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Galaxy Note 7: the phone that explodes

Joshua Sandoval, Reporter

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There seems to always be something wrong with phones these days. Some will overheat and others might randomly turn off, but the Galaxy Note 7 explodes. That’s right, within a month after Samsung released the newest phone to its line people started reporting their phones would spontaneously combust.

The problem with the phone is very similar to overheating however. Only that instead of raising one or two degrees, it blows it’s top — literally. When a phone overheats it’s either because the phone is exerting itself or the battery is taking up a little more juice than it could hold, usually due to how long you leave it to charge or what kind of charger you lose. The difference however, is that the phone itself usually identifies the issue and does something to stop it (e.g. Slows down computing power or stops charging all together). The problem with the Galaxy Note 7 is that it starts to overheat way before it reaches the 100% charging limit. This creates the risk of exploding by leaving your phone to charge or even using the phone at full battery.

Fortunately, the most serious injury is a child whom had burned his hands when using the phone to watch videos, he suffered minor burns and was able to fully recover. Samsung is a call notice away from a full recall on the phone, not completely however. Instead, it’s recommending users to power off the device and to go back to whatever phone they were using before. Anyone who’s purchased the phone will be able to keep it until Samsung finds a solution to the problem, whether it be through an update to fix charging or an exchange for a better version of the phone. Samsung isn’t the only one urging Galaxy Note 7 owners to refrain from using the phone, Airlines are too. Airports everywhere made announcements prohibiting passengers from using their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, warning them not to charge them nor to ship them in cargo hold.

In this day and age it’s certain that smartphones are a big part of our lives. It’s a shame to companies such as Samsung to go through such hardships. Sadly, this wasn’t the “explosive” reaction they were hoping for, but hey, at least the Galaxy Note 7 has earphone jacks.

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