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Cover for the FP3

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On my search for a good cover for my FP3 I came across the reboon covers. They seem to be quite versatile and well made. The big plus is, they are not dedicated to special mobile phones. So I could find a case that would match the FP3.
I decided to buy the Boonflip XS2. For anybody interested, I’ll share some pictures of the FP3 with and without bumper put into this cover.
Without bumper, I’d say it fits quite perfect.
With bumper the FP3 becomes a little too long. So the bumper will stick out a little at the top. It also is a but too thick with the bumper. But with a little wear (I’ve had the civer for one and half days now) the cover begins to close quite smoothly.

These are with the bumper:

and these without:

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Thank you for the tip / review of your cover Arne! I am going to buy one. Where did you buy yours?

Kind regards,

Laurens

I bought it in Germany from expert.de

After some days of use I want to add some findings.
Since the lid closes around the bottom of the phone it cannot be charged with the cover closed. The cover has to be open or the taken out of the cover for charging. The headphone jack, the buttons and the speaker all remain unobstructed, even with the lid closed.
The booncover Xs2, which is a bookstyle cover, might be an alternative. With the lid closing around the left side of the phone it would obstruct the buttons. Especially with the power button that might be annoying. And since the booncover is only designed for devices 7mm deep (the boonflip is designed for 9mm),you certainly could not fit the fairphone with bumper.
The other thing, that is a bit annoying is the flap for the camera. To me it works great to access the fingerprint reader. I don’t really have to open the flap, I just slip my index finger between the back of the phone and the flap. For this scenario it is great that the fingerprint reader is so far uo, close to the top of the phone.
But for taking pictures the flap has to be pushed back and held with a little force, otherwise it will be seen in the capture.
Otherwise I’m happy with this cover. I like the looks. I like the build quality and I like the protection the lid and back provide.

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Thank you Arne for your feedback!!
Very useful to me.

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Unfortunately I have to add one more complaint. The Velcro is already very loose. The Fairphone is still holding tight in the closed cover. But once opened up it will fall out very easy. In the beginning it was held tight by the velcro. I do remove the phone quite regularly, so if you intend to never remove the mobile from the cover, this will not be an issue.

One thing is for sure … the build quality of the reboon boonflip XS2 is much more convincing than the build quality of the currently only other available no-bookstyle no-rotating flipcase, the K-S Trade cork cover.

However they both stick out quite a bit left and right, they are noticeably wider than the phone. I guess that’s what you get with generic covers which were available for other phones even before the Fairphone 3 came out.
I don’t like the handling of the phone this way at all.

I returned the K-S Trade cover, and I’ll keep the reboon cover in case I start to worry that the original bumper might be not enough until I find a decently fitting no-bookstyle no-rotating flipcase for the Fairphone 3.

Shameless copy from the German topic, just follow the links …

And via Etsy there still seem to be some colours of the leather case in stock right now … https://www.etsy.com/listing/745687273/fairphone3-flip-cover-case-book-type-eco.

Review of Anna Treurniet’s FP3 cover.

I’ve been using the case for 2 days now. Here are my initial findings.

Pros

  • Absolutely not slippery. It won’t slip out of your pocket or hands.
  • Everything fits, if you don’t mind looking on the mm precise.
  • Available today.
  • Made within 2 business days, received 4 business days after payment.
  • Indy designer.
  • Minor, obfuscated branding.
  • Vegan case.
  • Magnet clasp.
  • Place for a plastic card (case blocked my OV chipkaart’s NFC when I tried)
  • Bumper still fits.
  • Power button, volume buttons usable while case closed if you learn to aim (I suppose you could even mark the spots on the case).
  • Good communication with designer.

Cons

  • I don’t like seeing the white on the black (see pictures)
  • You can see it is handmade (minor artifacts with e.g. stitching)
  • At 67 EUR I find it on the expensive side (though S&H was free within The Netherlands)

All in all, I’m happy with the case.

Update 8 Dec: finally managed to borrow my partner’s Pixel 3A to make some pictures!

Back

Front

Inner big

Inner small

Photos taken after case has been in use for 1-2 weeks.

(Sorry for the bad quality of photos :smiley: )

EDIT: 24 Jan 2020: the top right corner on the back (near the camera) is losing its form. I had to use some glue to attach it to the case. I’m using hobby glue because I want to be able to detach the case e.g. to remove SIM or battery or repair phone.

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While a vegan option is always nice to have, in my opinion it deserves a mention how this is achieved, too (I suppose everybody knows what leather is with its implications).

Wikipedia has an article about
Piñatex, the material used for the cover, and the article has a section on sustainability … (Spoiler: Not looking pretty, if you read the whole thing.) …

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi%C3%B1atex#Sustainability

So, I think it’s a bit pick your poison in the case of leather vs. Piñatex.

(Interesting article edit there, by the way, yesterday.)

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That animal rights and climate / sustainability are at odds, does not surprise me. I’ve come across that conundrum regularly.

I needed something to protect my screen. I already almost dropped my FP3. Which wouldn’t have been good for the environment either. Nor my wallet.

Byproduct of petroleum is actually a good thing, as it is a byproduct of something widely in use. Using something of plastic for 3-5 years is adequate.

The changelog includes also:

Included full disclosure of the ingredients, a sustainability section, and reputable references to support the new content. Deleted ‘vegan’ from the properties because this is not a factual property of the material, and controversial when considering the full lifecycle of it.

You can take veganism as extreme as you want it to.

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Just a heads up that I (finally) added the pictures to that post.

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HI there,
I would be happy about more tips and hints for other fp3 book style covers.

Is there a more popular device with the same measurements available to be able to choose for those vocers?

Anna Treurniet’s FP3 cover seems to be the only one so far?

Best regards
Jan

Well, not exactly.
At least a search on “amazon (de)” or on “amazon (uk)” for example brings quite a few results - that you regularly can shop somewhere else of course.
Here are some examples:


:uk: Link to the uk-page for the above case


:uk: Link to the uk-page for the above case

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Be aware, however, that most of what’s available currently at the bigger shopping platforms are generic cases meant to fit a range of different smartphones with similar measurements. They should fit in general, but don’t expect them to fit perfectly like they were tailor-made for the Fairphone 3.

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