Fairphone

Fairphone 4 launched with a five-year warranty

Fairphone 4 launched with a five-year warranty

Fairphone has definitely come a long way since it launched its first phone way back in 2013. It started from an extremely niche smartphone that only a few could appreciate to something that could actually appeal to conscientious smartphone users. Now in its fifth, yes fifth, generation, the Fairphone 4 is getting a major upgrade that does put it on par with some mid-range 5G phones. It may actually look a bit pricey for its specs, but, as Fairphone says, the true value of the phone is in things that consumers don't always see.

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Fairphone 4 will have a modern feature you won’t like

Fairphone 4 will have a modern feature you won’t like

The Fairphone remains the only modular and completely repairable phone in the market that anyone can buy. These phones are also quite outdated compared to their contemporaries, but their value lies beyond their technical specifications anyway. The Fairphone 4, however, seems to be designed to actually catch up with some of the characteristics of modern smartphones, but it might have unfortunately picked up a trait that some smartphone users could probably do without.

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Fairphone 3 upgrades and parts still available after end of sale

Fairphone 3 upgrades and parts still available after end of sale

The modular phone dream stood on two legs, one that promised easy repairability, and another that offered potential upgradability. Unfortunately, that dream nearly died completely after the cancelation of the Project Ara phone and the failure of the LG G5. Only the Fairphone has survived to become the world's most repairable and sustainable phone, and it is once again proving its worth. The company has announced that one of its current phones has reached its end of sale, but, unlike most smartphones, it doesn't mean that the Fairphone 3 has reached its end of life.

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Fairphone 2 gets Android 9, explains Qualcomm bottleneck

Fairphone 2 gets Android 9, explains Qualcomm bottleneck

Although it was partly born of that modular phone dream, Fairphone pursued a path towards more practical sustainability, especially when it comes to Android updates. That mission was sorely put to the test with the Fairphone 2 which is now in its fifth year. Although it was already in testing last year, the phone is finally getting Android 9 Pie. That's admittedly two and a half versions late by now but the company explains why the ecosystem, particularly Qualcomm, seems to be set to foil such endeavors at every step.

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Fairphone 3+ makes modular phone future a reality

Fairphone 3+ makes modular phone future a reality

This week the folks at Fairphone dropped the gauntlet when it comes to creating a sustainable future for electronics and our planet Earth. Much like a gaming computer, Fairphone 3+ has the ability to upgrade parts, one part at a time. If you want a better camera, you replace the camera, not the whole phone.

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Fairphone 2 is getting a major update five years after launch

Fairphone 2 is getting a major update five years after launch

Smartphones, expensive and powerful as they are, seem to be designed not to last long, at least as far as manufacturer support goes. There have been many that call out such arbitrary practices but only a small few actually take action to provide an alternative. The Fairphone 2 is one such alternative, designed and built to be ethical, repairable, and long-lasting. Proof of the latter is now coming via a major Android update, even if it's not the Android update many will presume it to be.

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Fairphone and /e/ team up for a sustainable Google-free Android phone

Fairphone and /e/ team up for a sustainable Google-free Android phone

For most people, Android is synonymous with Google and almost inconceivable without it. It's an association that some, including ROM makers and even phone makers like Samsung, have been trying to break unsuccessfully for years. The recent situation involving Huawei has only reinforced the conception of how intricately tied the open source Android platform is with Google's proprietary software. That's why two companies are now joining forces to create a phone that is not only easily repairable but also free of any proprietary Google product.

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Fairphone 3 keeps the modular phone dream alive for sustainability

Fairphone 3 keeps the modular phone dream alive for sustainability

Google's, formerly Motorola's, Project Ara may have started it but it seems that Fairphone is last one standing in the modular phone arena. In fact, it just announced its third-gen modular phone, of course, called the Fairphone 3. While the core specs might not be all that impressive, the fact that you could, in theory, swap out its current parts for better modules in the future, makes the Fairphone 3 almost immortal which, ironically, might not be good for conventional business.

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Fairphone 2 the only Snapdragon 801 phone to get Android Nougat

Fairphone 2 the only Snapdragon 801 phone to get Android Nougat

Remember the Fairphone? It was one of the less eccentric attempts at a modular smartphone that focuses more on replacing integral components rather than some inessential addons. Unfortunately, the last Fairphone sold was the Fairphone 2 back in 2015 and we barely heard anything from in since its first modular camera launch last year. Now the company is making headlines once more by pushing an Android 7.0 Nougat update to the smartphone, making it the first and so far only phone running on a Snapdragon 801 to get the not so latest Android update.

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Fairphone 1 no longer supported because parts cost too much

Fairphone 1 no longer supported because parts cost too much

Many have tried to make the modular smarpthone dream come true, but they all did things differently. Project Ara was closest to that image of a modular phone, while both LG and Motorola interpreted the dream more as modular addons. A less known variation was that of the Fairphone, which saw modularity as equivalent to repairability, where individual parts can be replaced when broken. But like Ara and LG, Fairphone is half-conceding defeat, retiring its first smartphone because spare parts are no longer available.

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“Modular” Fairphone 2 relaunched with removable slim covers

“Modular” Fairphone 2 relaunched with removable slim covers

Project Ara perhaps embodied the ideal of a truly modular smartphone, but now that it’s dead, the interpretation of what “modular” means is fair game. For LG, it means removing the bottom edge to plug in accessories. For Motorola, it’s simply magnetically attaching a back cover. For the makers of Fairphone, however, it simply means being able to easily replace components when they’re broken. Originally launched last year, the “easy to repair” Fairphone 2 is now getting a refresh with its first customizable part: a back cover.

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FairPhone hits production goal: aims to “put social values first”

FairPhone hits production goal: aims to “put social values first”

The device known as FairPhone has reached its initial funding goal, hereby making the device a reality and taking the aim of the program to a much more real place. This device aims to be manufactured and sold in as "fair" a way as possible, starting with conflict-free resources, an "open, flexible design", and what the group calls "transparent" production and pricing. This machine aims to go to market to take on top-tier smartphones like the Samsung GALAXY S 4, the iPhone 5, and the HTC One while it does so with a clear conscience.

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