Despite the best efforts of pretty much everyone from Samsung to mobile networks and even airlines, there are still people out there using the Galaxy Note 7, and they really should stop.
The Galaxy Note 7 debacle was one of the biggest tech stories of 2016. It wasn’t exactly the best look for Samsung when the firm’s newly released handsets started smoking and exploding, and it was even worse when the company claimed to have solved the issue, only for the same problems to continue to crop up.
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Eventually Samsung admitted defeat, and issued one of the biggest product recalls of recent times. To make sure everyone with an affected handset returned it, the company even used software updates to nag people to take them in, and eventually stopped them from being able to charge entirely.
Two years on, the firm is preparing to launch the Galaxy Note 9, but astonishingly a small but determined group of people are still clinging on to their old Note 7 handsets, reports Android Central. They’ve avoided Samsung’s device-disabling updates, rooted their phones, and continue to post updates in communities such as the Note 7 subreddit.
Even Marcus Brownlee appeared to still have his Note 7 device when he gave a YouTube studio tour, though it isn’t clear if he’s powered on the device since the controversy hit.
An extremely limited edition device
If you’ve still got a Galaxy Note 7, there’s no question that you should return it. Its battery issues were so severe that the devices practically turned into time-bombs.
It’s definitely not worth the risk of putting that thing anywhere near your flammable hands, and you’d be even more crazy to actually attempt to make a phone call on it. Oh, and you wouldn’t be allowed to take it on any planes either.
But even having the phone in your house is more of a risk than we’d be comfortable with.
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Sure, there’s a certain appeal to possessing a handset that’s the equivalent of a super limited edition phone, but it’s not worth the risk of it literally burning down your house.
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