FairPhone 2 Review – How much (helpful) is fair?




We had the honor to test the world’s first modular smartphone. Moreover, the first is of Dutch origin. FairPhone has namely released its second smartphone, while the parts that are often the first to break up made replaceable. The FairPhone 2, anyone can replace the screen and battery without tools, and those with a small Phillips screwdriver in his possession, can also remove the speaker, microphone and camera modules. This should result in the phone lasts about three to five years, depending on the requirements of the user.

Sustainability is central to the choices made FairPhone. For a phone that lasts longer through a rugged design and easily replaceable parts are obviously fewer resources than if you would buy a new one every year. FairPhone attempts in more ways a better world to create. The company has managed to create several mining projects in Africa to get raw materials in a fair way from the ground. In addition FairPhone prevents the money that the mining application example is in the hands of armed militias, despite the fact that these mines are located in conflict areas.

In addition, the company tries with a project to improve working conditions in Chinese factories and to give workers a fair wage. This kind of project is a good example for the major manufacturers, but are in themselves of course only a drop in the ocean. That is why FairPhone is also aimed at its second smartphone on longevity. Besides all FairPhone collects old mobile phones and the phone itself is the conversion of recycled plastic.

FairPhone has all of the above, since the campaign began in 2010, much has been achieved in the area of ​​sustainability and fairness. However, that is not all, because the company is seeking a third after virtue, which is the honesty in line, and that is openness. This is partly reflected in the software and further allows FairPhone example, see where the selling price of 529.38 euros is built.

Speaking of that price, it is quite high if you look at the strict specifications. According FairPhone is mainly because Fairphone is not a major producer and therefore much less discount on spare parts. Fair do according FairPhone therefore are not even very expensive, especially as the major smartphone manufacturers have seriously it would go to work. In essence FairPhone therefore sees itself as a standard bearer, a way to start the conversation and to create awareness for producing a sustainable and fair way of smartphones


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