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Updated: Nov 20, 2012 11:57 AM EST

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Office Depot looks to have one of the best deals on the newly released 32GB Google Nexus 7, pricing the device at $229.99. (Photo : Google)

With Black Friday only days away, retailers like Best Buy, Target, and Walmart continue to release increasingly competitive deals on e-readers, tablets, smartphones, HDTVs and more. One of the most popular e-reader/tablets, we hadn't seen too many Black Friday deals on Google Nexus 7 just yet, until today. Follow along below for great deals on tablet/e-readers like the Nexus 7, smartphones like the HTC One X, and more.

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Google Nexus 7 tablet

Office Depot looks to have one of the best deals on the newly released 32GB Google Nexus 7, pricing the device at $229.99. Staples carry the 16GB version for $199.99. Both Staples and Office Max have a higher priced 32GB model for $249.99. 

"Nexus 7 brings you the best of Google-YouTube, Chrome, Gmail, Maps-and all the great content from Google Play in a slim, portable package that fits perfectly in your hand," said Google in its statement.

"To give you more room for all that great content you can now get Nexus 7 with 16GB ($199) or 32GB ($249) of storage. But we also wanted to make this highly portable tablet even more mobile. So we added HSPA+ mobile data. Nexus 7 is now also available with 32GB and HSPA+ mobile ($299), which can operate on more than 200 GSM providers worldwide, including AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S."

"The display is bright, clear and vibrant. Needless to say, ebook reading is a fun experience on the tablet, something that is aided further by the easy availability of million of titles from the Google Book Store," said Goodereader.com in its review of the Nexus 7's e-reading capabilities.

The site added: "The tablet's compact dimensions and light weight make ebook reading easy and convenient. The wide viewing angles will also let you settle down in a comfortable position without have to worry about the holding it directly in front of your face."

HTC One X

The HTC One X is one of the best-reviewed Android smartphones on the market.

"We've said before that the HTC One X is one of the best Android Phones you can buy. The One X + ups the phone's already impressive specs with a 1.7 Ghz quad-core Tegra 3 processor. And HTC's clearly heard customers whining about battery life, because the Plus packs a 2,100 mAh battery," said Gizmodo.

Radio Shack is offering the newly released smartphone for "free" with a two-year AT&T contract and a $20 a month data plan.

Similarly, Amazon Wireless prices the One X at $.01, as long as you sign that two-year contract with AT&T. Although, the site ads that a "$36 activation fee may apply," says dealnews.com.

Walmart has the One X priced at $49.88 with the requisite two-year AT&T contract, although, customers who sign the contract will also receive a $100 Walmart gift card.

GameStop

Gamestop is running deals at Midnight on Friday Nov. 23 through Nov. 25.

Sophix 7-inch tablet with Android 4.0, 1.2GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB memory, expandable to 32GB, front facing video chat, mini HDMI port for $79.99

PS3 game system with 250 GB and five free games for $199.97, or an Xbox 360 game system with 250GB and three free games for $249.99. Or if the 360 with 250GB has too high of a price tag, Gamestop is also offering the game system with 4GB for $199.99. You can also get a three-month Gold Membership to Xbox Live for 50 percent off on Friday Nov. 23  for $12.49.

Gamestop is also offering 25 percent off of pre-owned electronics including tablets, mp3 players, smartphones, and more.

Overstock.com

Pre-Black Friday Deals are going on right now at Overstock.com. The site is currently offering the HTC desire HD GSM unlocked Android smartphone for $279.99, and the Sony Xperia Play R800i GSM unlocked Android smartphone for $209.99.

Overstock's Black Friday ad claims the deal-finding site will have a few devices that are "priced too low to show," including the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 with 8GB, the Toshiba Excite AT305-T16 10.1-inch 16GB tablet with Wi-Fi and NVIDIA, Toshiba 24-inch 1080p LED LCD, HDTV, and the Asus Eee PC LED Netbook. So, you'll want to check back to see if Overstock keeps good on its promise.

Nexus 7 tablet Specs

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS; Multi-Touch 7" Backlit IPS Display; 1280 x 800 Native Resolution (216 ppi); 1.2GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-Core CPU; Internal 1GB of RAM & 32GB Storage; 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth & 4G; Scratch-Resistant Corning Glass Screen; Micro-USB Port, Docking Port, Audio Jack; G-Sensor, Gyroscope, GPS, Light Sensor; 1.2MP Webcam, Stereo Speakers, Dual Mics

HTC One X smartphone specs             

Modes           

LTE 700 / 1700

WCDMA 850 / 1900 / 2100

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

LTE on US/AT&T version only

Weight           

4.75 oz   (135 g)

Dimensions

5.3" x 2.75" x 0.38"   (135 x 70 x 9.7 mm)

Battery           

Talk: 8.5 hours max.   (510 minutes)

Standby: 302 hours max.   (12.6 days)

1800 mAh LiIon, Non-removable

Display           

Type: LCD (Color TFT/TFD)

Resolution: 720 x 1280 pixels

4.7"   diagonal

Super LCD

OS / Platform           

Android version 4.0.3, plus HTC Sense 4

Processor           

1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960

dual-core / non-US version has Tegra processor

Memory           

16 GB internal storage, raw hardware

12.1 GB internal storage, available to user

1 GB RAM

Connectivity

Bluetooth           

Supported Profiles: HSP 1.1, HFP 1.6, OPP, FTP, PBA, A2DP 1.2, AVRC, HID, PAN, MAP version 4.0

Mobile Hotspot

Yes

PC Sync

Yes

USB           

micro-USB connector

Wi-Fi           

Version(s): 802.11 a,b,g,n, supports Wi-Fi Direct

Photo & Video

Camera           

Resolution: 8+ megapixel backside-illuminated sensor, auto-focus, LED flash, f/2.0 lens / high-speed burst mode

DLNA           

Yes

Front-Facing Camera

Resolution:1.3-megapixel , can record HD video

TV Output           

HDMI via MHL

Video Capture           

Resolution: 1080p HD

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