The Guardian includes the Fairphone 3 as “the ethical alternative” in a list of “Five of the best mobile phones – whatever your budget” …
Yet another modular “phone” :
For those who need a dumbphone, I can recommend a CAT25. It is rugged, and you can remove the battery (later CAT dumbphones don’t have the latter feature and run some “smart” OS like KaiOS or w/e it is).
I just don’t get the point of adding GSM to such. I would not put a SIM in it anyway. I’ll be buying a Pocketsprite for the family. That’s the kind of device I would on my keychain if my kid is bored in the train
European Commission produces new rules to make household appliances more sustainable:
The article claims:
The Fairphone 3 has been launched. That is no more than a step in the right direction, because smartphones are almost impossible to make sustainable.
Local though not fair.
You bet me to it
I first learned about it on notebookcheck.net. The company website is very slow and glitchy, but the product specifications are very thorough. If only some other manufacturers were this open about their products. The only information missing is input/output ports. I can see from pictures that it uses a single micro USB port though, which is probably a good choice for compatibility with other chargers in Rwanda. Only the cheaper ‘X’ model has a removable battery. The other one is glued shut. The X uses the lighter ‘Go’ Android 9.0 with its 1GB of dynamic memory, which I’m sure would work just fine.
True. Rwanda is a nice country though. I can not say that work practices there are fairer than in China, but I’ll wager that they are. I want to learn more about Rwanda now.
Correction: How wrong I was! Rwanda is still most certainly not a nice country. A simple look on Wikipedia about the leader, Paul Kagame was sufficient.
Your smartphone does quite a bit of damage: can’t that be fairer and more sustainable?
The smartphone that you carelessly let disappear into a drawer after a few years of use, comes about in rather problematic circumstances. Can’t that be fairer?
And of course Fairphone is mentioned in the article:
We asked experts from the field, viewed reports from telephone brands themselves and spoke with Fairphone, a Dutch telephone brand founded in 2013 that recently released its latest model; the Fairphone 3. Precisely because of the great effort it has to make to make its devices “fair”, this company illustrates better than anyone how deeply rooted the problems of the telephone industry are.
Google appears to be cracking down on software asking for donations, despite such software being FOSS. The software is still available on F-Droid.
One more reason to be not relying on Google Play Store.
An article about Fairphone with mostly stuff we all know
I had to cringe a bit at this sentence
The company designs for longevity, easy repair, and modular upgrades.
That might lead to unmet expectiations I fear
The item is in Dutch but that news should be linked elsewhere as well. The point is that the first Google Pixel was released on October 4 2016, and receives its last security update in December 2019. Which is 3 years and 2 months (38 months) updates. For a flagship device. Which cost 800 EUR. By one of the largest corporations in the world (Google).
I had a lengthy discussion about that on twitter once. A person there couldn’t imagine how Fairphone can guarantee 5 years of support when Google only has 3. That person also didn’t seem to understand that the FP2 already has longer support than 3 years. I was at the end of my explanation skills…
Also had disbelief, or laughs that is was running ancient Android 5/6/7 (whatever it was at that time). What matters is that the device is stable and secure though.
Of interest for the Android jailbreak (or unpatched vulnerability) community is https://research.checkpoint.com/the-road-to-qualcomm-trustzone-apps-fuzzing/ which I suppose (not sure) could defeat Widevine, and/or get you root. I didn’t verify if the FP2 or FP3 are vulnerable.
(There’s also been a jailbreak for a lot of iPhone devices.)
The article that clued me in that the fairphone even exists (i had no idea until then, would have likely brought FP1 and FP2 otherwise)
Now a FP3 owner
The Met Office Hadley Centre is one of the UK’s foremost climate change research centres. This is their “Climate Dashboard” which is “Tracking the Changing Climate with Earth Observations”. The dashboard contains clear graphs which should be convincing in a discussion, even with climate change deniers.
https://co2.earth also has much information about climate change.
The Laughs section is particularly funny: https://www.co2.earth/earth-to-america
They call themselves “The world’s first ecologically sustainable computers” (all-in-one computer, laptop and mice)
Jolla has released Sailfish OS support for the Sony Xperia 10 (Plus). Some hope they might support Fairphone 3 eventually, though I’m not holding my breath.