Hot Cyber Monday deals 2012
Cyber Monday can be a great day for those who know exactly what they want to buy and where they can get it. After all, stores offer great savings without the prospect of dealing with crowds.
But for those used to perusing the aisles of a store in hopes of finding the perfect gift, the event can be overwhelming. With that in mind, Newsday.com sifted through the virtual shelves of three of the most popular sites -- Amazon.com, BestBuy.com and Walmart.com -- to find great deals on gifts that would bring smiles to anyone.
Amazon Kindle Fire
Amazon.com is offering a $30 discount on its entry-level tablet. Respected among reviewers, the tablet is far from the best thing on the market, but could offer a perfect low-priced option -- especially for those tablet-users merely interested in surfing the Web, reading books, listening to music and watching movies on their device.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1-inch)
Amazon.com is one of several retailers offering this Android tablet for less than $300. It might not have the name cachet of Apple's iPad, but it does offer expandable memory, and at this price point, it might be the best combination of performance and value in the entire tablet market.
Samsung 32-inch LED TV
At less than $250, this is the perfect high-quality television that won't break your budget. Pick it up from BestBuy.com, present it to a teenager or young adult and take comfort in them having sharp picture in an appropriately sized TV for the next decade.
Samsung 55-Inch 1080p 3D Smart HDTV
If you want the TV to take care of all your media needs once and for all, head to Amazon.com and take 44 percent off this TV on Cyber Monday. It has 3-D capability, Internet connectivity, an application platform so you can stream Netflix, Hulu, Pandora and Twitter directly from the 55-inch screen, as well as an ultra-slim design.
Blu-Ray and DVD deals
Best Buy.com has super-cheap movies and TV shows for sale Cyber Monday. You can get a whole host of great Blu-ray movies, including "Pulp Fiction," for less than $4, entire seasons of TV series, such as "Arrested Development," for the same price and Oscar-winning movies on DVD, "Crash" among them, for half that price.
Samsung ST201 Digital Camera
Perfect for someone who only needs a cool camera to strike up an interest in photography, this Samsung model takes great pictures and movies, has lots of automatic features and is available at a bargain basement price from Walmart.com on Cyber Monday.
Nikon COOLPIX S9200 16 MP CMOS Digital Camera
At half off, this camera is great for the amateur photographer who definitely needs an upgrade. In addition to the big-time zoom in a compact design, the device can shoot full, 1080p HD video. Pick it up from Amazon.com.
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Black 12.1-Megapixel Digital Camera
On Cyber Monday, Best Buy.com is offering this top-notch camera for a mid-tier price.
Samsung Series 9 13.3-inch Premium Ultrabook
This impossibly thin and light Ultrabook (half an inch thick, 2.55 pounds to be exact) merges a beautiful design with impressive performance. PC reviewers have been raving about this Windows 8 laptop since its unveiling and it makes a great gift for students who need a laptop that doesn't weigh them down and won't be outdated in a few months. With the $300 Cyber Monday discount at Walmart.com, now is the time to strike.
HP - ENVY Touch-Screen Ultrabook 14" Laptop
This laptop is of the Ultrabook variety, which indicates it possesses big power in a thin package. This 14-inch touch screen laptop is less than an inch thick, has a quad-core Intel processor, solid memory and hard drive capacity and offers the touch screen option that optimizes the newly released Windows 8 operating system. Best Buy.com is offering it at a discount of $250 off its retail price.
Pioneer - CD & iPod-Ready In-Dash Receiver
If you know a music junkie who is stuck listening to FM radio blaring from a small speaker on the dashboard, present him or her with this highly discounted gift from Best Buy.com. The Pioneer receiver allows drivers to listen to CDs and most MP3 players, and comes with with four speakers for surround sound.
Canon PIXMA Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One Printer
Printers are the oft-forgotten tech gadget, but they come in handy -- especially for students and professionals. Grab this all-in-one wireless one for $49 from Walmart.com and get a $10 gift card to boot.
Three XBox 360 games
For gamers with short attention spans, quantity is often better than quality. Rather than give your loved one a single game that may become boring in a few hours, get him or her three for half that price with this Cyber Monday deal from Walmart.com.
Xbox 360 4GB Console with Skylanders Starter Kit
If you know a child craving his or her first grown-up video game console, head to Walmart.com and pick up this XBox 360 bundle. Not only do you get the heralded XBox 360 at a low price, but you also get the beloved kids game Skylanders, with the required (and otherwise costly) starter kit.
Take half off this coveted first-person shooting video game, released in October 2012 for XBox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, at Amazon.com.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4G Mobile Phone
The Galaxy Note is one of several Android smartphones that Best Buy.com is offering for free, with a new two-year contract with a mobile service provider, on Cyber Monday. Though these phones have many of the latest features, they are a generation behind the latest releases.