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 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.
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.
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.