Contest: Win an Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 from Talk Android!

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Off-contract phones are quite the craze this year. Companies are removing themselves from association with nasty carrier contracts to be more appealing to consumers. The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, which we reviewed in May, is among the finest off-contract phones on the market today. It has a vivid and bright display, consistent camera, and booming dual front-facing stereo speakers. What’s not to love? The build quality is solid, too, and the Idol 3 has Android 5.0.2 Lollipop behind a customer user interface that remains simple and follows the Material Design guidelines.

Right now, you can enter our contest to win an Idol 3!

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Acer Predator gaming tablet on way to market as production commences

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With the tablet market cooling off so much recently, companies are starting to look for niches where special purpose tablets may make sense. One of those companies is Acer which announced plans to produce a tablet device that targets gamers. The only device on the market now that really focuses on the gaming market is the NVIDIA Shield. Acer hopes to capitalize on interest from gamers with the Acer Predator 8 tablet. Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Active may be released in November

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The latest tip to surface about the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 involves an Active version of the smartphone that among other changes, will come with a beefier 4,100 mAh battery. Although the new Galaxy Note 5 comes with a 3,000 mAh battery that has been found to provide plenty of usage thanks to Samsung’s optimizations, there has been some criticism about why Samsung did not bump up the size. Packing in a 4,100 mAh in this new version of the stylus-equipped smartphone might help address some of those concerns. Read more

Samsung offering free 30-day trial of Galaxy S6 Edge, Edge+ and Note 5 to iPhone owners

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In what can be considered a great customer poaching ploy, Samsung is now offering a free trial of its Galaxy S6 Edge range as well as the Galaxy Note 5 to iPhone owners for a month. Yeah, you heard it right – if you happen to be a not so proud iPhone owner, you can consider this 30-day Samsung-promoted test drive to see whether you are ready to switch to Android or not.

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Huge 18 inch tablet in the works from Samsung?

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A new report indicates Samsung has a new tablet device codenamed Tahoe that is in the works that will be equipped with an 18.4-inch HD display. Unlike 2014 when Samsung made it a point to work on the tablet market, they have quietly been working on new models in 2015 like the Galaxy Tab E, the Galaxy Tab A, and the Galaxy Tab S2. This new super-sized tablet could join the ranks in Samsung’s portfolio this year. Read more