The Galaxy Note 7 is no more, but its fiery shame will live on in the minds of Samsung shareholders for a long time to come. As I mentioned when the rumors of the shutdown in production were first floated at the beginning of the week, this is probably all my fault. While a big fan of technology, I have never gotten excited about the release of a product ahead of time until the Note 7 came along. I’ve been using a Note 4 for two years and liked that so much I was practically salivating when reading the tech sites’ advance teasing of the Note 7. It’s kind of like when I start watching a television show in its first season–it rarely survives. I’m basically a kiss of death as an early adopter.
Social media reaction was swift from both Samsung fans and detractors, but Twitter is always the most fun for things like this. Here are some of the best tweets responding to the death of the exploding phone. We hope that one day even Samsung execs will be able to take pleasure in seeing these.
We’ll start with a dig from the iPhone crowd:
1: Dance Like No One Is Watching
— Orakel van Merksem (@OrakelvMerksem) October 11, 2016
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2 and 3: Holy ‘Splodey Phone, Batman!
The phone that burns bright enough to be its own Bat Signal deserves a response or two from the Caped Crusader.
— Thomas kent (@kent1_10) October 11, 2016
Or one of his villains.
When you wake up after sleeping with a Galaxy Note 7 under your pillow. pic.twitter.com/yJbSh8FirK
— Grizzly Case (@Grizzlykreiden) October 12, 2016
4: Mocking It Old School
Here the Note 7 gets some vintage Axel Foley treatment.
The time to return your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is now pic.twitter.com/h7E5FxQxjx
— Technology (@te3hnologies) October 12, 2016
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5: Galaxy Hurt Locker
— J.T. Yaung (@jtyaung) October 12, 2016
6: Grand Theft Android?
We can’t leave our gamer friends out of this one.
— Rosy (@rose_k01) October 11, 2016
7: Starry, Starry Fright…
Drop this knowledge on your art history professor for some extra credit.
— MAD Magazine (@MADmagazine) October 11, 2016
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8: TEAM MEETING
It’s good to gather the group in an informal setting during trying times.
My friends and I huddled around my Samsung Galaxy Note 7… pic.twitter.com/NOE8BB8THf
— Andy (@FilmFillet) October 12, 2016
9: Any Ideas?
The New Yorker was either eerily prescient or doing the magazine version of a subtweet here.
— Nicholas Thompson (@nxthompson) October 12, 2016
10: The Official Statement
This one is a Photoshop of a Photoshop, so it’s a screenshot rather than an embedded tweet. It’s also probably close to what Samsung actually wanted to say. I had to blur out the you-know-what-bomb but you get the sentiment.
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It’s Not Official Until Ellen Weighs In
Ellen DeGeneres addressed the debacle on her show today, then shared it with everyone who couldn’t make it.
Someone in my audience told me her Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is working perfectly. I’m not so sure. pic.twitter.com/NXRTCtZ8JR
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 12, 2016
I’m off to figure out what my next smartphone is going to be now. I’ll try not to ruin it for everyone.