Galaxy Note 7 Is No More – Here Are 5 Phablet Alternatives That Are Equally Great
Now that Samsung made the official announcement that it is no longer going to be producing its Galaxy Note 7, the smartphone that you were hoping to upgrade to has been cut off your list. Still, that doesn’t mean you cannot augment your experience with other great flagships and we’ve included 5 that will definitely prove to be a worthy replacement for Samsung’s now abandoned handset.
Galaxy S7 edge
The 5.5-inch powerhouse is the best possible replacement for you at this current time, even though you will not have access to the S-Pen accessory that has been tried and tested on the Galaxy Note series for quite some time now. Still, you get the impressive horsepower on the Galaxy S7 edge, its curved edge screen and of course one of the best smartphone cameras in the industry at this current point.
Samsung has already notified suppliers that it will be bumping up production of both its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, and I feel it’s a great decision. Also keep in mind that Galaxy S7 edge has the widest apertures that you’ll find on any smartphone, and because there are no explosions, you’ll feel safe using this. Here’s another incentive for you; it costs less than Galaxy Note 7 and is IP68 certified.
Some would regard LG V20 to be the most underrated flagship of the year, just like its predecessor, V10. Being a flagship, LG V20 still offers a removable battery and expandable storage, which you rarely find on high-end phones these days, but LG continues to make things simple for us. LG V20 was also marketed as the first non-stock Android running smartphone to run Android Nougat 7.0 ‘out of the box’. In addition to sporting great hardware, the camera department is where the company has improved a lot, adding OIS and manual controls for both still photos and videos.
It also has an in-built DAC, which really bumps up audio quality whether you’re using headphones or the speakers to listen to any type of audio. Its secondary display is presented on top of the primary IPS LCD, allowing you to access the important notifications without wasting time. It looks like LG already took the great existing features from V10, adding a bunch of its own and added them to the impressive flagship V20.
iPhone 7 Plus
Personally, if there was one flagship that I would upgrade to, it would definitely be the iPhone 7 Plus. It packs impressive horsepower, is running the improved iOS 10 and is the first ever iPhone to feature a dual-camera setup in order to provide DSLR-like-bokeh images. Despite being void of expandable storage, Apple has omitted the 16GB storage versions and has instead introduced the 32, 128 and 256GB internal memory models instead, out of which the 128GB storage variant will deliver the best sweet spot for its price.
One of the things Apple has improved over the course of several years is providing software support for more than a 2-year period, which is highly commendable. Though you’ll run into problems while attempting to connect peripherals that use the 3.5mm headphone jack and charging it at the same time, it is still one of the best phablets available right now.
Google Pixel XL
Google Pixel XL is being offered at the same price point as an iPhone 7 Plus for the same storage models, showing that Google has jumped to the premium pricing category. There are several exclusive features that you can take advantage of while using Pixel XL, and one of them happens to be Google Assistant. Of course, running stock Android has its own perks, which includes timely security and software updates before any other Android device out there.
It has also been rated as possessing the best possible camera in the smartphone industry right now, which goes to show how far these mobile computing devices have come. Here’s another fun fact for you: both Pixel and Pixel XL are the first smartphones to be compatible with Google’s Daydream VR platform since both of them feature a Snapdragon 821. Just to refresh your memory, Snapdragon 821 is the fastest SoC present in Android phones at this time.
Moto Z Force
Motorola has also turned up the heat when it comes to flagships with its Moto Z Force. One of the biggest improvements from the flagship comes from its hardware; featuring a 21MP rear sensor with a F/1.8 aperture, and a 3,500mAh battery, the handset is definitely a force (no pun intended) to be reckoned with. If you’re missing a Type-C USB port that was present on the Galaxy Note 7, you’re in luck because this smartphone comes armed with such a port. There’s also a magnetic connector which you can use to connect modules, but that’s still going to cost you.
Here are the 5 alternate phablets that you can purchase now that Galaxy Note 7 is no longer an option. We have also placed a poll at the bottom because we’d like to know your thoughts on which flagship you would intend on purchasing.