That was fast - thanks
Another “4 years and counting” user here:
Ordered mine 25.10.2015, first use on 09.02.2016. Currently running LOS 16.0 nightly 05.03.2020 (Thanks chrmhoffmann).
Wife’s FP2 (bought 2nd hand from an unhappy FP2 user has been up & running for 3 years. Currntly running (rooted) 19.11.2
Hi all, I’m new to the forum but have had a FP2 for a long time. My FP2 was born (delivered) in September 2015 so I’m nearly 5 years now. It was great up till about three months ago and now I think it’s really aging… I am really sad but it’s coming up to 5 years and I think that might be the end. :’-(
I might need a FP2 loss support group if I have to part with my FP. I’ve had it longer than I’ve been married! Anyway, if anyone has a FP2 this old and experienced this slowing down and has overcome it I would be interested to know. I have already:
-freed memory (3 GB)
-replaced other bits and bobs
-limited usage e.g. no music apps, no games,
What exactly does this mean in practice?
I would mention #fairphoneangels, but … social distancing.
It’s just slowed…right…down.
Takes a good while for any app to open, and for example if I want to write a message/comment, the keyboard takes a while to appear. It’s a little irritating if I need to rely on Google maps or if I need to make a quick phonecall. I missmoments as my camera takes ages to open.
I tell myself that it’s a test for me not to be so impatient and reliant on my phone!
I’ll look #fairphoneangels up but yes, social distancing…
Thanks for asking
That’s inconvenient, but this luckily sounds like software would be the culprit, not hardware.
A factory reset should help with that …
And if this doesn’t help, you can even get more serious …
I’ve done quite a few factory resets and have to restart the phone every two days or so.
I will definitely take a look at the installing from scratch link you shared. Thanks very much, you’re very kind to help.
Just make sure that after a factory reset you don’t “only” restore the Android backup as this may bring back everything which slows down your device.
4 years and still working well. replaced battery and upgraded camera.
The first FP2s were delivered in December 2015, so I think you confused something.
Thanks TobiasF- you are right I was looking at emails for when I placed the order and paid. It was probably not delivered till the release date now that you remind me. It was the first 17,750 FP2s
I think you might have treated your phone slightly better than me! I have had to change the bottom module a few times, screen X1, both cameras (but that was because I wanted to) and case about 5 times!
I am really happy with my Fairphone. It’s meant that I have been conscious about spending too much time on my phone or being too reliant on a phone. Will be sad if I have to replace it.
I had pretty similar experiences with my loved fp2! I just ordered my third bottom module because the microphone broke for a second time. i guess i drop the phone to often, sometimes with charging cable plugged. but im also happy that its still useable and software updates are provided regularily. best phone i ever had!
I got my shipping notification on the 19th of April, 2016. Which I believe means I officially have my FP2 running for over 4 years now! Normally I’m not really a sucker for badges, but this one I’d happily flaunt and be smug about!
I’m also at over 4 years now - got mine in February 2016 after the crowdfunding. I upgraded the back camera module and then had to replace the upgraded version once, since it broke. I switched to a slim cover a couple years ago and other than that, all still original.
Four year badge please?
Got my FP2 in the course of May 2016 (just before Fairphone announced its milestone of 100,000 Fairphone owners).
Only part that needed replacement so far has been the original case, of which the rubber-like rim fell apart; current transparent slim case still holding, albeit with some duct tape covering small cracks in one corner (@urs_lesse: bottom left one indeed, that is, screen down).
My first & only smartphone; never regretted my choice. Also very happy with this great forum.
Also clinging to my 4yr old FP2 first booted on 18th February 2016.
Similar signs of ageing, pixelated screen whilst scrolling, slow app starting, slow response if too many apps are let running. Two replaced bottom modules, two outer cases and permanently in 3G mode as it self reboots too often when using the GPS and 4G LTE. Was offered a complete swap by Fairphone when reported this within the 2-year warranty but I couldn’t find another loaner phone for the 2wk turn around at the time so just stopped using 4G.
Was sick of my iPhone 3s getting slower, unchargable and unusable when I read about Fairphone, By comparison my FP2 is slow but still usable as long as you treat it with a great deal of patience and care. Hoping the next software upgrade will breath some life into the old dog yet.
Would love a 4yr badge if I can get one.
Is there still enough internal storage left available or is it pretty filled?
I reached the 4 years mark earlier this month!
Lately I had random reboots again after many months without, sometimes the mic would not work and calls were impossible, it had spotify crashing very often and I could not show off my phone and recommend it to others, since I faced several problems during these 4 years.
So today… I received a brand new FP3!
Very happy so far, now I just need to send over all my data and send the FP2 to recycle
@urs_lesse it does get super slow with less than 5Gb free… I try to keep the internal storage as clear as I can, but email apps and others that insist on not using the SD card for non essential large files keep filling it up again. If only the default camera app could shoot video to the SD card.
I’ve just cleared out a load of unnecessary files then upgraded to build 19.11.1 (Android 7.1.2) and much to my surprise my FP2 has become more responsive, far fewer delays. I’d have expected late versions of Android to be more resource heavy and ultimately slower. However the pixelating screen and random reboots still seem to happen but keeping not to many apps on the go and manual reboots will hopefully at least get me to the 5 year mark and beyond!