After a series of fires and explosions across the globe, the fate of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has finally been decided. Apparently, the company will be ceasing the mass production of the handset as it attempts to fix the current mess.
In taking care of the already-done damage, Samsung has urged all current users as well as sellers of Galaxy Note 7 units to stop with immediate effect. As for the former group, they are urged to take back the phone and get a new one (different model) from their retailers or be refunded back their cash. There are millions out there who had already bought the phone and if you are one of them, you may be stuck with deciding on what phone to opt for now that the Galaxy Note 7 has been deemed unsafe for human use.
There is nothing to worry about for we have your back! Without beating around the bush, here are 6 great Samsung Galaxy Note 7 alternatives that won’t disappoint you at all.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
If you are a Samsung diehard, you may still want to get yourself another decent device from the same OEM. Well, there is no better Galaxy Note 7 alternative the company is offering than the Galaxy S7 Edge. This is, of course, for those looking to keep the unique Edge software, new hardware, an amazing camera as well as the TouchWiz software. However, keep in mind that you will miss on 0.2 inches of display alongside the iris scanner and S Pen. This phone is priced at $769.
Google Pixel XL
With a similar price tag to the Galaxy Note 7, the Google Pixel XL is one of the best options you can turn to. Probably your main reasons for going for the Note 7 was its size, powerful specs and excellent build, well, all these boxes are checked as far as the Pixel XL is concerned. You also get a great camera as well as Google Assistant, a feature that is exclusive to the Pixel lineup.
The Pixel XL will set you back $869 for the 128GB model, but the 32GB variant costs $769. The problem, however, is that the phone is not yet available for purchase, which means you may have to wait a little bit longer.
Google Nexus 6P
With the launch of the Google Pixel XL, expect the $499 price tag of the Nexus 6P to go down even further. It might be a year old, but you probably already know that age is just a number. You will get the same screen quality and size as the Galaxy Note 7, a decent camera, more storage options and a premium design. To make things even sweeter, there is Project Fi support, however, you may have to look outside the Google Store for the phone, which has already been replaced by the Google Pixel XL.
At such a price tag, you will have yourself a great phone to keep you waiting for the next Galaxy Note 8.
Moto Z Force Droid
Motorola released a new Moto Z series and within it there is the Moto Z Force Droid, a phone that combines robustness, power and innovation into one entity. There is an array of swappable Moto Mods that work as add-ons. You get a shatterproof display that is also roomy at 5.5 inches and offers the same AMOLED QHD resolution. The battery life is amazing at 40 hours and Lenovo souped-up the cameras, but keep in mind that this is a Verizon-locked model.
The LG V20 is the first phone to be announced with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. The phone has the same screen size of 5.7 inches as the Galaxy Note 7. Even though there is no Always On display, you get a secondary 2.1-inch screen that works in the same manner. It gets even better for photo and audio lovers as the phone comes with a dual-lens main camera alongside four DACs and is priced at $830. Being a 2016 flagship, the LG V20 packs all the latest hardware specs you can expect on such a phone, however, like the Pixel XL, the handset has not yet reached major markets across the globe.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Another option worth looking at is the 2015 Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Like the Nexus 6P, this phone is only different because of its age. Of course, we all know what difference a year can make in the tech world, but this doesn’t mean the Galaxy Note 5 is a poor performer, has a poor camera or runs on older software. In fact, it runs the same software as the Galaxy Note 7 (Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow), has a slightly slower processor, lacks external storage, but you still get to use the S Pen, which is the major reason people buy the Galaxy Note series.
The phone has a price tag of less than $700, but this should keep dropping with time.
If you feel like making the jump from Android to iOS, you can also consider the $769-rated iPhone 7 Plus, which also offers solid hardware specs alongside the latest software. However, like most other models here, you will be missing on the S Pen as well as Edge software.