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7 Best Galaxy Note 7 Alternatives



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Personally I returned the Note 7 and picked up the Google Pixel XL. For those that don't know, Google is now offering phones like Samsung or Apple. It's called the Pixel, and a bigger 5.5-inch Pixel XL. 

The screen is a tiny bit smaller, being 5.5-inches, but it's a high-end premium Android device made entirely out of aluminum and glass. It's the first smartphone with the new Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, and even comes with 128GB of storage and a fingerprint scanner. Not to mention the camera is one of the best we've ever tested. Google claims it's the best smartphone camera period. 

It's a great device that we loved during our review, runs the latest Android 7.1 Nougat, and will see updates first ahead of any other device. Like Android O.  

The Pixel XL is available as we speak from the Google Store and will work with any carrier in the US, and most around the globe. You can also buy it from Verizon Wireless. 

Buy the Pixel XL from Google 



  1. Steve Bergman

    09/17/2016 at 10:14 am

    Countless units? Try 35 out of 2,500,000, or 0.0024%. Questioning my purchase? Hardly. Alternative to the Note 7? There is no such thing. No other phone matches the Note 7 feature set. The new Note 7’s are already available in some areas, and will be available world-wide this coming Wednesday.

  2. Amir Nawaz (@ReconFX)

    10/06/2016 at 11:22 am

    Im in the same pool… my launch unit seems fine… no issues..originally, I remember seeing an article suggesting units that have “manufactured in China” on their backs are safe..

    My Coral Blue unit has this on it’s back and it seems great. But friggin Sammy has force pushed an update to my phone which is asking me to install it so it can limit my battery to 60%…coercing me to swap out my perfectly good device most likely for a replacement that seem to still have this exploding issue.

    So now I’m torn… ive always used Android but last year I tried out a iPhone 6S Plus…but ugh my god…sure it was smooth but holy crap it is a limited OS.. and I’m in IT so I’m a power user who needs function at my fingertips…iOS simply cannot provide that with its closed nature.

    I don’t know what to do…i need the pen, the AMOLED HDR10 1440p screen, the superior USB C, wireless charging..i already spent $50-60 on multiple fast wireless pads.. I have a gargantuan 256gb micro Sd gestures like taking screenshots by swiping screen with my palm and then capturing extra pages by scrolling down..omg I used that almost daily (i constantly share article screenshots with friends on group chats).

    There simply is no mobile device that matches the Note phones in terms of capabilities in the entire market. Period. What do I do?

  3. P. z

    10/10/2016 at 12:15 am

    Note 5 may be your only alternative p. I had one and was still a great phone.

  4. Bone Datt

    10/11/2016 at 6:17 am

    The S-Pen defines the Note. There are no alternatives to the Note series unless it’s another Note. Stop already.

    • Cory Gunther

      10/13/2016 at 9:30 am

      While I agree completely and absolutely love my Note 7, and use the stylus often. A vast majority of owners just like the big screen and rarely if ever use the Note. Everyone is different. Guys.

  5. sidofgyqwer

    10/12/2016 at 11:47 am

    stupid article. without the pen it is not alternative.

  6. guinness 1999

    10/13/2016 at 11:35 am

    Are there any other phones that use a stylus?

  7. MsGin23

    10/14/2016 at 5:39 am

    Like all the above statements I can’t/ don’t want to part from my note 7. Do we truely have/need to return????? Not having any promblems with mine. Can I keep it until I have problem

  8. Hotness Gracious

    10/14/2016 at 6:08 am

    Do any alternative phones have the fire on demand function?

    • Mike Garcia

      10/18/2016 at 10:49 am

      It is especially annoying when manufacturers provide a new functionality, like hand grenade mode in this case, then withdraw it.

  9. Krute Hammond

    10/15/2016 at 7:59 am

    I unfortunately have to part ways with my note, I’m going overseas and cant board my plane with it…. sigh. Went through four phones this year, make this the fifth. This is the best phone on the market period. Please hurry to fix the problem. I’ll still be loyal to this phone.

  10. Michael

    10/16/2016 at 8:10 am

    Useless article. First why would you offer up an iPhone as an alternative. Too many Ads and no real specs. This site is hardly mobile friendly even on a large Note 7 screen. What are the best replacements for your website.

  11. Mike Garcia

    10/18/2016 at 10:47 am

    I have a Galaxy Note Edge. It was a limited release product but I wouldn’t use any other. It has all the Note features but also has a curved edge which is very handy, especially for travel, I can see the time and alarm without touching the phone when sleeping, (or trying to). The only drawback is that is is not compatible with Samsung Pay. I wasn’t going to buy the Note 7 because of the lack of the curved screen. I wish I could buy an updated Note Edge but they don’t make one.

  12. Nathan Warnock

    10/18/2016 at 11:54 am

    Mike, the Note 7 HAS the curved screen……….not sure what you are talking about. I am confused by pretty much everything in your post…..The Note 7 really is the best phone on the market and it is not close. I am incredibly frustrated. I am willing to resist the recall but you know Samsung is going to come out with an update that severely limits the functionality of the Note 7 in an effort to force people to exchange the phones……Keep an eye out before updating the phone automatically. Oh, and keep an eye on it just in case!

  13. Casey milne

    10/18/2016 at 11:21 pm

    I am in total agreement with you guys, that was the first thing I thought, after exchanging it for supposedly fixed note 7 I am told that I now have to give it back! What!? I thought that is why you made me go back and hassle with att, now I have to choose some other phone? I only buy notes. There simply is not a phone out that even compares with the s-pen feature. I came from a note 3 and was on an old legacy plan through AT&T, in order to get the note 7 I had to switch to a newer plan as mine isnt offered, so when you say that I can get a full refund, so I can go back to the note 3 while I wait for a new note, this statement is untrue for some people. What am I supposed to do? Are you ready forcing me to get an S7 edge without the s-pen and then when you come out with the note again whether it be a 7 or 8, I should have a guarantee that I can trade that S7 edge in for the new note when you release it. Otherwise how it stands right now I am extremely mad at Samsung as a company for this, I have been a very loyal note owner for almost a decade, now you’re not going to be loyal to me? This really hurts samsung

  14. Nehal

    10/19/2016 at 2:05 am

    Nice Suggestions

  15. daniel

    11/27/2016 at 6:36 pm

    must have the stylus AND be waterproof for me – I see no alternatives

  16. Andrei

    02/20/2017 at 1:56 pm

    Stylus. Period.
    Did you know the note has a different touch kind with 1024/2048 pressure levels? Accurate to the millimetric stylus?
    The norm finger precision touch solutions today are a pathetic joke. Just make me throw up.

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    02/21/2017 at 7:57 am

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