I am considering purchasing a Fairphone and I’d like to understand its likely longevity. Ideally, I’ll like to upgrade components as needed to step from one Fairphone version to a later version, but I get the impression that parts are Fairphone version specific.
For instance, is a Fairphone limited to its original processor model, which can only take me as far as a particular Android version?
Maybe I’m looking at this the wrong way, but scanning the Fairphone website didn’t provide any answers about the intended longevity of a Fairphone.
You can easily repair your Fairphone. With the current model, you get 5 years of support and repair parts.
Fairphones concept is more about the repairability and fairness in terms of the process chain.
You cannot upgrade the processer or other internal parts over time to stay “up to date”. But I also wouldn’t know another manufacturer that could/would do that.
but I get the impression that parts are Fairphone version specific.
I was in the same frame of mind as you @underlap
The main selling points to me were simplicity of self-repair, 5 year extended warranty, availability of parts from FP for 5 years and 5 years of software updates (occasional OS, regular security). I take that to mean that FP are big on longevity.
I don’t need an all-singing, all-dancing phone with the ultimate in camera technology. I do need something that gives me phone function with decent internet connectivity. Being 5G capable was the final tick on the sheet.