From that point of view, a refurbished is always better…
I have recently seen three people in my immediate vicinity with refurbished smartphones in the good to very good class.
When I look at that and what they paid in the end, only refurbished will be an option for me in the future.
I won’t put the money on the table for what the things currently cost new. I am not crazy.
And it is always sustainable
But now I have my fp4 and hopefully the next 5-6 years
Interesting. I used to do that before I got my FP4. But buying a two year old refurbished flagship won’t give you an awful lot of updates anymore. Messing with a custom ROM often makes your phone insecure. And opening the phone to replace a degrading battery will leave you with an actual IP rating well below that of the FP4.
My fault, I wrote this xda tutorial, expressly giving your credit and mentioning fairphone forum in an attempt to create emulation around this great device.
Lot of people, including me, have xda as main reference when it comes to phones customisation/root.
In my personal case when I started hearing about fairphone I was very hesitant to buy one as I couldn’t find any resources about root on xda. I never imagined there could be another place than xda for complete flashing instructions.
No worries, I for one really don’t care about being credited for some random lines of text others can throw together in 5 min just as easily
I’d just rather have people coming to this forum, where the community is way more welcoming, than trying to get help in the void that is XDA these days.
I fully agree. That’s for the core values Fairphone started off its business after all. After being in business for that long, I still cannot get rid of the impression that specifically these core values are yet so less weighted even by some customers.
It never was about offering a premium model to cope with the big players having their focus mainly on specs and eye candy while keeping silence about all this exploitation and such going on along the supply chain.
These facts seems to be the hardest to be explained comprehensive again and again to some customers no matter how obvious they are expressed and proven.
Upgradability never was fixed but “optional” depending on future developments. Among these values (I once posted my email reply from FP partly about this point here in the past - before I funded the FP2), repairability however was and one part along the way luckily was able/had to be upgraded too. I don’t see what’s so hard on accepting the facts and reconsider personal expectations.
By reading official information about Fairphone and questioning them for clearance in advance I knew what I was paying several hundreds of € for and what I could expect, so c’mon.