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
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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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