Which phone maker is likely to benefit most from the Note 7 saga?

By the time the second Note 7 recall works itself through the system in the next few weeks, we will have formidable new competitors hitting the market, not to mention the established ones with their own wares. While Samsung is ramping up the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge production, as plenty of folks are opting to scale down from the Note 7 but remain loyal to Samsung upon exchange, there will still be many others which may switch the brand. 

Samsung is giving $100 of bill credit now, in addition to the difference in price between the Note 7 or a Galaxy S7/S7 edge, but out of 2.5 million Note 7 buyers there could be quite a few that are looking around for another handset from some other reputable phone maker. 

That is why we wanted to ask your opinion on what phone manufacturer is most likely to benefit from the Note 7 recalls. Will it be Google with the unique Pixel phones, or maybe a venture to the iOS universe and the new 7 Plus with optical zoom would be warranted? Perhaps this can be a chance for LG, Huawei, Sony, Moto, or some other maker to put a dent in the Samsung-Apple market duopoly? Alternatively, Note 7 users might pick to stay with Samsung regardless. There are plenty of choices out there, so tell us what you think.

Which phone maker is likely to benefit most from the Note 7 saga?

Nobody, most Note 7 users would still get a Samsung

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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. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Note sure about any other phone maker but as far as websites go I think PA has milked the most 'articles' out of the whole Note 7 fiasco. So my vote goes to PA.

2. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Dude, I watch a lot of tech news sites and PA definitely has had the most Note 7 articles.

5. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 619; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

"When others you've had to sit back and watch win, finally loses you praise it" -PhoneArena

33. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I don't get why everyone is voting Apple in this poll, if they owned a Note 7 then they are android fans and possibly a samsung fan, so most of them will switch to another android or samsung device, it is true some will switch to an iPhone but not the vast majority. Just using your comment mate this isn't really a reply to you lol.

38. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I'll tell you why? Forget about tech geeks. In the real world of people and carries, there're two companies that built phones, Apple and Samsung, and sometimes LG. Most working class folks will select the aforementioned devices. The ones that don't care will go for any free Android device given to them; these people are not looking at specs, dimensions, or/and trying to build brand loyalty. All they know is that is free. If you don't believe me, next time you see a person on the streets, work, whatever, asked them how many Gb of Ram or what type of display device is using? I'm willing to bet 60% won't even know the type of SIM card either.

45. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Lol I don't have to ask anyone because I already know that most have no idea about specs but ime they do know some brands outside of Sam and Apple, most of the people I know have HTC, Sam, Apple, LG and Moto phones, these people are far from tech savvy yet I know they can name a good amount of brands outside of Sam and Apple. Also ime if you own a high-end android phone you know a little something and are more likely to buy another high-end android phone before an iPhone.

46. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

That is true.. I am glad that carriers like Verizon show interest in promoting manufacturers like Lenovo/Motorola and now Google. At least they are trying to escape the trap that Apple put them in.

61. andynaija

Posts: 1265; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Can you please explain this "trap" that Apple put Verizon in...?

39. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Because Samsung has succeeded they way they always wanted to, to sell a product based on brand hype like Apple. Just go to any country's Samsung Mobile page on Facebook and look at the complains by people who are most definitely not Android or Samsung fans but bandwagoners who would jump ship at the snap of your fingers the moment something goes wrong. Granted, Android fans like me would have bought a Note 7 for it's specs and features and would stick around to see what Samsung has to offer next despite this fiasco, but most people just buy whatever phone that is advertised the most and hyped as the "best phone" just because they can afford it as well as blacklist brands that they have had 1 bad experience with.

47. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Exactly, not to mention, note 7 people applications are with Google Android; thus common sense would tell you they will stick with another Android device. I just order two phones, moto Z and moto Z force, to see which one I like the best to replace my note 7.

52. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

I was an android fan and was using the phones from the market leader of its bandwagon. I find their flagships better than anything else in the market - with display quality being the overwhelmingly the best thing. Now I frankly don't know which phone to buy...not because I am not knowledgeable I actually follow everything in the tech world, I have RSS feeds of many sites subscribed on my S6 Edge screen...but I don't see if there is something as good, I am not going to switch to Apple. May be time to switch to a good old Monochrome phones.

55. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

S6 edge huh, tbh it probably isn't worth upgrading from that phone just yet, I don't see any real reason why you should. Unless the Pixel phones are gods then this year's line up isn't much better than the S6 edge. I have a 6s plus and i'm not going to upgrade until next year, I'm a fan of both Android and iOS, neither had any stand out phones this year at least not yet imo.

3. tokuzumi

Posts: 1961; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

You can eliminate Huawei, Sony, and HTC right off the bat. HTC doesn't make a high end phablet, so they make nothing that would even compare to the Note. Lenovo and Xiaomi aren't going to get much from this either. I don't see many Note users jumping ship to iOS. Note users tend to be diehard Android users. I could see the LG V20 getting a nice bump in sales. Lastly, the S7 Edge will start to see a spike in sales.

11. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

This.. But Obviously the iphone 7+ will benefit mostly from this but if we're talking just android, then its probably the S7 Edge and the Pixel XL.. As simple as that but if the person most have the S-pen then its clearly the Note 5. You can safely forget about the V20, Moto Z, HTC 10, G5, Huawei P9 etc..

60. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Huawei mate 9..

4. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I didn't get to vote, but I think Appall is going to kill it this year.

7. libra89

Posts: 2316; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yeah I think so too, my coworker is going to be one of those joining the Apple train. She tried the Edge and hated it, really wanted the Note, and doesn't care for the Pixel.

6. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

CNN. FAA. CONSUMER REPORTS. ABC. CBS. WALL STREET JOURNAL. have all reported the fiasco Samsung tried to play off. and you all think PA just drummed this up for reading pleasure.

9. Foxgabanna unregistered

Fanboys are just trying to downplay the issue to make themselves feel better. Samsung fudged up and it won't be the same for a while. All they do is throw specs at you like a computer nerd and you get a stiffy. What's the use of all that wonderful hardware if it can't even run as smooth as my iPhone 5s? Once again just a Galaxy S7 with a stylus nothing more nothing less.

13. acruzlu unregistered

iPhoneArena would do anything to bring down a brand that isn't iPhone, so yeah they're pulling it up for pleasure, especially Alan F.

31. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

If it was my website I'd only post bad stuff about android. Imagine the clicks I would get from you guys crying. The note 7 is a pretty popular phone, Samsung is a popular brand and phonearena is a website about phones. Also, this is the biggest fiasco in a very long time. See the connection?

53. TerryTerius unregistered

While that is true, that still doesn't explain the average of 10 articles a day basically. You're going to tell me it's really that difficult for them to simply put their thoughts down in one or two longer articles instead of posting for as long as they possibly can for the entire day? I fully comprehend the magnitude of this happening in the context of the mobile industry. But there are still other things to talk about, and what they've been doing is by definition milking the issue.

8. oister85 unregistered

I think is all of the above. Lg got a big change with the v20.

10. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Obviously the iphone 7+ but in the android world then its probably the pixel XL.. As simple as that

23. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Not really. Pixels phones are not widely available worldwide. Apple does not release their iPhones in the same time worldwide as well. Here in Indonesia, we get the latest iPhone 6-8 months after the release. The iPhone 6s/6s plus didn't even make it to come here! Let alone the pixels.

36. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

Hi willy. I think this is because the indonesia goverment under new president is too nationalists. They force phone manufactur to buikd factory in indonesia. And apple will not bow, and already report to WTO (World Trade Organization) that indonesia break WTO rules. Si jokowi ama mentrinya bangsat!!!

29. lambertjd91

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 13, 2016

I agree about the iPhone 7+. But at least here in Louisiana, my local stores had those back ordered until Nov sometime. I just pre ordered a Pixel XL instead. cant wait!

12. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Cook was so happy

14. acruzlu unregistered

Yep Tim Crook is probably happy, happy that people will settle for a piece of junk.

15. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

You're right :( The iPhone will most likely not BLOW them away like your Note 7 and is probably not the best BANG for the buck.

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