This makes me nuts. Don’t get me wrong here I have nothing against Delta on this one. I think Delta should have taken it a step further and simply banned them like they did with the so called “hover boards”. Considering how many folks ignore phone rules on-board, I think it is just a matter of time until something happens on a jet with one of these phones.
I love the Samsung brand and have been a loyal Samsung user for years and years. Both my wife and I have Samsung tablets and use them almost every day. I just loved my Samsung Note 2 phone and was reluctant to upgrade to the Note 4 but now feel it is the best phone I have ever had after OS upgrade to Android 6. And I am clearly a huge Android fan as all my devices that do not run Windows run Android of some flavor.
So why am I irritated over this do not use order? There should not be one. There is nothing wrong with the Samsung Note 7 phone itself it is all about the battery being soldered into the phone. With my Note 4 I have flip flopped back and forth with the use of my Zero Lemon battery that does make a phone into a 1 pound brick. I still use it during the summer time and I can give you one simple example. Over the past few days I have been enjoying a number of rounds of “free” golf at an amazing golf course, that is, Bay Harbor up in northern Michigan (more on this later). But with my mega battery yesterday I could use my phone until tee time, run the GPS all day and even on the 5-ish hour drive home (as a passenger) stream TV content to my phone the entire way and have power to spare without needing to plug in. The battery is a beast and works.
But it only works because… (drum roll please)…. you can remove the battery.
And this is why I did not upgrade to the Note 5 yet (nor will I) nor will I upgrade to the Note 7 unless they rework it with a replaceable battery. Samsung could have avoided this entire mess if they had not soldered them in to begin with – just send in the old battery and we have a new one on the way to you.
Now I am going to tie this in with Delta as a comparison, that is, Samsung made the dumb move with the Note 5 and continued this bone headed soldered battery choice with the Note 7 and Delta’s choice to keep the award charts hidden from us is a comparable continued dumb move. Delta has made a number of frequent flyer program changes and most of them the other major airlines have copied one after another. Some will say this validates their changes. Maybe, but if you feel that way then the other airlines around the world should have also hidden and stopped using the award charts.
But they didn’t – did they!
Clearly this battery mess, that was not Samsung’s fault to begin with, could have been avoided and simply fixed and been a non-issue. Now it has come to this – don’t fly with your phone unless it is off! A phone you cannot use is all but worthless. To me, a frequent flyer program that you cannot compare value of a ticket purchased is in many ways the same. – René