With the Galaxy Note7 dead, here are 7 other Android phablets to consider

Now that the Note7 is dead, these are the best alternatives if you want another large-screened Android phone.

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Cease Fire

It’s official: the Galaxy Note7 is no more. The company already pulled out a miracle with its unprecedented recall to address the phone’s defective battery, only to be scorched again when more units started igniting. Samsung has now stopped production and wants you to (again) power off your device for good.

By now you’re probably tempted to leap to the dark side and get an iPhone 7 Plus. But don’t give up on Team Android just yet. There are several good phones that either share the Note7 screen size or come in close at 5.5 inches, which might help you forget you had to nearly walk through fire to get one.

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Google Pixel XL

This very well could be the ultimate Google phone. The Pixel has the highest-ever rating from DxOMark and it comes with several software exclusives. The XL is just under the Note7's size at 5.5 inches, but the real star is the Google Assistant and the fact you'll get timely updates. Granted it's not yet for sale, but you can preorder it from the Google Store.

It's available broadly next week (on October 20), and we'll have a review by then.

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Nexus 6P

It's nearly a year old now, but the Nexus 6P is still a great phone. At 5.5 inches it also won't feel like too much of a drop down in size from the Note. And unlike Samsung's phones, which tend to languish without Android updates for months, you'll get the freshest goods right from Google.

The only caveat is the Pixel will be the first with the Google Assistant, though the company has pledged to make it available more widely and you can bet the existing Nexus phones will be the first (outside Pixel) to get it.

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LG V20

This is another in the "coming soon" category. Our initial hands-on found a lot to like in this phone that matches the Note7 with a 5.7-inch screen size. It comes with Nougat, has some fancy video tricks and records HD audio. It's probably the closest you can get to a Note7 without throwing in a stylus and pen support.

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OnePlus 3

The OnePlus 3 is both a solid option and cheaper, so you'll have plenty of leftover cash after your Note7 refund. It doesn't have the same kind of power features as something like the Note line, but it sticks close to stock Android and may be good enough that you'll be happy to have spent $300 less than you did for the Note7.

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Moto Z Force

The Moto Z Force is an interesting option given that it's the best we've seen so far at successfully integrating modules. The 5.5-inch screen is a little smaller than the Note7 and the Force is a bit thicker than the Play, although that comes with improved battery life and Motorola's claim of a "shatter-free" display. It's worth considering if you want to to get crazy by slapping on a camera or turning your phone into a projector.

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Moto Z Play

If the Force is too big and bulky, or maybe you want some more cash left over after your Note7 debacle, consider the Moto Z Play. Our review found it to be fast, reliable, and offer amazing battery life. Moto also sticks close to stock Android look and feel and throws in a few helpful add-ons. The company has also pledged it will get Nougat, which will put you ahead of the curve compared to other phones that tend to languish.

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Galaxy S7 Edge

Unless you're feeling too burned by Samsung, the Galaxy S7 Edge is still a fantastic phone. It's essentially a smaller version of the Note7, without the stylus, iris scanner, and tendency to catch on fire.

It's currently my daily driver, and I still recommend it to anyone who asks. The camera is fantastic, particularly in low light. Nougat is unfortunately nowhere to be seen yet, but if you want to stick close to a Note7 experience it's worth considering. 

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