As you can see based on the boxes below, the top one is the new (replacement) box, the bottom is the original (defective) box. The only difference is the new one has a black box in the right corner, the old one does not. Other than that, there is no other (current) way to see any difference between defective or new product. Samsung is going to have to address this through a software update, whereby any 'safe' phone will have some way to show/prove that it is a good one. Without visual evidence, these new devices are worthless. As it is, Note 7 early adopters are faced with a tough dilemma. The Note 7 brand has been destroyed. Once these phones do eventually go back on sale, the only way Samsung will be able to sell them, will be to offer extremely deep discounts and/or gift bundles. Absent of that, who is going to pay full pop for a Note 7 in October? Very very few would be willing to, no matter how awesome the phone is, and it is every bit an awesome phone btw. Probably the smartest thing for any Note 7 early adopter to do is to return the phone for a full refund now while we can. Even if you love the phone, waiting a month or two to re-buy it, is probably going to pay off big time. I'm still on the fence of what to do. And it would've been really appreciated had Samsung been forthcoming about what their plans are for providing some form of visual marking to easily prove it is a 'new/safe' Note 7.
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