The best phones to replace your exploding Galaxy Note 7


WhistleOut
10 October 2016

It's no secret, Samsung's not having a very good time right now. It recalled the Note 7 smartphone amid concerns around explosions, and now the "safe" replacement devices have started catching fire too. Locally, carriers such as Vodafone are starting to offer replacement programs to Note 7 customers, where you're able to replace your Note 7 for another in stock smartphone of equal or lesser value. 

If you're looking to get rid of your Note 7 (which you probably should be), here are a few options that might just fill the phablet-sized hole in your heart. 

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

The obvious choice for most Note 7 will be Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge. The display is slightly smaller, the battery is slightly bigger, and you don't get a stylus. Otherwise, the S7 Edge will look and feel familiar. You still get IP68 water-resistance, you still get expandable storage, and you get the same fantastic camera.

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Plans

With at least 3GB data | Filters
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Carrier Inclusions  
Woolworths
Woolworths
  • $30 Small Flexi Mobile Plan
  • 5GB Data
  • Interest Free (24 mths)
  • $57.45/mth
  • Min. cost $918.80
Southern Phone
Southern Phone
  • 12-month Green 22 Mobile Plan
  • 4GB Data
  • Interest Free (24 mths)
  • $63/mth
  • Min. cost $1,248
Optus
Optus
  • $65 My Plan Plus
  • 5GB Data
  • Contract (24 mths)
  • $70/mth
  • Min. cost $1,680
Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile
  • $55 Phone Plan
  • 5GB Data
  • Contract (24 mths)
  • $70/mth
  • Min. cost $1,680

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

If you're still after a smartphone with a stylus, last year's Note 5 is your best bet. It's not quite as flash as the Note 7, but it's a lot less explodey. You will however sacrifice expandable storage and water-resistance by opting for last year's model, and battery life isn't quite as good.

iPhone 7 Plus

If you're happy to cross the fence, the iPhone 7 Plus should keep most phablet lovers happy. You've got a lovely 5.5-inch screen, great battery life, and an innovative dual rear-camera configuration that's ostensibly optical zoom for smartphones. If you're ditching Android for the first time, it might take you some time to get used to iOS 10, but at the very least, you're guaranteed timely software updates. 

iPhone 7 Plus 32GB Plans

With at least 3GB data | Filters
iPhone 7 Plus 32GB
Carrier Inclusions  
Vodafone
Vodafone
  • $40 Red Plan
  • 6GB Data
  • Interest Free (36 mths)
  • $69.13/mth
  • Min. cost $1,088.68
Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile
  • $55 Phone Plan
  • 5GB Data
  • Contract (24 mths)
  • $79/mth
  • Min. cost $1,896
Bendigo Bank Telco
Bendigo Bank Telco
  • Smart 5GB Handset Plan
  • 5GB Data
  • Contract (24 mths)
  • $79.50/mth
  • Min. cost $1,908
Optus
Optus
  • $65 My Plan Plus
  • 5GB Data
  • Contract (24 mths)
  • $85/mth
  • Min. cost $2,040
Telstra
Telstra
  • $79 Go Mobile Plus Plan
  • 5GB Data
  • Contract (24 mths)
  • $105/mth
  • Min. cost $2,520

Google Pixel XL

If you want to stick with Android, but want to go with another manufacturer, take a look at the upcoming Google Pixel XL. The Pixel XL is one of the first two flagship smartphones "made by Google", offering a pure Android installation with the latest and greatest features, high-end hardware, and a top-tier hardware. What's the catch? You can only get it on Telstra.

Google Pixel 32GB Plans

With at least 3GB data | Filters
Google Pixel 32GB
Carrier Inclusions  
Telstra
Telstra
  • $79 Go Mobile Plus Plan
  • 5GB Data
  • Contract (24 mths)
  • $89/mth
  • Min. cost $2,136
Telstra
Telstra
  • $99 Go Mobile Plus Plan
  • 20GB Data
  • Contract (24 mths)
  • $104/mth
  • Min. cost $2,496
Telstra
Telstra
  • $129 Go Mobile Plus Plan
  • 60GB Data
  • Contract (24 mths)
  • $129/mth
  • Min. cost $3,096
Telstra
Telstra
  • $149 Go Mobile Plus Plan
  • 75GB Data
  • Contract (24 mths)
  • $149/mth
  • Min. cost $3,576
Telstra
Telstra
  • $199 Telstra Premium Plus Plan
  • 120GB Data
  • Contract (24 mths)
  • $179/mth
  • Min. cost $4,296

Huawei Mate 8

If "big" is your number one criteria when looking for a smartphone, Huawei's 6-inch Mate 8 is as a big as they come. The massive screen is matched by an equally large 4,000mAh battery, which should give all but the most intensive of smartphone users a full two days of run time.


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