After months of mounting buzz surrounding the exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery, the ashes seem to have settled. This week, Samsung announced a ban on the model – suspending sales and production worldwide. So, what does that mean for current owners with either an original or replaced device? According to an official statement, representatives advise all current owners of the Note 7 to “power down and stop using the device.”
Luckily, Fix It Fast’s team of skilled mobile device repair technicians have identified a few alternatives that perform similarly to the Note 7 (without the flames, of course!)
Check out some of our recommendations:
- Consider the iPhone 6s/iPhone 6s Plus line versus the original iPhone 6 model, as it has more power and processing, as well as more dynamic functions. More importantly, these models still have the beloved headphone jack – a component that has since disappeared with the newly launched iPhone 7. These models have roughly the same screen size as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and are cheaper to repair, if needed. Additionally, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have great resale value – something to consider whenever you’re ready to trade up for Samsung’s next product.
- Perhaps you’re giving thought to a prior Samsung Galaxy model. Here at Fix It Fast, we recommend the S5 and S6 lines or the Galaxy Note 3, 4, or 5 as opposed to the S7 and N7 models. They’re solid phones with modern tech and processing power. Plus, extended time on the market has shown that they’re relatively bug-free. Those looking to continue with a big screen and the stylus function should stick with older Note devices. Our mobile device repair experts have found that the Edge series tends to yield more damages and experience more glitches, which is a major downside considering that most people don’t notice a key difference between these and their non-Edge devices anyway.
- You could also use this opportunity to check out Motorola’s Moto Z. Complete with a sleek all-metal design and customizable modules, this smartphone has rivaled the Galaxy Note 7 since its launch in Summer 2016.
With the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phasing out, consumers across the globe are looking for a comparable replacement device. Looking for some additional input? Our mobile tech gurus at Fix It Fast have all the details you need to score a replacement phone that does your Galaxy Note 7 justice. Stop by your nearest Fix It Fast location and let’s talk specs!
If you’ve been tuned into the latest tech news, you’re probably aware of a major manufacturing defect affecting the Samsung Galaxy Note7. Device owners worldwide have been reporting instances of exploding phones and identifying defective batteries as the cause. But, how can a battery send an entire device up in flames? And, what does this technical oversight mean for owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note7?
The source of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 explosion links back to a lithium-ion battery – the same battery that powered the exploding hoverboards of 2015. Known for its efficiency, these batteries contain highly flammable liquid and operate off of high energy. A thin insulating barrier rests between the battery’s many layers and separates the positive and negative sides. Should this barrier weaken or tear, the battery will short-circuit and create a spark.
Many mobile tech researchers also point to overheating as a potential culprit. An issue with the device’s “battery management system” – the system that halts the electrical current once a battery is fully charged – may malfunction and result in overcharging, as well as a surge in temperature. With no way for the excess heat or energy to escape, the Samsung Galaxy Note7 battery explodes.
In typical cases of overheating, mobile device repair specialists recommend keeping an eye on external temperatures. Should your iPhone, Samsung Galaxy Note7, or other smartphone device get too warm, it could cause its inner workings to malfunction or break down – making your device susceptible to internal damage. In the case of the Samsung Galaxy Note7, however, the best way to avoid a catastrophe like this is to return your device to the manufacturer.
Recently, Samsung launched a safety recall and exchange program. If you happened to buy a Galaxy Note7 device before September 15, 2016, you’re eligible to receive a replacement device or obtain a refund. Want to know if your Note7 is eligible for this program? Enter your device’s IMEI or Serial number here to check.
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