From every aspect, Fairphone is focusing on, yes, I fully agree.
That’s why I still feel it was to early to release a FP4, because a lot of people are not so stable in their mind and have demands and wishes. When a newer, better, bigger, faster model comes to the market, they tend to wish to own it.
And I would like to get a roadmap published so anyone can decide to buy a new phone now or stay with the old one until the new model is realased.
Agree with you. I hoped Fairphone would not released the - so hyped FP4 - but here it is. A roadmap is a great idea that I think it could not comes true: think about R&D planning, industrial strategy and so on, making a freezed forecast with an year of lead time (and much more) is not reliable. But of course, this FP4 has the power to attrach new users and to give to the old FP2 users one more reason to stay … isn’t it?
Roadmap not in the meaning, that an exact schedule is published, but at least, we are planing to release a FP5 at the end of 2023 for example, or mid 2024 and not just out of the blue.
The FP1 was announced in detail in spring 2013 and was shipped 2014. So there was some information in advance.
yes the communication strategy of Fairphone is really something I do not understand or like a lot. However, I see e.g. at Shiftphones that giving roadmaps is leading to issues as well as people tent to take such timepoints very serious and are then disappointed when its not met (as it would have happened with the FP3)…so I guess however done, there is always somone unhappy with the way it is done
I do not have a fairphone any longer because it was stolen. And as I’m far from Europe I couldn’t purchase another one. But I’ll be back in France in December. My question is : will the FP3 be still supported with updates and parts for a long time ? Me too I don’t really understand why they released the FP4 so close to the FP3. And if I purchase another one I will buy the FP3 because the FP4 seems really expansive ! But the support for the FP3 is a real question for me. They announce supports for 6 years for the FP4 but as they released it so close to FP3 is a little contradictory !
Yes, but they could aim for more since it’s their thing to propose phones that last more than other. Otherwise it means that either you buy a fairphone when it is released and it’s very expansive or you buy one in the middle of two releases but you can’t keep it more longer that any other phone. I know that phariphones are other sides that make them better than others phone, but I just think it’s a little bit of a shame if they not propose more support for the older models (but maybe they are, I don’ know).
I’m a little bit upset with the new FP4. I bought the FP3 5 Month ago and I think there are a still a couple of failures in the FP3. Why not solve them first. I don’t think that a FP4 was necessary now. A 4 year period between two versions would be more than enough. Why not introduce a tablet or laptop? More different phones means only more spareparts in lower quantity.
I’m still waiting for the cost breakup for the FP2 or FP3 as which was given for the FP1. What about transparency of the supply chain if the major information is missing. Or must FP already pay for dark channels to hold the system alive?
By the way, Please check the programming of the homepage. The links are not working by using firefox.
I have no problem with the fact that they released the FP4. And I am happy that they improved sustainability even more.
But I agree, that next to hardware and sustainability there is software. It is nice to hear what they did to make the FP4 even more fair and how they improved.
But I miss that they did not mention the software side at all - how they want to improve (better tests prior to rolling out patches and more regular security patches).
So I agree: There are still things that have to be solved with the FP3. And we all know that the release of Android 10 was very problematic for some users (I was one of them). And I wish them good luck that the start of Android 11 with FP4 will be more smooth.
So: Good work, Fairphone! Improved hardware, even more fair, good for the planet.
But I hope they will put the effort to software a bit more in the future. When an update is available I just want to install it - and not wait and read the forum first if there are any new bugs introduced with it, like the most current update did