Fairphone 2 Review – Not as Fair as You Might Think

The predecessor to the Fairphone 2 was introduced to the market back in 2013, and it was when the Dutch startup with the same name planned on injecting some much-needed environmental awareness into the mobile phone market. There were approximately 60,000 customers who have purchased the original device, and now three years later, we get its immediate successor. It is even dubbed as the “ultimate ethical smartphone.”

Fairphone 2 Review - Not as Fair as You Might Think

The Fairphone 2 is Dubbed as the Ultimate Ethical Smartphone

While the premise behind the creation of the Fairphone 2 is promising, there aren’t much pleasing factors that can really be said about it. To start, there’s that price tag that is incredible in heft. Hence, while it might be dubbed as completely ethical, a look at its price tag is not for the faint of heart or for those who have tight budgets. Nevertheless, the creators of this particular smartphone (and one that is the world’s first commercially available modular handset at that) are keen to promote their device’s longevity to justify its steep price tag.

The second installment to the Fairphone smartphone is made out of six core components and they are quite easy to dismantle. The company plans on giving its consumers the idea of purchasing a new smartphone each time they buy and install a new module for it. Therefore, upgrading and repair costs for the handset will be a lot more cost-friendly as compared to purchasing an entirely new phone. This also reduces the overall environmental impact especially when it comes to other smartphone manufacturers who bring out device after device each year.

Even though it does look very promising, and it IS the world’s first modular smartphone that is available on the market, it has somewhat underwhelming hardware specifications. Couple that with its high price and it would be very difficult to recommend this to just about anyone. The noble idea behind the creation of this phone does not push itself quite enough to make the device worth recommending anyone except for those who are deeply involved in protecting the environment.

The Fairphone 2 comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop right out of the box, but since there are a lot of Android Marshmallow operating systems that are popping out of the market, it would be nice to see an upgrade in the near future. However, at the time of writing, there is no news for any planned upgrades for its software which is quite disappointing.


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