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[personal profile] miss_s_b
So, you've all probably heard that my phone is being recalled again. I'm really upset about this; not because of any fears of it exploding (seven out of a couple of million is pretty good odds) but because I really REALLY love it. I love the way it works, the way it feels, and most of all I love and adore the S-pen, which I affectionately call the Pokey Stick. I have been a Note user since the Note 2, and before THAT I spent a reasonable amount of time with a Nokia 5800. I can't cope without a pokey stick.

It's looking like this recall is going to be the end of the line for the Note line as a whole, and that's going to be a problem for me. I know you can get pen-shaped things for other phones, but they are NOT the same thing; they are just replacement fingers, they don't have the functionality or precision of an S-pen, and I am properly gutted that this recall almost certainly means I won't be able to get a new phone that has one EVER. (although thanks to someone actually helpful on twitter I have been pointed towards a somewhat useful looking stylus - http://www.adonit.net/jot/pro/ )

So what do I do?

Do I go back to an older Note?
Do I wait and see if Samsung bring out a new one?
IS there another phone that does similar things and I've just missed it?
Do I just keep my existing, fabulous, phone and hope it doesn't explode?

I'd be grateful for your thoughts.

ETA: I'd be grateful for your thoughts about which of the options above seems sensible, not OMG YOU'VE GOT AN EXPLODING PHONE YOU'RE GOING TO DIE, which is supremely unhelpful in the following ways:

1, I know my phone is at risk, it's in the title of the sodding post.
2, You're not offering me any solutions here.
3, Seriously, since when did panicking help anyone?

* casts a baleful eye on a screened comment which is going to remain screened *

ETA #2: Now up to 4 screened comments which are going to remain screened. What is it about phones which makes the condescending arsehole come out in people? "Learn to wait for technology to mature before buying new kit" ALSO does not help me with the current situation, sweet Croydon commenter.

Date: Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 12:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] po8crg
I go for keep it, take the risk, and make sure you never leave it anywhere badly ventilated.

Date: Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 05:17 pm (UTC)
po8crg: A cartoon of me, wearing a panama hat (Default)
From: [personal profile] po8crg
In your pocket, you'll feel it getting warm in enough time to get it AWAY from you.

I've dealt with lithium-ion / lithium-polymer fires before; they take thirty or forty seconds of heating-up before they really get going, which is enough time to get the fucker away from you if it's in a pocket.

It's when it's sat on a table, you probably only first notice it when the magic smoke gets out.

Date: Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 05:59 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] haggis
I would agree with that. Also - is it most at risk while charging or while in use? That would help identify sensible risk reduction steps you can take.

Date: Friday, October 14th, 2016 09:07 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tree_and_leaf
Charge it in a biscuit tin, and put the biscuit tin on something like a fire blanket for the sake of the carpet?

Date: Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 01:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hollymath
"What is it about phones which makes the condescending arsehole come out in people?"

I wish I knew. It's one reason I hate talking about mine; everyone loves to hate it (well, mostly/only men in my experience...) and I know why they do. I don't need to hear it again. It doesn't make me like my phone any less.

I think smartphones have become so vital to most people's existence that we attribute our identity to them, and vice versa. They're supposed to be a little proxy by which you know everything you need to about someone. It's been this way since the first iPhones for sure, and among some subcultures even longer than that.

"Learn to wait for technology to mature before buying new kit"? Technology is not a cheese, or a fine wine! This is not how it works.

I'm sorry you're having to deal with comments like this on something you're already unhappy about. <3

Date: Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 01:57 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] redbird
Waiting for technology to mature is a good way to discover that what you want isn't made anymore.

Date: Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 02:01 am (UTC)
azurelunatic: A glittery black pin badge with a blue holographic star in the middle. (Default)
From: [personal profile] azurelunatic
I don't suppose the S-Pen is compatible with other phones? :\

(The idea being, send the Note back, but "forget" to pack the pen.)

Date: Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 08:35 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] antisoppist
That was what I was wondering. Well initially I was going to say I have a Galaxy Note 2 with a badly cracked screen just sitting here useless and you could have the S pen from that if you would like it, but then I thought no, you've got an S pen and you could probably manage to keep that if you have to give up the phone, and that isn't what the problem is.

Date: Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 09:59 am (UTC)
azurelunatic: A glittery black pin badge with a blue holographic star in the middle. (Default)
From: [personal profile] azurelunatic
Ah, *drat*. Glad you gave it a try, though...

Date: Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 02:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sir_guinglain
I'd go back to an older Note - and it's disappointing that Samsung seem to be throwing in the towel on this.

Date: Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 07:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gominokouhai
> I have been pointed towards a somewhat useful looking stylus

We used the Jot Pro at my previous workplace. It's good, but the little plastic disc has a tendency to break and/or pop off. Depends how careful you are with it, I suppose. (Ours was customer-facing so got a fair amount of abuse.)

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