking OLED screen with 90 Hz refresh
  • Great camera
  • Android 12 runs fast and smooth
  • Smart features and exclusive Assistant functions

The Bad

  • Speakers are thin-ish
  • Android 12 needs some polish in presentation
  • Tensor chip is smart but not a super-performer

Believe it or not, this Cyber Monday was also a great time to get a new Pixel phone at a bargain price. Almost all the hot Pixel phones made an appearance at some point during the shopping spree. The most notable markdowns, expectedly, could be claimed on Pixel 6 models. This Cyber Monday, for example, the Pixel 6 got about 40% cheaper on Amazon.

Cyber Monday tablet deals at Amazon

As usual, smartphones aren't the only tech items you can get at deeply reduced prices on Cyber Monday. For one thing, there was no shortage of super-cool markdowns on tablets by Samsung, Microsoft, Apple, and Lenovo, to mention just a few.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+

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During this year's Cyber Monday event, Samsung fans could complete their ecosystem with a new Galaxy tablet at unbeatable prices. The Galaxy Tab S8+, for instance, got about 28% cheaper, allowing you to save over $250 on this highly powerful tablet. 

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Microsoft Surface Pro 8

Microsoft Surface Pro 8

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Things were just as exciting for Windows users this Cyber Monday. The all-powerful Microsoft Surface Pro 8 was offered at a much more reasonable price during the shopping spree. At one point, you could buy it for as much as $550 off its price tag!

Apple iPad (2022)

Apple iPad (2022)

The Good

  • Refreshed design
  • Fast and reliable Touch ID
  • Super performance thanks to A14 Bionic
  • Dual-stereo speakers
  • Reliable battery life
  • USB-C port, goodbye Lightning
  • 5G and Wi-Fi 6 support

The Bad

  • Non-laminated screen that's just okay
  • No more 3.5mm audio jack
  • A serious price hike

In Apple's department, fans of the Cupertino-based tech giant could grab the 10th Gen iPad (2022) at a $50 cheaper price. There were also deals on Lenovo's tablets, many of which dropped to rock-bottom prices, giving you much more value for your money.

Amazon Cyber Monday smartwatch deals

Google Pixel Watch

Google Pixel Watch

The Good

  • Extremely comfortable to wear
  • Google Assistant on a watch is great
  • Stylish, circular design

The Bad

  • Poor battery life
  • Buggy software
  • No larger size available
  • Charger has very weak magnets

Aside from Black Friday, Cyber Monday is one of the best times to get a new smartwatch on the cheap. Many of this year's most popular smartwatches made an appearance in Amazon's deal section, with the Google Pixel Watch seeing a giant 43% discount.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro

The Good

  • Superb battery life
  • Titanium body + sapphire screen is a superb combo
  • Bright and legible OLED display
  • Great health and sleep monitoring
  • Good haptic feedback
  • Charges rather quickly

The Bad

  • 15.5mm real thickness means that it's bulkier than advertised
  • The rotating bezel is sadly gone
  • Ecosystem issues - some features are exclusive to Galaxy phones

As for Samsung's timepieces, we saw the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro with LTE boasting a $90 price cut, while discounts on the Galaxy Watch 6 hovered around the 10% mark.

Apple Watch Series 9 (45mm)

Apple Watch Series 9 (45mm)

The Good

  • Much brighter screen
  • Siri responds faster to basic requests
  • New Double Tap gesture looks promising
  • Most accurate heart rate sensor in the industry

The Bad

  • No major changes at all
  • Battery life remains just one day
  • No round shape option
  • Only works with iPhones

Naturally, Apple's smartwatches didn't get mind-blowing discounts during the shopping event. Then again, we saw discounts ranging from $100 to $130 on some Apple Watch Series 8 models, while prices for the hot new Apple Watch Series 9 got reduced by a humble $50.

Early Cyber Monday Amazon deals on headphones

This Cyber Monday, shoppers could also snag a pair of Galaxy Buds 2 Pro and save between 45-50%, thus completing their Galaxy ecosystem on the cheap. Those looking for a pair of Pixel Buds Pro could snag those in any color for 40% off. This deal, believe it or not, remained live for quite some time, going live at the beginning of the Black Friday event.

Those who wanted next-level noise cancellation could get the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II at a $80 cheaper price. There was no shortage of cool deals on over-ear headsets as well. Put simply, Cyber Monday was the best time to upgrade your audio game on the cheap.

Are Amazon Cyber Monday deals worth it?

Yes! Cyber Monday deals are often just as good as the Black Friday ones. And if you've missed Black Friday, Cyber Monday is your second chance to snatch a deal before they disappear. Not all Cyber Monday discounts will be as huge as on Black Friday, but you shouldn't worry too much about that — there are still plenty of epic deals compared to other shopping occasions.

Do I need to be a Prime member to shop for Cyber Monday deals?

No, Cyber Monday deals at Amazon don't specifically require you to have a Prime membership (the same applies for Black Friday). However, you should know that it is possible for Prime members to get some exclusive Cyber Monday offers. However, that's more of an exception rather than the rule. Prime members do get other benefits at Amazon such as faster shipping, but the Cyber Monday deals themselves are available for non-Prime members as well.

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