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Some Idiots Are Keeping Their Exploding Samsung Phones

Dave Parrack 12-10-2016

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.


Samsung killed the Galaxy Note 7 Samsung Kills the Galaxy Note 7, Because Boom! If you're currently in possession of a Galaxy Note 7, then you may soon be holding a very rare item in your hands. This is because Samsung could be planning to kill it off entirely. Read More earlier this week, issuing a second recall in all but name. It also advised owners to power down their devices Samsung: Power Down Your Galaxy Note 7 Immediately The Galaxy Note 7 is done. Game Over. Samsung has admitted as much, telling owners to power down and stop using their devices. Please heed this advice. Please. Read More and exchange them for refunds or replacements.

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 Dump Your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 for Something Less Dangerous All four major US carriers are now letting their customers dump the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Customers can exchange their device for a less dangerous alternative. Read More 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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  1. Michael Whitney
    November 19, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Apart from there isn't any "good" alternatives. Find me another phone with the same camera quality, that's waterproof, that has a 5.7 inch amoled screen, that has micro SD card support and an S-pen and I'll exchange my note 7 in a heart beat. But there is no such phone on the market best alternative so far is the S7 edge even then it lacks the S-pen and If the S-pen wasn't an important factor into why I have a galaxy note phone then I wouldn't have brought the note 4 or note 7 in the first place.

    Not to mention the software features compared to the S7 edge is much better. when I had the S7 edge temporarily during the first recall I found it annoying to use as I was used to the note 7's UI and software features by this point not to mention palm rejection for the curved display on the S7 edge isn't as good as on the note 7. So no there is no "Good" alternatives right now and probably won't be until the note 8 comes out. I also want to add that since the recall and despite around 1 million note 7's are still being used today we have no longer heard of any more reports of them exploding, bit strange that.

  2. Rick
    October 15, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    very poorly written argument.

    in your opening statement, you say the phone will "flop". that's a relative term. flop compared to what? you then go on to say it will flop as compared to the iphone. so already you're making an assumption that Google intends to sell many pixels as Apple sells iphones. probably a bad assumption, as I'm sure Google's volume projections for the device are much lower.

    then you go point by point describing what seems to be comparisons between the pixel and the iphone? you discuss rooting... without even mentioning the iphone... which is a closed system. then you mention vr.... but there is no vr option from Apple...

    just poorly written overall. if Google intended to sell as many pixels as iPhones, it would surely flop, but i would almost guarantee they're not that stupid. you'll never know if the phone "flops", because you are not privy to their sales projections and goals for the device.

    • Hogarth
      October 22, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      Very poorly written comment, it is about a completely different article, a flop of a comment.

      • Rick
        October 25, 2016 at 1:31 pm

        true, ha.... don't know how that happened....

        i still think my comment is valid for the intended article

  3. Logan
    October 14, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    I have to wonder... (since Samsung is already taking a loss)... since they are recalling all NOTE 7 phones: does this mean that they will not invest in updates for it for the remaining owners who opted to keep theirs?

  4. William Vasquez
    October 13, 2016 at 1:33 am

    Just you wait..someone will invent an asbestos phone case or fireproof recharge compartment and if one is invented, I want my cut for coming up with the idea. Also, my idea..keep these phones..even if you don't use it, and see how much they will sell for in 5 years or less!

    • Robert
      October 13, 2016 at 11:38 pm

      I don't think this phone be Samsung ET