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The smartphone curse continued in 2016

2015 was a gloomy year for smartphone manufacturers. The infamous processor Snadragon 810, which had a tendency to overheat, was the main culprit behind the manufacturers’ streak of bad luck. This year, we avoided a new scandal with Qualcomm and manufacturing problems but that did not make it that much calmer. Back to the smartphone curse which seems to have continued in 2016.

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The Galaxy Note 7 scandal

It's difficult not to start a list of problems we encountered in 2016 without mentioning the most famous (or infamous) one, namely the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. Without this problem, 2016 could have been a fairly peaceful year in terms of the curse.

This affair was quite simply the biggest scandal Samsung Mobile has ever had to face in its history. It's truly been the leading story for the second part of the year, as the Note 7 suffered from serious battery problems. They had taken on the rather nasty habit of exploding in a totally random way.

The biggest scandal Samsung Mobile has ever faced in its history

After a first recall and an attempt at new marketing, Samsung ultimately had to recall its phablet. Nevertheless, the Note 7 was to be one of the best smartphones designed by the brand. According to several financial analysts, this failure was not without consequences since it resulted in a loss of around 16 billion dollars. This sum corresponds to 19 million sales predicted during the life cycle of the product. In addition, to this figure, add more than 1.5 billion dollars of losses for the 4 million manufactured smartphones that will never be sold. Finally, let us not forget the first recall that had cost the company $1 million. In short: it was an expensive blunder.

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The Note 7 or the exploding smartphone. / © AndroidPIT

The OnePlus 3 and color calibration

During the launch of the smartphone, one of the few weaknesses of the device was its display profile. The display calibration was somewhat aggressive and far from the natural result we had the right to expect from a flagship killer. This was no surprise. Manufacturers like to use bright and supersaturated colors to attract more users.

With its OnePlus 3, the Chinese manufacturer had gone too far and many users regretted this choice. A few months later, the firm deployed an update with the aim of correcting the shot with a standard RGB display mode. Farewell bluish by-product; the temperature curve was once again homogeneous and realistic. OnePlus was also forced to deploy another update to reduce overheating problems.

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OnePlus had to update its OnePlus 2 to respond to the user reviews. / © werkmannschaft

iOs 10.1.1 that ruins the battery life of iPhones

Of course, Android manufacturers are not the only ones affected by these issues. Apple has also had its share of problems. A part from battery problems on the iPhone 6 where the Cupertino firm had to proceed to a recall at the end of the year, iOS 10.1.1 update had important consequences on the battery life of iPhones. There was consistent evidence to support this due to the number of complaints from users about a battery that was easily drained.

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Apple has also had problems in 2016. © AndroidPIT

2016: a good report spoilt by the Galaxy Note 7

Finally, without the Galaxy Note 7 scandal, 2016 could have been an almost perfect year. The year had, indeed, started well but the Samsung affair came and tarnished a result which was quite positive thus far. Since this gloomy 2015, manufacturers seem to have taken the remarks of their community into consideration and have learnt from mistakes of the past. Samsung, with its Galaxy S8, should not disappoint us.

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What do you think about 2016? Has Samsung ruined everything with its Galaxy Note 7? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Man, I officially like you (Jacques)... I promise, I am not your stalker or being creepy in in way shape or form, just in a platonic sort of way. Every time I read an article, I was interested in, your comments are at the bottom. Just a friendly observation.

    As for the vapping thing I agree that it is good, and helps people only get nicotine, and not all the other horrible things in cigarettes, but calling smokers names is not going to get them any closer to quitting smoking than they were 5 seconds ago. Most would agree that it is a filthy habit, and they would like to stop, but like any addiction (yes it is an addiction, call a piranha, a piranha, not a fish, basically I am saying call it what it is because it isn't just a habit it is also an addiction and as such needs to be treated like one), it is very hard to stop without help. I am not saying it is impossible, but not easy the more you smoke a day the harder it's going to be.

    Now on to batteries, okay Chica, I don't mean to be rude, but just how stupid are you? A smart phone/laptop/(other very large electronic device), vs a vape/e-cigarette?

    Let me spell it out so there is no confusion

    Computer/smartphone
    -1. These items stated above have VERY
    large high capacity batteries because of what uses it.
    -2. 9 out of the 10 these batteries were subjected to something that was outside proper use for the battery that caused overheating, which in turn ultimately it to explode.

    ---1. Subjected to overcharge.

    ---2. Subjected to extreme heat (accidental, incidental, or purposeful).
    -----1. Sunlight- infrared radiation (full, through a window, windshield, ect.)
    -----2. Conduction, placed on a hot surface, eg stove (accidental, or purposeful)
    -----3. Convection, inside a microwave or stove (depending on the brand it could be any of the 3 types of heating.). This however would have to have been on purpose because to turn on a microwave with your phone in it dictates intent,and someone who wants their phone would leave the oven open, grab a mit, and grab that sucker. And under no circumstances leave it in there long enough for it to get hot enough to cause that kind of damage.

    ---3. The operating system pushed it outside normal parameters for the battery causing it to heat up, and when charging it got hotter. Most of this was caused by people setting the settings on the Note 7 to the highest they could go, and not expecting to have any problems. With size of the screen alone that in and of itself is an issue for any battery that size. My note 4 had a heating issue if I played games on it while charging it, it would get so hot I couldn't touch it, and eventually it would have to shut itself off.

    Vape
    Small compact, left on a charger for minimal amount of time, lasts days to weeks depending on how often it is used. The only possible way I could see this becoming a danger is if someone forced the battery to an extreme, eg. threw it in a fire, or something to that effect. I have seen one of these sitting in a black car in 120°outside temperature in full sunlight, mind you I have no idea how hot it got in the car, and the person had no issues with it whatsoever stating that they do that all the time. I even consulted with several people who sell these in the area, and they stated 'as long as the unit is intact there is enough insulation on the device to keep it from heating up under those particular circumstances'. I asked if there had ever been an issue with with one catching on fire, most looked at like I was the stupidest person on the planet. Others stated that the only problem they had was with them getting stepped on.


    Personal research done so I could convince my brother and my fiance's mother to vape instead of smoking.

    I do not condone smoking, but it is your choice. I will not make you feel like any less of a person because you smoke. Everyone deals with stress in different ways, I am glad you found something that works for you.

    Most of all Chica do your research before you open your mouth it just makes everyone realize how uninformed and how unknowledgeable you are on the real subject which was the fatal flaw of Samsung's Note 7.

    • Oh and if you are confused about the 1/10th (because I said 9 out of 10 in the comment) that is left, any one who knows anything about manufacturing knows you have to leave at least 10% (1/10th) for errors, damages, basically anything that happened to it before, the company who sells it to you, gets it. It may be a defect on the inside that they can't see so it would pass inspection, and if it isn't one that is specifically taken off the line for testing it would go through with no one being the wiser. That is why when you buy something off line make sure you test it when you get it because there is something called a doa, and you can get your money back..

  • Andria D. 7 months ago Link to comment

    I was actually sort of happy about the Note 7 "disaster" -- it forced all the idiots yammering about li-ion batteries in vape hardware to realize that vaping doesn't hold a monopoly on li-ion batteries -- which are extremely potent and volatile batteries in ANY situation, and if something unfortunate happens to them... well, the results aren't pretty. Sometimes phones, laptops, and other electronic devices that use li-ion batteries can go boom, too. So lay off vaping, you FDA and Senatorial imbeciles! It's doing a lot more good for the world in helping people stop smoking, than smartphones are doing for the world with everyone glued to their damn screens all the time!

    • Wow you moan about people attacking you/others when it comes to batteries yet you do the same to smokers et alia even calling them "imbeciles"... Isn't there a name for someone doing what you're doing or writing here? The word Hypocrite comes to mind, I don't know why.

      • Andria D. 7 months ago Link to comment

        No, I'm calling those who attack vaping "imbeciles," but I guess you didn't read that. They're imbeciles because vaping is CLEARLY helping smokers quit -- such as myself, after 39 yrs of hopeless addiction that I tried to break many times, and never could, until vaping. They're actually just greedy though, attacking vaping because it means the tobacco-money gravy train that they've been sucking on will be coming to an end... if we can get all those who survive on the money to be made on disease and death out of the way.

        But all that is irrelevant to this. I was happy to see that yes, sometimes these li-ion batteries go "boom" in devices other than vape hardware -- THAT was my point, but I guess you didn't read that either.

      • I understand what you were getting at, but what I trying to get you to understand is that the vapping industry is not based on the lithium ion battery industry. Yes, they may use this technology, but you and I both know that if worst came to worst, the vape industry would prevail. They would find an alternative, be it the older nickle (missing an element, 3am here to tired to find/remember it.) type battery, or new unconventional method (shake it to generate enough energy to create enough power to work it? Hmm, actually that's brilliant. No more battery at all. (that was just an off the top of my head randomness, and oddly it made sense. Patent time!) I mean obviously there would have to be tweaks to the design, but the general concept is an interesting one, and no more freaking out about the battery!)). Basically what I am saying is that, the SAFEST mobile power source able to provide power, when ever you want to or need to use it, is the lithium ion. I like how just one time one thing going wrong with one product, and the whole world freaks thinking everything is going to explode. Excuse me, but I have the Samsung Galaxy S7 which was released shortly before the note 7 some are said to have the same processor with a smaller battery (which means a higher potential for problems), the difference? The screen size. The screen on an s7 is I believe 4.7", and on the note 7 5.5“ or 5.8“ (please do not quote me one screen size as I did not actually check this information.) I just know that it is much larger, a noticeable amount of difference. The screen uses a lot more energy to power, meaning it pushes the battery to an extreme that much easier. Take into account an outside force or someone's stupidity (ie, sunlight through a window or windshield (creating what is called the magnifying glass effect), or putting it in the microwave intentionally causing it to explode), and you have a recipe for disaster.

        I am saying that there is a FATAL FLAW in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, that caused this, and every lithium ion battery is not suddenly going to blow up, it has to be put under extreme circumstances for it to even get close to causing something like that. I have seen some crazy stuff done to cell phones, and them not blow up, but it does depend on the battery, the circumstance, and what actually happened to cause the explosion. Shear stupidity is the highest contributing factor. Mostly if people would take care of their phones better, and not do stupid things to them, they would not explode. In the case of the Note 7 however it was a flaw, without actually getting ahold of one of the devices I do not know if it was a software, hardware, or user error flaw.

      • Hmm, wonder why it says 10:48am, it is darn near 4 in the morning. Ugh, another sleepless night chasing random crap around the Internet, might as well make my intellect somewhat useful...

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