gdgt's best deals for August 14: Samsung Galaxy S 4 and iPhone 5

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Today's hottest deals include a pair of prime smartphones for sale at Target, with the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and the soon-to-be-supplanted iPhone 5 available with hefty price cuts on contract. Join gdgt and add the gadgets you're shopping for to your "Want" list. Every time there's a price cut, you'll get an email alert!

gdgt's best deals for August 14 Samsung Galaxy S 4, iPhone 5

Samsung Galaxy S 4

Price: $139.99 with 2-year AT&T, Sprint or Verizon contract (Regularly $199.99). In-store only.
Buy: Target

Samsung's flagship phone, which netted a 92 gdgt Score and "Must-have" distinction, wowed critics with its bright, vivid display, remarkable battery life and light form factor. Its expandable storage and removable battery give it an edge over some of its rivals, and its various motion-sensing features make for interesting party tricks, if nothing else. On the whole, though, the upgrades are marginal compared to the cheaper Samsung Galaxy S III.

gdgt's best deals for August 14 Samsung Galaxy S 4, iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5

Price: $149.99 with 2-year AT&T, Sprint or Verizon contract (Regularly $199.99). In-store only.
Buy: Target

The iPhone 5 might be a hard sell less than a month before the expected reveal of its successor. But, a 25 percent price cut should be enough to catch the attention of those who don't need the latest and greatest. To call the 5 a proven commodity would be an understatement. It is (until September 10th, at least) the pinnacle of Apple's handset ingenuity -- the taller, wider screen and remarkably thin body make it a knockout.

Toshiba Canvio 3.0 Portable Hard Drive

Toshiba Canvio 3.0 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive

Price: $69 (Regularly $85). Free shipping.
Buy: Amazon

The Canvio 3.0 is a compact, low-clutter, portable storage option. This 1TB Toshiba drive draws power via USB 3.0 so there's no need for a wall wart. Of course, you can still plug it into a USB 2.0 port, though, it's not clear if you'll need the aid of an external power source. The device even comes with a three-year limited warranty, which is better than many consumer drives that settle for a single year. Amazon reviewers really like the device, giving it an average 4 stars (out of 5) based on more than 800 reviews.

Toshiba Satellite

Toshiba Satellite C55 15.6-inch Laptop

Price: $329.99 with $50 mail-in rebate (Regularly $480). Free shipping.
Buy: Office Depot

This Windows 8-equipped Satellite sports 6GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive, along with an LED backlit monitor. There's only a single USB 3.0 input, but that's certainly better than none. The four-hour battery life won't win it any awards, but it's pretty typical of a low to mid-range machine such as this. The mail-in rebate is an annoyance, but the extra $50 in savings is worth the hassle.

Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider (Xbox 360, PS3)

Price: $19.99 (Regularly $49.99). Free shipping.
Buy: Amazon

The 2012 reboot of one of gamedom's icons connected well with critics, snagging a rave review from Joystiq. Although the multiplayer is superfluous, the single-player campaign is filled with unpredictable thrills and mayhem, as well as -- in a first for the series -- strong writing and character development. This is the cheapest we've seen new copies of the game.