The top 6 Samsung Galaxy Note 7 replacements

Alex Kidman 11 October 2016

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If you were a fan of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 and you’re pondering your next phone, here are the best models for your consideration.

Just in case you’ve been living under a (presumably scorched) rock, Samsung’s paused sales and replacements of the Galaxy Note 7 handset after even the replacements allegedly started catching fire. This isn’t a good thing by any stretch of the imagination, and if you’ve still got a Note 7, we’d advise carefully backing it up and returning to your place of purchase pronto.

That leaves you with a problem, however, because it’s safe to assume that you purchased the Galaxy Note 7 with the intention of having and enjoying a premium smartphone experience. Telcos have shown that they’re willing to offer Note 7 contract customers alternative phones, and if you purchased directly through Samsung or another retailer it should be relatively trivial to secure a refund, but that still leaves you with the tricky choice of which handset you’re going to use to replace it with. Here are our top picks for large screened, premium 2016 smartphones:

1. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

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If you want to stay in the Samsung family, the Galaxy S7 Edge is a great contender with the same large, curved display screen as the Note 7 and a very similar overall performance. As an added bonus if you’re buying outright, the slightly older status of the S7 Edge means that it’s pretty easy to score a bargain on Samsung’s premium phablet.

2. Huawei Mate 8

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Huawei’s positioning in the premium space is one that combines affordability with some pretty decent specifications for its phones, and that’s definitely true for the large screened Huawei Mate 8. It has excellent battery life and performance, along with a refined rounded design that isn’t a million miles away from the Note 7’s display. There’s only so much you can do with a screen size this large, after all.

3. Apple iPhone 7 Plus

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Yes, yes, we know: This isn’t an Android phone. It’s as far from an Android phone as you could get short of using a passing pigeon for all your telecommunications needs. Equally, not all storage variants of the iPhone 7 Plus come in cheaper than the Note 7 on either an outright or contract basis. Still, Apple’s premium phone for 2017 is a seriously fine phablet with an exceptional dual camera and highly optimised operating environment. If you’re happy to switch operating system camps, it’s a very good way to do so.

4. Google Pixel XL

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If on the other hand the prospect of switching to iOS appals you, Google’s Pixel XL might be more to your tastes. It features Google’s own inbuilt "Assistant", the latest version of Android and a seriously sharp camera to commend it.

5. LG Stylus DAB+

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The LG Stylus DAB+ doesn’t play in the same premium space as the Note 7, which means lesser performance for you, but equally a much larger refund on your purchase price. We’d include it in the discussion however as it’s one of only a handful of phones in the Australian market with an embedded stylus. If scrawling on the screen was your key reason to buy the Note 7, the Stylus DAB+ could fill that particular hole at a much lower price point.

6. Samsung Galaxy Note 5

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It’s anyone’s guess as to what Samsung will do with the "Note" brand going forward, but if you liked both the Stylus and Samsung’s specific S-Pen apps, you could always try to source last year’s still-quite-stable Galaxy Note 5 handset. While you won’t see the same performance as the Note 7’s Exynos processor from the older device, much of the rest of the experience should still be the same.

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