The new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is one of the best smartphones released in 2016 but a massive recall has some owners questioning their purchase. After countless units battery caught fire and even exploded, they all need to be replaced. And while it’s still a phone worth getting, those looking to trade it in or choose something else will want to take a look at our list of Note 7 alternatives below.
On September 2nd just two weeks after the Galaxy Note 7 release date Samsung issued a statement on the matter, and in an unprecedented event is recalling all 2.5 million they’ve since sold. This is a big deal to some, and we’re getting a lot of questions about what’s the “next best” phone, or at least similar.
So far only 35 devices have been reported to be defective, out of over 2 million, but we’re still seeing a lot of users who want to get something else. Samsung and their partner carriers and stores are working on a replacement program this week. That’s the best route, but getting something else completely isn’t out of the question either.
The new Galaxy Note 7 has a lot to offer, which makes replacing it rather difficult. Features such as a large 5.7-inch Quad-HD display that’s best in the industry, a powerful processor with 4GB of RAM, a great camera, microSD support for storage expansion, the S-Pen stylus, and of course it’s IP68 dust and water resistant.
There are countless reasons why a user would choose this phone, but don’t worry, because there are plenty of options that are extremely similar. In fact, the Galaxy S7 Edge from March is almost identical to the Galaxy Note 7, but instead of 5.7-inches it’s only 5.5-inches and doesn’t have an S-Pen stylus. Just about everything else is there, which is our absolute first suggestion for a Note 7 alternative.
With a new iPhone 7 coming soon, LG’s V20 and more on the way, now is a great time to make a choice. Users have tons of options, many of which have a similar screen size or the same features, so the situation isn’t as bad as some news sources would have you believe. If you want to get something else instead of the Note 7, our slideshow below is full of the best five phones you can get to replace it.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
As we said above, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is the best possible phone to choose (aside from another Galaxy Note 7) for owners. Simply because it's a similar software experience, nearly identical in design, and shares most of the features that makes the Note 7 great.
The Galaxy S7 Edge has the same glass and metal design, it's also water resistant and works under water, but doesn't have the S-Pen stylus. The screen is 0.02-inches smaller, being 5.5-inches instead of 5.7-inches, but that's the biggest difference.
One other thing to consider is the Galaxy S7 Edge uses a regular microUSB charging port, not the new Type-C plug on the bottom of the Note 7. So most old cables, chargers and accessories will actually work perfect with the S7 Edge.
It's also a decent amount cheaper, nearly $200 if not more, so those who opt to return the Note 7 for the S7 Edge will get a refund for the difference, and likely a $25 gift card from carriers too. It's a pretty good route to take.
Oh, and the Galaxy S7 Edge has a bigger 3,600 mAh battery, compared to just 3,500 mAh in the Note 7. So it could technically get better battery life while offering a near-identical experience across the board.
Read: Galaxy S7 Edge Review