Amazon Cyber Monday 2022 deals: recap

Amazon Cyber Monday 2022 deals: Amazing deals
Cyber Monday is now over, and so is Black Friday. Hopefully you were able to score a great discount on a tech product you've wanted, but in case you've missed it - in this article we'll have a recap of what happened this year with Amazon's deals.

All in all, deals were simply great. Many retailers, including Amazon, launched early Black Friday campaigns with generous deals which lived on until Cyber Monday (and some survived even to Tuesday). Basically, buyers had plenty of time to get the deal of the year on their tech device of choice. Let's examine in details what deals we saw for Cyber Monday at Amazon for phones, tablets, smartwatches, and earbuds.

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Amazon Cyber Monday phone deals: recap


Amazon was a great place to get your new phone this Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping event. Hot and recent phones were generously discounted. For example, Samsung's flagship Galaxy S22 Ultra was 29% off ($350 off, no trade-ins or contracts required!), and its smaller siblings were around $200 off.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
8.8

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra


The Good

  • S Pen in a flagship, great for creatives
  • Industry-leading screen quality
  • Faster charging than before
  • 10X zoom camera is improved significantly
  • Video recording gets smoother stabilization
  • 4 years of major software updates!

The Bad

  • Battery life has gone down from the S21 Ultra
  • You get less RAM than last year
  • No microSD card slot, no headphone jack
  • Loudspeaker quality could be better
  • Jittery swiping, microstutter with gesture nav in One UI

Samsung Galaxy S22+
8.0

Samsung Galaxy S22+


The Good

  • Superb display
  • Beautiful design
  • Adequate battery life
  • Good haptics and audio quality
  • Okay performance

The Bad

  • Image processing too extreme
  • Noisy low-light image quality
  • Not very ergonomic
  • Marginal improvements over Galaxy S21 Plus
  • Gets hot during gaming and heavier loads

Samsung Galaxy S22
8.5

Samsung Galaxy S22


The Good

  • Awesome display
  • Compact-ish
  • Good haptics
  • Good camera
  • OneUI is all grown up and fleshed out

The Bad

  • Not a huge improvement over S21
  • Battery life is a bit weak
  • Speakers need improvement

What's even better is that premium foldable phones by Samsung like the Z Fold 4 and the Z Flip 4 were also discounted. The former was $400 off, and the latter $200 off - deals that are pretty hard to miss especially when you take into account no trade-ins or any other shenanigans like these were needed to get a discount.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
9.0

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4


The Good

  • Solid build
  • Empowering multitasking features
  • Beautiful displays
  • Stylus support
  • Smooth performance
  • Good battery life

The Bad

  • Expensive
  • Still has a crease
  • Thick and heavy, harder to carry around than a slab phone

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
8.0

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4


The Good

  • Improved battery life
  • Main camera is much better now
  • Compact form factor with no real competition
  • Improved reliability, screen protector better glued
  • Faster charging

The Bad

  • Cannot open with one hand
  • Crease is still very much there
  • $1,000 price might be too high for some
  • Front screen is still too tiny

But Amazon wasn't only generous with Samsung fans. Google Pixel buyers were delighted this year as the new Pixel 7 series both goth 17% off at Amazon. Yep, that means the Pixel 7 Pro was retailing for $150 less during Cyber Monday.

Google Pixel 7 Pro
8.8

Google Pixel 7 Pro


The Good

  • Great deal at $900
  • Speedy performance, clean software
  • Powerful zoom camera
  • Guaranteed day 1 software updates

The Bad

  • Portrait Mode is bad
  • Tensor G2 is not as powerful as rivals
  • Slow-ish charging

Motorola phones also got a lot of discount love from Amazon during the sales. Affordable Moto phones were more affordable than ever, and flagship Moto phones were mid-range money. For example, the Motorola Edge Plus (2022) could be found for 26% less than its usual price, while the Moto G Power (2021) was retailing at half price!

Motorola Edge+ (2022)
8.6

Motorola Edge+ (2022)


The Good

  • Amazing performance
  • Intuitive and clean software
  • Great display
  • Impressive battery life
  • Very fast charging
  • Stays cool even during gaming
  • Charger in the box

The Bad

  • Average video performance
  • Unimpressive ultra-wide camera
  • No periscope or telephoto lens

Motorola Moto G Power (2022)
6.0

Motorola Moto G Power (2022)


The Good

  • Dirt cheap price
  • Great battery life
  • Solid 128GB of on-board storage
  • Fast and accurate fingerprint scanner

The Bad

  • LCD screen with bleak colors and low resolution
  • Feels stuttery
  • Runs older Android 11 at launch
  • Average camera quality
  • Poor haptics

Motorola Moto G Stylus (2022)

Motorola Moto G Stylus (2022)


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The beloved stylus-enabled Moto G Stylus also saw similar discounts at Amazon. Both the last year version of this phone and the 2022 version had their prices slashed during the sales.

Sony Xperia phones were no stranger to the deals either. The Sony Xperia PRO-I, a beast of a camera phone, was $790 (!!) off during the shopping frenzy. Mind you, this phone is very expensive usually. 

Sony Xperia PRO-I
8.0

Sony Xperia PRO-I


The Good

  • Sharp and accurate 4K 120Hz OLED display
  • Distinctive industrial design
  • Remarkable camera versatility
  • Superb video-recording capabilities
  • Natural, not overly processed photos and videos
  • Loud and clear stereo speakers
  • Plenty of storage plus microSD card support
  • Outstanding flagship-grade performance
  • User-friendly hardware features

The Bad

  • High price
  • Shutter button is too sensitive
  • Only 30W fast charging
  • Mushy haptic feedback
  • No biometric alternative to the fingerprint scanner
  • White balance discrepancies between the different cameras
  • Camera interface doesn't rotate

Amazon Cyber Monday tablet deals: recap


Amazon also had many generous discounts on tablets. For example, the powerful and gorgeous Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra was among the discounted products. And so were the Tab S8 Plus and the normal Tab S8 (23-24% off during the event). As you probably know, these three tablets are Samsung's latest-and-greatest in the tablet market!

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
9.0

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra


The Good

  • Premium, sturdy build
  • Great front cameras and mic
  • Huge, beautiful AMOLED display
  • S Pen stylus included
  • Samsung DeX
  • Has a vibration motor
  • MicroSD card slot for expandable storage, up to 1 TB

The Bad

  • With bezels that slim accidental touches are a problem
  • Disappointing rear cameras
  • Expensive accessories
  • No charger in the box

We saw more modest discounts on iPads (but that's pretty natural). Select iPad models were retailing at 8% lower than usual at Amazon for Cyber Monday. Yep, not a very big discount, but still a discount nonetheless. The discounted models were the iPad Air from 2022, the iPad mini 6, the iPad Pro from 2022 and even the new entry-level iPad.

Apple iPad Pro 11-inch (2022)
9.0

Apple iPad Pro 11-inch (2022)


The Good

  • Thin, light, easy to handle
  • 120 Hz screen is still a fantastic way to experience iPadOS
  • Tons of power on tap
  • USB Type-C Thunderbolt port is super-fast and useful
  • The quad speakers sound great
  • Dependable battery endurance

The Bad

  • Accessories for the full experience are expensive
  • 3rd party mice will be a bit awkward
  • iPadOS has made strides in multi-tasking, but UI feel is still sticky and confined

Apple iPad Air (2022)
9.0

Apple iPad Air (2022)


The Good

  • Unrivaled performance at this price
  • Premium build quality
  • Solid speakers
  • Supports iPad Pro (11-inch) accessories

The Bad

  • 64 GB of base storage is a bit stingy, the only other option is a costly jump to 256 GB
  • Expensive accessories

Apple iPad mini 6
9.0

Apple iPad mini 6


The Good

  • Perfect size and weight for reading and jotting down notes
  • Unrivaled performance on a small tablet
  • Punchy stereo speakers
  • USB Type-C
  • 2nd-gen Apple Pencil support

The Bad

  • Unimpressive display, wavy scrolling in portrait mode

Apple iPad (2022)
8.0

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

Tablet buyers on a budget were probably the most lucky ones this year. Many affordable tablets got even more affordable with Amazon's Cyber Monday discounts. One example is the Galaxy Tab S7 FE which was $150 off. Fire HD tablets, as usual during sales at Amazon, were available with epic discounts.

Amazon Cyber Monday smartwatch deals: recap


In terms of smartwatch deals, offers were available on Apple Watches, Galaxy Watches, and models from Fitbit and Garmin. The Apple Watch Ultra, the newly-released athlete-focused Apple Watch, was $60 off.

Apple Watch Ultra
9.0

Apple Watch Ultra


The Good

  • Exceptional rugged design
  • Bright and vivid display
  • Solid and reliable battery life
  • Intuitive and logical watchOS 9 interface
  • Excellent performance and functionality
  • Great selection of wellness and health features

The Bad

  • At $799, it's not very affordable
  • Little differentiation from the Apple Watch Series 8
  • Just a single color option

Apple Watch Series 8 (41mm)
9.0

Apple Watch Series 8 (41mm)


The Good

  • Beautiful look, premium feel
  • Smooth performance
  • Tons of bands available - 1st and 3rd party
  • Water-resistant
  • Huge amount of fitness tracking options, plus custom programs (available with watchOS 9)
  • Sleep stages (available with watchOS 9)

The Bad

  • Temperature sensor is underused
  • Some may be getting tired with the design
  • Only pairs and activates with iPhone (sorry, iPad users)

The Series 8 got a similarly good $50 off discount. In terms of Galaxy Watches, the discounts were ranging $50-$80 off.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro
8.5

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

Garmin models saw the most discounts, and there the price reductions ranged from 40% off to a staggering 56% off. The new Google Pixel Watch also made an appearance among the discounted tech at Amazon during Cyber Monday.

Google Pixel Watch
6.0

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

Amazon Cyber Monday deals on headphones: recap


Samsung's popular Galaxy Buds 2 was available for a clean $60 off at Amazon during the event. Many other models of headphones and earbuds were discounted. The Galaxy Buds Live had the biggest discount from Samsung earbuds and it was 53% off (yep, less than its retail price!). Sony, Beats, JBL, Bose headphones were also available with notable discounts during the event.

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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