So, my FP2 died. A mixture of things. The replacement screen I bought from Vireo after dropping the FP2 (more accidently throwing across the street really) became very sensitive to touch in a particular place causing the phone to reboot, then to just go out. Then it started to boot into a screen of random coloured pixels (although the phone was working in the background). After many attempts to refit the screen and clean all the contacts, resulting in a damaged contact to the camera module, it died totally and would not boot at all.
Happily the good people at FP have sent me a complete replacement with a “slim” blue back instead of my lovely see through one and it is now, after three hours of fiddling and updating, working just fine. The new cover is, btw, quite nice and feels like it should carry on working.
I love the whole FP concept, I also really like the phone. But so far had to replace: the whole bottom module (the USB socket came unsoldered from the module), the screen (my fault it broke - but a shame so much had to be replaced), the cover (the orignal went “baggy” and split), the camera module (the connector was too delicate). I also had to buy a cheapo unfairphone to tide me through the repair periods. None of which is exactly eco-friendly.
SO: what kills FP2s and what changes should the FP3 incorporate to enhance the life. What have other people suffered on theirs?
Mine suffered: Poor construction quality (soldering), a design fault (the cover), modules that incorporated too many components (hence more than strictly necessary needing replacement) and the very fact of the modularity necessitating many finicky little connectors that sometimes didn’t connect and then broke during maintenance.
The support has become excellent however, and my new (refurbed) phone arrived in days.