Amazon Is Offering a Free Chromebook with Your Samsung Purchase
Yes, you heard it right… Amazon Is Offering a Free Chromebook with Your Samsung Purchase
Buy an unlocked Galaxy phone and get a free laptop
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Good deal alert: Snag a new phone and a back-to-basics laptop for you or the student in your life, for less than the price of the Note 9
The new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 stuns on several fronts — the massive screen, the large storage capacity, the long battery life, and also the price tag. At $999 for the model with less storage, it might be a pass for many, especially considering the Galaxy S9 offers much of what’s appealing about the Note 9 while keeping a couple hundred dollars in your pocket.
If you’re a Samsung fan but don’t want to make the leap to the Note 9 just yet, Amazon is currently running a deal on a Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus: Buy one through Amazon, and they’ll throw in a Samsung Chromebook 3 for free.
The S9 starts at $719, while the S9 Plus deal starts at $839, and the free laptop is a $200 value.
Will I be able to use the phone in this deal with my service provider?
Yes — it’s an unlocked phone, meaning it’s not tied to a certain carrier or contract.
Sometimes unlocked phones cost more upfront compared to those that can be financed by your carrier, but you get more options and flexibility. An unlocked phone could be less expensive in the long run, depending on your carrier’s monthly payment plan. Unlocked phones can also offer more access to data plans that could save you money, but it varies from phone to phone, and carrier to carrier. Learn more about the pros and cons of unlocked phones here.
Is the Chromebook 3 worth it?
At 11.6 inches, this lightweight, ultra-thin, no-frills laptop from Samsung isn’t what you’re going to buy if you have serious design, photography, editing or gaming to do. But if you need word processing, Web access and little else, this is a great bet.
PC Mag gave the Chromebook 3 an “excellent” rating, praising it for being inexpenisive but not cheap, simple but effective for school and entertainment. It features a basic keyboard, USB and SD card slots, HDMI and other staples.
It’s perfect for young people who don’t need much processor power, students who mostly research and write, professionals who want to travel light and don’t prefer to tote around their expensive laptop, and anyone who enjoys the full Google suite — Gmail, Google Search, Docs, Drive, Chrome apps, YouTube — which is, of course, all intuitively incorporated here. Drive is even available offline, which is a nice touch.
Is it worth skipping the S9 to make the jump to the Note 9?
Touted as a competitor to the iPhone X, Google Pixel 2XL and other top-tier and super-priced smartphones, the Galaxy Note 9 boasts dual 12-megapixel cameras, a new Bluetooth S-stylus and up to 512GB of storage.
For a committed Samsung or Android user, there’s a lot to like, but the Note 9 is also fairly similar to its predecessor, the S9, which costs $110 less for the 128GB model, while the Galaxy Note 8 can be purchased new for $250 less.
CNET put together a thorough side-by-side comparison of the Note 8, S9, S9 Plus and Note 9 that you can dig into here.