I wanted to share my first impression of the Fairphone 2.
I’m using it now for 2 days, and I’m happy with it.
I think there are some specifics in the way I use my phone (I’m not an average user, but who is ):
- I use WiFi only, so no mobile internet (2G / 3G / 4G).
Hence I’m using the phone in 2G mode, as it’s less energy consuming
- I do not use it as a mediaplayer (no music / radio or video playback)
It’s also important to know that my previous phone was a Windows Phone (Nokia Lumia), so I have to get used to an android phone…
- The look and feel is good.
It’s bigger than my Windows phone, but it feels good in my hand.
The buttons are well positioned.
It’s also not too heavy.
- Of course I tried disassembling the phone
Removing the back cover is the hardest part really.
It fits rather tight to the phone, so it needs a bit of practicing.
Don’t forget to remove the battery before removing the screen, as it blocks the screen.
After removing the battery it’s very easy to remove the screen.
The modules are also easy to remove, and the phone even seems to be functional with removed modules (apart from the function of the module of course).
Reassembling the phone is just as easy.
Also placing the back cover needs some practicing.
- The phone is very quick, and responds very well.
Startup is a bit slower than my Windows phone, about 45 seconds.
- I experienced some glitches with the touchscreen the first day I used it.
It seemed to think I moved my finger all over the screen while I hold my finger steady at one point, which made the phone very hard to handle.
I haven’t seen this behavior again after a reboot (see link for further discussion).
- The battery lifetime (almost 2 days) is OK I think.
Since I played a lot with it, and WiFi was on most of the time, it’s hardly comparable with my average usage, but 2 days does not seem bad.
I used to have a battery lifetime of 1 week with my Windows phone, I’ll find out what it really will be in a couple of weeks, when I’m getting used to my new phone, and stop playing with it all the time .
- I don’t like the greyed icon of the second SIM card.
I would like to hide the icon, since I’ll never use 2 SIM cards, but I understand this is an Android issue.
It should be possible to hack it, but I haven’t tried yet.
What I have used so far:
- Phone call:
It’s working as expected, good audio quality.
Speed is good, no problems at all
- Location (GPS):
I just checked if it works, and it found my location pretty quick.
Haven’t tried it while travelling, I’ll do that in the next few days.
I have an issue with the location icon staying on (see this thread), but it’s a minor issue.
I made a couple of pictures, and I think the quality is OK.
But I never use a phone for serious photography, so I can’t really compare.
So, as a conclusion I’m very happy with the phone so far.