Google Play edition devices really are the best of both worlds. Not only do you get the best phones and tablets completely unlocked and contract-free, but you also get stock Android and fast updates with no third-party manufacturer or carrier bloatware attached. The only problem is the price: GPe devices tend to go for top dollar, but there are deals to be had.
Right now, third-party retailer Expansys is offering great deals on a handful of Google Play edition devices. The Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One (M7) are both $399, the Sony Z Ultra is $349 and the LG G Pad 8.3 is just $224. These aren’t refurbished units like the recent deals you may have seen on the Nexus 7 going around. These are brand new in box, just like you’d buy them from Google Play.
Speaking from experience, I can say the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play edition device is a pleasure to use. We also have a staff member who like the GPe HTC One M7. If you’ve been thinking about picking up a Google Play edition device for some time now, this may be your best chance. Who knows what’s going to happen to the Google Play edition program when the next round of flagships hit next year.