Disclaimer : I’ll update this post with my impressions as the time goes (hence lying a bit with the title of this topic, since these won’t be my first impressions …).
It seems that I’ve had the bugs everyone had (flickering screen, the phantom touch inputs, the HIGHLY CRITICAL wifi symbol glitch, the rebel apps, bluetooth sound issue and the notification light problem).
For me the bluetooth issue is quite painful, since my mesh has the issue. I don’t have it on my car, however, the sound is crystal clear.
Context: my previous phone is a Sony Xperia V. It has a 4.3" display, 1GB RAM (700-ish usable), LTE, a 13MP camera, NFC, and an sd-card slot. I’m using it running CyanogenMod 11 (based on Android 4.4.4). Because of some apps I’m using, the phone is rooted.
Delivery: the phone was delivered to my place on the 4th of January, for an estimated delivery date in December. Not bad, given the end of year holidays. I was a little bit disappointed to receive it on the end of my holidays, but overly happy to finally have it !
Packaging: A nice recyclable minimalist package, which contains what’s needed : the phone, the back cover and a quick start guide (@anon90052001 : thanks for not having cut down a forest for the usual paper brick we can find in the phone boxes, along with the ton of plastic bags that usually present as well).
First contact: the phone is beautiful. It’s quite big in my hand, but I guess I’ll get used to it. The battery charging animation is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING. The phone is quite long to boot though, I think it’s a bit longer than my previous phone (quickboot is disabled, as I like my phone switched off, when I switch it off ). The black background with the components got my vote, it’s fabulous. I also like the default ringtone.
Playing with the back case: it’s quite difficult to wrap around every corner. I think this is a very positive thing, as the FP2 is solidly tucked into its case. Plus, after a few tries, it begins to be easier and easier.
The system: in spite of the several bugs aforementioned (which I don’t doubt will be fixed, as many users seemed to have experienced them), the system is smooth ! The animations are very fluid, all components are responsive. I’m not quite used to the Fairphone launcher 3, so I have installed (for now the catapult launcher).
Storage: I had a hard time with my sdcard: the exFAT filesystem was not recognized. @keesj : do you know if the driver is present in the FP2 kernel / as a module ? To solve my issue, I have emptied it and formatted it with the storage app. The microsd slot is quite tricky to operate : I have to put a knife under the card and pull it gently, else it doesn’t pull out (this is not really a defect : I don’t change my sdcard once a week). A great feature : it’s possible to directly mount the sdcard (i.e. without using MTP) via USB ! That’s great !
- Some instruction to root the phone (I know this is a polemic topic, so I won’t detail what’s already on another topic).
- The possibility to customize the notification color depending on the notifying app (for example, blue if I have an SMS, red if I have a mail, and purple if I have missed calls)
- It’s quite hard to listen to music while charging the phone, as the USB port is on the “bottom” of the phone
Some things I don’t understand yet:
- Although the “swipe” keyboard is enabled in the settings, swiping input is inoperant.
- I can’t find the “clear recent apps” button in the recent apps drawer
- The audio playback resumes after hanging up a call, and I couldn’t find an option to disable this
- The default lockscreen does not display the audio playback controls (<<, pause, and >>)