Google’s Pixel 6 for $499 on Prime Day Eve is a better value than the 6A


We’re less than a day away from the start of Prime Day 2022. Those Prime member deals begin July 12 at 3AM ET / 12AM PT. But as we saw last week, some companies aren’t waiting until then to push prices down to the lowest we’ve seen so far this year. For example, Google’s Pixel 6 with 128GB of storage is $100 off at Amazon and Best Buy (when you click activate later), and costs $499 for the unlocked phone. It was already a stunning value at full price, but it really is in a league of its own at under $500. And if you want the 256GB version, you’ll also get $100 off and cost $599. Since the Pixel 6A is later coming out this month for $449, this might be the better deal for you.

This is the first time we’ve seen such a big drop in price for this model, although that hasn’t been the case for the larger, more expensive (and, with an extra telephoto lens, more optically capable) Pixel 6 Pro. It has seen some price drops for $200 off, bringing the price down to $699. That’s now happening at Amazon and Best Buy as well. But if you value the smaller phone that has many of the same benefits, check out the Pixel 6 instead. Read our review of both Pixel 6 phones

Google Pixel 6

The Google Pixel 6 is the new base model of Google’s latest flagship. It features the Google Tensor CPU, 8 GB of RAM and a rear camera with both 50 megapixels for the main wide-angle and 12 megapixels for the ultra-wide angle.

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Another great deal is coming back for today (and hopefully lasts for the duration of Prime Day too). It’s a $60 discount on the latest Apple TV 4K that includes the new Siri Remote. Normally $179, it’s $119.99 at Best Buy for the model with 32GB of storage. It’s very unusual for a modern Apple product to be discounted by such a large percentage. The 64 GB model costs $139.99.

In terms of audio/visual specs, there’s little this streaming device can’t do. It has the A12 Bionic chip and an HDMI 2.1 port with support for high frame rate content. If you own several other Apple devices, the Apple TV 4K will likely be a good fit for your entertainment center. Read our review

Apple TV 4K (2021, 32GB)

The latest Apple TV 4K includes the A12 Bionic processor and offers faster performance with HDMI 2.1, Wi-Fi 6 and Thread support.

The new iPad Air with Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil

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If you don’t mind getting an iPad that isn’t the latest model, the 2020 iPad Air with 64GB of storage costs $379 at Walmart (originally $599) in multiple colors. This is officially the lowest price we’ve seen for this model, after the retailer’s exclusive Walmart Plus deal that offered it for $20 more. Like the newer model, it features Apple’s latest Air design, complete with a Touch ID-equipped power button and a USB-C port. However, it does not have the M1 chip. Instead, it has the A14 Bionic, which is still very capable. Read our review

The new iPad Air with Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil

2020 iPad Air (64GB, Wi-Fi)

The iPad Air 2020 has thinner bezels around the screen and has moved the Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the power button on the top of the device.

Fly up with this nice deal The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD for the Nintendo Switch. At Best Buy, the remastered Wii game with modernized controls (with the ability to use motion controls if you’re a purist) costs $34.99. Normally it costs $59.99.

While Skyward Sword isn’t usually very high on ‘s must-play lists Zelda experts (they exist!), it’s probably worth checking these out if you consider yourself a fan – especially if waiting for Breath of the Wild 2 has been hard on you. Read our review

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

2011’s Skyward Sword looks and plays better on Nintendo Switch than ever on Wii. Some other welcome improvements include autosaves, skippable dialogues, and optional tutorials that help fix some of the original’s tempo issues.

Let’s get you ready with more deals

  • The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles for the Nintendo Switch is $24.99 at Amazon, lower than the usual price of $39.99. These episodes take place before the more modern ace lawyer titles.
  • The 2022 version of Samsung’s The Frame 4K television that doubles as wall art is $300 off and costs $1,197.99 at Amazon. This TV is all about design, but it also packs impressive features, such as a QLED panel with quantum dot color for deeper contrast and a 120Hz refresh rate to display fast-moving games.
  • If you need more microSD card storage for things like your Nintendo Switch, Steam Deck, GoPro camera or laptop, check out this deal at Amazon. You can get the 512GB model from Samsung for just $54.99.