Greatest Cell Cellphone Offers of August 2021

Frequently asked questions about cell phone deals

Welcome to the FAQ section, where we answer all of your burning questions about love, life, and cell phones … well, mostly about cell phones actually.

When is the best time to look for cell phone deals?

It depends on what you want. It’s well known in the industry that Apple tends to unveil its new devices in September of each year, while Samsung usually sticks to a January release date. So, if you want a new iPhone or Galaxy phone, then those will be the times you’ll see a flurry of deals on new models.
You’ll also see a good amount of deals landing around Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and other holidays.
If you’re not interested in waiting for the right deal to land in your lap, then you can take the initiative by switching to a new carrier or adding a new line to your plan (to make it a family plan). Since pretty much every company has done away with restrictive contracts, it doesn’t really matter when you switch.

Should I switch to a different cell phone carrier to get a good deal on a cell phone?

The short answer is yes, unless you’re really happy with your current carrier.
Not only are the best deals usually saved for new customers, but many companies will also give you other incentives to “break up” with your current cell phone company. For example, T-Mobile will pay up to $650 for you to pay off your phone or phone bill with your old carrier when you switch over.

What are the best upgrade cell phone deals?

There is some incentive for folks to stay with their existing carrier. Most companies will offer upgrade deals every year or two. These deals can help you keep up with the latest models from Apple, Samsung, or Google, but they might not be as substantial as the deals for brand new customers.
If you think you should be eligible for an upgrade, give your carrier a call.

What are the best refer-a-friend cell phone deals?

Mint Mobile has one of the best referral deals around. You can get up to $240 of credit when you refer up to five friends. That’s enough credit to get you a full year on Mint’s 10 GB plan! Plus, each friend that you refer will get a $15 credit for themselves. Everyone wins.
Most companies have a referral program. So, if you’ve got friends looking for a new phone plan, be sure to ask your current carrier about their referral deals. You may be able to score some credit for a new phone or to help pay your bill.

What are the best cell phone trade-in deals?

That old iPhone 8 may seem totally worthless to you. But it could be worth a couple hundred bucks in the right context. Verizon Wireless probably has the most robust trade-in program, offering up to $800 (!) off a new iPhone 12.
Of course, trading in your old phone might not fetch as much as selling on your own using Facebook Marketplace.

What are the best smartphones?

There are several contenders for the best smartphone on the market. But after a lot of research and analysis, we’ve come up with three devices that clearly beat out the competition.

Best overall performance: The Samsung Galaxy S21+ quite simply has everything. The best camera, a lightning-fast processor, an insanely beautiful display, 5G capability, and pretty much everything else you could want.
Best overall value: If you want a phone that balances incredible performance with reasonable price, the iPhone 12 is the way to go. You’ll get the beautiful design and solid reliability of an Apple product for less than $1,000 factory price.
Best for budget: Google has snuck into the cell phone market in recent years with some phones that rival the performance of Apple and Samsung but cost half as much. The Pixel 4A is no different. You can get this surprisingly powerful phone for under $400.

You’ll be able to add Alexa to your kitchen for simply £14.99 – right here’s how

The Amazon Echo Flex, which crams an Alexa smart speaker into a small plug socket device, is now just £14.99 over at Currys PC World.

Originally available for £24.99, this pint-sized smart device can now be had with a swish £10 off – handy if you’re on the lookout for a cheaper way of adding Alexa functionality to one of your rooms.

The Echo Flex itself is just ever so slightly larger than a typical plug socket, making it a solid choice if space is at a premium in your kitchen and a larger smart speaker would be too out of place. It is worth pointing out though that the Flex’s size does limit its capabilities somewhat, and it shouldn’t be considered as a full replacement for a dedicated smart speaker.

As mentioned in our review: “Voice responses are what this smart speaker is designed for, with the speaker good enough that you can clearly hear things like the current weather forecast or responses to general questions.”

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It’s because of this setback however that the Flex works best as a kitchen assistant, less so as a means for playing music but more so as a quick and easy timer, as well as for asking cooking questions on the go. Speaking from experience, the chance of burning ingredients falls exponentially if you bring a smart assistant into the mix.

Rather brilliantly, the Echo Flex has a USB a port on the bottom so that you can add extensions to expand its functionality. Add-ons include a motion sensor and a night light – the latter being particularly helpful if you want to navigate the kitchen for a late night glass of water.

As an affordable means of adding Alexa to your kitchen, the Echo Flex at £14.99 is an absolute steal, either for yourself or as an easy gift for someone else.

Finest low cost Chromebook offers for August 2021

Chromebooks are young compared to Windows laptops and Macbooks, having quietly come onto the scene barely more than a decade ago. But it was only recently (and last year especially) that these machines really started to make a noticeable splash — almost entirely owing to their affordability and cloud-based Chrome operating system that’s purpose-built for online work and study. You’ve got a lot of options to choose from today, too. To help make that choice a little easier, we’ve rounded up all the best cheap Chromebook deals of the week with bargains to suit every need and budget, followed by a list of a few of our favorite models:
Today’s best Chromebook deals

HP 14 Chromebook (Intel Celeron CPU, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC)
— $159, was $195

Lenovo Chromebook S330 (Mediatek CPU, 4GB RAM, 32GB SSD)
— $159, was $239

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 13-Inch 2-in-1 (Core i3 CPU, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD)
— $350, was $700

Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 2-in-1 (13 inches, Core i3 CPU, 4GB RAM, 64GB)
— $377, was $430

Acer Chromebook 2021 (Intel Celeron, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC)
— $379, was $499

Google Pixelbook Go (Intel Core m3, 8GB RAM, 64GB SSD)
— $623, was $649

Samsung Galaxy 13.3-inch 4K 2-in-1 Chromebook
— $745, was $1,000

Lenovo Chromebook S330

Lenovo is putting out some of the best Chromebooks on the market today, but its high-end offerings naturally don’t come cheap. For a super-affordable alternative to laptops like the Yoga, consider Lenovo’s Chromebook S330. This 14-inch computer runs on a quad-core CPU and 4GB of RAM – snappy enough for work tasks like web browsing and word processing. It also comes with 32GB of flash storage for files and apps. Since Chrome OS is largely cloud-based, you don’t need too much space to handle your basic needs.
It may not replace your full-featured Windows, Mac, or Chrome OS laptops, but for such little money, it’s hard to find this much laptop.
Acer Chromebook 15
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Compact laptops are handy for travel, but for hours of regular use and work, a full-sized computer like Acer’s excellent Chromebook 15 might be a better option. This Chrome OS laptop features a quad-core Intel Pentium N4200 CPU, 4GB of DDR4 RAM, and 32GB of storage for handling basic tasks. But the highlight of this model is its 15.6-inch HD touch display, which gives you a lot more screen real estate to work with.
It’s still fairly sleek and lightweight, though, and its internal battery provides up to 12 hours of juice, giving you more than enough for a day’s worth of work and entertainment.
Samsung Chromebook 4+

The Samsung Chromebook 4+ is another 15-inch Chromebook, but it’s one of our favorites. It sports a sleek look, featuring a silver chassis and thin bezels, despite being just 3.75 pounds. Like many Chromebooks, it comes with just 4GB of RAM and an Intel Celeron processor, but if your computing tasks are relatively simple, you’ll find plenty of performance here under the hood. The Samsung Chromebook 4+ also comes with two USB-C ports, a full-size keyboard, and up to 10.5 hours of battery life.
Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook

If you’re looking for a solid 2-in-1 Chromebook, look no further than the Lenovo Flex 5. For an affordable price, the Flex 5 Chromebook includes great with its 10th-gen Core i3 processor, a crisp 1080p touchscreen, and excellent battery life. And, unlike some of the cheaper Chromebooks, the Flex 5 features fantastic build quality and refreshingly simple design. The sleek design, 13-inch size, and 2-in-1 versatility rival laptops that cost twice as much. It even utilizes a proper SSD, which is pretty rare to see on a Chromebook.
Deals are scarce right now for this solid mid-range 2-in-1 Chromebook, so if you see one on our list, jump on it before it’s gone.
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet

The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet currently ranks as the best 2-in-1 Chromebook you can buy (by our measuring, anyway). The cheaper model, which runs for around $250 when on sale, comes with a MediaTek processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. That might not sound like a lot, but for a 10-inch Chromebook, it’s plenty of muscle to get you by.
Like the Surface Book 2, the IdeaPad Duet is actually 10.1-inch tablet that can completely separate from the keyboard case. It functions as well as a tablet as it does a clamshell notebook. This design makes it a great option for college students or workers on the go. It’s a little bit more on the small side for a laptop, but with such a great design, you definitely get your money’s worth.
Google Pixelbook Go
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Given that Google pioneered the Chrome operating system, it’s only fitting that the company’s own Chromebooks are among the best that money can buy, so we’ve saved this one for last. The Google Pixelbook Go has the look and feel of a high-end Chrome OS laptop with a super-slim and attractive design, great build quality, a beautiful high-resolution display, and fast performance under daily workloads. In a word: It’s the Chromebook laptop that most people should buy.
It lacks some amenities like a 2-in-1 design with a fold-flat touchscreen, but if you’re willing to forego those amenities for a solid, no-frills Chromebook, then the Pixelbook Go is arguably a better choice than most Chromebooks thanks to its PC-level hardware which includes newer Intel Core CPUs and full 8GB-16GB of RAM. All of these features would normally run you around $650 for the entry-level model, but you’ll find it at discount from time to time that makes the Pixelbook Go an even better value.
Looking for more great stuff? Find laptop deals, MacBook deals, and iPad deals on our curated deals page.
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Improbable iPhone SE 2020 deal brings value beneath nicely £300

The second generation iPhone SE provides excellent value for those seeking a reliable iOS 15 handset with a good camera, smaller screen and the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

However, a certified refurbished model, enables users to snag an even better bargain on the mid-range phone. eBay seller and refurbished phone specialist Loop Mobile is currently offering the iPhone SE (2020) for as little as £269.95.

You can snag a 64GB version in black or white with free two day delivery. That’s a £130 saving on the price Apple asks for the brand new model.

Loop has a 98.5% positive feedback from from more than 15,000 ratings, so you can expect to be happy with your purchase. If not, returns are available within 30 days, provided you pay the return postage.

The company pledges the phone is: “Sourced exclusively from Apple direct, these are fully tested and graded by our on-site Apple certified technicians. We run 80 functional tests on each product to ensure the best quality for your device, genuine devices 100% authentic.”

Loop promises more than 70 diagnostic tests have been performed, while the battery will be able to reach at least 80% of its original capacity. The company also offers a 12-month warranty for full-on peace of mind.

In our review of the iPhone SE (2020) we praised the value on offer, flagship-level performance, great photos in daylight situations and impressive video capabilities. We deemed it a great option for those who don’t want a large screen phone.

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We were a little disappointed the iPhone 8-mimicking design didn’t get a refresh, and the battery life isn’t the greatest, but overall we afforded the phone a 4/5 star rating.

Our own Max Parker wrote: “This is a fantastic upgrade for those with an iPhone 8 or older, and you will notice big changes, and a lot of familiarities, in the switch. It’s also just a downright excellent buy if you want a phone that’ll perform fast and take excellent pictures for years to come.”

Gaming Discount: God of Battle is simply £7.99 with this phenomenal deal

One of the PlayStation 4’s best games has dropped to just £7.99, alongside other hits like Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition.

Even several years after its release, God of War is still a must-have game for anyone who owns a PS4. It’s even backwards compatible with PS5, enjoying a boost to 60fps for Sony’s latest console, making this a perfect time to buy.

If you don’t fancy spending the £70 asking price that a lot of new triple-A titles go for, then this is a easy recommendation for any gamer.

If you’re not familiar with the God of War franchise, this is a great place to start. Even though there are several callbacks to earlier games in the series, this instalment is very much a franchise reboot that takes Kratos’ story in a new direction.

This time around we see the demigod assuming a more paternal role as he navigates a new land heavily inspired by Norse mythology, alongside his young son Atreus.

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God of War received four stars and a Trusted Reviews Recommended badge, with the verdict reading: “God of War tells a wonderful tale through a beautiful spectrum speckled with more than a few drops of the blood of your enemies.”

You also have Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition to consider if you want an RPG instead. Another PS4 classic, Zero Dawn follows Aloy, a young woman who lives in a world overrun by machines, adding a unique sci-fi twist to the open-world genre.

At such a low price, both games are an absolute bargain, and if you don’t already have them in your collection then now’s the time to sweep them up.

Finest low cost wi-fi keyboard offers for August 2021

If you use a computer, be it a laptop or desktop PC, then you’re not gonna get much done without a keyboard. That said, a lot of laptops don’t come with the best built-in keyboards and most desktops use wired ones. A better alternative to both of these is to upgrade to a good wireless keyboard. You don’t have to pay that much to get a good one, either, and better yet, our roundup of this month’s best cheap wireless keyboard deals is your chance to score one for even less.
These discounts feature some keyboard bundles with mice included, but if you need to buy of those separately or need some other stuff to outfit your workstation, check out these wireless mouse deals, headphone deals, and monitor deals, too.
Today’s Best Wireless Keyboard Deals

A beginner’s guide to wireless keyboards
Paired with a desktop monitor and a wireless mouse, a wireless keyboard can turn any laptop into the ultimate home workstation. The type of keyboard you opt for will depend entirely on your needs. If you’re after something to get some work done during the day before kicking back in the evening to battle to the end in Fortnite, you’ll probably want something a little more high-end with mechanical switches. These result in a faster response — less time between you clicking the button and the character on the screen executing the action. Many popular gaming keyboards feature this design.
Now, what about us mere mortals who are just after a keyboard to get down to business? There are a couple of different options. Something cheap will almost always do the trick, offering the wire-free typing experience that so many of us crave. Increase your budget a little bit and you’ll get near-enough to the same hardware, but the keys won’t be as loud and loose. Pivot to the top-end and you’ll take home a keyboard with some resistance. These deliver the most satisfying typing feedback as you have to press with at least an ounce of force to make the word you’re thinking of appear on the screen.
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Plus, there are a couple of unique characteristics that wireless keyboards can have. Some are collapsible, meaning they fold in half for easy transportation. We recommend staying as far away from these as can be. Unless you’re parting with an awful lot of cash, they’re often poorly made, and rattle around as you type. In a more positive light, some wireless keyboards come with a built-in numeric keypad (we aren’t kidding — they still exist!). These are particularly useful if you spend a large chunk of your day immersed in Microsoft Excel or some other software where numbers are all the rage.
Do wireless keyboards need to be charged?
That depends on the type of wireless keyboard you have. Some run on disposable batteries. These don’t need to be charged. Others run on solar power. These don’t need to be charged, instead requiring natural light to recharge (if your workstation is not in a place that gets a lot of natural light, though, then these are best avoided). The final type use rechargeable batteries, which — surprise, surprise — need to be recharged. This can usually be done using a USB cable and typically recharging doesn’t see them out of action. They just won’t be wireless, so to speak, while they’re hooked up to a power source.
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Finest low-cost Microsoft Floor Laptop computer offers for August 2021

Are you on the hunt for some Microsoft Surface Laptop deals? Microsoft’s excellent featherweight Surface Laptop notebook computers come in many configurations and price brackets today, and as mentioned in our Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 review, Surface Laptops boast a reputation for solid build quality, durability, great designs, and excellent all-day battery life. So whether you’re looking for a remote workstation, a quality lightweight computer to use at home or school, or even a portable machine you can do a little gaming on, we’ve combed the web to make it easier for you to find the best Microsoft Surface Laptop deals available today.
Best Microsoft Surface Laptop deals

Microsoft Surface Pro vs. Surface Laptop
If you’re torn between purchasing a Microsoft Surface Laptop and a Microsoft Surface Pro 2-in-1 tablet, look to your applications. The Surface Laptop and Surface Pro are each available with a range of options including CPUs, memory, storage, and, in the case of the Surface Laptop, display sizes. Both machines are solidly built despite their thin cases and light weights. As high-end computing devices, the Microsoft Surface alternatives include impressive design characteristics as well as functional competency.
The greatest differences between the Microsoft Surface Laptop and the Surface Pro are due to their respective designs. The Surface Laptop is indeed a laptop computer and as such the focus is on providing everything travelers and homebodies alike need for computing. The Surface Pro, on the other hand, is best considered a premium tablet with scads of power but a primary focus on portability. As our reviewer wrote in the Microsoft Surface Pro X review, the Pro X is “Absurdly thin and light.” The Pro X functions as a standalone tablet and also works with a pen, the Microsoft Surface Slim Pen. There’s also a combination keyboard and cover called a Type Cover. Unfortunately, the Type Cover and Slim Pen are not standard with all Surface Pro X models. You can buy both input devices separately or bundled with a Surface Pro X, but the designed-in independence from keyboards and external pointing devices underscores the Surface Pro X’s essential tablet identity.
One easy way to choose between the two Microsoft Surface models is to consider which format you are currently using or which you are most comfortable with. If you’re a laptop veteran, especially if you rarely use a touch screen even if you have one, you might find it awkward, at least at first, to use a machine rooted in tablet design. If, on the other hand, you already prefer to use tablets over conventional laptops, and all else being equal, lean toward a Microsoft Surface Pro for your next machine.
Best Microsoft Surface Laptop alternatives
If you’re not inclined to buy a Microsoft hardware product, there are a number of top-rated Microsoft Surface Laptop alternatives. The first model that most will think of is the always-excellent Dell XPS thin and light notebook. In the original Dell XPS 15 review, we said “the XPS 15 is the PC every laptop wishes it could be.” That was three years ago and the XPS 15 and larger XPS 17 have only gotten better.
Look to the HP Envy laptop for another high-performance lightweight laptop. In the HP Envy 15 review, we said it “delivers top-notch performance at a dazzling price.” Battery life and an expansive stood out in the LG Gram 16 Review, which we called “almost unbelievably light.”
If you’re looking for value in a lightweight portable, consider the Asus ZenBook. In the Asus ZenBook 13 US333FA review we referred to it as “all the laptop you’ll need.”
Apple fans who like what they see in the Microsoft Surface Laptop but don’t want to leave the Apple fold should check out the MacBook Air. The Apple MacBook Air M1 review summarized it a “fast, fanless, and fantastic.”
So, you can also check out the best cheap laptop deals we track regularly to find additional alternative choices to the Microsoft Surface Laptop.
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This 1080p gaming monitor deal at Dell will prevent $200

Gamers, take your marks — this can be the best time of year to equip yourself with these gaming monitor deals, desktop monitor deals, and gaming PC deals. These gaming deals have everything you need to dominate, and right now, at Dell, you can score $200 off this 25-inch Dell 25 S2522HG Gaming Monitor. It’s down to $250, a massive drop from its regular price of $450. The right monitor will make you a player no matter what the game, so don’t miss out on this deal today!

The right gaming monitor can immerse you in your games like nothing else, but the 25-inch Dell S2522HG offers way more. Yes, the visuals are absolutely fantastic. The 25-inch screen with 1920 x 1080 resolution gives you the clearest images and sharpest details. Meanwhile, the ultra-thin bezels on three sides reinforce the expansiveness of the display. And with a refresh rate of 240Hz, you’ll never miss a thing, as it quickly renders fast-moving visuals. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about motion because of this gaming monitor’s 1ms gray-to-gray response time.
In fact, this monitor will give you the smoothest, liveliest, most uninterrupted gaming experience. You’ll avoid distortions, like stuttering and screen tearing, because it supports both Nvidia’s G-SYNC and AMD’s FreeSync. There’s also a downlighting feature that illuminates your keyboard and mouse in lower-light environments. And to ensure your comfort as well as your overall dominance, they’ve equipped this monitor with a fully adjustable stand so that you can find the best angles — whether it’s for some chilled-out gaming or to put you in the middle of the action.
But this monitor is about so much more than just visuals. Serious gamers will love the extra features on this monitor, like its ambient lighting. Meanwhile, specially designed vents on the back of the monitor disperse heat, keeping you and your monitor cool and collected. Brightness is controlled used a direct current so that on-screen flickering is minimized, and ComfortView software will reduce blue light emissions, keeping eye fatigue at bay and making sure you stay alert and at the head of the pack during even the longest gaming sessions. How cool is that?

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Hades will get a value drop with an incredible 20% off deal

Everyone’s favourite Prince of the Underworld is back again, and this time you can snatch up his game on the cheap.

Over at Currys PC World, you can bag yourself the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X version of Hades for just £19.97, (20% off the usual RRP). If you’ve yet to upgrade to next-gen then you can also grab this deal on PS4.

For those who missed out on the craze, Hades was released back in 2020 and quickly became one of the best games of the year. It puts you in the role of Zagreus, the son of the titular God Hades, and tasks you with escaping hell to reach the golden gates of Olympus.

The gameplay is rogue-like, so as you play you will get to grips with enemies and learn how to upgrade your attacks and health until you’re slashing your way through Hell with ease.

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And for those wanting to play on the PS5, developer Supergiant makes innovative use of the PS5’s DualSense controller, letting you unleash attacks and even pet your three-headed dog Cerberus with the adaptive triggers.

So for any dog lovers out there, know that on the PS5 you will be able to feel the happy little growl of Cerberus, produced via subtle haptic feedback from the controller.

For anyone wanting to play on the other aforementioned consoles, the stunning visuals will keep you busy, alongside the plethora of interesting Greek Gods you will get to talk to and battle it out with.

Even if this is your first rogue-like title, Hades is such a fun game to play that it’s an easy one to recommend, particularly at this reduced price.

Greatest low cost Adobe Photoshop offers for August 2021

When it comes to graphic design software, nothing comes close to Photoshop. Adobe’s design suite has been the go-to digital toolbox of professionals and hobbyists alike for decades now, but since it’s paid software, you want to make sure you know what you’re buying and that you’re actually getting your money’s worth. We can help: Below, we’ve rounded up all the best Adobe Photoshop deals currently available, followed by a quick run-down of the different packages to choose from.
Best Adobe Photoshop deals

A beginner’s guide to Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop has been around for decades and has evolved a lot during that time. The popular, full-featured Photoshop program that most of us think of when we think of this software is now part of the Creative Cloud suite, which is a larger bundle of Adobe programs designed for professionals. That said, you can still get Photoshop by itself if you wish, or Photoshop with some other Creative Cloud apps, without paying for the whole bundle (although although at about $20 per month for Photoshop alone, buying one of the above Photoshop bundle deals is a much better value overall). Just bear in mind that these programs, including the standard Photoshop app, are subscription-based.
For those after something a bit more pared-down, however, as well as for casual users who don’t want to be tied to a monthly or yearly payment plan, there is Adobe Photoshop Elements. Originally released with Adobe Photoshop 6, Photoshop Elements is a simpler software suite that’s more geared toward photo editing and simple graphic design tasks rather than for serious professional work. It’s naturally cheaper and it doesn’t follow a subscription-based payment model. Like pretty much all Adobe software, both Adobe Photoshop Elements 2021 and the Creative Cloud software packages are available for both Windows and Mac.
Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe Creative Cloud is a suite of multiple editing apps — think something akin to Microsoft Office, except even more expansive — that contains the full-featured Adobe Photoshop graphic design program along with a bundle of other software. The full Creative Cloud umbrella covers apps like Lightroom, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Premiere, to name only a few of the most popular, and follows a subscription-based structure where you pay a monthly or yearly fee (a yearly plan is arguably the best way to score an Adobe Photoshop deal here). There are different plans available as well, so you don’t necessarily have to pay for the whole thing if you don’t need it. Adobe Creative Cloud is premium software with a price tag to match, but it contains the full-featured version of Photoshop and is far and away the best choice for professionals and other serious users. One of the above Photoshop deals may also help you save some money on it, too.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 2021
Released last year, the latest 2021 revision of Adobe Photoshop Elements succeeded the 2020 version (which itself succeeded Photoshop LE) as Adobe’s entry-level raster graphics editor and is the best choice for amateur and casual users. The standard Photoshop Elements 2021 package is more focused on photography and photo editing than on 2D graphic design, making it less useful than Creative Cloud (which features the standard full-featured Photoshop program) for professional use. Nonetheless, it’s a great pick for hobbyists and general users, especially when you consider that it’s considerably cheaper than Adobe Creative Cloud and doesn’t tether you to a monthly or yearly payment plan.
Is Adobe Photoshop a subscription?
Adobe Photoshop Elements is a one-time purchase, so when you buy it, you own that license for life with no subscription fees. The more full-featured and professional-grade Adobe Creative Cloud apps and bundles, on the other hand, are subscription-based (not unlike Microsoft’s Office 365 suite), but you don’t have to pay for the whole thing to get Photoshop. Packages like the Creative Cloud Photography Plan, which bundles Photoshop with Lightroom, represent some cheaper options for those who only need particular apps. Also, a good way to score an Adobe Photoshop deal on these subscription-based plans is to look for discounts on a yearly license paid in advance rather than month to month.
Does Adobe Photoshop work on Chromebook?
As of now, Adobe Photoshop and other Creative Cloud apps are only available for Windows and MacOS. However, those of you who work on a Chromebook aren’t without some options: Chrome OS users can download Photoshop Express, the mobile version of Photoshop which works on a Chromebook thanks to the operating system’s compatibility with Android apps. Chrome OS also allows for remote desktop control, meaning you can use your Chromebook to remotely access a PC or Mac that’s running Adobe Photoshop and use it that way.
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