I have owned a FP1, FP2, and now recently got a FP3.
I didn’t want to touch on the ethics - which are why anyone would even be reading anything here. We are down for the earth.
I also won’t touch on the hardware specifics, since we can call them “competitive” and leave it as that. I think for most that are here, that is sufficient.
I wanted to focused on a few other things that are “lacking” from my FP experience, which may not be obvious to most at the beginning, or maybe ever at all.
It’s is true, the FPs are modular, in design, and easily repairable, so IN THEORY, you can always just repair your phone. I am disappointed to say, in my experience, this is not the reality in practice. You are bound to replacement parts being available, which in many cases is not the case. Sure, one could argue, “the phone is older, we no longer support it, you need a new one anyway,” but by that logic, I can just buy a Samsung or iPhone and threw it away in 2 years. I know hardware isn’t infinitely supported, but my last two FPs (1, 2) I had to replace, not because they completely stopped functioning, but because the particular item I needed to replace was no longer available – or was no longer going to be available for that said phone.
I am not a logistics expert, and can certainly grant space for not having a warehouse full of replacement parts that will never be used. But, having NO avenue (other than competing against ebay resellers) for replacement parts after a certain point also seems not too cool.
My wife still uses my old FP1, with it’s cracked screen.
All in all, I still got another FP (3, this time), because of it’s principles, and reasonable price. The only other phones I would consider for privacy/security, were significantly higher priced. I just dropped in an /e/ foundation ROM into my FP3, and am happy with that.
What other thing I wanted to mentioned is that I have considered returning my FP3. It has several unusual design aspects, err rather flaws in my view:
- power button on the left side middle of the device? who does that?
- If you are right handed, the most “natural” way to hold the phone nicely palms the speaker, muffling all sound from the device.
- The device is quite huge. I mean, I can’t fit it into my pockets, almost need to put it in a bag.
- Because of those 3 elements, the device is annoyingly unusable in many typical phone holders someone might have – and there is no hope of getting one that will fit.
I don’t want to say I won’t get another FP, because I said that after the FP2, and yet here I am.
But, I will say, I have grown more and more disillusioned with this product.