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The Apple Watch is our favorite smartwatch. It's easy to use, comes with a variety of health tracking features, and has a polished design with plenty of customization options. But it's not cheap, making Amazon Prime Day 2021 - which takes place on June 21 and 22 - a great time to shop.

Prime Day hasn't begun just yet, but so far we're only seeing early deals on the Apple Watch Series 6. Last year, discounts were available across Apple's entire Apple Watch lineup, from the nearly 3-year-old Apple Watch Series 3 to Apple's latest watches.

See below for everything you need to know about shopping for an Apple Watch on Amazon Prime Day. And don't forget: You'll need an Amazon Prime subscription to access the deals.

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The Apple Watch Series 6 wasn't on sale last Prime Day, likely because it had just launched about a month earlier. But we did see prices drop shortly after Prime Day on Black Friday. And now that the Series 6 is almost a year old, we're hoping to see some compelling discounts that bring it well under the $350 street price.

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Check out similar deals available at Target and Best Buy, which are both offering the Apple Watch Series Nike Series 6 at a $70 discount for $330. This version comes with the Nike Run Club app and special Nike watch faces.

Top early Amazon Prime Day Apple Watch SE deals

The lowest price for the Apple Watch SE we've seen so far on Amazon is $230. We're not seeing any compelling deals just yet, but we're hoping to see some discounts as Prime Day gets closer. If not, we'll be looking for discounts this fall after Apple presumably announces new Apple Watch models.

Early Amazon Prime Day Apple Watch Series 3 deals

We don't recommend purchasing the Apple Watch Series 3 unless you find it at an extremely good discount that falls well below its usual street price of $170. Apple still supports the Series 3, but it's hard to update and will likely begin to feel slow over the next year since it runs on an older processor. While it will be capable of running the latest Apple Watch software, not all features will work - like the new Portraits watch face coming in watchOS 8 and automatic handwashing detection in watchOS 7.

Top early Amazon Prime Day Apple Watch accessory deals

It's not just the cost of the Apple Watch alone that can get expensive. Accessories like charging cables and bands can add up, too. Prime Day is a great opportunity to pick up some discounted accessories for most electronics, and we're expecting that to hold true for the Apple Watch as well.

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The Apple Watch Series 6 is the best Apple Watch you can buy, but it's also the most expensive. When picking out a new Apple Watch, be sure to consider what you intend to use it for and how much you're willing to spend.

The Series 6 is best for those who want the most comprehensive health tracking available, especially if keeping a closer eye on cardiac health is important. That's because the Series 6 comes with several features that aren't available on the recently released, budget-focused Apple Watch SE, such as the ability to take an electrocardiogram from the wrist and measure blood oxygen saturation.

Those who are willing to pay extra to have the latest and greatest Apple Watch should also consider the Series 6, since it runs on the newest Apple Watch processor, has an always-on display, and charges faster than the SE.

But the Apple Watch SE still runs on a fairly recent processor and has all of the most important Apple Watch features, such as the ability to track workouts, fall detection, high and low heart rate notifications, and a large screen.

We don't recommend buying an Apple Watch Series 3 now because its low storage capacity makes it difficult to install important updates. If you're investing in a new smartwatch, it's worth paying a little more money to get a device that's more recent and will last longer.

Is the Apple Watch worth it?

We believe the Apple Watch is the best smartwatch overall because its software is more polished and easier to use than that of rivals, it has an attractive design that matches any style, and it has some of the most comprehensive health and wellness features available. It's not perfect, but the Apple Watch's holistic experience is better than that of any other smartwatch we've tested.

However, that doesn't necessarily mean the Apple Watch is best for everyone. If you're a current iPhone owner who wants the flexibility to switch to Android eventually, you'll want to look elsewhere. Or, if sleep tracking is your main priority in a smartwatch, Fitbit's Versa 3 might be a better choice.

Why right now is a great time for the best Apple Watch deals

Amazon Prime Day is one of the best times of year to buy a new Apple Watch, along with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, should you miss it. This is because Apple typically announces new models in September, so buying a Series 6 in, say, August makes little sense. Even if you don't care about having the newest Apple Watch, you may be able to find the previous-generation Apple Watch at a better discount once the new version is released.

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Amazon Prime Day 2021 isn't here yet, but the deals have already started. The Amazon shopping event takes place on June 21 and 22, and we're expecting to see tons of deals on tech gadgets over the coming days.

The best Prime Day deals on Apple products so far include discounts on the AirPods, AirPods Pro, iPad, and iPad Air. But remember that deals tend to sell out fast, so it's a good idea to act fast if you find a deal you're interested in.

You don't need to be a Prime member to shop current deals, but many deals will be exclusive to subscribers when Prime Day 2021 begins. If you're looking to give membership a shot, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial now. Prime memberships start at $13 a month after the trial ends.

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Prime Day 2021 will begin on June 21 and run through June 22. Prime members will be able to take advantage of non-stop deals on a variety of products and services over the two-day sale.

This year's Prime Day comes roughly two months after Apple announced new iPads, AirTags, colorful iMacs, Apple TV 4K (second-generation), and more at its April event. It's unclear what new Apple products will be on sale during Prime Day 2021, but expect to see deals on older models at the very least.

How to shop for Apple products

Before buying new Apple products on Prime Day, you should keep in mind that discounts tend to appear more often on previous-generation Apple devices. For example, a product like the Apple TV 4K (first-generation) is more likely to go on sale since the new second-generation model was just released in May 2021.

When comparing prices, you should also keep in mind that Apple offers discounted refurbished products on its own website, including previous generations of the MacBook Pro, iPhone, and more. Apple's trade-in program can also give you additional money toward a refurbished product, as well, when you send Apple your old device.

For detailed buying advice on how to choose the right Apple product for your needs, check out our various Apple device guides and deal roundups:

The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on MacBooks

Starting in early 2020 Apple launched a number of new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models.

The key difference compared to older models, is that the latest MacBooks include Apple's M1 processor, a chip that offers faster performance. We recommend the more affordable Air for most people, but the Pro is still a great buy for shoppers who crave a bit more power, slightly longer battery life, and superior speakers and microphones. You can read our full comparison of the latest MacBook Air and MacBook Pro here.

The best price we've seen the new MacBook Air (256GB) sell for so far is $899, so we expect a similar or better deal on Prime Day. The last time the previous version of the MacBook Air dropped to its lowest price - $799 - was February 2021. If stock is still available, we could see it sell for even less during Prime Day.

You'll also want to keep your eye on the price of the MacBook Pro with Apple's M1 Chip. Earlier this year, the price went down to $1,099, which is $200 less than its full price. It's on sale right now for $100 off, so a better deal could be available on Prime Day.

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Prime Day 2021 will be the first Prime Day since the launch of the AirPods Max, Apple's premium over-ear headphones. The AirPods Max saw a $50 discount just ahead of Prime Day, but the price has already slightly increased. We're hoping to see bigger deals once Prime Day arrives.

The AirPods Pro, standard AirPods, and AirPods with wireless charging case have seen many deals over the years, so we expect big discounts on Prime Day. You can check out our full breakdown of the best AirPods if you're torn between different models.

The AirPods Pro have maintained a price around $200 from October 2020 through May 2021. The lowest we've seen them sell for was $169. You should expect a similar discount for Prime Day 2021.

Amazon typically sells the AirPods with a wireless charging case for $150 to $170. Meanwhile the standard AirPods typically sell between $120 to $140. We recommend jumping on any Prime Day 2021 deal prices that are lower than those ranges.

Aside from Apple's headphones, there are a number of Beats-branded headphones to keep an eye on during Prime Day 2021. These include the Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones which will likely drop to $120 or less.

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There are a number of Apple Watch models to choose from but we recommend the 40mm, Series 6 (GPS) model thanks to its health features. We didn't see the Series 6 fall in price during Prime Day 2020, but it fell by nearly $50 the following month. We recommend any deal that brings the Series 6 below $350.

Other Apple Watch models include the Series 3, the lower-cost alternative to the Series 6 with a wide range of bells and whistles, as well as the Apple Watch SE. The Apple Watch SE hasn't dropped below $230 on Amazon while the Series 3 hasn't fallen below its May 2021 price of $198.

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Apple's latest iPad Pro models, starting at $799, launched in May. The 11-inch iPad Pro did get a $50 discount in May, but it's not clear if we'll see any major discounts over Prime Day since the 2021 models are so new.

There are older iPad models that have seen more frequent sales on Amazon, including the 2020 iPad Air, the 2020 iPad, and the 2019 iPad Mini. These older iPad models lack Apple's new M1 processor but they still make good buys for most people. The 2021 Pro models, on the other hand, are really only necessary for creative professionals that need top-notch performance.

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Apple's iPhones rarely get discounts on Prime Day. The new iPhones were just announced in October 2020, and carriers and retailers will likely discount older models to make way for the new ones.

It's unlikely that the deals will be on Amazon, though, as the online retailer only sells models that are locked to Cricket Wireless. However, Best Buy is offering a deal that takes $200 off the iPhone 12 Mini, although that's contingent on a carrier activation with Verizon.

Some older models to keep an eye on include the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro, the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the iPhone XS, and the iPhone XS Max. You can check out our guide to some of the best iPhones for every budget in 2021 ahead of your next iPhone purchase, as well.

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Apple's iPhone line has supported MagSafe chargers since the iPhone 8. While we typically see the charger for $5 off on Amazon, it dropped to $10 off in May 2021. We recommend any deal on Prime Day if it's $10 off or more.

The MagSafe Duo Charger, a charger for two Apple devices, hasn't seen any sales since its first price drop - roughly $16 off - in April 2021. We anticipate a similar or better deal during Prime Day 2021.

The EarPods with a lightning connector - Apple's wired headphones option - have been anywhere between $14 to $20 since May 2020. Any deal price lower than that would be worth jumping on during Prime Day.

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Since the AirTags launched in April 2021, Amazon has yet to substantially drop their price. The AirTags typically start at $29 and can help you find lost items with Apple's FindMy app.

Despite no traditional discounts, you can always save $17 by purchasing the AirTags in a four-pack rather than buying four individually.

The AirTags might be too new to get a big discount on Prime Day, but we'll keep this page updated with any deals if we see them.

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While it's unlikely we'll see deals on Apple's latest Apple TV models and accessories during Prime Day 2021, we expect to see deals on older models.

This includes the Apple TV 4K (first- gen) and the Apple TV HD (fourth-gen) featuring the original Siri Remote (first-gen). While these models are still quality options for streamers, the newer versions include an improved Siri remote (also sold separately).

When sold for the same price, the newer Apple TV models are a better buy, but if the old versions get big discounts on Prime Day, they could present a better value.

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The 7 best fitness trackers we tested in 2021
  • Fitness trackers do more than log workout data - they provide wearers in-depth analysis of their overall health.
  • Today's trackers offer everything from sleep and recovery tracking to advanced training feedback.
  • Our top pick, the Suunto 7, is a full-featured smartwatch slash fitness tracker that tracks more than 70 activities.
  • Fitness trackers have come a long way since Fitbit introduced it's first clip-on wearable in 2008. Though essentially a glorified pedometer, it pales in comparison to what's available today, despite how inherently innovative it was at the time.

    Today's fitness trackers are akin to having a full-on personal trainer on your wrist that counts your every step, tracks each burned calorie, and logs your activity. Even run-of-the-mill budget models offer more advanced insight into your daily activity than those 2008-era clip-ons.

    And it's because of that growing utility that fitness trackers are becoming increasingly popular, even going so far as to take the place of some people's everyday watch. It makes sense, too. Why not sport a single wearable that deeply tracks your everyday activity, provides insight into your health profile, and still reliably tells time?

    But the real question people ask themselves is not whether they should wear one or not but rather, which should they wear? As the fitness editor for Insider Reviews, I've worn the lion's share of fitness trackers currently available, some good, some bad, and some that have managed to straddle both of those descriptors.

    This means I've spent (and continue to spend) plenty of time learning the ins, outs, and otherwise of modern fitness trackers, all in the name of finding those worth owning. So, to help you figure out which current fitness tracker best fits your personal activity style and fitness preference, I've compiled the following guide of my favorites.

    At the end of this guide, I've also included some insight into what to keep in mind while shopping for a fitness tracker, as well as a few deals on some of the fitness trackers featured.

    Here are the best fitness trackers: Updated on 6/19/2021 by Rick Stella: Overhauled and rewrote the entire guide with new picks for each category and updated our insight into how to shop for a fitness tracker. The best deals on fitness trackers from this guide

    Fitness trackers help you keep track of your body's activities — from sleep to intense workouts. Depending on your specific needs, a good tracker can cost you over $150; luckily, we see discounts for them all of the time. Brands like Garmin and Fitbit are popular during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with the Fitbit Charge 3 dropping as low as $80 last year. Our other picks also saw similar discounts.

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    The Suunto 7 is a robust fitness tracker that offers support for more than 70 activities, has basic smartwatch features, and provides highly useful workout feedback.  

    Pros: Activity tracking for over 70 activities, including everything from running and cycling to snowboarding and hiking, in-depth fitness tracking, offers workout feedback, accurate GPS, lets you download maps for offline use

    Cons: App experience is clunky, expensive

    Though Suunto isn't the first name to come to mind when talking about fitness trackers, its 7 smartwatch slash tracker is one of the most impressive wearables I've ever tested. Suunto only released the 7 in 2020 but it's spent almost that entire time on my wrist (when I'm not testing other trackers for this guide), and routinely impresses me and provides exactly what I want out of a fitness tracker: in-depth feedback, accurate activity tracking, and a wide variety of use cases. 

    Not only am I able to track any run or bike ride I go on, but it also offers support for other activities like snowboarding, hiking, swimming, or even just walking (among literally so many others). The user's manual states that it covers more than 70 activities, but do take that with a grain of salt; some of the activities it tracks just account for length of activity and your heart rate. That means it's not actually tracking advanced stats for things like tennis or basketball.

    Even if you aren't a multisport athlete, the 7 still offers plenty to take advantage of. Its GPS function (even one year later) is highly accurate and reliable, both while I run through my neighborhood in Brooklyn or bike longer distances across the entire NYC area. It offers offline map support for those who like to ditch their smartphone and head into the backcountry (and make it out safe) and also has smartwatch capability by offering smartphone notification support. 

    And although its price tag may shock on first glance ($400 is a lot to spend on a mere wearable), it more than makes up for that investment with everything it offers. Because it can be utilized and benefited from by such a wide range of active users makes it one of the most versatile fitness trackers available — and one I plan on continuing to wear for many years.

    The best multisport fitness tracker Person wearing a Coros Apex fitness tracker


    The Apex from Coros is a multisport athletes dream: It offers in-depth support for a range of activities, it has excellent battery life, and a comfortable fit that almost makes you forget you're wearing it.

    Pros: Long battery life, even while using GPS, multisport functionality that goes beyond just tracking heart rate, comfortable design, great app experience, perfect for triathletes, built in GPS

    Cons: The screen can be too dim at times, easy to accidentally press the dials to change modes

    If you spend much of your active time doing something different from the day before, then the Coros Apex is the fitness tracker you need. It's especially adept at tracking running, biking, and swimming, making it the perfect for the budding or seasoned triathlete. 

    But that's not only who the Apex is for; Coros consistently updates the watch's software to add new activities and modes, including sports like snowboarding, gym cardio, and hiking. This only adds to its versatility and the new added modes do a good job of being accessible and easy-to-use as soon as they're available. 

    The Apex truly proves its worth for ultrarunners. Thanks to excellent battery life, highly accurate GPS, and a dedicated trail running mode, it's the watch a grab for when I know I'm going to be out for a long run that won't just consist of running on the sidewalk or through my local park. It's comfortable design makes it easy to wear for long periods of time, too, without irritating my wrist or becoming a drag on my running form. 

    Though these are its high points, the Apex does also offer basic fitness tracking capability in the form of heart rate, steps, calories, and so on, so it's not just for advanced athletes. Rather, it's great for anyone looking to spend more time running, biking, or cycling, and who has an inclination to try new activities.

    It's $300 price point puts it solidly in the middle in terms of other watches featured in this guide but its incredible capability make it highly worth the expense. 

    The best Fitbit fitness tracker Fitbit versa 3


    Fitbit's Versa 3 combines the brand's excellent fitness tracking tech with in-depth smartwatch capability, unique sleep tracking, and a clean design reminiscent of the Apple Watch

    Pros: Automatic activity tracking, built-in GPS, in-depth sleep tracking and exercise data, great battery life, offers unique mindful minutes feature, and is water resistant up to 50 meters

    Cons: Doesn't always automatically sync

    Fitbit's line of Versa watches ushered in the brand's first foray into smartwatch territory, and the resulting products (from the original Versa to today's Versa 3) has been a triumph. Each combine the in-depth and reliable fitness tracking Fitbit's built its name on with functional smartwatch features and a clean, stylish (and recognizable) design. 

    Not only is the Versa 3 the latest in this new-ish product category for Fitbit, but it's also the brand's best. It has built-in (and accurate) GPS, is water resistant up to 50 meters, and offers excellent battery life, meaning you won't have to worry about throwing it on its charger each nigh.

    That last part is an important distinction, too, as the Versa 3 provides wearers with in-depth sleep tracking, including how much REM sleep you get, how much you toss and turn, and when you're sleeping lightly. During my tests, I was amazed at how tumultuous my night of sleep can be — and the data allowed me to try to fix certain things about how I sleep, or when to start winding down to give myself the best chance for solid rest. Though this is starting to pop up on more fitness trackers today, I've found the Versa 3 to provide one of the better, more insightful experiences. 

    From a tracking perspective, the Versa 3 shines. I really enjoyed the automatic tracking function, which allowed me to immediately start running after I put my shoes on instead of navigating a menu just to hit Start. This may seem a minor feature but I ended up using it far more than I thought I would.

    The other major component of the Versa 3 is its smartwatch capability. Though the features won't blow you away, I found that it did still function exactly as I needed, providing me quick glances at notifications without having to pull my phone out of my pocket (or locate it in my apartment). Android users get more features, like voice-to-text responses, but it still functioned well, albeit quite basic, with my iPhone. 

    The best basic fitness tracker Fitbit Charge 4


    If exercising is part of your routine, you'll love being able to track your workout in real-time on the bright, easy-to-read screen of the Fitbit Charge 4

    Pros: Comfortable design, easy to read display, built-in heart rate monitor, in-depth sleep tracking, advanced workout features, real-time workout tracking on-screen, long battery life, user-friendly app

    Cons: No music storage, basic black & white display

    The Fitbit Charge 4 is the successor to the Fitbit Charge 3 (our previous recommendation as the best fitness tracker for workouts), with a handful of features that set it apart from past versions.

    Specifically, it now features built-in GPS. I did find the GPS to not be as accurate as others in this guide (even its Fitbit kin, the Versa 3) but it did function well enough that it's worth having on the watch.  

    In addition to counting steps like any good fitness tracker should, the Charge 4 also measures stairs climbed, calories burned, resting and active heart rate, and offers in-depth sleep tracking. It even shows which type of sleep you're in: light, deep, or REM. You can also see how your habits stack up against those of other people your age via the app. 

    If you're feeling stressed, this tracker also offers breathing exercises to help you relax. And, diving into more of the workout features, the Charge 4 has dedicated functions for recording a wide range of activities, including running, cycling, cardio, and strength training. There's even a timer option for HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). It also lets you pause and resume workouts, and if you do forget to tell it you're starting an activity or workout it can automatically detect a session and start monitoring it.

    The best budgt fitness tracker Person running with the Garmin Forerunner 35


    The Forerunner 35 utilizes so much of what makes Garmin one of the best fitness tracker brands on the market, including accurate GPS, reliable activity tracking, and a sleek, comfortable design.

    Pros: Great battery life, plenty of functionality despite its basic design, lightweight, waterproof, built-in GPS

    Cons: No swimming mode despite its waterproof design, GPS signal can be slow to lock on

    Often when you see the words "budget" and "fitness tracker" next to each other, you find a wearable offering the most basic of function and tracking capability. Then there's the Garmin Forerunner 35. Though vanilla in design, the Forerunner 35 is anything but "budget" in what it offers yet still has a very reasonable price tag of less than $100.

    If you've ever used a Garmin fitness tracker or smartwatch before, you know just how capable its ecosystem is — and the 35, though inexpensive, is no different. It features 24/7 heart rate monitoring, accurate GPS tracking, and compatibility with running and cycling (among a few others). 

    What I liked best about the 35 during my tests was its attention to running features that more expensive watches just don't have, specifically its running cadence analysis and an interval training mode. With the run cadence feature, I was able to have a more in-depth look into my mechanics and could make more informed adjustments. For advanced runners, this data is invaluable. 

    Navigation-wise, the Forerunner 35 is a breeze. Just a few buttons flank the bezel, each of which are straightforward in allowing you to access the watch's suite of features. It won't wow you in terms of design but this is one of the best bang-for-buck fitness trackers on the market. 

    The best fitness tracker smartwatch Apple Watch 6 Yellow

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    The latest Apple Watch (the Series 6) continues the tech company's dominance in the smartwatch space, offering wearers a versatile fitness tracker that's full-featured, easy to use, and incredibly powerful.

    Pros: Wide range of accurate activity tracking, clean, stylish design, great for iPhone users, easy-to-read always on touchscreen display, music integration

    Cons: Battery life isn't that great (you'll be recharging it almost everyday)

    You can't have a guide to the best fitness trackers without the appearance of the Apple Watch — it's that good. And aside from its quality, the Apple Watch is also one of the most important fitness wearables thanks to its ability to seamlessly blend fitness tracking and smartwatch capability. Other trackers in this guide offer something similar but Apple's wearable is by far and away the best to do it. 

    From a fitness tracking perspective, it has a deep offering of trackable activities but excels with your basics like running, swimming, and cycling. There's even a Nike version of the watch that comes with the Nike Run Club app pre-installed, so you know Apple intends for this to be on the wrist of a runner.

    It works really well in practice, too. The watch was always quite comfortable on my wrist, even on longer runs or bike rides, and the screen is really easy to read mid-activity. Its GPS isn't as quick as the Suunto 7 but it wasn't as fussy as my experience with Fitbit's Charge 4. When it does finally sync, it's quite accurate and routinely produced that same accuracy over days and weeks of testing. 

    The Series 6 is rounded out by both its smartwatch offerings and advanced health analytics. There's sleep tracking, a blood oxygen sensor, an ECG reader, and even handwash tracking. I didn't find myself using everything all the time but it was nice knowing I had access to some of the more in-depth features whenever I wanted. Being able to respond to text messages and use it as a true smartwatch made it that much more valuable to me (especially as an iPhone user). 

    The best fitness tracker for recommended workouts Garmin Forerunner 745 build quality and features

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    The Forerunner 745 is the perfect representation of the power of Garmin's ecosystem, offering wearers fine-tuned workout recommendations and valuable fitness insight in an easy-to-use package.  

    Pros: Huge variety of trackable activities, built-in pulse oximeter and accurate heart-rate monitor, motivating recommended workouts and detailed accuracy as you wear it more, offers valuable fitness insight, excellent battery life

    Cons: Menu system can be clunky, expensive

    Garmin's long made highly advanced fitness trackers that have always done well to satiate the needs of hardcore athletes. With the Forerunner 745, it brings that in-depth approach to a wider audience, providing highly valuable fitness insight and feedback to anyone, regardless of how active they are. 

    The beauty of this watch rests with the advanced data it provides. During workouts, the 745 displays everything from time active and heart rate to distance covered and pace. Each of which are highly useful in the moment if you're interval training or aiming for a certain time on a run or bike ride. It's also quite easy to customize this screen so you have exactly what you want, when you want it. 

    Though that in-the-moment date is great, it's what the watch offers after the activity (or between workouts) that's even better. This includes challenging workout recommendations that adapt to your output, the ideal amount of rest you need between activities (which is highly important), and customized training plans. Neither of these are just tacked-on, too, and I found myself gravitating toward them more and more as I tested the watch even though I've always preferred my own workouts to anything pre-written for me. 

    Its tracking accuracy is also highly precise, and I found it to be similar to that of Suunto's 7 and the Apple Watch Series 6. It syncs with GPS rather quickly and would consistently produce the very similar metrics (both in terms of distance and pace) no matter if I was cycling or running. 

    If there was something to nitpick about the Forerunner 745, it'd be it's clunky menu system. Like most Garmin watches, the OS isn't exactly intuitive, though it does get easier the more you use it (as would anything). It's not enough to be a dealbreaker, especially considering how much else this watch does that's superior to most fitness trackers currently available. 

    How to shop for a fitness tracker

    Those looking for a device dedicated to tracking daily activity, workouts, and sleep have a vast number of choices even without including members of the smartwatch family. To help you decide on the best fitness tracker for your needs, there are a few things to take into consideration:

    Comfort and design: Since you'll wear the tracker daily (even to bed for sleep tracking), comfort is a high priority. If it's not comfortable, you won't want to wear it; plain and simple. The same goes for design. If you have a small wrist, you may want a tracker with a sleek, understated look. Fitness trackers come in all shapes and sizes, so you'll be able to find one that suits your style.

    Features: Not all fitness trackers are created equal when it comes to features. If you're looking for a no-frills fitness tracker, then one that only tracks steps and your sleep habits may suffice. However, if you work out often or want insight into how your activity impacts your overall health, a more advanced tracker with a heart rate monitor or built-in GPS may be the one for you.

    You should also consider the types of workouts you like to do. For example, if you're a swimmer, waterproofing is a must. Just starting out on your fitness journey? A device that coaches you and gives you goals to work towards may provide the extra motivation you need to stay on track.

    App experience: Most fitness trackers are designed to work in tandem with your smartphone, syncing the data collected with a downloaded application. This allows you to gain even more insight into your health and save the information collected to track your progress over time.

    Unfortunately, not all companion apps are that effective and you may find there are some experiences you prefer over others. It's important to choose a fitness tracker that gives you a good app experience. Easy navigation and compatibility with your phone's operating system are a must.

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    Best smartphone deals Amazon Prime Day 2021 2x1 Amazon Prime Day 2021 is almost here, and we're already seeing discounts on phones from Google, OnePlus, and more.

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    Amazon Prime Day is a great time to buy a new phone, especially if you're an Android fan. This year's annual shopping event takes place on June 21 and 22, but we're already seeing some early deals on phones from Google, OnePlus, and even Apple.

    Other retailers typically offer deals of their own to compete with Amazon, so it's important to check Best Buy, Walmart, and Target for compelling offers as well.

    Deals change often, so we'll be updating our coverage throughout the shopping event. And don't forget: you'll need an Amazon Prime membership to gain access to Amazon deals once Prime Day starts.

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    Google's Pixel phones are already pretty affordable depending on the model, but they're even more tempting at a discount. The latest Pixels didn't make our list of the best smartphones, but the Pixel 4a is our favorite budget smartphone for photography.

    If the upcoming Prime Day is anything like last year's, we may indeed see steeper discounts on Google's smartphones. The now-discontinued Pixel 4, for example, was available at a $350 discount during Amazon Prime Day in 2020.

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    It's rare to find Prime Day deals on iPhones that are in new condition. Most deals tend to focus more on AirPods or iPads. But now that other retailers are bolstering their own offerings to match or exceed Amazon's deals, there's more choice than ever. We've only found one noteworthy deal on the iPhone 12 Mini at Best Buy so far, but you must commit to a carrier activation or monthly payment plan with Verizon to get the discount.

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    Samsung makes a lot of Galaxy phones, and in 2021 that lineup has grown even bigger. However, the Galaxy S21 is our favorite Android phone right now because of its excellent design, great triple-lens camera, and solid performance. It's also decently priced for a flagship phone, but discounts make it an even better deal for Android phone shoppers.

    There are already a few Samsung Galaxy deals at Best Buy, but they require a carrier activation. We're hoping to see bigger discounts without these stipulations as Prime Day gets closer.

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    Samsung and Google may be among the most popular Android device makers, but it's also worth looking elsewhere. Companies like OnePlus and TCL are known for making quality phones that are often hundreds of dollars less than the latest phones from Samsung, Apple, and Google. And some models are already discounted heading into Prime Day.

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    Most people in the United States buy their phones from carriers, even though there are often better prices to be found elsewhere. Amazon Prime Day is a good example of an instance in which it's probably a better deal to buy your phone through another retailer like Amazon rather than your carrier.

    Amazon mostly sells unlocked phones, which means the phone isn't tied to any specific carrier and will work with any phone service provider. That means you should be able to insert your SIM card into your new phone without much hassle.

    The most important factor to consider when purchasing a new phone is how much you want to spend. This will automatically limit your search, and you want to make sure you're not wasting time researching devices that are out of your price range. You also want to consider which features matter the most to you. Is having an excellent camera the most important thing, or do you want a phone with the longest battery life? What's your biggest complaint about your current phone that you're hoping to address by upgrading? Those are the types of questions you should be asking yourself.

    When is Amazon Prime Day?

    Amazon Prime Day will take place on June 21 and 22. In years past it's been held in July, except for 2020 when the annual shopping holiday was pushed to October.

    What's on sale on Amazon Prime Day?

    Amazon Prime Day sales span the gamut in terms of product categories, with discounts on everything from tech gadgets to beauty products, kitchen items, and much more. Think of it as Black Friday in the summer, but only on Amazon.

    Do I need to be a Prime member to get Prime Day deals?

    Yes, Amazon Prime Day is only available for Prime subscribers. Amazon Prime costs $119 per year or $12.99 per month, but the annual billing option is a better deal. Not only does Amazon Prime provide access to fast shipping options and Prime Day deals, but it also comes with other perks like Amazon Prime Video and Prime Music access.

    What smartphone deals were available on Prime Day last year?

    Amazon Prime Day included deals on phone models from Google, Samsung, and Motorola among others in 2020. Of course, these were models that are now considered to be a generation old, like the Samsung Galaxy S20, Samsung Galaxy Note 20, and Google Pixel 4.

    What about iPhone deals on Prime Day?

    We don't typically see iPhone deals on Amazon Prime Day, and that's likely to continue in 2021. We've spotted one worthwhile deal on an iPhone 12 Mini so far, but iPhone deals are rare to come by on Prime Day. However, last year's Prime Day saw plenty of deals on other Apple products like AirPods, iPads, and MacBook laptops. Check out our guide to the best iPhone deals to learn more about other non-Prime Day related discounts.

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    AMAZON PRIME DAY LAPTOP DEALS Amazon Prime Day 2021 is expected to bring some major discounts on laptops from Apple, Microsoft, and many others.

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    Amazon Prime Day 2021 is fast approaching, and we're already seeing significant deals on laptops. The annual shopping holiday will take place on June 21 and 22, making it a great opportunity to snag a new laptop, whether it's for school, work, or even gaming.

    Last year, we saw deals on laptops from Apple, Lenovo, and others as well as Google's Pixelbook Go and Razer's Blade 15 gaming laptop. It's not Prime Day yet, but a couple of our top-rated laptops, like the M1 MacBook Air and Dell XPS 13, are already on sale ahead of the event.

    See below for everything you need to know about shopping for a new laptop on Amazon Prime Day 2021. And learn more about how Insider Reviews vets deals and tests products.

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    It's not Prime Day just yet, but Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart are already offering a few notable discounts on laptops. For a general-purpose laptop, we recommend a notebook with an Intel Core i3 or i5 processor, at least 8GB of RAM, and 128GB or 256GB of storage.

    Many of these laptops will have integrated graphics, which share memory with the CPU rather than having their own dedicated graphics processing unit (GPU). Dedicated graphics aren't a must if you're mostly using your laptop for tasks like word processing, managing spreadsheets, and browsing the web, but video editors and gamers will want a standalone GPU.

    Chromebooks often come with less storage and memory and lower-end processors since they rely so heavily on the cloud.

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    Top early Amazon Prime Day MacBook deals

    Last Prime Day, we saw discounts on the early 2020 MacBook Air. This year, we're hoping to see bigger discounts on the newer MacBook Air and Macbook Pro models that run on Apple's more powerful M1 processor. The MacBook Air is our favorite MacBook since it shares many qualities with the MacBook Pro at a lower price.

    The MacBook Pro is already on sale for $99 off on Amazon, while the M1-powered MacBook Air is available for $50 off.

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    Chromebooks are already known for their affordability, and they're usually available for even less on Prime Day. Our favorite Chromebook, the Pixelbook Go, was available at a discount last year, as well as Chromebooks from HP and Lenovo. Those who just want a basic laptop for using the Internet and Google's services should keep an eye out on Prime Day.

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    Gaming laptops are almost always more expensive than regular laptops, which is why you should always try to find them at a discount when possible. Our favorite gaming laptop, the Razer Blade 15, was on sale last Prime Day, alongside other gaming laptops from MSI and Asus. We'll be looking out for similar deals this year.

    Amazon is already touting deals on the Razer Blade 15 Advanced on its early deals page. But these discounts aren't very significant and only amount to about $35 off the regular price, so we'd recommend waiting to see if better deals surface.

    Legion 5 (medium, Preferred: Best Buy) Area-51m (medium, Preferred: Amazon) Frequently asked questions What day is Amazon Prime Day 2021?

    Amazon Prime Day 2021 will take place on June 21 and June 22. Deals change throughout the day and span the gamut in terms of categories. We usually see Prime Day deals on everything from tech gadgets and electronics to home appliances, beauty, and apparel. Amazon says it will be offering more than 2 million deals this Prime Day.

    Although Amazon Prime Day doesn't officially start until June 21, the online retailer is already offering early deals on products across its tech, kitchen, home improvement, pets, and books categories among others. There are also early discounts on Amazon products and services such as Audible, Fire TVs, Amazon Music, and Prime Gaming.

    Will there be another Prime Day?

    Amazon Prime Day is a two-day event that takes place on June 21 and June 22. Amazon hasn't discussed any plans for future Prime Day events, but it's held the shopping holiday every year since 2015. Prime Day usually takes place in July, with 2020 being the exception when it occurred in October.

    Do I need to be a Prime member to get Prime Day deals?

    Yes, to access Prime Day deals you must subscribe to Amazon Prime, which costs $119 per year or $12.99 per month. Not only does Prime allow for access to Prime Day deals and faster shipping, but it also comes with a bunch of other perks like Amazon Prime Video and Amazon Prime Music.

    How to choose a laptop on Prime Day

    The most important aspects to consider when shopping for a new laptop are the operating system (OS), the laptop's specifications, and its size.

    Apple device owners usually prefer MacBooks since they run on the macOS operating system, which integrates nicely with the iPhone and has an interface that's similar to iOS. But those who want the most choice and versatility in a desktop operating system usually go with Windows. Chromebooks, meanwhile, are best for those who use Google services frequently and handle most of their tasks online.

    The processor (CPU), memory (RAM), and internal storage are the most important specifications to pay attention to if you're looking for a general purpose computer. But multimedia editors and gamers will want to make sure their laptop has enough graphics processing power, too.

    And finally, size is important when choosing the right laptop. If portability is your main priority, you'll want to look at laptops with a 13-inch screen. But if you're planning to primarily keep your laptop in your home office and use it for watching movies when you're not working, you will probably be happier with a 15 or 16-inch laptop.

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    Amazon Prime Day 2021 is fast approaching on June 21 and 22, and we're anticipating plenty of deals on speakers.

    Last year's Prime Day sale featured tons of discounts on smart speakers, soundbars, Bluetooth speakers, and home theater systems from brands like Samsung, Sonos, and Bose. Prime Day is also one of the best times to snag an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot for a low price, and some models are already on sale.

    We'll be compiling all the best speaker deals during Prime Day 2021 as soon as the event begins. If you're not an Amazon Prime member yet, you should consider signing up for a 30-day free trial to take part in the savings.

    Though bigger discounts will likely be available on Prime Day itself, that doesn't mean there aren't some solid speaker deals on Amazon right now. Below, we've rounded up some current speaker discounts, along with details on what we expect during the big sale. Learn more about how Insider Reviews evaluates products and vets deals.

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    Amazon devices are usually available for some of their lowest prices during Prime Day, and Echo speakers with Alexa are no different.

    Fourth-gen Echo speakers feature a new orb-shaped design and improved audio performance, which make them stand out in comparison to the older puck-shaped models. The fourth-gen Echo Dot is available for a modest $5 discount right now, but we expect a better deal when Prime Day begins. Check out our Echo (fourth-gen) and Echo Dot (fourth-gen) reviews for detailed impressions.

    Third-generation Echo Dots are also on sale right now. Outside of the visual design, overall performance between third- and fourth-generation Dots is very similar. If the third-generation Dot drops to a lower price on Prime Day, it may present a better value compared to the fourth-gen model.

    Amazon isn't the only company that makes impressive smart speakers, however, and it's possible we could see some good Prime Day deals on models from other brands. Smart speakers from companies like Sonos and Bose even let you choose between Alexa or Google Assistant.

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    Bluetooth speakers make it easy to listen to wireless music at home or outside. Many of them are portable with integrated batteries, while some are also water-resistant for trips to the beach or pool.

    Last year's Prime Day sale included discounts on Bluetooth speakers from brands like Bose, JBL, Sony, and Anker. We expect a similar assortment of deals on Prime Day 2021.

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    Soundbars offer a sizable upgrade over the tiny speakers built into most TVs, while still saving you some cash and space compared to a larger home theater system.

    Some soundbar models feature wireless subwoofers, and more advanced packages even include satellite speakers for surround sound. Premium systems also include up-firing speakers to enable Dolby Atmos audio. This feature can make it sound like effects are coming from above your head.

    On previous Prime Days, we've seen deals from brands like Samsung, Vizio, and Bose. We anticipate a similar assortment of discounts on Prime Day 2021.

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    If you're looking for truly immersive audio performance when watching movies, playing games, or listening to music, it's worth investing in a genuine home theater speaker setup. Home theater speaker setups can take the form of a simple pair of stereo bookshelf speakers, or even a complete surround sound system with five or more speakers.

    That said, buyers should keep in mind that most home theater speakers require a separate amp or AV receiver for power and processing. Amazon sometimes offers packages that include a receiver, but more often than not you'll need to pick one up yourself. New 5.2-channel receivers start at around $250, while 7.2-channel receivers start at around $400.

    For Prime Day last year, the Q Acoustics 3020i bookshelf speakers were available for $255, and a similar deal is possible for Prime Day 2021. Discounts on some of our top home theater speaker recommendations are also possible, including picks from brands like Polk, Focal, and Klipsch.

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    Amazon Prime Day 2021 is slated for June 21 and 22.

    To take advantage of Prime Day speaker deals, you'll need to be an Amazon Prime member. A Prime subscription is available for $13 a month or $120 annually. Amazon Prime members receive a ton of benefits, including free two-day shipping on many items, access to Prime video streaming, and more.

    New Prime members can receive a free 30-day trial. If you haven't signed up before, you can subscribe to Prime now in order to try the service and take part in all the Prime Day deals for free.

    How to shop for a speaker

    Choosing exactly which speaker is right for you can be tricky. Different speaker types vary wildly in price and size, so certain models are better suited for specific buyers.

    Shoppers who simply want a compact speaker to take outside or use on trips should consider a portable Bluetooth speaker. If you want to add a digital assistant to your household, then you should look into buying a smart speaker. Smart speakers typically offer Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, but they don't always include rechargeable batteries. If you simply want a good pair of stereo speakers for your desk at home or work, then consider buying a set of computer speakers or powered bookshelf speakers.

    People looking to upgrade their TV-watching experience will want to find a good home theater system or a soundbar. Soundbars can be space- and budget-saving, but a full home theater setup with multiple speakers will give you the best performance with true surround sound. On the downside, most home theater speakers require a separate AV receiver for power and processing, which can add a couple hundred bucks or more to your total price.

    If you're looking for more speaker recommendations and detailed buying advice, check out our various speaker buying guides:

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    The 30 most popular deals our readers bought last year on Amazon Prime Day - and what to expect this year If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more.

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    • Amazon Prime Day is one of the most anticipated sale events of the year.
    • During the annual sale, shoppers can expect massive discounts on tech, cookware, and home goods.
    • With Prime Day 2021 on June 21 and 22, we rounded up the 30 most-purchased products from last year so you know what to expect.

    Amazon Prime Day 2021 is just around the corner, taking place on June 21 and 22. During this Prime member-exclusive event, shoppers can save big on MacBooks, Instant Pots, headphones, and kitchen essentials.

    While there's no guaranteeing what will be on sale, we can make predictions based on previous years. For example, it's more or less a certainty that speakers and Amazon Kindle e-readers will be on sale. We can also expect to see several of last year's most popular discounts return this Prime Day.

    Below, we rounded up the 30 most-purchased items from last year's Prime Day event. If you're not already a member, you might want to sign up for a Prime membership to access the upcoming deal event. Right now, first-time subscribers can get their first 30 days for free.

    Prime Monthly Subscription (small) Here are the 30 most-purchased items from last year's Amazon Prime Day 1. Crest 3D Whitestrips crest whitestrips deal amazon prime day 4x3

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    Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips + Crest 3D White 1-Hour Express Whitestrips Treatment Kit

    White strips are arguably the easiest way to brighten your teeth and you can grab the two-in-one treatment kit on Amazon. We don't know if it'll be on sale this year, but it's likely. 

    Crest 3D Whitestrips are our favorite pick in our teeth whitening kit guide, and they were the most purchased product from our stories last Prime Day.

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    Apple AirPods Pro

    Apple AirPods are our favorite wireless earbuds for iPhone users, and for good reason. They are convenient to pair and set up and they sound great. Last Prime Day, the wireless buds were $50 off, and we're expecting a similar discount this year.

    AirPods Pro (small, Preferred: Amazon) 3. Apple AirPods with Charging Case Apple AirPods and charging case Someone putting their Apple Airpods in a charging case.

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    Apple AirPods with Charging Case (Wired)

    The Apple AirPods are also available with the charging case — making low battery alerts less frightening when you're on the go. It's simple to connect to all of your Apple devices, too, with quick access to Siri.

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    Echo Dot 3rd Gen Smart Speaker with Alexa

    If you want to blast music in your bedroom while cleaning or in your kitchen while cooking — or simply want to ask Siri when Brad Pitt's birthday is — you need the Echo Dot in your life. It comes in four matte colors, is designed to protect your privacy, and will connect to Amazon Music, Spotify, and others.

    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) (small) 5. Fire TV Stick 4K Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K


    Fire TV Stick 4K Streaming Device with Alexa Voice Remote

    You may have a cable box in your home, but a Fire TV Stick will expand your choices by providing quick access to Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, Spotify, and other applications. So even if your TV is so-called "smart," the Fire TV Stick will make it even smarter.

    Notably, because the mini remote is an Amazon product, it's likely to get a good discount on Prime Day.

    Fire TV Stick 4K (small) 6. LifeStraw personal water filter amazon prime day best sellers


    LifeStraw Personal Water Filter for Hiking, Camping, Travel, and Emergency Preparedness

    If you have a camping or hiking trip scheduled, it's a good idea to pack the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter with you. This less-than-one-pound travel essential removes bacteria and parasites that may creep around your space and will provide 1,000 gallons of clean and safe drinking water.

    The LifeStraw removes bacteria and parasites from water as well as microplastics, so you can have the peace of mind of a lightweight, mobile water purifier wherever you go. It's a no-brainer for hiking, camping, travel, and emergency preparedness. 

    Amazon sold 150,000 in 2018 and sold even more — 200,000 — in 2019. This practical and portable accessory jumped more than a dozen spots on our list to become one of the top five best-sellers among Insider readers.

    Personal Water Filter (small) 7. Kindle Paperwhite All-New Kindle Paperwhite


    Kindle Paperwhite — Now Waterproof with 2x the Storage — Ad-Supported

    The Kindle is a beloved e-reader for bookworms and the occasional page flipper alike and now, the brand's Paperwhite is waterproof and comes with double the storage of the former model. It reads like paper even in bright sunlight and is perfect as a summer beach reading companion.

    Kindle Paperwhite (small) 8. MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener best prime day 17


    MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener

    You consistently upgrade your smartphone, laptop, and clothing, but how about your garage? The MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener enables you to open and close your garage door regardless of location. You also may qualify for free in-garage delivery by Amazon Available.

    MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener (small)


    9. Amazon Smart Plug best prime day 11


    Amazon Smart Plug, Works with Alexa

    If you've ever wanted to turn the lights off while lying in bed, the Amazon Smart Plug makes it possible. You can schedule fans, lights, and appliances to turn on and off, and you can even control your power banks when you're out of the house.

    Smart Plug (small) 10. Amazon Music Unlimited best prime day 25


    Amazon Music Unlimited

    The summer is coming, backyard BBQs are on the rise, and you want to play your favorite tunes without ads. Enter Amazon Music Unlimited — a service providing on-demand music to any song, offline listening during plane travel, and your personal library of podcasts to follow. Non-Prime members can try it for three months free, and Amazon Prime members will pay $7.99 monthly after a four-month trial.

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    11. 23andMe DNA test best prime day 10


    23andMe Health + Ancestry Service

    With more free time nowadays, you (or someone you know) may be curious about their family history and genetic makeup. 23andMe is a private, protected service that will give you personalized results based on your DNA. And, the cost of the all-in-one kit will likely be generously reduced this Amazon Prime Day.

    Ancestry + Health Kit (small, Preferred: Amazon) 12. Echo Flex Amazon Echo Flex


    Echo Flex — Plug-In Mini Smart Speaker with Alexa

    With a smartphone, we can have our Personal Assistant Siri answer our questions and commands in less than five seconds. But, if you're not by your phone, Echo Flex provides instantaneous Alexa-powered capability with its smart speaker. You can set one (or multiple) in your home for a modern, added convenience.

    Echo Flex (small) 13. Premium Adjustable Loft Pillow Coop Home Goods Pillow for new moms


    Coop Home Goods — Premium Adjustable Loft Pillow

    It's common to trade your pillowcase with a silk one for beauty benefits, but your actual pillow should be plush, too. Coop Home Goods' Premium Adjustable Loft Pillow lives up to its name with bamboo-derived rayon and hypoallergenic memory foam fill.

    Premium Adjustable Pillow (small) 14. Roku Streaming Stick+ roku streaming stick+


    Roku Streaming Stick+

    As an alternative to cable, Roku Streaming Stick+ provides excellent picture quality while streaming in HD, 4K, or HDR on your TV. Whether you're looking to spruce up your living room tech or improve your basement's movie theater, the Roku allows you to stream your favorites at the click of a button.

    Streaming Stick+ (small, Preferred: Amazon) 15. Instant Pot Nova Instant Pot Nova 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker


    Instant Pot Nova 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

    Ultra joined the Instant Pot family as its latest addition, and we're so here for it. You can preset cooking programs and replace seven common kitchen appliances, thanks to built-in functionality as a rice cooker, slow cooker, and more.

    Duo Nova Pressure Cooker 7-in-1 (6 Qt) (small, Preferred: Amazon) 16. AncestryDNA AncestryDNA


    AncestryDNA: Genetic Ethnicity Test, Ethnicity Estimate, AncestryDNA Test Kit

    We have a comparison of AncestryDNA and 23andMe, and both are excellent for tracking down your roots and understanding your cultural makeup. With Ancestry, you'll enjoy access to millions of family trees and billions of records once your results are in. They also make the perfect gift for anyone in your life interested in footsteps from centuries ago.

    Genetic Ethnicity Test (small, Preferred: Amazon) 17. iRobot Roomba 692 Robot Vacuum iRobot Roomba 692 Robot Vacuum


    iRobot Roomba 692 Robot Vacuum

    The iRobot Roomba vacuum was one of the most popular buys last year, and it's easy to understand why. The Roomba is WiFi-connected, Alexa-powered, and will follow pre-scheduled cleaning routes. It's one of our favorite spring cleaning products, too.

    Roomba 692 (small) 18. Echo Show 8 HD Smart Display amazon echo show 8


    Echo Show 8 HD Smart Display

    If you've ever wanted a TV in your kitchen but don't have the space, you should add the Echo Show 8 to your Amazon Prime cart this shopping season. There's a new model that released in early June, but the 2020 favorite features video calling, smart home controls, and a digital picture frame that plays your memories in a loop.

    Echo Show 8 (small) 19. 5W USB Official OEM Charger Amazon 5W USB Official OEM Charger and Power Adapter for Fire Tablets and Kindle eReaders


    Amazon 5W USB Official OEM Charger and Power Adapter for Fire Tablets and Kindle eReaders

    Lots of our readers picked up this wall adapter for Amazon Fire products, like Kindles and Fire tablets. Whether shoppers were looking for a replacement or a spare, we don't know for sure. But this already-affordable adapter will likely see another discount on Amazon Prime Day. 

    5W USB Official OEM Charger and Power Adapter for eReaders (small) 20. Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II), $349


    Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, Noise Canceling with Alexa

    Whether you're working from home or want to tune out noise while you're at the park, the Bose QuietComfort headphones will likely see another big discount on Prime Day. These headphones are Alexa-enabled to access music, information, and volume controls.

    QuietComfort 35 II (small) 21. Blink Mini Amazon Blink Mini cam showcase


    Blink Mini Compact Indoor Plug-In Smart Security Camera

    The Blink Mini is an HD indoor plug-in security camera that has motion detection software and two-way audio. Setup is easy, it works with Alexa, and the less-than-$35 product will likely be discounted even more this Prime Day.

    Blink Mini (small) 22. Kindle Paperwhite Leather Cover Kindle Paperwhite Leather Cover (10th Generation 2018)


    Kindle Paperwhite Leather Cover

    E-readers are frequently tossed from beach bag to backpack to nightstand, so they need a protective case. The Kindle Paperwhite Leather Cover is made from authentic leather so you'll have years of leisure-time reading without worry.

    Kindle Paperwhite Leather Case (small) 23. Waterpik Water Flosser best prime day 20


    Waterpik WP-660 Water Flosser Electric Dental Countertop Professional Oral Irrigator for Teeth

    Your dentist recommends flossing each day, but some people simply don't like to floss. The Waterpik Water Flosser will remove 99.9% of plaque and comes with seven tips for multiple family members and uses. It's quite compact to sit on your bathroom countertop, too.

    Original Electric Water Flosser (small) 24. Smart LED Light Bulb lifx light bulb


    LIFX WiFi Smart LED Light Bulb (2-pack)

    Yes, your lights can sync with Alexa, and the LIFX WiFi Smart LED Light Bulbs are a prime (no pun intended) choice. You can adjust the brightness with this smart tech and even schedule on and off modes.

    Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb (small) 25. Instant Pot Aura Pro Instant Pot Aura 8 Quart


    Instant Pot Aura Pro Multi-Use Programmable Slow Cooker with Sous Vide 

    The Instant Pot is one of the highlights of Prime Day, and the Aura Pro is a standout for its 11 smart programs and built-in sous vide to ensure your food is cooked to the perfect temperature. With so many slow cookers on the market, this one is exceptional for its advanced heat controls.

    Aura Pro Multi-Use Programmable Slow Cooker with Sous Vide (8 Qt) (small) 26. Ring Video Doorbell A ring video doorbell in white.


    Ring Video Doorbell

    With the Ring Video Doorbell, you can add another smart gadget to your home and screen who's at the front door before you open it. It has motion sensors, privacy zones, and crisper night vision.

    Video Doorbell (2020) (small) 27. Echo Show 5 Amazon Echo Show 5


    Echo Show 5 Smart Display with Alexa

    The Echo Show 5 is similar to the brand's other smart displays and typically has discounts on Prime Day. There is a new model arriving in June. Not only will you have a slew of apps to add to your library but you'll also be able to pull up recipes on the screen for cooking.

    Echo Show 5 (small) 28. Roku Express HD Streaming Media Player Roku streaming player


    Roku Express HD Streaming Media Player

    The Roku Express makes any TV a smart TV. It's simple to set up, includes a high-speed HDMI cable, and no extra fees. Simply turn on your favorite show and enjoy.

    Express (small) 29. Instant Pot Duo Crisp 11 in 1 Best multitasking air fryer Instant Pot Duo Crisp

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    Instant Pot Duo Crisp 11-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker with Air Fryer

    This Instant Pot is a pressure cooker and air fryer duo. Generally, you'll find up to 50% air fryers, so a similar deal may be available this year for Instant Pots.

    Duo Crisp Pressure Cooker with Air Fryer (8 Qt) (small) 30. Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker Anker Soundcore Speaker Prime Day 2019


    Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker

    Whether tanning on the beach, having a picnic at the park, or hosting a backyard pool party, a Bluetooth speaker is essential. Anker's speaker is waterproof, delivers exceptional sound, and maintains an instant connection up to 66 feet.

    Soundcore (small) Amazon Prime Day 2021 FAQs When is Prime Day?

    Amazon Prime Day is on June 21 and June 22.

    What is Amazon Prime Day?

    Amazon Prime Day is an online shopping event providing early access to deals for Prime members. If you'd like to take part in all of the deals and discounts, you can register for a 30-day free trial. After that, you'll be charged $12.99 or $119 per year as a Prime member.

    Sign up to be a Prime member here.

    How long will Amazon Prime Day last?

    Typically, it's a two-day sale. Originally, however, it began as a single-day event. This year, it'll be two days worth of deals on popular items like MacBooks, air fryers, and home goods.

    What are some deals to expect?

    Deals change each year but you can expect to find major discounts on Amazon product brands like Echo, Fire, and Kindle. Here are some noteworthy deals from last year:

    • $200 off Roomba vacuums
    • 40% off Beats headphones
    • 15% off Apple watches
    • $50 off AirPods
    • Up to 50% off air fryers

    Do you have to be a Prime member to qualify for sales on Prime Day?

    Yes, though you can sign up for the free trial.

    To make the most out of your online shopping experience, look out for competitor deals at other retailers, including Target.

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    The internet is destroying our brains, but we can't quit. It's a factory we're forced to work in without any pay.

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    • Studies show the internet is bad for our mental health, and more people are realizing its harms.
    • Internet gurus encourage us to give up social media and tech execs send their kids to anti-internet schools.
    • But we need a more systemic solution to the internet's grasp on our lives; we need to see the internet as a factory.
    • P.E. Moskowitz is an author and runs Mental Hellth, a newsletter about capitalism and psychology.
    • This is an opinion article. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
    • See more stories on Insider's business page.

    This year seems to be the tipping point for social media users' feelings about the internet. Once seen as a liberatory technology that would usher in an era of creativity and new connections across the globe, many - from casual Twitter users to professional content creators - have turned on the technology.

    You can get a sense of the shift in mood from our media output: There's Netflix's popular, dystopian reality show "The Circle," in which contestants cynically compete for money using often fake internet personas. One of the streaming site's most popular documentaries in the last year was "The Social Dilemma," which captured viewers' attention with its explanations of Facebook's privacy faux-pas. And even some of the most buzzed-about novels this year are about the darker sides of the internet, like Lauren Oyler's "Fake Accounts," and Patricia Lockwood's "No One Is Talking About This."

    We're all re-analyzing our relationship to the internet for good reason, but we've misclassified what this relationship really is. It's not like a bad relationship, where you can just walk away, and it's not like junk food, where you can decide to eat less - it's an all-encompassing technology, our main economic engine, the tool we are forced to use to meet others and mediate our entire lives.

    A solution to our current internet-use crisis cannot come at an individual level anymore than one person quitting their job would solve capitalism's poor working conditions. If we want any hope of making the internet less stressful, less back-breaking, and more fulfilling, content creators, gig economy workers, and even casual internet users need to push for a systemic solution.

    We know the internet is rotting our brains

    A growing body of evidence suggests that the internet really is terrible for us. A 2018 study of college students found that limiting social media use to 10 minutes a day significantly reduced anxiety in its participants. A 2019 study found that teens who spent more time online were more likely to have mental health conditions. Other studies find that social media users end up feeling more lonely, more isolated, and less self confident.

    A veritable cottage industry has cropped up to capitalize on people's knowledge that the internet is bad for them. The web is littered with how-tos on taking a break from social media, and self-help books have been written encouraging us to unplug. There are several popular TED Talks from former internet engineers and executives telling people that the internet is bad for them and they should leave social media behind. Retreats for the wealthy which forbid phones and computers have cropped up, and, perhaps most worryingly, the very people who build this technology are sending their kids to schools where the technology is banned - a tacit admission of its potential to harm people's minds.

    We're constantly reminded that the internet is bad for us and yet social media use is as high as it's ever been, averaging 145 minutes per person per day globally. We're stuck in a cycle where we know something is bad, we want to stop, and yet, seemingly, we can't.

    The internet as a factory where we work, but don't get paid

    We can't quit the internet because we've conceptualized the problem all wrong. Social media is not an individual addiction that can be addressed at an individual level - it's a societal problem that needs a societal fix. We need to think of the internet less as a tool we all somehow can't stop using, and more as a factory we're required to be in.

    Our entire society has been reformulated around the internet, much like it was centered around the factory during the Industrial Revolution. If there's an Amazon Web Services outage, much of our society stops functioning. Without the internet, we couldn't find jobs, or, at this point, even friends.

    The "gig economy" - the often underpaid and exploitative labor performed by Uber drivers and Instacart shoppers - was enabled by the internet, and now more than a quarter of workers in the US participate in this economy in some form. During the pandemic, office workers were only able to fulfil their required job duties through the internet, and college students forked over full tuition for the privilege of staring at Zoom for hours each day.

    We're all required to be here - online - for our livelihoods. But even when we're not required to be here, companies attempt to make sure we still are: App and game developers use the same science that keeps people playing the slots in Las Vegas to keep us glued to our screens.

    As culture and media theorist McKenzie Wark writes in her book "Capital is Dead: Is This Something Worse?", the internet uses our labor without us really knowing it. Unlike the broadcast era of media, during which the owners of television networks and movie studios had to at least create the content to sell to us, we now create all the content for each other, mostly without being paid.

    "[Social media companies like Facebook] don't even bother to provide any entertainment," Wark writes. "We have to entertain each other, while they collect the rent, and they collect it on all social media time, public or private, work or leisure, and (if you keep your FitBit on) even when you sleep."

    We produce the memes, tweets, posts, and pictures that keep us tethered to the internet, and then that content is monetized in the form of advertisements - revenue users help produce, but do not usually see a penny of.

    Although a very select number of internet users can get paid for their labor - i.e. influencers or popular YouTubers - most of us do not. If the internet is a factory, it is one in which the vast majority of people are not getting paid. Instead, users often fight with each other for non-monetary payment in the form of clout - recognition that we can produce the most and best content for free.

    "In some quarters [of society], this affective currency has replaced the wages of industrialization, especially for professionals who used to earn a structured living from paid content and who now disseminate their bylines far and wide in hopes of securing a niche livelihood from name recognition," the sociologist Andrew Ross writes.

    This free or cheap labor has widened income inequality massively, according to some theorists. We fight for followers, retweets, and likes, all for free, while the platforms we're on profit massively. And only a few, large companies are collecting these profits; almost 70% of all digital ad spending goes to either Google, Facebook, or Amazon.

    As Yasha Levine writes in his book "Surveillance Valley," the internet was never meant to be a place friendly to the average user - it was developed by the US military to spy on people during wars, and then used to spy on Americans at home too. Some of Google's initial funding came from grants from US spy agencies. When the infrastructure of the internet was sold off by the US government to private companies, the people who stood to profit off that privatization funded magazines, advertisements, and lobbying to reframe the internet from a surveillance tool to one that could liberate us culturally. As detailed by Levine, Louis Rossetto - the founder of Wired Magazine, the biggest megaphone for evangelizing the new, privatized internet in the 1990s - was an Ayn Rand fan who believed the internet would come to replace the need for a government.

    Today we live in this libertarian vision of the internet in which companies exist largely unregulated, undertaxed, and able to do what they want without worry that the government will interfere.

    So… What do we do?

    But now, more people seem to be seeing through the hype. So, the question now is what to do with this new, collective revelation.

    If the internet is somewhat like a factory, perhaps we should treat it like one. In 2014, the artist Laurel Ptak created a manifesto called Wages for Facebook in which she argued that Facebook should pay users for their content:

    "They say it's friendship. We say it's unwaged work. With every like, chat, tag or poke our subjectivity turns them a profit. They call it sharing. We call it stealing."

    Though Ptak's work is a piece of art, not a strategy for changing the web, it could be a starting point. Perhaps we as internet users can organize to stop giving away our hearts and minds for free so that a select few can profit off of them. Just as labor organizers have pushed to make other industries less exploitative, perhaps we need a movement to do the same with the internet.

    As Levine writes, in 1969, hundreds of students at Harvard gathered to protest the university's involvement in the creation of ARPANET, the precursor to the modern internet. The students saw it as a dangerous technology that would be used to surveil the entire world. If, at the beginning of the internet, the technology's potential for harm was already obvious to some, there's no reason it cannot become obvious to us again. Perhaps it is only a matter of time before enough of us say "enough," and protest the internet's totalizing grasp on our labor and our lives.

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    Sally Kaplan, Executive Editor

    Sally joined Insider in 2018 as an editor and has since held the role of senior editor and deputy editor on the Reviews team. She has interviewed CEOs and brand founders, reported on the rebirth of a fashion startup that narrowly escaped bankruptcy, developed testing methodologies for hundreds of stories, and edited countless others. She has over five years' experience covering major deal holidays like Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Amazon Prime Day, and she helped establish the team's e-learning and personal development coverage. Prior to joining Insider, Sally was the deals-turned-lifestyle editor at Hearst's, where she wrote product reviews and gift guides and developed the site's coverage of big deal days. Previously, she helped to shape BuzzFeed's early shopping coverage, including introducing its popular "What's trending on Amazon?" series.

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    Malarie Gokey, Deputy Editor

    Along with the executive editor, Malarie helps manage editorial operations for the team, including in-house and freelance staff. She has nine years of experience covering consumer technology, specializing in smartphones and wearables. In 2017, she joined BI to create a brand-new buying guides section for Insider Reviews with all the best products you can buy. Previously, she was the mobile and wearables editor at Digital Trends. She led tech coverage for DT at major tech conferences, including CES, IFA, and MWC. She spoke on panels at CES and Digg South, and she has also appeared on CNBC, Fox Business News, Good Morning America, and Cheddar to discuss trends in technology. Apple CEO Tim Cook once quoted a line about the Apple Watch from her guide to the best smartwatches during a keynote presentation.

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    Les Shu, Deputy Editor

    Les is a Deputy Editor overseeing Health, Fitness, Outdoors, Travel, Lifestyle, Style, and Beauty. Previously, as a Senior Editor, he was responsible for the many expert product buying guides. In addition, he works with the Insider Reviews tech team on photography and printing products. Having started his career in print magazines, Les is a journalist with 20 years of experience, as a writer, editor, and researcher. Prior to joining Insider Inc., he was a senior editor at Digital Trends covering photography and in-depth features. His byline has appeared in publications including Computer Shopper, Men's Journal, Men's Fitness, and others. While his specialty is in consumer technology, he a versatile writer who has covered various topics including men's lifestyle, health and fitness, outdoors, travel, women's interest, automotive, photography, toys, and more.

    Maria Del Russo Maria Del Russo, Senior Style and Beauty Editor

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    Maria Del Russo, Senior Style and Beauty Editor

    Maria is the senior style and beauty editor for Insider Reviews. A product obsessive, Maria is constantly testing and reviewing new launches and long-time industry favorites to deliver of-the-moment information to Insider's readers. Maria has been writing about style, beauty, and wellness for a decade, and she specializes in skincare, minimal style, and makeup. She has produced dozens of beauty editorials featuring makeup artists and hairstylists such as Pat McGrath, Dick Page, Orlando Pita, Sir John, Mario Dedivanovic, and more.

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    Joe Osborne, Senior Tech and Streaming Editor

    Joe has more than a decade of experience covering consumer tech products. He leads Insider Reviews's Tech & Electronics team. Joe specializes in computing and gaming, and he has written and edited hundreds of product reviews and buying guides for tech sites like PC Magazine, TechRadar, Laptop Magazine, Tom's Guide, AOL's, and more over the course of his career. Joe has appeared as a tech expert on Cheddar's show live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as well as on panels for the Consumer Electronic Show (CES)

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    Lauren Savoie, Senior Home and Kitchen Editor

    Lauren leads a team of seven reporters and editors covering everything from spatulas to lawn mowers, with a focus on creating in-depth, thoroughly tested and researched buying guides. She is passionate about helping people find products that allow them to cook better, sleep better, and live better. Before joining Insider, Lauren was the senior reviews editor at America's Test Kitchen, where she wrote and edited more than 300 in-depth, unbiased buying guides and reviewed more than 1,000 kitchen products. Her work has appeared in Cook's Illustrated and Cook's Country magazines, in dozens of cookbooks, on two Emmy-nominated TV shows, and on, Fodor's, Yahoo, LifeHacker, the Splendid Table, and more.

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    Tercius Bufete, Deals Editor

    Tercius joined Insider Reviews in mid-2020 as deals editor, where he oversees our coverage on sales and deals, as well as major sales events like Amazon Prime Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. Previously, he was a commerce editor at Kinja Deals and an associate editor at Consumer Reports. He graduated from California State University, Chico with a degree in journalism and a minor in photographic studies.

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    Emily Hochberg, Travel Editor
    Emily Hochberg oversees travel coverage for Insider Reviews, which includes the best places to travel and book including top hotels and Airbnbs, reviews of incredible properties, trending destinations, great deals, and much more. She has traveled extensively across six continents and some of her favorite hotels in the world include a decadent urban oasis in Bangkok, a small island villa off the coast of Cartagena, a posh eco-friendly luxury hotel in Miami, and a sprawling beachfront resort in Mexico. She has extensively reviewed hotels in New York City, Miami, Palm Springs, Las Vegas, Thailand, and many more, and has also written about safe travel, incredible Airbnbs, and travel planning tips. IMG_8153 Julia Pugachevsky, Education and Personal Development Editor

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    Julia Pugachevsky, Education and Personal Development Editor

    Since starting her role at Insider in October 2020, Julia's written about a popular Harvard persuasive writing course, a free UPenn course that explains the science behind COVID-19 vaccines, and a bestselling self-help book seen all over Twitter. She's also organized and edited a series on how to get unstuck during the pandemic as well as what to do when you get rejected from grad, medical, or law school. Julia is passionate about accessible, affordable education and is living proof that e-learning has the potential to make career transitions more attainable: During quarantine, she completed a five-month Coursera MasterTrack certificate program in Instructional Design from the University of Illinois while starting her role at Insider.

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    Lisa Sabatini, Pets and Parenting Editor

    Lisa Sabatini has five years' experience covering parenting topics, beginning at Scary Mommy where she edited essays on pregnancy, postpartum depression and anxiety, breastfeeding, social justice, and raising children. She works with Insider Reviews reporters to select the best products to meet the diverse needs of parents and kids. As pets editor, Lisa brings extensive knowledge of animal behavior and health to her role and has previously edited books on dog training for young readers. Lisa began her journalism career at the Wall Street Journal and has also worked in business trade and educational book publishing.

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    Rick Stella, Fitness, Health, and Outdoors Editor

    Rick handles everything from section strategy and planning to editing content and testing whatever kind of gear and apparel he can get his hands on. Rick has more than eight years of experience, with much of that time spent in the fields of fitness, health, and outdoors. Along the way, he's trained with Olympic athletes, mountain biked through the Yucatan Peninsula, backpacked across the Great Smoky Mountains, hosted his own weekly fitness class, and interviewed countless professional athletes. Since starting at Insider in December 2019, Rick's had a hand in improving the Reviews team's authority in the fitness, health, and outdoors space, covering everything from the future of at-home fitness and the best workout apparel to interactive row machines and electric bikes.

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