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The Top January Sale Tech Deals

BlackBerry PlayBook 16GB tablet
Available for £169 from Dixons – Read our full review
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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
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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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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