Disgruntled Note 7 users are turning to the iPhone 7 Plus, a high percentage remains Samsung-loyal

Disgruntled Note 7 users are turning to the iPhone 7 Plus, a high percentage remains Samsung-loyal
The Note 7 debacle took its toll on both Sammy's wallet and its reputation, or at least that's what any observer might tell you. The company is said to be down $5 billion after the dual recall ordeal, not to mention the losses in projected profits. The Note line has potentially been killed off since it's hard to get back up from what the Note 7 did to the name, and it's expected that not many people would be confident in Samsung's upcoming products.

However, initial retailer reports seem to suggest otherwise. Yes, the Note 7 fiasco has caused some Sammy users to look to Apple. Reportedly, between 10 and 30 percent of customers who return their Note 7 want to exchange it for an Apple iPhone, most of them demanding an iPhone 7 Plus to sate their top-tier phablet hunger. “Most” of the other customers choose to stick with the Galaxy S7 edge, due to it being more or less the same as the Note 7, minus the S Pen — a 5.7-inch, dual-curved screen is still on board, and the hardware specs are identical.

Analysts say that the lack of iPhone 7 Plus supply can provide a real opportunity for other manufacturers at this point. The Note 7 is dead and not all who want to switch to an Apple phablet will be able to get one right away. This could be the time for the LG V20 to shine, and the Google Pixel XL might get its own boost in predicted sales, as both handsets are due to be up on store shelves very soon.

Are you a burned Note 7 owner? What are you looking at as a replacement device?

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43 Comments

1. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

I went back to my trusty S7 Edge. Granted the 7+ and V20 or the pixel for that matter might be good phones. I have tried the 7+ . Sold it off because it felt exactly like the 6S and was really boring honestly . V20. LG. Nope. Not a chance. LG just doesn't cut it for me. Pixel might , but i cant stand finger print on the rear of a device as for my case phone is lying flat on my desk a lot of times and it is an absolute pain to pick up the device every time to unlock. S7 Edge = Best Camera , Amazing battery life.Best looking device , Best Display, Expandable storage. Classy looking. Id take an occasional lag or stutter in exchange for all this.

3. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

When you say boring what do you mean? Is phone's purpose to excite you like sex does or its sole purpose is to provide smooth stable communication with other people and some fun with games? Never understood the "boring" claim of android fans. Does pressing stuff in settings and changing icons excite you? Really? I would totally understand if you didn't like the 7+ cause its huge bezels, or not having amoled screen, or other features. But being boring cause iOS isnt as customizable is the most ridiculous thing I ever heard.

4. lilleonso

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 13, 2016

Nailed it! People brag about their phones like they built the damn thing.

33. sgodsell

Posts: 7579; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

What kills me is stupid iPhone 7 users who have to call out boring. Of course the iPhone's are boring. You cannot change the home screen, icons, themes, and you cannot add widgets to your home screen. Apples version of widgets is in the notifications only. There is no split window on any iPhone. You can't even get some utilities or tools on any iPhones unless you jailbreak your iOS devices. But idiots like yourself would never know because you are locked down and restricted in your wall garden iPhone.

9. chaosnightmare

Posts: 182; Member since: May 20, 2010

If you have been an iOS user for a long time you'll probably won't understand because most android Power Users (the ones that are likely to buy a phone like the Note 7, the htc10 or the v20) really enjoy to find new hidden features in our phones, tweak everything to our personal preferences and needs and have that feeling of making the phone that we bought ours. Some of us are not interested in simplicity at all, some of us don't want multiple devices that share a single platform because we prefer diversity and a different feel according to our needs when using our phone or our PC. iOS is a closed OS (which is not good for me) and lacks some features that would mean a dealbreaker regardless of the platform like SD card slot, no easy file management, need of a PC software to manage the phone and now even it lacks audio jack, so yeah, I think I would be pretty bored owning a device from Apple.

12. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

I have had note 5 before my 6S and there is nothing exciting finding a hidden feature 3 months after and wondering why the f**k didn't I find that before. The purpose of a phone isn't to surprise you with hidden features months after but to be able to provide you all of its features from the head start so you can fully utilize them and enjoy them. Stop making a freaking piece of plastic glass and metal sound like its an adventure with friends. Its not. It has a purpose and its last purpose is to excite you with hidden hard to find features. Its like buying a car and not being able to find where the hell is cruise control until you find it by accident 3 months after and wonder all the time you could have been using it and why wasn't it easier to be found.

16. chaosnightmare

Posts: 182; Member since: May 20, 2010

lol, I never took that much time though, I mean, finding a feature 3 or 4 days after buying the phone because you didn't now it was there or it was not well known until you read the reviews, if you took that much time finding what your phone was capable of maybe you didn't used your phone that much and didn't read the reviews, therefore you would be fine with the simplicity of an iFruit device where you know exactly what's new from the last iteration and nothing else. some android fans know very well that you need to take a deep look at the phone because you are likely to find improvements here and there.

10. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

That is what he means by boring. Why should I waste myself on boring IPS panel, when the sAmoled is just amazing. Sometimes, changing themes is interesting too. You don't want to get stuck with the same looks forever. Also those huge bezels makes the phone to look like some's size 10 boot. Hate it or love it, we all love to change themes from some of our devices. I'm sure you have a done with severally with your computer.

11. YOURDADkid unregistered

@ Martin_Cooper. You just read what "Myphoneisonfire" said but you never understood what he said. He just shared his experience. Now you just got stuck on "Boring" word. Which you clearly mis-understood as you are not looking as Buyer Experience. And yes, he is right it will be Boring when you pay lot of $$$$ and all you have is restrictions and limitations on your Gadget / Device. Even if I am paying $10 or $1 I should have all access and permission to customize my Device as I have paid for it for my use and the way I want to use it. If some Fruit company is selling you something at higher price which I am sure everybody can't afford. I will give you an example what iPhone is and what Android phone is. Here we go Read it carefully. iPhone = Customer bought a Car and he just have to go straight and beep the horn. No left or right turn OR Overtake options. Just to at the speed of 50 and go straight. No U turn. Android Phone : CX bought a Car and he can take Left or right turn or U turn and CX can overtake as well and increase or decrease the speed as well. So stick with your boring iPhone. God bless you.

15. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Seriously, what the actual f**k are you talking about???

18. YOURDADkid unregistered

"Seriously, what the actual Kiko007 are you talking about???" Ha ha ha Lol! Like I have said you earlier you are without Brain. Go check with Doc. And like I have said earlier to Phonearena . They will not Ban you though you are abusing as you Su**ck Diiiks of them. Lol

27. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Seek psychiatric help......

30. YOURDADkid unregistered

See who likes my comments and look at yours!! Now who need psychiatric help?? LOL Like I have said you are without Brain. Its not your fault its your parents who didn't took care of you Kid. God bless you Kid. Take care.

34. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"See who likes my comments and look at yours!!" I see tons and tons of errors. Your point? "Now who need psychiatric help?? LOL" You....obviously :D. "Like I have said you are without Brain. Its not your fault its your parents who didn't took care of you Kid." More errors....

37. YOURDADkid unregistered

Keep on finding Errors. Are you here to teach me Language? LOL if that's what you think you just proved that you are KID. Ha ha ha Also Did you checked about Likes? Looks lot of green marks on my comments yours are without Green marks like Kiko007 without Brain.

24. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

What i meant by boring was that it honestly felt exactly like that. Using it was such a drab and dull experience. My Wallpaper has no meaning as it cant be seen, i can't theme it and i cant even f**k**g play music in a few house parties as i dont carry that dumb dangly piece of wire "adapter" for the headphone jack. I went back to ios after 2 years. 6 Plus being my last. It felt the same back in 2014 and it feels the same now. Fluidity aside , ios offers nothing special in my opinion. Camera on my S7 Edge is far superior to 7+ in normal conditions as indoors and low light conditions. Some people prefer iOS , i like android and thanks to iSheep . i bought my 7+ jet black , used it for about 2 weeks. Made a 100$ profit when i sold it after using it ! Thanks iSheep for the GRAVY !

32. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Yeah. Hate it or love it iOS has great resale value. Now if Samsung can make the carriers stop the bloat ware.

54. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Sorry, iphone loses way more money than Android phone! You can get great Android phone for less than $50 these days, such as Alcatel idol 3 from Cricketwireless for $49! Idol 3 comes with 5.5" 1080p screen, 2GB ram, front facing sterio speaker, 13MP rear, 8MP front shooter, SD card slot and 2910mAh battery! Now you buy an iphone 6/6S/7 for $650 or above, and year later how much money has iphone lost for you? How much money has your brand new alcatel idol 3 lost? Iphone value depreciates rapidly like any other tech product! you would be lucky if you can resell for one quarter the initial value after couple of years. Ok, lets pretent iphone lost on ly 50% value after 2 years. So after couple of years, iphone has lost you $350 dollars (assuming $650 initial sale price + 8% sales tax). Alcatel idol 3 meanwhile, has lost only $54, EVEN ASSUMING 100% depreciation (which is unrealistic - check out going prices for used Alcatel idole 3 on ebay!) There is absolutely no contest! Android has much better at preserving owner's cash value than an iphone!!

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

ATTENTION PLEASE... Ahem... (Clears throat)... It's a B.I.G announcement, so better pay attention... Okay, here goes, From now on, I'm "officially" a Samsung Fanboy...!!! Bought a Samsung Galaxy S6 BRAND NEW for a nice tidy sum of $450 (Aussie Bucks, of course!) about a week or so ago... I usually keep my judgement for at least a few days before jumping to conclusions, when I buy a new product... And I must say that this week was pretty interesting for an old man who's coming from an "antique" Nexus 5 (It never felt antique to me, until now...!!!) and Windows Phone 8.1... Now I know why Techie and his loyal acquaintances goes to great lengths to defend a Samsung Phone...! Brilliant Phone, that's all I'm going to say... MILES ahead of iPhone SE which I was also considering, but ended up buying THE SAMMY...!!! Since, its a tech blog and not a forum, I can't go in much detail about my experience... So, lets just end with... #Imwithyou S'Day!

14. Harambe unregistered

As an ex-S6 user, congratulations. It's a great phone and the last innovative phone Samsung made.

55. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Sorry you are not in USA, otherwise you could have bought Alcatel idol 3 with 5.5" screen for just $49 from Cricketwireless! In my view Alcatel idol 3 is better phone than Galaxy S6!

2. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

I just don't know if my Samsung car charger and battery pack will be good for the iPhone 7. Thanks a lot Samsung for refusing refund now I'm stuck with this garbage

6. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Remember, this is just people who had already bought a Note. It's the future buyers and non loyalist that will really hurt.

42. tedkord

Posts: 17464; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Sure. Just like disgruntled voters are going to sweep Trump into office.

7. hateftotti

Posts: 233; Member since: May 03, 2011

Indeed who are switching to iPhone 7Plus were apple fanboys who knew that Note7 is far better and after the incident they came back to iPhone 7+

56. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

You can pretty much ignore this ifanboy article! Per Cult of Mac, not many previous Android users are switching to iphone 7: "Samsung’s exploding Note 7 fiasco actually didn’t boost sales that much during Q3. Android switchers only accounted for 9 percent of iPhone 7 buyers."

8. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

This is a foolish decision to switch to the iPhone 7 Plus. It's like downgrading your usability. People should choose to get a S7 edge or an LG V20 which are almost identical to the note 7 in term of spec and quality. iPhone 7 sale is quite a disappointment at the first start though. Apple is a freaking liar as it is trying to create a hype with that lame and fabricated stockpile story as usual, yet it refused to show the number of devices being sold. Now that the hissing sound fiasco is on going, it still doesn't care at all, but it's obviously diverting the whole situation accompanied by its paid bloggers and puppet sites like PA and the Verge etc... This is a serious threat and insult to the tech community as we all come here fornan accurate, fair and unbiased review to get a smartphone of our choice.

13. Subie

Posts: 2424; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

You're making a slanderous comment Hallyu, unless you can prove PA and the Verge are paid by Apple...

19. Carl3000

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

Don't know if PA or Verge are one of these sites but it's a known fact phone companies regularly send review units for free to tech sites, YouTubers, or bloggers with influence to give good ratings about a device. How do you think sites are reviewing phones that aren't even released to the public sometimes at the publishing of the review? A little while ago, many popular YouTubers received emails from Samsung, being offered free Note 7s to review but they had to promised they'd "hold back" on the negatives or "downsides" of the device in their reviews. All I'm saying is it's not a stretch to assume they'd pay sites to give good reviews.

28. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

lol.. of all the absolutely CRAP that's posted in these comments on a daily basis.. you're going to call Hallyu out on being slanderous??? That's COMEDY right there!

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