I’ve tried searching but maybe I am using the wrong terms…
Currently using a Fairphone 3+ on eos. I’m thinking about upgrading because I could really do with 5G (use mobile data as a hotspot for work). Have had the phone since 2020 and it is working well enough. Get a bit of camera envy sometimes but I know that’s part of the deal.
Wondering if there are any significant benefits to upgrading to either a FP4 or FP5 over and above 5G functionality, and what the difference is between them? I see the FP4 can be bought from the Fairphone shop with eos. I wouldn’t be against getting an Android though if the tech was noticeably better.
My other option is to get an additonal data plan and a 5G router until the FP3+ gives up. I reckon that will cost around £300 a year. Possibly the more sustainable choice.
Any thoughts, feedback or links to similar topics appreciated
I can just say that I’m really happy with the upgrade FP3 > FP5. Much faster performance, much better camera, though sadly without a headhpone jack. Can’t answer for the FP4 though - it’s bound to be a good upgrade too. I just believe the FP5 might be more future proof (if you intend to keep the phone as long as it is supported).
I find 4G is a bit slow for video calls with lots of participants - it isn’t the end of the world but it would be nice to have reliably decent ‘home’ internet (cabled broadband options are slower than 4G!).
That’s really good to know, thank you. I think with trading in the cost would be a bit cheaper than buying 5G mobile data for a couple of years… By which time who knows how expensive smartphones will be! So while I don’t love the idea of getting rid of a phone that basically works, the idea of having something well future proofed is good. Might wait to see if an EOS version comes out, if that is in the pipeline (thanks @Winsto ).
No headphone jack is annoying but I think I still have a USB-c adaptor knocking about from my old phone, so not a deal breaker.
Sony has a great solution for that, SBH24. I’ve bought it last year and couldn’t be happier. It is dirt cheap and has a great sound quality. I don’t understand how nobody talks about it. It is IMO the ultimate solution because it makes any headphone Bluetooth compatible.
I upgraded from 4 to 5 in October, and the main reasons to go for 5 instead of 4:
you can not set the top charge for the battery to 80% (your battery lasts longer if you don’t need the extra capacity daily, but you can still access it when you need, for example, when you travel)
the camera is a bit better, but I think it’s mostly due to software and processing power (not megapixels):
you can record videos with the wide lens
there is some macro capabilities with the wide lens
better performance (nothing mind-blowing; it’s just a bit better, and I expect it to perform better in the long run)
longer software support (10 years)
nicer, thinner form factor (5 with the case is as thick as 4 without a case)
The OLED screen is not a big difference compared to the one on the 4. I run mine on 60Hz anyway; maybe if you want 90Hz, it’s a worthy investment
I am unsure in which video I heard this: because of the rare earth elements, the Bluetooth and vibration motor are now weaker. I noticed both in my use: I can block the Bluetooth signal with my hand when I’m running if I cover my phone in a certain way (only with some headphones), and I can barely feel the vibration when the phone is in my pocket (when I’m on duty I can’t keep my phone on vibration anymore).
Things I don’t like about the 5th:
NFC is on the battery, and when you tap to pay, you need to tap with the middle-lower part of the phone, and it’s awkward (you can’t place any magnetic holder plate on the middle because it will block the NFC)
the original case is very poorly designed and very annoying:
with the case on, you can barely touch the fingerprint sensor (not an issue with the case on the 4th gen)
it barely fits the phone (hard to put on initially - if the back wasn’t clicked properly, it will not sit, and very loose at the corners after a few weeks )
does not go over the screen (if you place the phone with the display down on a table, it can scratch your screen. but it is not an issue with the case on the 4)
expensive for what it offers (switched to one from eBay, and I’m very happy with it)
Camera 2 API is not fully supported on the 5 (the ultra-wide lens is not available yet. It was the same with 4, but they added support in one of the updates last year, IIRC). This is important if you rely on 3rd party camera apps (like GCam or Open Camera), and it is probably not an issue on eOS (they supported it on 4 even then the FairphoneOS did not)
The main benefit I can see to the FP5 is the long update cycle offered, it would be great to keep a phone going that long. But then I thought that with the FP3+ and I am thinking about upgrading just 3 years later. I am really undecided, if the FP3+ could do 5G I wouldn’t have any reason to switch. And it seems a bit against the ethos of it all to ditch a largely functioning phone.
I am often dropping my phone so not having a sturdy case could be an issue too!
np. I’m with you on not replacing something if it still works. My current phone is 9 years old! Software hasn’t been supported for ages; I’m one of the five people in the world who bought a Windows Phone (alrightm, alright, stop laughing). I am at the stage were I need to get something new. If budget were not problem then I would look, very seriously, at the FP5.