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5 Android and Windows-based Smartphone Deals for Any Budget

The iPhone is certainly one of the leaders in the smartphone game, but it's not exactly deal-friendly. Both Android and Windows phones are priced for a wide array of budgets, while still offering top-of-the-line features. (Or, as you'll see with some deals below, they can also offers a cheap barebones option.) Today we've rounded up the best current smartphone deals from Samsung, Dell, and HTC that offer great features and affordability.

Money-Saving Smartphone Apps for Outdoorsmen

Are you on the hunt for informational resources for your outdoors activities, but hesitant about carrying around cumbersome guidebooks? With these eight outdoors apps for both iPhone or Android, you'll have all the information you need at your fingertips. And in some cases, these apps you can even save you some money to put toward, say, a new set of golf clubs or a telescope.

Top 5 Rewards Credit Cards for Gassing Up at the Pump

As we mentioned in a feature from yesterday, gas prices will continue to rise next year, and already, the average American spends approximately $1,600 per year on gas for their car. Rather than just accept this growing expenditure, take a look at these five rewards credit cards with no annual fees that will help you save on your purchases at the pump throughout the year.

10 Green Resolutions to Ring in 2012: From Power-Saving to Going Paperless

Were you eco-unfriendly in 2011? Well thankfully with the new year, everyone gets a fresh start. Here are Green Dad's list of 10 resolutions for a greener and leaner 2012. Any one of these tips could make you an eco-friendlier person in the year ahead. Commit to all 10, and you could give Green Dad some serious tree-hugging (and cost-saving) competition.

11 Things That Will Be More Expensive in 2012

It's inevitable that as the New Year creeps closer, we begin to muse about what's to come in the next 12 months. So dealnews is taking a look at what price adjustments consumers can expect to see in 2012. This week, we read the economic tealeaves to see exactly what will be more expensive this year. Some increases seem almost customary, like ever-rising gas prices, while others, like a potential 25% hike on tap water, are more surprising.

Budget Winter Trips and Snow Sporting Deals in Canada, California, and more

During this weekend last year, a large portion of the country was blanketed in snow and ice. But so far this year, the winter hasn't been very, well wintry. Those in Florida may be happy as clams to maintain 60- and 70-degree temperatures, but if you're seeking out colder climates (and some fluffy snow!) to get in the spirit of the season, then check out these budget-friendly cold-weather vacation deals.

Watch Your Wallet While Shopping for Airport Electronics

In the next few days, airports nationwide will be flooded with travelers en route to see family or friends for the Christmas weekend, and many of them may be shopping at the increasingly popular terminal electronics stores. Travelers often look to replace headphones and chargers, while some might be hoping to pick up last-minute forgotten gifts. But how much will it cost you to buy electronics at the airport? dealnews investigated by gathering data from five different airports — and we discovered that you could be paying 34% more than you should.

In-Store Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your "Almost Forgot" List

We know, you're an Internet maven. You pride yourself on your navigating skills and your e-shopping acumen. But now that we've passed the date of safe standard Christmas shipping for most stores, you may find it necessary to get out of the house and go to a retail store — those are places where people traditionally interact with other humans while shopping. We've rounded up a few excellent deals with in-store pickup for you. Now go! Because you still need time to wrap them!

Save or Splurge: 5 Items That Are Worth Spending More On

Saving money is our motto here at dealnews, but occasionally we come across items worth spending a little more on. We've found that by splurging on things like computer systems, certain office gear, and yes, 500-thread count sheets, you actually wind up saving money in the long run because the higher quality of these items prolongs the need to replace them every year. From desktop replacements to cosmetics, we've listed our top five items where we think being too frugal doesn't pay.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is Here! But the Best Deal Will Have You Waiting

Hooray, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Verizon is finally available to purchase! And there's a deal at Amazon that takes 50% off the starting price! But to get the best discount, you may not receive it for another two months. How many of you have waited patiently for the Nexus to be released? And are you willing to wait even longer for a deal?

5 Editors' Choice Camera Deals Worth Snapping Up: Canon, Nikon, & Panasonic

We've got some great bargains up for grabs this week on three of the most trusted brands in photography: Canon, Nikon, and Panasonic. Every single deal ranks as an Editors' Choice, and we're spotlighting merchandise at a variety of price points for both the advanced photographer and the hobbyist shooter. We bet you can picture yourself taking advantage of at least one of these fabulous camera deals.

5 Editors' Choice Toy Deals: Dora, Thomas & Friends, Star Wars, and more

Christmas! Hanukkah! Festivus! Kwanzaa! These words all signify a great season to be a child, so we've rounded up five more of the best toy deals out there for tots and toddlers. We've got five Editors' Choice bargains from a Dora the Explorer ball pit to a Star Wars light saber night light. (You could always just say you're buying that light saber for a kid...)

Ready, Set, Ski! Tips on How to Prepare for Your First Trip Down the Slopes

Snow may seem like the enemy when you're shoveling your walk or commuting through it, but for the skier, a heavy snowfall is a ticket to heaven. Few moments in life are as exhilarating as gliding down a mountain, carving smooth curves in fresh snow. If you're itching to give the sport a try, read our checklist of the gear you'll need, and about how much you can expect to pay.

Christmas Price Index (Bob and Doug McKenzie Version)

Every year, PNC Bank calculates the cost of all the gifts given in the classic song "The 12 Days of Christmas". They call this their "Christmas Price Index" and they say it can be viewed as an indicator of how the economy is doing. This year, the magic number for all those birds and lords and ladies is $101,119.84. But here at dealnews, we're all about bargains. So we went looking to see if there was a better "12 days" that would be more in-line with our cost-saving perspective. We found just such a list in Bob and Doug McKenzie's version of the classic.

A Buyer's Guide to Extended Holiday Returns for Christmas 2011

Making gift returns after the holidays can be a stressful task, since you're receiving an item that could have been purchased several weeks earlier. Fortunately, a handful of merchants have relaxed their return policies for the holidays, giving consumers until January to make any returns. Inside, we've got a cheat sheet of stores that are and aren't offering extended return periods.

'Tis the Season ... to Fight Toxins! Deals to Keep Healthy at Home

Wintertime is upon us, and while many people associate the weeks ahead with snowfall, Santa, and sleigh bells, it also means we're indoors a lot more. While that can lead to cabin fever, it can also make you ill in other ways. The more you're indoors, the more exposure you may have to household environmental hazards, which is why this week, Green Dad turns the spotlight on indoor risk factors — and deals on handy products to help keep you safe, all winter long.

How to Buy the Perfect Gift for Her

Shopping for women can be a daunting undertaking for the average guy; even if you know that she'd like new clothes, where do you begin? What brand? What size? What style? We've got some solid advice to get you started as you seek out the perfect jewelry, handbag, clothes, or shoes for that special lady in your life. Take a look, and keep these tips in mind while perusing the deals on our site.

Can You Trust a Smartphone to Guide You in the Wilderness?

Twenty-first century technology has revolutionized the way hikers and hunters explore the woods. Both handheld GPS units and smartphones have compasses, but which is more reliable out in the middle of Mother Nature? Are smartphones replacing GPSs in this area as well? We compared the two technologies to determine which is the better wilderness guide for your needs.

Barefoot Running: dealnews Tests the Vibram FiveFingers Shoes

The Vibram FiveFingers: a goofy running trend or the best way to run? We frequently find discounts on Vibram FiveFingers, and nearly every time they end up being amongst our most popular deals. So our staff became curious about their comfort and running attributes. We put four pairs to the test under three conditions: walking, hiking, and various increments of running. Here's what we found.