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Lebron James is upset as his Samsung Galaxy Note 3 crashes and burns

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Lebron James is upset as his Samsung Galaxy Note 3 crashes and burns
The Miami Heat have lost four out of their last five games. Analysts can blame this losing spell on a number of things, including fatigue. But here at PhoneArena, we know the real reason for the Heat's skid. Blame it on LeBron James' Samsung Galaxy Note 3. You might have seen the reigning MVP promoting Samsung's phablet on television, and unlike Ellen, the Miami Heat star actually does use his Samsung phablet wherever he goes.

LeBron James tweets about his phablet and HTC throws its two cents in

LeBron James tweets about his phablet and HTC throws its two cents in

So what is it about James' phablet that has him so pre-occupied? According to a tweet sent out by LeBron (his @KingJames Twitter site is widely followed), his phone just rebooted and wiped out all of the memory on the unit. LeBron called it one of the sickest feelings he ever had in his life. Um, LeBron, remember that Game Six loss to Dallas in the 2011 NBA Finals? Or even tonight's one point loss to Brooklyn?

LeBron pulled the tweet, but it was probably not met with smiles in Korea where Samsung is based. After all, Sammy does pay LeBron handsomely to promote the company's mobile devices. Still, LeBron's phablet did stop working and he is pissed just like any of us would be if our phone just rebooted and did an unwanted memory wipe.

Considering Nokia's recent attempt to insinuate itself in situations like this, we would have expected a note to LeBron from the Finnish handset manufacturer along with a new Nokia Lumia 1520. But surprise! It was the marketing challenged HTC that sent a tweet to James telling him that the world's best player needs the world's best smartphone. Well, you can see that HTC still doesn't have this marketing thing down because nowhere does it say the name of the device that is the best smartphone in the world. If we were running HTC's U.S. based marketing, we would have made sure that an HTC One max was on the way to LeBron and his teammates in Miami.

source: @KingJames via RedmondPie

UPDATE: Great news! LeBron got all of his data back and the free world has been saved.

source: @KingJames

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posted on 12 Mar 2014, 22:40 13

1. apple4never (Posts: 974; Member since: 08 May 2013)


that, lebron james is why we back up our phones

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 22:43 9

2. darkskoliro (Posts: 997; Member since: 07 May 2012)


If a phone was well built, you wouldn't need to. All the smartphones in my family and nothing like this has ever happened.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 22:54 22

7. rangaha (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Dec 2013)


First time I've ever heard of a phone erasing itself after a reboot. I smell a marketing ploy.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 23:25 6

17. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I don't think a busy NBA basketball player will have the time to do a childish marketing ploy. Maybe he did something wrong with his Note 3 or maybe his Note 3 is a faulty handset.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 00:36 4

28. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 400; Member since: 24 May 2011)


Happened with my iPad, apps were still there but all data was deleted. Happens sometimes. We have to Just deal with it.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 05:07 1

52. androtaku (Posts: 201; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


happened to my nokia before,its an old nokia 5800,it rebooted and losses ALL the contacts and sms

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 05:33

54. lallolu (Posts: 248; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


True. Even if the phone erased, at least he should still have most info like contacts, sms (if he enabled backup), photos, etc.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 09:55

68. jmonteiro829 (Posts: 92; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


Don't have to enable backup with contacts in Android. Any Android user should have all their contacts synced with Google since you sign in with your Gmail account. SMS.. I really don't care if I lose that info.. anything important I will save by other means. Can every single SMS be that important that all need to be backed up? What I would be more upset about is application data. This is the exact reason I root my Android and install Titanium Backup. All application data and the app itself is auto backed up to the MicroSD card. Another thing to consider is I also have all Pics synced with cloud storage. I was using Google plus for this but since Flickr offered 1TB for pics I opted for that and bought an auto sync application for Flickr.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 22:55 14

8. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Smartphones are computers and like computers random malfunctions happen . This is a 1st I've heard of a phone rebooting and erase everything. Would be vexed myself if it was me especially if I had not backed up.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 23:22 4

14. Tizen007 (Posts: 522; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Although Sammy has something to say about this, its very childish for HTC to use this for its benefit. As taz89 said malfunctions can occur to a computer. This would be considered cyberbullying if it was person to person. How childish is that

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 09:32

62. elitewolverine (Posts: 2068; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Deal with it everyday in tech. Usually happens when the SD is faulty.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 23:32 6

18. Doakie (Posts: 1322; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Me, my wife and my mother in law have the Note 3. Before that we had Note 2's and Galaxy S3's. None have wiped themselves so this isn't a common problem. Nice try though.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 03:11 1

47. tedkord (Posts: 5261; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


There is not a single smartphone model in the world that hasn't crashed and burned at some point. When you're selling millions of these things, there are going to be a few that have issues.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 06:09

56. AstronautJones (Posts: 272; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


Never dropped a phone or got it wet?
stuff happens man, even to well built phones.
fyi, I still use a Note 2 and have had NO issues.
I would say IT is a well built phone

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 23:15 4

11. maherk (Posts: 1207; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I bet one of his lil boys hit the factory reset botton. Not just with the note 3, but in my 4 years as an android user, never had this issue or I've heard about it.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 00:56

36. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


Guys a friend of mine has an S3 and once it did the same thing for security, his android was hacked and his stuff vulnerable. and that was the last mesure his phone would take, we asked everywhere no one had a similar accident happen.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 04:56

51. CHEFJEFF (Posts: 143; Member since: 22 Sep 2009)


The note 3 has been plagued with issues.
Wanted to get one, but I can't deal with the problems.
Going for the Max.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 09:47 2

66. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


What? Whoever told you that lie should be banned from the internet.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 11:48

72. verty (Posts: 114; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Chefjeff.You must be a bad person!!!! lol. Note 3 is the best phone out there!!!! Go get you one and enjoy to the max!!

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 06:18

78. jvquarck (Posts: 5; Member since: 27 Sep 2013)


HA HA HA Hah aha ha haha hahaha hahaha hahaha ahahahaha hahahaha hahaha ... ahhhhh and... hahahahHAHAHhaha, btw thanks for making my day...

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 22:47 8

3. pookiewood (Posts: 626; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


Pfft! Nokia already has a 1520 headed to his house! LOL!

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 22:52

5. timukh (Posts: 196; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Lol..

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 22:48 1

4. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3617; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I backup my phone once a month and so i can be careless rest of the time.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 09:33 1

63. elitewolverine (Posts: 2068; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


When set to auto, I have never manually backed up my phone, yet when I moved from one to another, it was all there. Best feeling.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 22:53 19

6. zachattack (Posts: 590; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


he lost so hard to the bulls that his note 3 couldn't take it and it killed itself LOL

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 00:09 2

22. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 867; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Best comment ever! hahaha

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 00:40 7

31. joey_sfb (Posts: 3231; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Alan F. seem to be bashing Samsung and Android while praising Apple.

Seem like PA editor had join into the fan war.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 22:57 3

9. mrblah (Posts: 549; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


lol I guess he learned the hard way, iphone and iCloud would have saved him.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 06:21

79. jvquarck (Posts: 5; Member since: 27 Sep 2013)


Oh yeah, you clearly can't backup your data on the google cloud.. AHAHhaha priceless comments, keep them coming.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 23:07 2

10. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Utter hogwash!!! Galaxy's don't just reboot and wipe on their own; he must've had an iCloud account installed for that to have happened, allegedly! By the vay, there's something called an ExtSD Card for these supersmartphones; try getting one Le'Bron, it's not like you can't afford it. After all, you make baZillions each year; it's not like you're on a bus driver's salary!

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 02:03 1

43. nestea (unregistered)


google it "Emmc brick bug". Samsung had serious issues with their software. Maybe this bug appeared again....
It wipes your phone and bricks it

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 09:35

64. elitewolverine (Posts: 2068; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


You do know that it was probably the SD that caused this right....also SD cards are faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar from perfect. Daily I have to tell people, sorry that sd is bad, sorry it was only 1 month old, yup sucks bye.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 09:53

67. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Oh paLeeeeeeeeeeeeze!?
I've had my 64GB (only 4GB's available - keep having to move stuff to PC - hate iCloud) since my DROID RAZR MAXX (December 2011) and there's not a damn freakin frocking thing wrong with my memory card; no matter how many 100's of x's of written or rewritten over the content. Take your diagnostic 101 theory and by yourself an iTunes gift card toward the purchase of that fallible iPhone 6.

Oh, and guess what?? It's in my Galaxy Note 2 now; been there since November 29, 2-thousand-freakin-12!!

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 11:18

71. troutsy (Posts: 282; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Ahh, the "I've seen one work once, so all of them must work all the time" argument.

It's beautiful, perfect. No one could ever argue otherwise.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 15:54

76. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


I've had several memory cards from 8GB to 16GB to 32GB and 64GB and never a reboot wipe. I've ever only had to change them because I outgrew them.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 23:17

12. Yubnub (Posts: 100; Member since: 23 May 2013)


I think James meant sickest as in, "these are the sickest bass drops I've heard!"

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 23:19 1

13. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


HTC saves the day? :P

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 00:58

37. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


Hahaha lol

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 23:22 6

15. GeekMovement (Posts: 1521; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


never happened to me, but **** happens, just sayin. It could happen to any piece of technology no matter what manufacturer it comes from.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 23:24 10

16. twens (Posts: 699; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Very stupid claim. If you don't factory reset your phone how can it reboot and delete all your files? Some people don't deserve to use smartphones in the first place. No wonder, maybe they should give him an iPhone. Note 3 is too smart for him.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 23:33 2

19. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Sammy shipped him the Mission Impossible edition

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 23:46 1

20. sprockkets (Posts: 1359; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Meh, the majority of it comes right back as soon as he logs back into his google account. No txt msgs though...

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 00:00 2

21. RyanCarter300 (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


To all who have doubts i can confim that it is completely possible. I was just selling a Galaxy S4 today around 4:05 pm. The buyer put his Bell Sim in and powered it up, after the second Samsung Logo. The phone actually Restarted on its own, showed the android [robot] animation then said "erasing"

- Definitely nothing life "Factory Data Reset" from settings or Recovery Mode

That was a first, and I know phones in and out, I work for "Smartphone Services" in Ontario, Canada
***I am in no way a fan of his [or the sport for that matter], but give the guy some credit.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 00:11 6

23. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 867; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


With all the money Samsung is paying him wouldn't it be wiser to keep the comment to himself and talk directly to Samsung. Lebron is a whiny baby. Another reason why he will never be greater or as respected as Jordan.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 00:17 3

25. maherk (Posts: 1207; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


He is an illuminti puppet, that's why he is so overrated. Great players don't join their enemies to win a ring, and most importantly you don't "take your talents" to Miami, you make everyone want to come and play with you in Cleveland. He is no doubt one of the best who played the game, but surely not one of the Top 5.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 00:23

27. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 867; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Couldn't agree more maherk.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 00:37 2

29. joey_sfb (Posts: 3231; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Took Sammy's money then stab them in the back. I don't think he is a great person to begin with.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 00:50

34. techperson211 (Posts: 710; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Seems to me the 2 rings got stock on his head.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 09:41

65. terabyteRouser (Posts: 452; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


omgstfu

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 11:51

73. verty (Posts: 114; Member since: 07 May 2012)


I am so upset by what James just did. How can he be so petty and unprofessional. I am so embarrassed.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 00:14 1

24. nctx77 (Posts: 572; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


LOL! Lebron is trying to break up with Samsung to get the new iphone 6. He rocked an iPhone before Sammy paid him off. I seen him using it during the Olympics.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 04:33 1

50. Heatfan316 (Posts: 453; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Actually he had an HTC one X back in 2012, he used during the parade in Miami after he won his first NBA title. There is no way that a man with hands that big will be able to operate an iPhone without dropping it, the iPhone is just to small for him, even the One X was to small.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 00:19 2

26. maherk (Posts: 1207; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


First he lost because of the sleeve, then it was the mask, tonight he lost because of his shoes, next game he ll blame it on the phone.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 00:48

33. techperson211 (Posts: 710; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Maybe he need to seek advise to a shaman what to wear and when to use things.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 00:38

30. alex88ucv (Posts: 36; Member since: 05 Mar 2014)


Well.. Same thing happened to my galaxy s2..the exact same thing.. While it was charging it heated up very badly and than it rebooted itself and bang..the whole memory got erased..

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 01:23

41. willard12 (Posts: 886; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


And then I assume you went to Android Market Place (Play Store), signed in, and redownloaded all of your apps. Then, signed-in to your Google account and downloaded your contacts. Your phone may erase its memory, but google doesn't.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 00:46 1

32. techperson211 (Posts: 710; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Blame the smarthphone for the losing streak. Good one PA.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 00:54 1

35. thadjudda (Posts: 22; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


one of his old teammates just retired they have video of him there capturing everything on that phone.I'm glad he tweeted it OUT! "F" Samsung!. He's a busy man he doesn't have time to put everything in the clouds like we do, he's putting his name on their product. and you expect your phone to just work! he won't be able to trust that phone again I guarantee you he will put that phone down and go back to the iPhone secretly..he shoulda left the tweak up!

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 01:14

38. AfterShock (Posts: 2968; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


That sucks, sorry for him.
Truth is, could happen to any phone.

Fan rage is sick, I wonder if it burst into flame, would that be user error and fault.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 01:18 5

39. JMartin22 (Posts: 1245; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Sorry, phones don't spontaneously reboot and erase themselves. There's something more going on than what's being reported here.

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