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The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is officially dead — it exploded in popularity (teehee), but technical issues have forced Samsung to suspend the series’ annual refresh. That means that we won’t be getting any new smartphones from Samsung that come equipped with a stylus this year.

It’s a shame, because for some folks it’s the S-Pen that keeps them coming back to the Galaxy Note lineup, and it’s clear why — no one is matching Samsung in the digitized stylus game. The company even has roots in the #1 digitizer company running the show. The S-Pen’s years of refinement have resulted in an experience that increasingly blended the lines between screen and paper, and pen and, well, S-Pen.

Galaxy Note 5

If you’re one of those people and absolutely can’t go without an S-Pen or stylus these days, we’re here to help. Here are the best smartphones you can buy today that come equipped with a stylus.

Galaxy Note 5
Galaxy Note 7 Alternetives Best Android Phone with a Stylus

 

At first glance, people might still think it’s a Note 7.

Surprise! The best alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is the very device it was replacing. TheSamsung Galaxy Note 5 doesn’t come with some of the same quirks we were to enjoy on the Galaxy Note 7:

  • Iris scanner.
  • Snapdragon 820
  • IP68 Water Resistance
  • microSD slot

That said, the device does share a fair bit of other things, like it’s slick build and good looks, fast performance, and great display and camera. Oh, and we can’t forget about the digitized stylus known as the S-Pen, of course. If you absolutely can’t live without a Note, then this is the phone to buy for now. Get our full opinion on this phone in our Galaxy Note 5 review.

Galaxy Note Edge

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For all of the good things the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has, there are a couple that people deem unforgivable. The biggest complaint from that crowd was the lack of a removable battery and microSD card. Well, the Galaxy Note Edge — or the Galaxy Note 4 if you don’t dig the Edge display — has you covered in that regard.

This phone is a bit long in the tooth by now with it being a 2014 model, but it’s still receiving modern versions of Android and should be able to hold its own for almost any task you have for it.

LG Stylo 2 V

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This Verizon-only phone takes after the long-running LG Stylo / Stylus line in its form and function. It features middling specs, albiet it at an appropriate price tag at just over $200. The phone includes a stylus, though it isn’t remarkable. The writing functionality itself is limited, as there’s no pressure sensitivity or proximity-based features that the Wacom-enabled Note series provides.

But, it is smart enough to alert you when you’re moving with your phone without the stylus inserted, and the phone can bring up a quick memo box when it detects you’ve taken it from its holster. Internals also aren’t too bad with a 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon chipset, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, 5.7-inch 1080p display, and more.

LG Stylo / Stylus 2 PlusLG_Stylo__Stylus_2_Plus.jpg

These 2 phones are cut from the same cloth, and both are slightly weaker variants of the LG Stylo 2 V. With a 1.4GHz chipset instead of one clocked at 1.8GHz, it’s not a huge downfall. It’s stil Octa-Core in its architecture, and all the other specs fall in line with Verizon’s latest model. And there’s also the fact that you don’t need to be a Verizon customer to use these, and European models may come with DAB+ radio support for those in that region.

LG Stylus 2LG_Stylus_2.jpg

If your budget is stretched really thin, this is your option. The Stylus 2 sticks with the familiar 5.7-inch form factor of all the models above, only its screen resolution sticks at 720p and it’s sporting a weaker 1.2GHz quad-core chipset.

The best smartphone stylus

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For those who simply can’t or won’t accept any of the options discussed above, here’s one hail mary: get yourself a capacitive stylus. There are downsides to this route:

Capacitive stylus pens typically don’t work nearly as well as pens designed for specific phones. They’ll write, but not quite as accurately and without any pen-like qualities.
You’ll need a case with a slot to store it. Or you’ll have to put it in your pocket. Or latch it onto your phone using a string. None of these solutions are pretty.
There may not be appropriate software on your phone to take advantage of it, but many note taking apps should give you what you’re looking for.
Knowing all of that, if you still want or need a stylus for your phone of choice, we’re recommending MEKO’s 2-in-1 set of stylus pens. You get 2 pens in one box, and they support removable fiber tips (2 included) and a disc tip (4 included). Fiber tips are used more for general navigation and operation, while you’ll want the disc tip for smoother and more accurate hand-writing and drawing.

That’s not going to solve any dilemma that requires pressure sensitivity or anything else a proper stylus like the S-Pen can provide, but there you have it. It’s even affordable at a cool $15 for that package.

Otherwise, Here’s hoping a proper Samsung Galaxy Note sequel exists somewhere in Samsung’s future.

Source : phandroid

Categorized in Science & Tech

Well, that's a relief. 

Samsung's initial pleas for customers to stop using and return their Galaxy Note7 devices with faulty batteries weren't particularly fruitful, but now that the recall is official and replacement devices are arriving en masse, the plan is working. 

Approximately half of recalled Note7 devices have already been exchanged, Samsung announced Thursday. 

"Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced today that about half of all recalled Galaxy Note7 phones sold in the U.S. have been exchanged through Samsung’s voluntary recall. Additionally, 90 percent of Galaxy Note7 owners have been opting to receive the new Galaxy Note7 since the phones became widely available on Wednesday, September 21," the company's press release said. 

Note that this is only the U.S. — there's still a good number of faulty Note7s in other parts of the world. Up to 2.5 million defective Galaxy Note7 phones were shipped worldwide; approximately 1 million of those were in the U.S. 

After a slew reports of batteries catching fire, Samsung reacted and advised customers not to use the devices, later issuing an official recall. The company also pushed a firmware update to faulty devices, which warns users the phone should be turned off and returned immediately.

Many companies and organizations — including the New York City subway and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission — warned or outright forbid people from using Note7 phones until they exchange them for a new, properly working device. 

Source : http://mashable.com/

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Samsung's exploding phone crisis is getting worse.

 

A 6-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday after a Galaxy Note7 caught fire in his hands, according to a report in the New York Post

"The child was watching videos on the phone when the battery exploded," Linda Lewis, the boy's grandmother, told the newspaper. She later said he has since been released from the hospital.

 

This may be the first injury caused by the defective phones, though Samsung says it knows of at least 35 instances of the Note7 battery exploding or catching fire.

Samsung is working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to officially recall the device, but the incident in Brooklyn suggests that may be too little, too late. If the Note7 is your only device, you're up the creek without a paddle: You could exchange the device with your carrier, but if you don't have time for the hassle, are you supposed to go about your business without a working phone? Good luck with that in 2016 — especially if you're traveling, as the Federal Aviation Administration has warned against using the phone on planes.

Besides, Samsung and carriers haven't provided clear information about what customers should do with their Note7 phones. Initially, carriers said to reach out to Samsung directly. Then, Samsung asked customers to circle back with their carriers. And no one seems to know when replacement Note7 phones might hit the market — at least based on conversations I've had with Verizon as a Note7 owner myself. (Womp womp.)

 

Your best bet right now is to go to your service provider — Verizon, AT&T, whatever — and exchange the phone for a different model entirely. The only problem there is that the Note7 was dubbed the best smartphone you can buy today before it got all explodey, so anything you sub in will be a downgrade.

Meanwhile, a little company called Apple is launching a shiny new line of iPhones on Friday. Good timing.

Source : http://mashable.com/2016/09/12/samsung-note7-explodes-brooklyn/#5fcpymSdSmqT

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