As far as I know they are not producing the “old” covers anymore except the black and I think the blue translucent ones I don’t like this either, since I have a black transparent cover and I like it very much, but I think there was a problem with the materials (especially the glue between the plastic and rubber part) which led to many broken covers in the volume button area…
According to @Douwe’s statement from November 2016 only black matte and transparent covers were to be continued, all others (including blue translucent ) had been phased out already then:
However I can’t tell if they decided to also phase out the transparent one. Classic covers aren’t (currently?) available as spare parts and new FP2s can only be ordered with black matte classic covers.
Hmmm … I smell stock running out sooner than expected and showing up on eBay for unrealistic prices .
Anyway, Thanks for being clear about that, I guess I can understand that from a business (production and stock management) point of view, Fairphone is still a small company afterall.
From the view of a customer however, that doesn’t seem very smart. The regular and slim cases give two very different statements of what they are about.
For the slim cases to be able to really replace the regular bumper cases, they would need
proof they are as resilient and shock-absorbing as the black regular case (I find that hard to believe for now, and I own both cases.)
black and (at least semi-) transparent colour, that’s not even worth a discussion
Perhaps one of the Fairphone sellers would be interested in managing production and stock of (then former) regular cases, if Fairphone handed the design and specs over to them?
Come on now, they went to the lengths of making the “halfway unobtrusive blue” one for the non-fashionistas .
In actual validation tests, the slim case performed much better than the original ‘bumper’ case. We still have some TPU to absorb a share of the impact shock inside the case, and also by the design, the case splits open and the parts separate at impact, dissipating a lot of the energy in the fall. Think of legacy stick phones that we had in times past, they would explode in a large number of parts at impact, and then you put them all together and they worked fine. During the last validation test sets of the slim case, we had to drop the test units a large number of times from a significant height before the phone refused to boot up.
The black option didn’t look quite good during trials, so that’s why it fell off the original portfolio. We’re looking at updating the colour options. Stay tuned.
Design and spec are not the problem. Getting a tool set to work properly for this design is a different thing. We’ve spent a very large amount of time and money tuning this particular tool, and it is still a fussy chunk of expensive and precise high-grade steel with lots of moving parts. If someone wants to buy the tools (and the fixtures and jigs) and keep investing in it, and then source the materials (resin is sold in half tons increments basically), and establish a production line (because there are quite a few steps to produce this kind of part anyway, with many different processes involved as well), then we would entertain it.
Well @anon65928744, that is one comprehensive and informative answer, thank you very much .
I had hope for the black regular case at least, but in the meantime I read here that it’s coming apart for some people now as the transparent one was reported to do before … so I guess there’s no point to be made anymore regarding the regular cases .
Punching the air for joy!
I ‘lost’ my transparent blue case when my phone had to be replaced, despite sending a note begging for it to be returned.
Have just ordered one so my phone can look cool again.