Closed Poll: What improvements on Fairphone 2's Hardware are most important to you?

Screen’s big enough for me and I don’t mind the weight either. I prefer a slightly heavier, more robust feeling phone than the ultra lightweight plastic feel of Samsung devices.

Bluetooth is important as well as a better camera (not necessarily higher pixel density but better image quality). 4G/LTE is probably also a good addition. I also think it’s a very good thing if the next FairPhone keeps its SD card slot.


So, what’s your vote? :slight_smile:

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Oh lol, I didn’t realize it was a poll.
I voted for better GPS support because that is still a nagging issue with the phone. It has much improved since the 1.8 update but it’s still a little jumpy from time to time.

Second choice woudl be having the hardware OS buttons (options, home, back) replaced with software on-screen buttons. It saves some size of the device without making the screen smaller.


The first point looks like a bug, no?

Definitely the GPS - I have to ignore about half the directions when using the navigation feature, as the location has suddenly jumped 3 roads over from where I really am (my previous Android smart phone never had any such problems).

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I recognise the problem. Driving on a highway and getting a warning because you should only drive 50 km/h, turn left and drive to the nearest highway :smiley:

I think GPS problems could need further and deeper investigations wrt the precision, because I never had problems like this using either OSMAnd and Navit (I don’t have GApps installed, so I can’t speak about Maps).
I suppose there could be at least 2 kind of problems:

  1. GPS poor reception (due to lack of signal power and/or satellites visibility, or for hardware problems with the internal receiver);
  2. errors on vector map data (due to low precision in some areas or wrong data);
    Maybe we could try to open a new thread and do some sort of research using a set of “standard” tools (like SatStat for testing the GPS reception and OSMAnd or any OpenStreetMap based software to test map data).
    What do you think? :smile:
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Concerning GPS precision for me the only problem is because of charging : see below

I hope that it could be solved by software (v1.8 ??) and for sure FP2 GPS precision MUST NOT be influenced by charging.

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Is it not an issue of the charger? It seems that it can be resolved by using an iron ring.

Uhm! That’s very interesting, I’ll give it a try, didn’t think about this before, so I am unable to say if this happened to me while driving.
Thank you!

I tried with a very stable power supply : battery of my car (motor is stopped) with a linear voltage regulator (lm317) to convert 12V from the battery to 5V needed by USB port (No noise-generating switch mode power supply like the ones you can find in cheap cigarette lighter adapter)

And even in this case I get the same faulty behaviour : GPS is wrong and is OK as soon as I unplug the USB cable.

I would really really like a 4.7in screen because I think it would be more suitable now that so many things can be done through a smartphone. However I chose GPS because the lack of life in the GPS engine was a huge letdown for me during my US road trip. I don’t mind the weight though the heavier the device, the harder the fall: my phone fell on the tarmac from my pocket as I was getting out of my car (so not very high) and it chipped badly a corner on the white frame…

Please the screen smaller… I don’t want a phablet, I want a phone

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For me I think battery life is very important, either through improved power management or a bigger capacity.

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I will close this poll on Monday, 23rd :scream: and report the findings. I will continue with another poll, stillt thinking about the questions. You are welcome to send me suggestions via PM. :wink:


I couldn’t decide between battery lifetime and better location service, but in the end I
chose better location service since I can manage charging and maybe buying a 2’nd batterie but have small influence about location service.
Nice would be also infra red to use FP as remote control device - not important, just nice.

I can’t find the most important option: the flash of the camera. I’m absolutely happy with my FP1, but the current flash is so weak and bad, that I consider buying FP2 only because of that.

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I will do another poll later, maybe i will come back at your suggestion.

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This poll is closed. The first round is over. The poll hat 317 views with exactly 70 people voting. In 25 comments, they explained their choices or made interesting suggestions. Here are the results: Asked to choose one of following areas, users clearly opted for better location services with 46% of votes. Following, are Battery Lifetime and Usability Papecuts (like the Proximity Sensor or Range of Screen Brightness) with 26% and 23%. If asked to decide for only one think, Less Weight and a Larger Screen seem to be less important. Keep in mind that the Fairphone 2 will see improvements in several areas, so don’t be disappointed if your choice came in the last place. But if it were only one of these five, it should be Location services.


Thanks for the poll, @ben! I’m looking forward to the next one! :slight_smile:

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