– and why some explode
Battery life is an explosive issue. Literally, as Samsung is discovering to its dismay. The company’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphone was praised upon release for best-in-class battery life, far outpacing its key competitor, the iPhones 6S and 7 Plus. Then it started blowing up. Samsung issued a recall and replace programme, and the replacements also started blowing up, forcing the company to suspend production entirely.