After the holiday season, early summer is the second best time to pick up some discounted digital games. Steam's summer sale is coming soon, but right now there are a ton of apps on sale for both iOS and Android, some of which are no-brainers, like the original Sonic The Hedgehog for $1. Actual smartphone not included.
Under "Top Deals" you'll find all the iOS and Android deals currently going on. If you've got an iDevice, you should definitely check out Infinity Blade 2: it's $1 today, down from $7, and it sports some of the nicest graphics you'll ever see on your iOS computer. If you've got an Android phone, maybe you want to check out SwiftKey, which is widely considered to be the best replacement Android keyboard. That's half off today, down to $2.
Unlike most app deals on Dealzmodo, today we're including all the apps on sale, not just the ones that went on sale in the last 24 hours, so this is as complete a list as you'll find. If we missed one, shout it out in the comments. Isn't it nice when a centralized app store and DRM actually makes games cheaper?
I swear, every time I buy one of these FM transmitters it's because I'm starting a road trip and I have no way to play music from my phone in the car. Because of my poor planning, I'm usually picking up a cheapo off-brand transmitter from a gas station for somewhere around $30. The smart move is to pick one up now, before you need it. [Groupon]
Best Buy's doing their iPhone trade in program again. Basically, if you trade in an pristine iPhone 4S, you can save $150 off your next smartphone. I think that's a little low—I have an upgrade now but I'm passing on this deal—but I suspect it might be just the ticket for some folks.
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Ugh. I've had a few of those FM transmitters over the years and they are horrible. The sound quality you get from a wired audio connection is at least 100% better than even a decent name-brand FM transmitter. I guess they might be great if your goal is to recreate what records sounded like over your great grandmother's Victrola, but other than that they are near to useless. I've even had a previous incarnation of the iTrip - and the fidelity is pretty bad - there's a reason you rarely find the frequency response of those listed with this kind of product.
Unless you aren't planning on keeping your car past the duration of your trip you should scrape together a few dollars more and upgrade your car stereo. Even a cheap $50 JVC CD/MP3-CD/receiver has an aux in jack that you can plug your iPod into with a $1 mini-to-mini stereo cord.
If you REALLY can't afford a better stereo, you'd probably be better served by some cigarette-lighter powered speakers (assuming your aren't riding on the highway with your windows open). It's true the FM-wireless transmitter will be a lot louder, since it will provide you with all the volume of your car's stereo system - but unless your idea of nirvana is listening to loud static you won't enjoy your trip.