Samsung has had a tough journey with the Galaxy Note 7, and it’s ended with the company officially ending production of the device. So now that users have to turn their devices back in, what are the best alternatives? Let’s take a look at some options.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
The first is pretty obvious, the Galaxy S7 Edge. With mostly the same specs, the same water-resistant build, and another curved display, the S7 Edge is a great alternative to the Note 7. You’ll lose out on USB C and some of the colors, but overall it’s a good choice for anyone looking to bring their Note 7 in to get it replaced with something, well, non-explosive.
iPhone 7 Plus
If you’re OK with jumping ship on Android, the iPhone 7 Plus is another solid choice. While stock is still scarce, the iPhone 7 Plus hits a lot of important notes that the Note 7 did. It has a great camera, good battery life, water resistance, and a big display. Of course, you’ll be trading Android for iOS, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s just something different.
Pricing on the iPHone 7 Plus lands around the same as the Note 7 as well, both unlocked and through carrier financing.
Then of course, there’s Google’s new flagship, the Pixel. More specifically, the Pixel XL. With a 5.5-inch display, the Pixel XL is close to the Note in size, and the rest of the spec sheet is close as well. It steps up with the more powerful processor, but matches the Note 7 beat by beat with 4GB of RAM, USB C, and a 12MP camera. Unfortunately the Pixel isn’t water resistant, but if you can live without that, it’ll be a great option when it starts shipping next week.
We can’t skip over LG can we? With their new flagship, the LG V20, Samsung’s rival puts up some strong competition to the Note 7, and from our first impressions, we’re pretty happy with it. While the expensive price tag would drive many away, it actually ends up slightly cheaper than the Note, and brings nearly the same spec list.
That includes a 5.7-inch display, Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. Even better, the V20 brings its unique second display, a built in Quad-DAC for improved audio, and drop resistance.
The V20 is coming to the US starting on October 28th, and you should definitely be excited for it.
Moving to cheaper options, let’s talk about the OnePlus 3. While this won’t be a good one for anyone rocking Verizon or Sprint, it is without a doubt one of the best GSM unlocked devices on the market today. It packs top of the line specs such as a 5.5-inch display, Snapdragon 820, and a whopping 6GB of RAM. For just $399, it’s an absolute steal!
Galaxy Note 5
If you absolutely need the features of a Note, last year’s Galaxy Note 5 is still a great option. It brings equally capable hardware, and only lacks features like the curved display, water resistance, and USB C. Plus, you can grab a used unit for as little as $300 on Swappa, which isn’t bad at all.
Or You Could Wait For The Galaxy S8…
The last big option, you could just wait for the Galaxy S8. While you definitely should return your Note 7, you can always go back to what you had and hold out a few months for what Samsung has in store for 2017. From what we’ve heard so far, it should be pretty impressive.