A smart phone's high price and monthly bill may limit its appeal as a holiday gift, but a smart accessory can be the gift that keeps on giving. Here are a few Black Friday deals that might thrill someone on your shopping list.
Wireless speaker systems
These offer a great way to play music stored on a phone, tablet, media player, or computer that's across the room or even elsewhere in the house. Our tests showed that you don't have to trade sound quality for convenience, but you will pay a premium for it.
Most models use Bluetooth wireless technology, which works with a wide range of mobile devices, including the Apple iPhone and Android smart phones. The pickings for deals have thus far been slim in this category. The most promising offer so far is h.h. gregg's Black Friday discount on the Bose Soundlink Mobile Speaker II, down $30 from its typical $200 price tag. This model is a fine choice; it delivered good sound quality in our tests and features a stand that doubles as a fold-over book-style cover.
You're more likely to run into heavy discounted wireless speaker systems from unknown brands, and even well-known brands that didn't perform well in our tests, such as the beats by drepill, and the Jawbone Jambox ($60 off its regular $160 price tag at Best Buy). These models had sound quality that was only fair or poor.