Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones are not fit for use as at the time of this writing, something that has resulted in the South Korean company issuing a statement requesting those who had already bought the device to take it back to where they bought it.
According to Samsung, you can get a new Galaxy Note 7 that has been fixed or opt for any of its 2016 flagship devices – Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge. What if you don’t want anything to do with yet another Note 7 phone? Well, there are a huge number of devices out there that can fill the hole left behind by the burning and bursting Galaxy Note 7, but which ones are the best?
Here’s a look at the best Samsung Galaxy Note 7 alternatives you can find on the market right now.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
As noted earlier, Samsung has room for you to take back the Galaxy Note 7 and get a new Galaxy S7 Edge. At AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, you can exchange the phone for any device in stock as you wish, but Verizon goes to an extent of allowing full refunds for the phone. The story is the same as far as Amazon and Best Buy are concerned.
In case of getting a new device instead, the Galaxy S7 Edge should lead the way. For starters, you get the same design language, the same Edge features, the same hardware and camera specs, as well as software. The only missing aspects are an iris scanner, S-Pen and the 64GB storage option, which can still be taken care thanks to the availability of a microSD card slot. The Galaxy S7 Edge is also slightly smaller than the Note 7, but you still get a larger battery capacity.
Google Nexus 6P
If Samsung is no longer part of your shopping list, the next best alternative is the Google Nexus 6P. Although almost a year old, there is nothing better than using a stock Android device. It packs the same 5.7-inch AMOLED display screen with a similar QHD resolution. The camera is also great, but the best part is that it runs Android 7.0 Nougat, something that the Galaxy Note 7 has yet to see. The hardware specs might be about a year old, however, having a Snapdragon 810 and 3GB of RAM on a phone is still a big deal.
The LG V20 is a cool phone that was unveiled a few days ago. Coming in as the first phone to ship with Android 7.0 Nougat, you will also be impressed with the premium looks of the phone. These include an aluminum body, a 5.7-inch IPS LCD screen with QHD resolution and a small 2.1-inch secondary screen on top of it. It gets even better as the handset packs the same hardware specs as what you get on the Galaxy Note 7 – a Snapdragon 820 and 4GB RAM. However, LG adds some perks on top of it, among them a dual-lens rear camera, a removable battery as well as a quad-DAC for enhanced audio.
One problem with the LG V20 is that it has no official release date yet, but it shouldn’t be long before it is out, especially now that Samsung Galaxy Note 7 handsets have been recalled.
Dubbed the flagship killer, the OnePlus 3 handset is for sure up for the task. Featuring a 5.5-inch screen, you might be disappointed in the 1080p resolution as compared to the 2k resolution of the Galaxy Note 7. Still, this is not easy to notice with your naked eyes. It gets even better as you still come across the same Snapdragon 820 SoC, but the RAM is a lot better at 6GB, which makes it a bit speedier than most of its Android counterparts.
As far as pricing is concerned, you will be saving half the money used on the Galaxy Note 7 by getting a new OnePlus 3, however, be ready to jump through a number of hoops before finally getting your hands on this phone. Furthermore, Verizon and Sprint users may have to look somewhere else for there is no listed compatibility with these carriers.
Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Perhaps the issues with the Galaxy Note 7 presents the perfect time to finally make the switch from Android to iOS. However, this will depend on your love for the former. The iPhone 7 Plus was unveiled last week and will go on sale this Friday. Although you get a slightly smaller screen with a lower resolution, you will still enjoy amazing photography, enhanced performance and a totally new experience with the iPhone 7 Plus.
So, which Samsung Galaxy Note 7 alternative has your attention? Please let us know in the comments.