So I am happy to have joined the forums and I am following the development of FP with great interest. It is amazing to have a device that you are able to repair yourself.
Now I’m not complaining, I think this device is a superb start to a growing need in the marketplace. That being said I think there are areas that would certainly improve on the adoption of such a device.
The first obvious area is the OS supported on the device. We are in a time where privacy is being eroded, where data is profit, and where cybercrime is organised business. The only reason why I haven’t purchased a FP today is that I value privacy over sustainability. That comment will probably get the trolls rolling in but it is a simple truth.
If I could have sustainability and privacy together then it’s a no brainer, but alas that isn’t the case. A device like the FP should be about options, the option to repair, the option to use android, or the option to use an alternative OS like lineage and Sailfish.
I know there are community ports available for this, but these don’t really fulfill that privacy requirement, especially in the corporate sector. I could easily see Fairphone 4 and sailfish 4 going hand-in-hand within the corporate environment. A device that can be remotely managed, policies enabled, and security features turned on by default, while also having the ability to easily repair. It seem like a win win situation.
While most people will be happy using android or apple devices, I think we are moving into times where people will start to demand more privacy based solutions in both the corporate and personal markets. There are of course other linux based phones out there, but these are either in the flagship price range, or are just not stable enough as a daily driver.
Thought ideas, feedback, oh and what the hell, even the trolls can blast me if they like…