Samsung Galaxy Note 7 topped newer Android releases in usage even after being pulled off the market

How attractive a smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy Note 7? Even though users of the explosion-prone phablet were being allowed to exchange it for just about any smartphone on the market, one report shows that more people are still using it globally than the combined usage of the LG V20, the OnePlus 3T and the Sprint exclusive HTC Bolt. Those three models were released in October, November, and November respectively.

What makes these numbers even more amazing is that in some markets, a software update by Samsung prevents the battery from charging up past 60% of capacity. In addition, U.S. units were supposed to receive an update today that prevents the phablet from having cellular connectivity. Even with all of these attempts to force owners to hand in their Galaxy Note 7, there are a number of fans of the device who want to continue using it.

This was the first Galaxy Note model that featured an IP certification rating and could be submerged. It also offered a sleek design and an iris scanner. Based on a chart of flagship models announced in the second half of the year (which means no Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge), the Galaxy Note 7 was the top Android powered phone based on global usage for much of the third and fourth quarters of the year. The usage numbers peaked in October, although the Galaxy Note 7 remained on top until November when it was overtaken by the Sony Xperia XZ.

Samsung executives can only look at these stats and imagine what might have been. Reportedly, $5 billion in lost revenue went up in smoke when the Galaxy Note 7 did likewise. This could have been one of the most successful phablets ever released. Ironically, the issues that affected the Galaxy Note 7 might actually lead to pent up demand for the Galaxy Note 8. Originally, it was believed that the cancellation of the Galaxy Note 7 would give Samsung's name a major hit that it might not be so easy to recover from. But once a new Galaxy Note 8 is unveiled next year, all might be forgotten.

source: Apteligent via DroidLife

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Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh



1. vijay.alapati

Posts: 181; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

lol, haters go crazy now

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22423; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, they definitely are.

25. Kumar123 unregistered

Too bad for Samsung lover Sony Xperia XZ is the top andorid phone now. It must be making them go crazy now especially that Samsung W.

27. s.mrabet

Posts: 147; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Lol, forgot about the S7 edge?

32. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He never lets facts get in the way of a good hate.

33. Kumar123 unregistered

S7 edge is an old $hitty forgettable phone that didn't make it in the chart so yeah I forgot about that old phone. It's not even worth remembering.

37. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well it is a forgettable phone with a gimmick.

40. Macready

Posts: 1829; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

The "gimmick" that actually makes it reasonably sized and easy to hold with one hand, unlike an iPhone 7 Plus with the same screen size.

44. Mxyzptlk unregistered

If it costs more without providing more functionality than the standard one, then it's a gimmick.

46. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

So, you chose to turn a blind eye to the following and keep bleating gimmick? Pathetic. - Several uses of the edge screen ( ) - Bigger screen + better screen to body ratio - 20% larger and longer lasting battery ( , ) But don't let the facts get in the way of a mindless hater spree.

49. Macready

Posts: 1829; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

The increased functionality comes from the more comfortable design. Just because you can't appreciate that, doesn't make it any less of a great benefit. If it costs as much without proving any benefit other than increasing margins at the cost of the customer (that's what Apple did there), it's a rip off. I'll picking my "gimmick" over that any time of the year.

42. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Samsung sells more S7/edge in a day than XZ in a month. If anything Sony mobile division is near the brink of being shut down.

48. irossdrummer

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Pixel XL, S7 Edge, AND the V20 are the top android phones now. Oh and for the price, Oneplus 3T. I can't say a Sony phone is the top...

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

People can't seem to get over it. The Note 7 is done for. They're putting themselves in danger with the Note 7 and its explosive capabilities.

3. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Well how many "exploded" Note's have you heard of lately?

8. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LOL none, just iPhones.

9. mixedfish

Posts: 1565; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

None, they all exploded already.

12. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

That was the idea hope with the ban. But after the ban over million of Note7 and no one exploded, because they can't buy anymore Note7 to make it ''explode''.

20. chaosnightmare

Posts: 182; Member since: May 20, 2010

Although there was not even a single Note 7 incident in my country and I returned mine while they allowed me to keep my preorder gifts it was a very hard decision, for note users there's just not other phone in the market that can replace what samsung offers in the note series, we can get rid of the "touchwiz lag" with nova or google now launcher but no other phone comes close to the features, s-pen, and king of displays combo that is present in every Note.

28. corvette72778

Posts: 166; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

bla bla bla. You're misinformed. Go away!

4. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

So you know now, why Note7 was killed by US, China(and Taiwan) They should enjoy their winning now- selling some lame fugly Pixel , jackless and same as 4 years iPhone7, poor funny China copies of Note(even using the name), and dead bodies of HTC. BTW the ppl having Note7, keep it not because of the Samsung's logo(like some zombies we know), but because no OEM can make device in this category. Merry Christmas!

34. chenski

Posts: 779; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

It's ok to be hardcore note fan, but you should show some respect to other flagships, just because you like note doesn't mean other flagships are rubbish, just because they lack the s pen functionalities doesn't mean they are inferior products

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22423; Member since: May 28, 2014

Wow. This completely speaks to just what type of strength the Galaxy Note 7 has in the smartphone space, even with a global recall and updates to cripple its cellular connectivity and limit its battery life. Definitely makes you wonder just how things would be be right now for the Note 7, had this battery issue not taken place.

7. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Damn, so much risk being taken merely for an inanimate object. Frankly, I too seriously want this phone, just without the C4 feature! Bring on the Note 8 Samsung, the Note line is far from dead.

30. corvette72778

Posts: 166; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I haven't had any explosions yet in the first 4 months but let me tell you, I LOVE this phone! Its da bom. lol

10. peegieislim

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 14, 2016

coming from apple fan here -Note 7 was never a flawed device it was intentionally sabotaged by other OEM specially by apple.

11. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

More like the governments of US, China and Taiwan. And Wall Street, of course. With their media. I don't think Apple is involved much here,

18. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

So expose those corrupt governments and corporations. Go public with your evidence.

21. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I'd love to see that story running on CNN./s

17. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

So why are you keeping the evidence of sabotage to yourself? Why not go public and expose Apple?

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