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The Top January Sale Tech Deals Cont'd

BlackBerry PlayBook 16GB tablet

Available for £169 from Dixons - Read our full review

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Although not a New Year's sale as such, the recent price drop of the BlackBerry PlayBook was deliberately timed. At release, the 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook cost around £360, but now it's available for less than half that sum. Such drastic price-cutting is down to poor sales, but given the sheer quality of hardware you're getting here, it deserves a second look. The BlackBerry PlayBook has a 7in capacitive touchscreen, dual-core processor and the swish QNX operating system. It lacks many features of its iOS and Android counterparts, including - still - a proper email client, but, hey, at least it has Angry Birds now.

Orange Monte Carlo smarpthone

Available for £89 from Argos (subject to mandatory £10 top-up) - Read our full review

Monte carlo

ZTE is a company that knows how to put pressure on the big smartphone players. Its Blade phone, re-branded as the Orange San Francisco, re-defined what you could expect from a sub-£100 smartphone. With the Monte Carlo, it has ventured even further. Available for just £89, it offers a giant 4.3in screen that invites comparisons to much more expensive phones, such as the HTC Desire HD and Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S. It doesn't have it all - the 800MHz processor isn't blazingly fast and the build quality can't match these more expensive rivals - but if you want the big-screen smartphone experience without shelling out £400 or more, this is blinding value.

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12 Days of Kindle

At Amazon - Read our 2011 Kindle review


Amazon is kicking off 2012 in style, with its 12 Days of Kindle sale. This isn't the first time the sale has been employed at this time of year - and when the Kindle ereader was one of the most popular Christmas presents of 2011, its timing couldn't be much better. Hundreds of ebooks are included in the sale, most selling for under £2, and big-name en vogue authors like George R. R. Martin, David Mitchell and Christopher Hitchens feature. If you're new to Kindle, you owe it to yourself to check out this sale.

Xbox Marketplace Countdown to 2012 sale

On Xbox Live

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Sales are common on the Xbox Marketplace, but the latest has a few picks that Xbox 360 owners shouldn't miss. Highlights include Popcap's Plants vs. Zombies at 600 points, Peggle for 400 points, and Valve's Portal for 600 points. These discounts only continue until 31 December, so get a move on if there weren't enough lime green DVD cases poking out of your Christmas stocking.

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