Amazon Prime Day Officially starts on July 12 and ends on July 13, but the first deals are already rolling out from the retailer and its competitors. For example, several Google products are on sale at Amazon and retailers like Target, from Chromecast with Google TV to Nest Cams. Some items might qualify for additional discounts on Prime Day itself, but many have already expired. Here are some of our favorites that are starting right now.
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Updated July 8, 2022: We regularly update articles and
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Deals on doorbells and security cameras
Only certain colors are still included in this offer. Nest’s Video Doorbell is our second pick, coming in second to Arlo’s Essential simply because it’s more expensive. This deal is the cheapest we’ve seen in recent months. It is easy to mount and remove for charging (battery lasts over a month). The face- and package-identifying smart notifications are also accurate, but you’ll need a Nest Aware subscription ($6 per month).
You can find this offer on best buy as well.
Need an indoor security camera? This simple looks sleek, can be mounted, and has no battery, which means you’ll have to plug it in. (On the plus side, you never have to load it.) WIRED editor Julian Chokkattu has had one pointed to his front door over the past year and had a good one. experience, although Nest Aware subscription will expand your video history. This deal isn’t uncommon, but it’s still a solid price. It is also available at Target.
This security camera works like the indoor camera above, except it’s battery-powered and can withstand rain, wind, and snow. It has a 130-degree field of view and 1080p video, which WIRED associate editor Adrienne So said showed clear views of its driveway, front door, and even most of its front yard. The battery needs to be recharged after just over a month.
This agreement is also available at Target.
If you’re planning on monitoring a dark, dreary area, this camera is functionally similar to the Nest Cam above but doesn’t run on battery power, and it has two spotlights on either side. Lights can turn on automatically, such as when the camera detects motion. You can also set a schedule or use your voice to activate them.
This agreement is also available at Target.
Deals on phones, laptops and speakers
If you’re looking for a new Android phone, most people should go for the Pixel 6. It’s a small deal, but it’s the lowest price we’ve ever tracked and incredible value. You get a 90Hz AMOLED display, wireless charging, the same powerful Tensor processor, and an excellent dual-camera system. Read our Pixel phone guide for tips and accessory recommendations.
We like Google’s Pixel 6 Pro (9/10, WIRED Recommends) because it has a spectacular camera system, with an excellent 4x optical zoom camera, crisp 120Hz screen refresh rate with a AMOLED panel and lots of useful smart software features powered by Google’s Tensor processor. Oh, and a battery that typically lasts a full day. The phone had its fair share of bugs, but many issues have been fixed now. Just know that the Pixel 7 Pro is coming towards the end of the year (and the Pixel 6A later this month).
This Pixel Stand was a little cheaper earlier this week. This is Google’s first generation wireless charger, it’s not the newest one, second generation version. It will charge any device with wireless charging support, whether in landscape or portrait orientation. If you put a Pixel phone on it, you’ll get a few extra perks, including ambient lighting that mimics the sunrise, a digital photo frame feature, and quick access to smart home controls. Read our guide to the best wireless chargers for more options.
The Nest Mini is the cheapest, smallest and cheapest version of the Nest Audio. It doesn’t sound as great, but it’s a great little speaker for smaller areas of the house where you want to use your voice to control your smart home devices. You can also mount it on the wall (as long as there is an outlet nearby).
If you can do all your work from the Chrome browser, then a Chromebook might be all you need. This Pixelbook Go is getting a bit old, but it’s still one of our favorite Chromebooks and it works perfectly fine. The screen is crisp, the keyboard is lovely, and this Core i5 model is plenty powerful for the most part.
Google’s Nest Audio (8/10, WIRED recommends) is one of our favorite smart speakers. This is the typical transaction price it dips to during major sell-off events. The Nest Audio is the successor to the original Google Home from 2016, delivering deeper bass and louder sound for better delivery. Naturally, it’s powered by Google Assistant, so you can ask it anything you type into the Google search bar. Combining two sets results in a solid stereo system. There’s a physical switch to turn off the mic, which we appreciate.
This agreement is also available at Walmart .
Smart Display and Router Deals
This router frequently drops in that price, but it fluctuates all the way up to $169, so it’s still a bargain. Nest Wifi is easy to set up, stylish, and creates a reliable mesh network in your home. This offer is for the router only, but you can add a Nest Point to extend coverage: This package is $175 ($94). You already have a router but you want to add the Point? Read our guide to the best mesh routers for more recommendations.
It’s a fairly common affair on this smart thermostat, but only certain colors are included at the moment. We have not reviewed this exact version in detail, but we have a guide on how to confirm compatibility and set it up. If you like the way Google runs its smart home, we think you’ll like this. Most recent Nest Thermostat is also on sale for $100 ($30 off). It doesn’t learn or adapt to your habits, but you can still set schedules.
Technically, it’s a bargain, but the Nest Hub Max (8/10, WIRED recommends) is discounted enough at this price point that you should never buy it at full price. This version has a camera if you want to use it for video chat. It’s a useful companion, as it can work as a security camera feed (if the camera supports it), guide you through cooking instructions, or simply act as a digital photo frame.
The cameraless Nest Hub is also on sale. This one has a 7-inch screen as opposed to the Nest Hub Max’s 10-inch screen, so it’s more ideal for smaller spaces like bedrooms. This second-gen model can also detect your sleep patterns in case you want to make sure you’re hitting seven (no laptop required). Check out our guide to the best smart displays for more details.