That's $300 off the price of this still-great flagship iPhone. Plus: a top-rated $40 adventure game for free and more!
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As you've probably noticed on the product page, you also have the option of getting the phone for $649.99 -- but that's if you activate it with
. My advice: Buy it outright, then take it to a carrier with cheaper rates. You'll save in the long run, and you'll have the option of switching carriers anytime you want.
The elephant in this particular room is the
, which runs $750 for the unlocked 64GB model. Personally, I think they're both great phones, but there are a few key differences.
iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8: Similar cameras, different results
The iPhone X has a 5.8-inch OLED screen and the XR has a 6.1-inch LCD. They're both gorgeous. I'd say size is the only factor that's changed. The iPhone X has dual rear cameras, which allows for real 2x optical zoom and some sweet bokeh (portrait effect) photography. The XR's single rear camera, meanwhile, is limited to digital zoom, though its software-based bokeh mode is surprisingly good.
The XR also has slightly better battery life and support for dual-SIM technology. Beyond all that, the two are pretty darn similar. Read CNET's iPhone X review ("Still a contender") and iPhone XR review ("The best iPhone value in years") to learn more.
I'll just leave it at this: If you've been wanting an iPhone X, here's your very rare chance to save big -- without having to sign up for an extended lease or service agreement.
Game time! Get The Witness for free
The tagline: "You wake up, alone, on a strange island full of puzzles that will challenge and surprise you." Sounds a little like the classic Myst, doesn't it?
It does, and there's no question The Witness shares some DNA with that beloved game. It normally sells for $40, but for a limited time, Epic Games is offering The Witness (Windows and Mac) for free.
I don't want to spoil anything about this Pulitzer Prize-winning book, other than to say if you like historical fiction, you won't be disappointed. And if you like fiction, you won't be disappointed. Like stories? The printed word? You won't be disappointed. Best $4 you'll spend all week, truly.
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