Just recently after its release, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was taken off the market after people who bought it complained on social media that some units where either setting on fire or exploding. The company was eventually forced to issue a globalwide recall for the Galaxy Note 7 as it found that issues with some of the batteries in phones caused the explosions. The recall is still ongoing, but Samsung has now released updated Galaxy Note 7 models that are said to be free of the battery issues. So how can you be certain that it is really safe to use? Samsung is offering detailed plans on how you’ll be able to tell the difference between a faulty Note 7 or one that’s safe to use. You may want to try checking out for these tips to guarantee your safety before using a Galaxy Note 7.

Big blue “S”

This is the first easy thing you can check to see if your Note 7 model is indeed safe to use. The company says the new barcode features a white sticker with a large, blue “S” at the top right corner and a small, black square at the bottom. If your Note 7 box has the big blue “S,” it should be safe to use.

Check your IMEI

A Samsung recall site also has a tool to lookup a phone’s IMEI number so you can certify if your new Note 7 is still safe. You probably don’t need to double check if you’ve been issued an official recall by Samsung, but this will be important later on as people will start to resell and trade around devices.

Green status bar

In addition to that, Samsung has been confirmed to ZDNet that the new, safe Galaxy Note 7 units will feature a green battery icon in the status bar, instead of having the usual white battery icon color.

What about refurbished phones?

Samsung has yet to release an official statement as to what it plans to do with the glut of phones it’s bound to receive since the recall extends to every single Note 7 purchased. The company said the problem is with the battery itself. The following is a statement from Ars Technica: “Based on our investigation, we have learned that there was an issue within the battery cell. An overheating of the battery cell occurred when the anode-to-cathode came into contact which is a very rare manufacturing process error.”

So there is a possibility of a massive fire sale later on refurbished models, though there are no indications yet as to how it will turn out, or how you’ll be able to tell if a refurbished phone is considered safe to use.

Of course this is all about trust — no matter how safe and secure a company is in its manufacturing process, quality control standards can never be 100% perfect, and “bad” units of any phone will always get out. The real issue is in the case that the “bad” units aren’t screens with an odd tint or headphone jack that doesn’t work — they’re phones that could potentially be dangerous.

The recall has happened — either you trust that Samsung has reliably fixed the issues that were causing problems in the first Note 7s, or you move on to a different phone.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 6:19:11 AM and is filed under Mixellaneous.

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