Fairphone 5 and the FP4 Protective and Flip Case?

For a comprehensive test of the Fairphone 5 in the new Fairphone 4 Flip Case, see @AndreasChris’s reply later in this topic.


Now this might not be Fairphone’s favourite topic by me, but I guess sooner or later people would wonder anyway:

How good or bad a fit is the FP4 Protective Soft Case (PSC4) on the FP5?

Note: Fairphone makes it clear PSC4 is Made for the Fairphone 4 only, not for any other Fairphone.

I just tried this and will go from bad to good. How do they match or mismatch?

  • Microphone #3 (long slim side) is far, far away from the PSC4 cutout (like 4-5 centimetres, so no point in a photo; it came out blurry anyway :wink: ). Here’s where you would need to make serious considerations about your PSC4 warranty and look at your tools.

  • Power button: Works ok’ish for switching it on, haven’t tried fingerprint recognition (doubts are allowed). Volume buttons like 2-4 mm shifted (lower on PSC4, higher on FP5), but still give significant clicky haptic feedback – better on volume down/just 2 mm than on volume up/more like 4 mm).

  • Microphone #2 (top end) looks ok.

  • Main Cameras look good, flash a tad bit close to the PSC4.

  • Microphone #1 (bottom end) looks almost like PSC4 was a PSC5. Same goes for the USB-C port. Speaker ok.

  • Generally the FP5 sits/feels rock-solid in the PSC4, although you can see some minor misfits on the front corners. Nothing shakes. Pressing on the middle of the back reveals the slight thickness difference. This might be easy to padden if necessary.

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They already did. :wink:

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Awesome! Thanks for checking! Very comprehensive :slight_smile:

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Thanks to @Volker I just had the opportunity to test my official Fairphone 4 flip case with an FP5. (You can find the test of the case with the FP4 in this thread. Here’s what we found:

In general the FP4 sits in the case pretty well and tight. At a first glance the FP5 definitely seems reasonably protected by the case:

All buttons on the right side, the microphone at the top, as well as the openings on the bottom (loudspeaker, USB C port, microphone) remain accessible:



The microphone on the left is obviously covered, as the FP5 microphone is in a different position. The FP4 microphone hole is useless, but also not counterproductive. This issue could probbly be fixed by drilling a little additional hole in the position of the FP5 mic:



Another issue is that the camera is not a perfect fit. There’s a little gap at the top-left corner and not enogh room at the bottom-right edge. I suppose this could also be easily fixed by filing or cutting away a little bit of the diagonal edge:



Also note that the curvature of the FP5 corners is a little bit different than that of the FP4, so there is a small gap between each of the phone’s cornera and the case as well. Overall the phone still sits pretty tightly in the case, with the exception of the right upper edge, which tends to slide outwards a bit and can be bent away with some force. This is partially due to the slight camera misfit. Overall the other three corners are still enough to hold the phone in place tightly, making it reasonably hard to remove the phone from the case.



Also note that since the FP5 is a bit slimmer than the FP4, there is an additional edge reaching above the display, which might actually be considered an advantage by some:

Overall I would consider the case usable, if one is willing to make the mentioned corrections for the camera- and microphone-misfit, but a perfect-fit case for the FP5 would obviously be better.

(Also note that I forgot to actually insert a USB-C cable while the FP5 was in the case, so you’ll have to judge that fit by the photos I made.)

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I just wanted to let the people know who want a bit more sturdy and better fitting flip-case, with 3 card slots, that there’s also the cases I have been making since I had my first Fairphone ( the Fairphone1)

The cases I make, come with the original FP5 protective cover (or you can order it without, if you have already ordered it) you can find them right here: https://annatreurniet.nl/collections/t-fairphone-cases
I would love to know if people are looking for specific features in a case. I can’ t guarantee I can make it all, but It would be great to know what people want in a Fairphone case :smiley:

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