My first impression on the Fairphone 2 was the package sticking out of my mailbox, next to a busy street for everyone to see and take on a rainy and stormy afternoon this monday.
The only theft protection was the very forceful way the postman had inserted it, it was really had to get out and a little flatter than originally intended…
But thankfully the interior protection was still intact and the phone works.
Next came the task of migrating data. I would have liked to use my already payed for titanium backup pro, but that does not work without root… I thought about trying superuser but so far decided against it. I really would have liked to have the Fairphone OS ready by the time I got my Fairphone, I doubt I will install it once everything is finally working all right.
I am still a little bit angry about the root policy!
I have a FP1, which I will give to my husband once I am sure the FP 2 works ok. He is getting impacent
So I tried to migrate data with Helium as a non-root alternative.
I installed Helium on FP 1, no problem there.
Then I tried to install and activate Helium on my FP 2. No luck on Windows 7, No luck on Windows 8, even with alternative drivers. The first linux version also did not work. The second did not work on the fist computer. But on the second computer it finally activated Helium on my FP2.
It took a little bit of effort to get my FP1 recogniced again…
So I backed up on SD card, and some apps worked fine, others could not be backed up and sms and WLAN Login data did not work at all.
The calendar I had to synchronize via google. but here the wlan data also did not get transfered.
I have not found a solution for that yet.
The handling for the phone so far is fine, I have not had many touch screen problems and did not encounter the flickering problem yet. The hardware seems solid, the speed is good.
The display looks way nicer than the FP 1!
The phone itself is a little bit too big for me, I can’t really use it one-handed, I don’t like that.
Some chargers seem to work ok but a little slow, but my favored charger, placed next to my bed, has some reconnection issues causing the screen to go on multiple times in the middle of the night. Bad for my sleep so I will place another charger there.
My Home WLAN works well. My SD-Card was recogniced immediatly.
With a little bit of wiggling I was able to remove the display and inspect the modular build in all its glory.
My former headphone still works with the FP2, but the audiochannels are indeed crossed. But I can simply use the right headphone on my left ear and wise versa until it is fixed, because I have in-ear phones where this works.
As an alternative for Adaway I am trying Adguard and so far it seems to work ok. But if I will use it permanently I will have to spend some money.
If not for the migrating issue my experience so far would be quite good.
One issue became apparent today: Bluetooth:
Connection was not an issue but with two of my three devices the sound is so bad it is unusable, a constant stutter. I really hope this can get fixed because otherwise on the long term this phone is not usable for me!
-I think Fairphone should offer the choice between google apps and root from start, releasing the alternative Fairphone OS month after the phone is not a good policy as it will force many user to reset end completely reinstall their phone again or live with something not optimal.
-The phone itself works fine for me, apart from the major issues with bluetooth.
-It has a nice feel and looks good but it is a bit too big for me. But not so much that it would be a reason not to keep the phone.
-My postman seems to be an idiot.