Thanks for the effort. I doubt we will be able to make a common statement like that, since that would actually require a consensus, not a majorities.
For me, the definition of fair is very broad, depending on context. For the “fair” in "Fair"phone i also thought of it related to the “Fair” in “Fairtrade”.
In trade, there can be situations were one partner is much more powerful then the other. This is usually due to no equal access to markets or information or “unfair” regulation or unbalanced dependence. For example, if it is vital for one party, like a small coffee bean producer, to sell the products now to make living and feed himself/family while the other has such a wide array of sources that he can dictate the rules, because he does not need the beans as much as the other party needs to sell it, such trade relationships often get exploited.
I think this is happening in the production of as well as sourcing for todays electronics, the smartphone being an icon here.
To me, the fair is not targeted at me, in the same way as a fair coffee not necessarily tastes good. The difference here is that i have choice: There is great deal of coffees available, lot’s fair traded, and i as consumer have an choice. I am powerful in that the market produces what people what to buy (as long as this number is great enough, more to that later). Even more so, i coffee is not required for my wellbeing, it is not strictly vital to me (some of you might disagree here ;-)). If there is no coffee i like, i don’t have to buy one.
Still, Fairtrade coffee should taste good, obviously. The difference is that “taste” is subjective, as well as requirements for smartphones. I therefore would like to refrain from branding the Fairphone as “fair” or “unfair” to it’s buyers, as long as there are no false promises. And even here, one could argue, we have customer protection laws that are more powerful that everything miners can use. If the Fairphone promises feature A and does not deliver A, you can return it. If a company promises to buy a mineral for price X from a miner, and the decides that it does not what to pay that price anymore for example, it might the miner is not force to sell for that price by law, but in fact he is: Because it vital for survival for example.
Our existence are not in danger because the Fairphone does not work as we wished for. And even more, as i wrote above, that we expect is quite different and so could be the interpretation when Fairphone treats it customers “fair”: For some, no Google Apps and “superuser access” could mean reduced usability , which can be perceived as unfair as well as the exact opposite. This, again, is a reason for not overusing “fair” here.