There’s nothing funny about Samsung Galaxy Note7 phones inexplicably exploding and torching cars and burning people. And it’s definitely not a joking matter when their replacements, which are supposed to come with safe batteries, are catching on fire (like on a plane) as well.
Whatever the real reason is — a design flaw, defective batteries from a specific supplier, a process mistake — the Note7 is unsafe to own. Samsung’s permanent halting of Note7 production is basically the final nail in the coffin.
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Samsung is still trying to find the exact cause, or causes, of these battery fires. While that investigation continues, it’s worth asking to what extent overall trends in smartphone design contributed to the debacle. Every year the devices in our pockets get new features, bigger batteries and improved — often thinner — form factors. Read more…