Samsung started the year like the number one smartphone manufacturer with the sales of Galaxy S7 and S7 edge going toe to toe with the then latest iPhones. Fast forward few months, it all blew up in Sammy’s face, literally, with the Galaxy Note 7 which had to be recalled twice and finally declared dead. It reportedly cost the company as much as $5 billion in costs and lost sales. And who knows how much the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco will hurt them in the future.
Samsung would sure love to make up all that money and it started by selling the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in the new Blue Coral color variant, stopping any off warranty repairs perhaps due to a shortage of parts and now, they’re trying to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 3 units on Black Friday.
The price of the 2013 phablet is $249, a 50% cut from the usual price. The refurbished Galaxy Note 3 is available for Sprint and T-Mobile users. But even at half the price, is it really worth it? It’s running Android 5.1 Lollipop, and wouldn’t be getting any further updates.
The phablet comes with a 5.7-inch screen with a 1080 x 1920 resolution. The Snapdragon 800 SoC is under the hood carrying a quad-core 2.3GHz CPU, and the Adreno 330 GPU. 3GB of RAM is inside along with 64GB of native storage. A 64GB capacity microSD slot is included for those who need additional storage. The camera combo from back to front weighs in at 13MP/2MP. The only positive thing on this phone, for a price of $249 in 2016 is that is has a ‘removable’ 3200mAh battery.
So for about $250 what you get is three year old hardware running a two year old software, on a phone which has been somebody else’s problem before you. How about a new Moto G4 Plus instead? And why just that, there’s the ZTE Axon Pro and if you stretch a bit, you can even get an Honor 8. Granted none of them have the S-pen, they all have a fingerprint scanner, will get the latest version of Android software sooner or later.
This post is not necessarily meant for you though nor to bash the Note 3, because we know, that the Galaxy Note 3 was one of the best in 2013. We also know it’s not worth it in 2016 for $249. This is for all those consumers that are generally Samsung’s target audience. The ones that pick up a phone in the name of the brand. This is a really insensitive move by a company that – as Android Central points out – is skating on thin ice with consumer’s confidence in their devices. Let your friends and family know, so they don’t fall into the trap.
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