In case you missed the news, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is dead. It’s done. It’s not just resting on the bottom of the cage, it’s bereft of life, it has expired, and it has gone to meet its maker. And yet some Galaxy Note 7 owners are refusing to give up on their favorite smartphone.
This sage advice came after the first run of Galaxy Note 7 handsets were recalled due to exploding batteries. Unfortunately, this didn’t entirely solve the issue, and amidst reports of more exploding batteries, Samsung acted to end the misery once and for all.
However, some owners are standing firm against the naysayers. And, acting against advice from Samsung, regulatory authorities, and anyone with half a brain, they’re keeping hold of their Galaxy Note 7 handsets. Possibly using asbestos gloves, just to be on the safe side.
His Judgement Is Obviously Questionable
First, CNET found a bunch of Galaxy Note 7 owners who are determined to keep hold of their devices. They don’t care about the risk of the battery overheating, they just know this is the best phone on the market right now, and they’re not willing to say goodbye to it just yet. At least until it becomes its own funeral pyre.
Then, Josh Dickey, an editor at Mashable, wrote an article titled, “You can pry this Galaxy Note7 from my cold, possibly scorched hands“. And he’s being deadly serious too. So much so that Mashable felt compelled to put a disclaimer at the top of his article warning, “This viewpoint is the author’s alone, and his judgment is obviously questionable.”
Dickey tried to justify his decision using math. He argues that he’s happy to accept the 1-in-25,000 odds of his phone exploding. And he compares apples to oranges by suggesting he’s more likely to “be killed in a traffic accident”. That may be true, but just as there’s an alternative to driving, there are also other phones available. Lots and lots of perfectly good phones.
People are free to do what they want with their smartphones. And if that means keeping hold of one that’s a known fire risk to them, their families, and their properties, then so be it. But our advice is the same as Samsung’s advice… ditch your Galaxy Note 7 for a less dangerous alternative at your earliest convenience. Or you risk being labelled an idiot.
Do you currently own a Galaxy Note 7? Are you following Samsung’s advice and seeking either a refund or an alternative? If so, which phone are you going to get instead? If not, why are you keeping hold of your Galaxy Note 7 despite the risk of it overheating? Are you an idiot? Please let us know in the comments below.
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