I found the official rubber case already expensive, but with a protective screen it is a logical compromise over expensive custom made unofficial case. Plus you will support fairphone, they need the moneys.
I can relate, I had covers with such shell holders for my former Symbian and Windows phones and saw nothing wrong with that. But I can accept that sticky tape is easier on the case design and manufacturing side.
One by one kinds of covers I liked in principle got phased out, leaving only kinds of covers I like less. I liked flip covers which opened to the top more, and I really dislike book covers which open to the side. But apart from suboptimally fitting generic covers the book covers are all the flip covers there are currently for the Fairphone 3/3+.
The bumper which came with the Fairphone 3 really grew on me over time, though, I now just hope it will last. If not, this sticky tape they use now would be the least of my concern, supposedly you can remove this again. I have a case fixed like this on my Fairphone 2, I’m not worried about that.
Maybe the angle is bad but it does seem like you don’t have enough space on both camera and fingerprint reader.
In my case (no pun intended) the glue on Anna Treurniet’s case came off. This meant I had to reapply it. First I tried with some glue, but that didn’t stick for long. I used some white spirit to get that off and used dual sided sticky tape. This worked great, but in the summer I want to wear my smartphone on my belt (with a Mitch 15). So what I did is I applied some velcro. Now I can detach the Anna Treurniet’s case, and use Mitch 15 on my belt instead. I really like the idea of having my smartphone cover protected while phone is not in use. Young children and all that can wreak havoc. Btw, in all the circumstances I never used glue or tape or velcro around the letters of the Fairphone logo. My logo is still going strong! I also applied the velcro in the middle, with the help of a scissor I was able to get the bottom corners velcro’s too (with very minor velcro usage). The top corner I use some sticky tape, to reduce the amount of space between fingerprint reader/camera and case. It works great. However, not exactly as I wanted, cause without the sticky tape on top, the fingerprint is too far away.
As for your problem, you might be able to get better result with re-registering your fingerprint, or using sticky tape to reduce the amount of space with your fingerprint reader.
I look at a tree and I don’t want it to be cut, reforestation or not. But I will cut it to build a home for my body, same way I will kill an animal for sustenance, for the same reason I will kill a plant. All life deserves respect, vocal cords or not. Life feeds on life, it is inevitable. Thus the more humans there will be on this planet the more ecosystems will have to be sacrificed.
When I bought my /e/ FP3 last May, I found the bumper quite bulky and I saw in this forum someone who makes FP3 3D printed cases. I bought him one, but it wasn’t as sturdy as I thought and I finally get used to using the bumper, cause it felt safer (and proved to be great in falls). Anyway, my 3D printed case was laying in the drawer (it was a bit broken, but the guy who made it told me it could easily be repaired with super glue).
I recently bought a FP3+ for my partner and he wanted a flip or book case no matter what. I bought this one online, but the phone had to be “sticky taped” (I didnt’ like that, it feels like is not going to last long), plus my partner makes intensive use of the phone, often with dirty hands and in a not very clean environment (sheep, animals…). So I didn’t like the idea of the edges being so exposed (the previous phone’s case was very dirty at the edges, and we wanted this one to last at least as much as the previous one (4 years, battery problems)).
Therefore, taking @Woaloo s idea, I used the 3D printed case that was laying in the drawer but instead of glueing I sewed it with a sewing machine to the flip case. This way, the phone’s edges are protected ant dhe 3D printed case is well attached to the flip cover.
I put some pictures to illustrate.
The fingerprint sensor is deeper than we wish to, but it works and we prefer the protection and durability of the phone.
I hope this post helps someone else.
Well, that’s sound really great! Is this case closing well ? Is it not too bulky with the bumper ?
If it’s like my solution, I guess that the fingerprint is too deep. The idea would be to have a slim bumper (maybe a case that covers only the circumference of the phone, without background ) and flip case, but your solution is good.
Yes, the case is closing well, and no, it’s not as bulky as it looks like (I think with the official FP3 bumper it would be too bulky, but this 3D printed one is slim, there is no empty space between screen and flip cover), and the magnet works well when closing. The only thing “problematic” is that the shut down/volume buttons are on the left side, which is a bit more uncomfortable to handle, as the flip cover is also on the left side, but it is not a major problem, just getting used to it.
From 2 July until the end of July, Deutsche Telekom customers will exclusively receive a free protective phone case made from 100 percent recycled material (RRP 39,95EUR) for every Fairphone 3+ purchased from Deutsche Telekom.