I am very much dependent on my smartphone and need it for my day-to-day business.
As I wanted to support the Fairphone concept and idea I switched to FP3 when I needed a new Android smartphone, early after it was available.
As I was not sure if it could fulfill my requirements, I tested it first. A friend of mine was one of the first to get it’s hand on a FP3 in Switzerland and I found the phone capable and for my user profile.
I would describe myself as a heavy business user. My main app is an e-mail program that syncs with half a dozen accounts and currently uses 1.83 GB of storage. On the list with the most commonly used apps follow a note and collaboration app, a security app to support 2FA, a password wallet, a browser, a collection of banking, payment and cryptowallet apps and spotify.
I have no social media apps on the phone, except twitter and not a single game.
The two reasons why I quit using my FP3 are
- fingerprint reader
When I switch between my most used apps, I have latency times up to 2-3 seconds and startup times of 2-4 seconds. Especially apps, who require the camera seem to be slow starting up.
2-3 seconds don’t seem to be long but if I have to wait for my security apps e.g. to log in and switch between different customer accounts, it’s definitely too long.
The fingerprint reader at my phone fails every second attempt I try to use it generally speaking (when it doesn’t work a message appears that the sensor is dirty or the sensor doesn’t react at all). As I have my security, banking, password wallet apps etc. secured by the fingerprint sensor that’s a major drawback and adds to the relatively slow speed of the phone. I have never had similar problems with any other phone I have used in the past.
I tried to ignore the deficiencies other the last months but in the end I had to come to the conclusion, that I need a faster phone with a more reliable biometric sensor to secure my relevant apps.
I write this thread because I didn’t find anything similar when I searched the web before I ordered my FP3.
I knew that it is not a game or multimedia machine and didn’t expected that. Sadly I have to admit that the FP3 can be brought to it’s performance limit with (excessive) use of normal (business) apps too.
Even I can see the reasons of FP as a company why they don’t want to bolster the faster, higher, further trend in the smartphone market I would appreciate the development of a FP with more computing capacity and working memory.
I wish the FP project all the best for the future and would be happy to return at a later time.
PS: I know that there are several members in the forum who have critical attitudes toward points I stated above like the use of biometrics in general or in (Anroid) Smartphones and others. As I only wanted to share my experience, I wont’ react on answers regarding my way of working or if the security measures I use on my phone make sense and ask for your understanding on that topic.