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Practical Alternatives to the Samsung Galaxy Note 7


The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is dead. Time to move on because there’s no point dwelling in the past. If you’re still in the market for a smartphone, here are some alternatives you might want to consider for your hard-earned cash.

Huawei P9 Plus

Huawei P9 Plus
Huawei P9 Plus

Monstrous internal specifications, elegant build, 700MHz spectrum compatibility, and the twin 12-megapixel dual-camera set-up makes the Huawei P9 Plus a silent and underrated alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. The only main issues that we see it with it is that the Kirin processor isn’t as powerful as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, much more the processor of the Galaxy Note 7. The display panel also is several steps behind. However if you just want a big phone with a top-tier camera set-up, this can be your next smartphone. Sells for Php29,990.

Click to read our Huawei P9 Plus Review.

LG V20

The LG V20
The LG V20

The phone that’s dubbed by tech reviews worldwide as one of the most underrated flagships ever to hit the market is finally going to arrive in the Philippines later this month. Pre-orders are already up and you can get a free 200GB microSD card if you get it now. What’s so special about it? Very comparable internal specifications, Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, great camera optics, and the audio DAC for music lovers. Pre-order price is at Php35,990.

Click to read why the LG V20 is worth the wait.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge in Pink Gold


The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have both been in the market for quite some time now. However they’re still really some of the best smartphones you can get today. The build is amazing, specs are on point, and the camera optics (IMO) is even better than that of the iPhone. Having said that, if you want one and still get that “new vibe”, you can get it at it’s newest color variant, Pink Gold (hehe).

We highly still recommend the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Between the two we’d go for the S7 Edge because we prefer the bigger screen. Ultimately it’s up to your preference for screen size but since we’re looking for a Galaxy Note 7 alternative, the Galaxy S7 Edge is the obvious choice.

Click here to read our review.

Google Pixel XL


Our top pick is this one. Just wait a few more weeks (or months) and go for the Google Pixel XL. Not only does it have monstrous specifications, the big screen size, a great physical build, and amazing camera optics, it’s the only made purposefully designed and made by Google. The software optimization is worth looking forward to. Initial reviews by tech bloggers all over the world are also very much positive.

If you can wait, go for this one.

And that’s it. The good news is that there are really a lot of great smartphones out there. Now if you’re really looking for a Galaxy Note device with an S Pen, the Note 5 really isn’t that bad. Heck it’s still one of the best devices you can get today. You might just want to get that one. :)

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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    1. Wala kasing official distributor sa pinas kaya di option ang one plus. Halimaw din ang p9 plus sa multitasking. Very good ang performance for the price. Secondary phone ko yun pag ayokong gamitin ang s7 edge ko.

      1. well, let’s wish for an official release. basta bilin ni Myphone yung rights to release it dito sabay rebrand para oks lang

  1. Pixel is not a practical choice. Android phone na walang sd slot at nasa price range ng apple pfft. Lg V20 ang kaabang-abang. Maganda ang camera at battery review, hindi aabot ng 2 days sa heavy use pero hindi naman kasinglala ng g5. May free 200gb sd card pa sa pre-order.

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