FP1(U) Longevity "Experiment"

My partner Adri who’s getting my Fairphone 1 is also planning to keep as long as possible.


I will…but if I’ll find someone who wants my second hand FP1 I hope he/she will on behalf of me :stuck_out_tongue: and I’ll try to achieve that date with a shiny FP2 :smiley:
Bye! :slight_smile:

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Possible now with @chrmhoffmann’s custom ROM:



After more than a year using my FP1U, first problem with the back cover it opens all the time.
For sure, phone has fallen several times…

So I bought a case and problem solved


That was the beginig of my Fairephones dead :frowning:.

The battery started to become bolted, that opened the Fairphone all the time, if I wanted to close it I had to push that hard, that I saw color effects on the display.

I believed that this won’t be a problem, because I had a phone with changeble battery but unfortunately Fairphone wasn’t able to deliver one and I wasn’t able to wait to long for a phone that dosn’t loose its parts all the time. So I’m an owner of a LG G4 since some month and I hope I will get spare parts for that when I need them.

So the Fairphone Experyment has failed for me :disappointed_relieved:.

Did you mean “bloated”?

But you’re right, spare parts (like battery and screen) have to be available all the time. Nobody wants to be months without a smartphone because the battery bloats (or another part is broken) and no replacement is available.


I meant bloated. I was very sad as I noticed that I can’t get the spare part.

I think this is currently the biggest problem of FairPhone. As the battery of my first Android phone, a HTC Desire S got weak, it was no problem to buy a new one from a third party producer. So the phone can and is be used by my mother nowadays. Ok, the display will now reach the end of its life, after 5 years of use. But this are 4 years longer than my FairPhone was active. And the HTC was nothing special, it hasn’t promised to live long etc.

That is why I hope, that I can use my LG longer again. The support of LG might end quickly but I hope it was popular enough to make it interesting for third party producers of spare parts. So I can fix it if necessary (it git 8 of 10 points from iFixit).

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Fairphone’s batteries have fair cobalt. Apple’s doesn’t.
Fairphone still sells batteries for an out-of-production phone. Apple doesn’t.

Fairness has its limits at the moment, I guess. No 3rd-party fair batteries, but 1st-party, al least.


…One year later…

U still using ur FP1(U)?

I still do :wink:

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At least @paulakreuzer bought a FP2.

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Yes I do. :slight_smile: I do have an FP2 too, but I’m using both and also sometimes lend one of them away.


FP1U over 2.5 years now and still going strong :smile:


The FP1U was sold in July/August 2014. It can’t be 2.5 years yet. My FP1 First Edition is 2.5 years now! :wink:

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Oops, sorry, it’s indeed the FP1 FI I have not the ‘U’.
But it’s over 2.5 years now: 32 months to be exact, up to it’s 3rd anniversary! And awaiting the make-over to 4.4.4 :slight_smile:


To all, who have made it until today with their three year old Fairphone: Get you special badge! :smiley: :hourglass:


Well, in spite of my best intentions it looks like my FP1 is almost end of life. The number of apps that can’t be used due to the too old Android version is increasing rapidly.
And that’s really bad: the phone looks almost new from the outside, but is becoming less and less usable. And that after only 3 years :frowning:
Not exactly what I expected when I embraced the FP-philosophy…

You could join the beta testers. Many apps would probably work again.

I think FP1 has Android 4.4 right ? It’s still by far the most common Android OS in the world, I’m surprised many apps are dropping support for it.

No, it is officially still on 4.2.

You could also switch to a Gxxgle-less life. The thing is that in the FOSS world it’s always a hard debate if an app should drop support for older Android versions. In any case there is almost always a legacy version that can be downloaded to older phones.