TechRadar Tip Off: The best Valentine's Day tech deals
12th Feb 2014 | 20:00
Who says tech can't be romantic? (Flowers and chocolate are way overrated)
Valentine's Day tech deals - phones and tablets
Shopping for Valentine's Day is a toughie and leads to a lot of procrastination - you want to find the perfect gift without going broke, but make sure it's meaningful as well.
Instead of scrambling for a last minute grocery store card and the perfunctory flower-chocolate combination, why not spring for something really special to show you're over the moon about them?
That's where the TechRadar Tip Off comes in. Sure the homemade fill-in-the-blank present is a nice touch, but you can always throw in a gadget (or two, maybe three) as a little extra "I love you this much and more."
Along with the best tech gifts for Valentine's Day, the Tip Off has included the best tech deals we could find. We'll keep the list updated so you can get the perfect present before V-Day is here.
24/7 calling and texting
How about a phone for all your long distance (or short distance) romancing? Or you know, to replace your sweetie's smashed screen? They get an awesome new phone and you get bonus points for being thoughtful.
T-Mobile is having a great sale right now too - including free overnight shipping up to February 12 for all devices - which should make it even easier for you if can't avoid last minute shopping.
Speaking of which, the red Nexus 5 is finally out! Though it's not on sale just yet, it's still worth checking out if your paramour is in need of a fabulous phone.
Is your favorite person to cuddle with a little accident prone? Well, the newest Sony phone may help alleviate some fears of water damage.
The Sony Xperia Z1S is not only a 4.5-star phone, it's beautifully built and can withstand a decent amount of water soakage and dust. It's also one of the phones T-Mobile is offering as part of its Valentine's deals.
If you're giving an expensive phone to someone, it's probably best you cover it up with a case to avoid any mishaps (plus it's an extra present to open, which is always a good thing).
You can't go wrong with the best case brand out there: Otterbox. They're extremely durable and come in all kinds of colors and types so if you need an iPhone case, HTC case or even a BlackBerry case, you'll find something. They also have a ton of tablet cases too.
Otterbox cases typically cost around $25-45 unless you pick a heavier duty case - maybe for someone with a rigorous career, or an outdoors-y person - where it will cost up to $99 or more.
Another nifty idea we came across is the case creator from Griffin.
It's also only $29.99, with $10 off using the code CUSTOMGIFT. You can then do whatever the heck you want - pick your own fonts, colors, personal image, little designs, etc., - Griffin has surprisingly offered a decent amount of customization.
Too cute? Wrong! Nothing is too cute on Valentine's Day. In fact, you've practically made something so it's actually quite a big deal.
Or you could just pick up a regular case if you already have something else wrapped up and ready to go.
Tabs for two
Pick up a tablet for the ladycakes or mancake in your life. That way, they can read, listen to music, watch movies and surf the web on the go all the while remembering it was you who lovingly picked out their fantastic tab.
The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is nearly here - the drop date is right before V-Day so that should give you plenty of time to get one. You can even pre-order the tab right now from Samsung, Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Tiger Direct, PC Richard and Sons, Fry's and Newegg (to be on the safe side).
If the Note Pro 12.2 is a little too massive for you, the Tab Pro 10.1 and 8.4 will also be available.
A 32GB Note Pro 12.2 will cost you $749.99, and $849.99 for 64GB where a 16GB Tab Pro 10.1 is up for $499.99 and the 8.4, $399.99.
Still want a Sammie tab for your special someone?
Then there's a few deals that may be of interest. For $499, you can pick up a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition - it's only $50 off, but to be fair, it's one of the newer Samsung tablets.
It may be time to spring for an iPad Air - how can you go wrong getting the love of your life the flawless tablet? We can hear the conversation right now: "I got you this iPad Air because it's perfect. Like you."
The latest Nexus 7 is a winner too. With it's consistently solid low price of $229 and brilliant specs, it'll be hard to hand over - but of course you will, because you probably got one for yourself too, right?
Valentine's Day tech deals - fun goodies
Romantic and actually useful tech
We always get cute (but useless) things for Valentine's. Why not give something sweet that'll last and won't sit around collecting dust?
For example, these neon pink Beats Mixr headphones are both festive and provide both great sound quality and durability that should keep your honey happy.
They're a bit pricey for $249 - but these prices are cheaper than anywhere else at the moment.
Plus they'd be a great companion with an old school mix tape - or if you don't want to spend extra money on ancient relics from the past (c'mon, who has tape decks anymore?) try pairing the headphones with a special Spotify playlist your lover can listen to anywhere, anytime.
Capture every tender look you give each other during your magical moments. Also, cameras are just really cool - you can't go wrong with cameras.
The Nikon D3200 is the best beginner DSLR, and lucky for you, it's on sale at $100 cheaper than its original price.
A camera with 24 million pixels at entry level is pretty extraordinary, and the extra pixels don't come at the cost of a reduction in image quality - meaning every picture you take of your honey (or whatever) will look amazing.
How does an extra 32GB memory card, a three filter kit and a camera bag sound? Expensive? Well, they're all free once you've plopped the D3200 in your cart.
Smartwatches are making a huge splash in the tech world but plain watches will always have a special place in our hearts - and tend to make great Valentine's gifts.
But if you're conflicted about what kind of watch to get, don't worry - there are plenty of both to choose from.
Leaning towards the Samsung Galaxy Note 3? Then the Samsung Galaxy Gear is a logical pairing; both are handy and lovely to look at, plus fit together like a puzzle (hey look at that, we just gave you another line to use).
The recent Pebble Steel is also a solid choice. The first Pebble iteration proved to be popular and spawned loyal fans as newer smartwatches surfaced but the Steel removes the plastic and in favor of metal.
Of course most (or all) tech geeks are plain 'ol geeks at heart as well, so why not give a matching watch? The Tardis Watch below makes a great addition for the Whovian in your life - plus it's on sale for $41.99.
Two words: Say Anything. Remember the movie with the iconic boombox moment? Recreate it and win over the girl or guy of your dreams - but whether it's with an 80s boombox, or a contemporary boombox, we have a feeling either would be swoon-worthy.
The Jawbone Mini Jambox may do the trick if you want the latter.
Like its larger brethren, the Mini Jambox is cast from a single piece of anodized aluminum, and available in a selection of nine different bright, vibrant colors, with five different patterns drilled into the grill across the front of the speaker - perfect to make a declaration of love.
It's not the cheapest with prices ranging from $131-150 but it's not the most expensive either. In fact, if you don't have a working "vintage" 80s boombox already lying around, we bet you they'd run the same price on eBay.
The Impossible Instant Lab is possibly one of the more pricier gifts at $299, but also one of coolest. Basically, the Instant Lab takes digital pictures from your iPhone and within seconds, prints out a polaroid.
Instead of simply Facebooking or Instagramming for the world to see, you can have your own private - and retro - gooey, adorable collection as pretty, glossy photos.
The Wrapster Cord Organizer and Smartphone Stand is probably the cheapest thing on the list at only $2.99, but likely one of the most useful and needed.
Seriously, who doesn't get cords tangled all the time? You'd be a hero or heroine to the love in your life.
- iPad cases are always nice (especially if an iPad is in it).
- The Mophie Space Pack charges your phone but gives you more memory too.
- For the fitness nut in your life, you can't go wrong picking up a Fitbit Force.
- The Google Chromecast dongle is adding more and more apps meaning it's better than ever - and still affordable.