The Note 7 made headlines after its recent launch, but not for the reasons the brand might have hoped. What’s more surprising is that a majority of Note 7 owners continued to use their devices for weeks after the official recall was announced. Apparently reports of phones literally bursting into flames and Samsung’s subsequent decision to discontinue the Note 7 isn’t enough to move users to switch devices.
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So what will inspire fans to retire the Note 7 in favor of a safer smartphone? How about all of the great alternatives to the Galaxy Note 7! There are plenty of phones out there with not just comparable specs but with features that let them stand on their own as must-have devices. The following list highlights five of the best options out there today, all of which have the potential to make Note 7 fans switch loyalties.
- The iPhone 7 Plus
With all of the good looks Apple is known for in a bigger, more colorful and water resistant package, the 7 Plus looks a lot like the 6S but brings heavily upgraded specs to the table. The lightning fast A10 Fusion processor (running iOS 10) means never having to settle for less than stellar speeds, and the camera now has two 12MP sensors capable of 2x optical zoom.
One thing that is throwing some early adopters off is the sheer size of this handset – 5.5 inches can make a phone tricky to hold and to stash in a pocket. If you’re not a fan of phablets check out the standard iPhone 7 with the 4.7 inch display. The other is the lack of headphone jack but the growing availability of adapters is making this a non-issue. In either case those who opt to buy the device through T-Mobile can enjoy T-Mobile’s #BingeOn on the iPhone 7 Plus from anywhere.
- Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge
Diehard Samsung fans always have the option of switching to the Galaxy S7 Edge, which packs a great camera, amazing display, Samsung’s Exynos 8890 octa-core processor and 4GB of RAM into a premium design. The always-on, super grippy curved display is still a big draw, though the overall utility of the feature depends on how people use their devices.
The main cons of the Galaxy S7 Edge are the strangely cartoonish UI that is a turnoff for some people and the fact that this no-case-necessary handset shows fingerprints like crazy.
- Google Pixel XL
A great camera and a built-in virtual assistant are just some of the standout features of this phone. Large screen? Check. Durable metal and glass chassis? Check. Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon processor? Check. Google is finally creating a place for itself in the device world with the Pixel XL and chances are good the megabrand’s offerings will only get better.
One major feature missing from the Pixel XL is water resistant, which is quickly becoming a standard must-have across brands. The second criticism is that the design is uninspired. But both of these downsides can be easily remedied with a high-quality case, so neither should be considered a major deal breaker.
- Droid Turbo 2
Butterfingers of the world celebrated the release of this handset, which Motorola claimed was virtually indestructible. Even better, the world’s first 5.4 inch AMOLED Quad HD shatterproof display comes paired with a variety of color options (plus Ballistic Nylon and leather backs). That said, the Turbo 2 is definitely a utility device, with a 48 hour battery, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and a water-repellent nano coating.
A big con among the pros is that it isn’t the much anticipated Turbo 3. Second to that disappointment is the fact that this phone comes with crapware like a removable Candy Crush knockoff along with a number of less than useful apps that cannot be uninstalled.
- The LG G5
Some are calling this LG’s best ever phone and it’s not hard to see why. While not as luxurious as some of the handsets above, the G5 has an ultra innovative modular design that lets users add optional attachments and swap the battery. And with Snapdragon’s 820 processor and 4GB RAM, its performance is on par with the devices listed above.
That said, the optional add-ons are expensive, making this a gimmicky device in the eyes of some. It has geek cred but for those who don’t run in circles where the G5 will be instantly recognizable, the less-than-premium exterior can be a deal breaker.
Still carrying around the Note 7? Remember that the CPSC has urged all Note 7 owners to power off devices ASAP and leave them off for good. With alternatives like these, there’s no reason to put yourself at risk.
By Jordan Davis