I’m sorry to tell you this guys but the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is done, dead, and no more. Samsung has halted the production. They are collecting all of the units currently in circulation and they are moving on. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Galaxy Note 7 (specifically the battery in the Galaxy Note 7) has been overheating, it’s been catching fire, and in some cases, exploding (although that’s a little bit of an exaggeration).
The crazy part was about this series of unfortunate events for Samsung is that Samsung actually recalled the phone twice. The first time was for 2+ million units that were sold during the first couple of weeks that the device went on sale. The second recall is ultimately what cost Samsung to just abandon the phone altogether as the replacement units were starting to catch on fire as well.
So this is the Note 7. It’s part of the first wave of units that were shipped out. I never recalled it after the first recall but I will be officially returning it any day now. But I just wanted to spend some time reflecting on the Galaxy Note 7 and just share some of the things that I really liked about this device.
First, the build is stunning. We made a separate video showing you the Coral Blue Note 7 variant because it’s just so attractive. But it’s more than just the color. It’s the reflective glass that just blends seamlessly with the aluminum frame and curved display. The display is the best in the business: Super AMOLED QHD with enhanced brightness and contrast. The software and performance were solid too but not my absolute areas of this device. Believe it or not, the battery was actually one of my favorite features. The Note 7 had a 3,500 mAh battery that can last a full day on a single charge under heavy usage. It’s a shame a number of them had to self-destruct.
The S Pen was cool, just being able to sign the occasional document with the pen built in to my phone. To this day, the Note 7’s camera ranks among the best of the best. It’s right up there with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and the soon to be released, Google Pixel. I found it so cool how you can use the camera while completely submerging the phone in water. Who needs a GoPro when you have a Note 7?
But what is so unfortunate for Samsung is the timing, above everything else. Business started booming when Apple released their flagship phones. And you can bet a lot of Note 7 owners had jump shipped and swapped out their phones for the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.
But there are a few different reasons why I decided to make this video. The first reason is the fact that the Note 7 was slated to be one of the best smartphones of the year. I think that it deserves some acknowledgment for that, especially for us phone geeks. Another reason is that Samsung might decide to abandon the Note lineup. Given the bad press surrounding this phone, it’s possible we might see Samsung just abandon the Note altogether. I would say it’s very likely they will (at least) significantly rebrand their next flagship. What’s also crazy is that Samsung doesn’t actually know what happened to the Note 7. The engineers still really don’t know what is causing the issue so they’re probably going to have to go to the drawing boards and just figure out what is causing this. And depending on what they find, they might completely change the hardware for their next flagships; it’s kind of hard to say.
But I basically just want to see what you are thinking, what your thoughts are of this crazy fiasco. I see a lot of people making explosion jokes left and right all over YouTube. It’s hard to tell if people are actually really upset by this or they’re just trying to be funny. So whatever you’re thinking, let us know in a comment below. This might be the last Galaxy Note 7 video on our channel.