Black Friday 2022 deals at Best Buy: recap

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Best Buy Black Friday deals 2022: Check out the best offers on phones, tablets and more!
Black Friday is now officially behind our backs. Well, we do have next year to look forward to! In the meantime though, let's talk about what happened during this year's sale event. This article is a recap of what deals we saw when the shopping bonanza was going on. You were able to get almost any tech gadget with a discount at Best Buy during the sales: we saw smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, earbuds, MacBooks... and what have you discounted. The sales were epic, to stay the least. Now, let's talk about the details a bit more.

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Best Buy phone deals: recap


Best Buy's deals on phones this year were epic! Especially when it comes to Android phones (iPhones didn't see much of discount love, but that's to be expected). Samsung's latest and greatest handsets, including the Galaxy S22 and Z-series were generously discounted during the event. For example, the powerful Galaxy S22 Ultra saw a discount of $300 off with no trade-in or carrier contract required!

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

The Ultra's smaller siblings, the Galaxy S22 Plus and the Galaxy S22 were also discounted, by $250 and $100 respectively. The foldable phones from Samsung also saw similarly aggressive price slashing: $400 off on the Z Fold 4 and $200 off on the Z Flip 4. And we are talking about clean discounts with no requirements like contracts or trade-ins!

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

Android phones from other brands were also discounted. The newest Pixels got $100-$150 off, again fully unlocked models that is. The slightly-older Pixel 6 Pro was even more discounted and retailed at $300 off during the sales.

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

Google Pixel 7
8.5

Google Pixel 7


The Good

  • Compact and friendly design
  • Bright display
  • Excellent $599 starting price
  • Overall good image quality with the signature Pixel look
  • Good battery life

The Bad

  • Ultra-wide camera is still not wide enough
  • Some camera quirks and shutter lag
  • Not very inspiring performance-wise

Sony Xperia fans were also quite pleased during the shopping spree: the ultra-expensive camera phone the Sony Xperia PRO-I was $700 off! Other models by Sony also saw discounts.

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

OnePlus phones were available at Best Buy with massive discounts during Black Friday too. The OnePlus 10 Pro was $250 off, and the OnePlus 9 Pro was $350 off. Basically, stunning offers - and yet again, no strings attached!

OnePlus 10 Pro
8.5

OnePlus 10 Pro


The Good

  • Great performance with good thermal management
  • Gorgeous display
  • Nice haptics and lovely sound
  • Premium design
  • Versatile camera
  • You get a charger in the box

The Bad

  • Sometimes bleak image colors
  • Color temperature inconsistencies between the different lenses
  • No auto Night Mode

OnePlus 9 Pro
9.3

OnePlus 9 Pro


The Good

  • Stylish and user-friendly design
  • Bright, colorful, smooth display
  • Superb performance
  • Very fast storage
  • Great camera performance
  • Super-quick wired and wireless charging

The Bad

  • Battery life is not that good
  • Lack of some software features

If you were looking for a budget-friendly phone during the shopping event, you were also in luck. Plenty of Motorola phones, models from 2021 and 2022 were discounted at Best Buy. And the deals were quite good here as well. For example, popular models like the Moto G Stylus was available for half its usual price, the Moto G Power from 2022 was $80 off, meaning it started at $169. All in all, discounts across almost the entire Motorola portfolio ranged between 30-50% off, while a stunning 57% off was available for the Motorola Edge from 2021.

Motorola Moto G Stylus (2022)

Motorola Moto G Stylus (2022)


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Motorola Edge (2021)

Motorola Edge (2021)


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Best Buy Samsung tablets and iPad deals: recap


Things were great for tablet and iPad buyers this Black Friday as well. Basically, the retailer had generous discounts on hot and premium models from Samsung, like the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra. This tablet got $300 off during the event, no strings attached. But that's not all – the other Tab S8 models were also discounted.

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

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+


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And the surprise of the year - an iPad Pro model got discounted. And no, not by $20. By $300! We are talking about the 12.9" iPad Pro from last year. Given the fact that iPads, and especially Pro-branded iPads, get rarely discounted, we are tempted to crown this deal with a Best deal of the season award.

Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2021)
9.2

Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2021)


The Good

  • Beautiful and large OLED-rivaling mini-LED display
  • Unparalleled performance
  • Best speakers on a tablet
  • Surprisingly thin and light for its size

The Bad

  • iPadOS 14 doesn't take advantage of those specs
  • Expensive accessories

For the folks looking for more affordable tablets Best Buy had big sales on the Galaxy Tab S7 FE and multiple Surface Pro tablets.

Best Buy smartwatch deals: recap


We also saw great deals in the smartwatch department. The cool thing was that many models were discounted, and again, we saw some models on sale which we wouldn't expect to see discounted. Like the Apple Watch Ultra for example. Yeah, it didn't get a big discount per se, but $50 off on a hot-out-of-the-oven Apple device is definitely something!

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)

Discounts in the range of $50-$70 graced the Galaxy Watch 5 series. We saw $110 off on the Galaxy Watch 4, easily one of the best deals on smartwatches we saw during the Black Friday shopping weekend.

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

Some Garmin and Fitbit smartwatches were also among the discounted products. All in all, Black Friday was your time and Best Buy your place to get a new timepiece on a bargain!

Best Buy deals on headphones and earbuds: recap


Deals on headphones and earbuds were going very strong during the sale event. Very sought-after models from Apple and Samsung were discounted. Some Galaxy Buds models were around 40% off, while AirPods and Beats by Dr. Dre models had around 20% discounts. We also saw $100-$120 off on some Sony models (yep, the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones were $120 off!).

Best Buy deals on laptops recap: a MacBook discount? You don't say!


Well, as you can already tell by the title of this section, we did saw MacBooks discounted during Black Friday at Best Buy. You could save an epic $400 on the M1 Pro MacBook Pro 14-inches (it's time for the "wow Apple gear doesn't usually get discounted during sales" reminder). We also saw $500 off on the M1 Pro MacBook Pro 16-inch. $150 off on the MacBook Air. Hopefully you were able to score some of those deals, but if not - worry not, there's always next time. And now that you know these types of discounts are possible, you can plan ahead.

In the realm of Windows laptops, the discounts were as good if not even better. We saw the Galaxy Book 2 Pro with $500 off, HP Pavilion x360 was $330 off, and many other laptops were discounted ($200-$300 off, mind you!).

Best Buy deals on TVs: don't miss out!


TVs were also retailing at lower than ever prices at Best Buy during Black Friday. Discounts on different models and sizes of TVs were ranging between 20% to a staggering 56% off on the LG - 48" Class A2 Series OLED 4K Smart TV.

Is Best Buy going to have Black Friday deals on phones?


Yes, absolutely! Best Buy has some of the best Black Friday deals on phones every year. And as you can see above, the deals this year blew the competition out of the water. Black Friday was epic at Best Buy this year, and what's even cooler is that the majority of the phone deals that were live at Best Buy don't require activation (some did, but most didn't!).

When do the Best Buy Black Friday deals start?


Black Friday is usually the last Friday of November, just after Thanksgiving. Best Buy's deals often start around the week preceding the official start of Black Friday. The retailer started its Black Friday campaign early this year, and probably is going to do a similar thing next year. So, when November approaches it is time to start checking out Best Buy's website. 

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