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Things to keep
Fairphone Branding and Ringtone!
Enjoy Peace Widget
Weight: Overall, the community agrees that the phone could be a tad lighter.
Battery: Fine. Batter lifetime can always be longer - P: 3
Improve sensor to reduce unwanted touches on display while calling - P: 1
Improve: improve sourcing of raw materials and repairability - P: 1
Use correctly labeled, illuminated buttons or even better on-screen-buttons. P: 2
More space between USB and Headphone Jack. P: 3
Trough-Hole on on edge of the case for lanyard P: 3
make cell (buffer) battery on the mainboard replaceable (and include in specs which type of battery should be used).
Usability: make it easier to know without looking how the phone is oriented (aka where is the power switch)
Usability: camera protrusion from the rear is annoying.
A little bit more max brightness and lower min brightness. General a wider range: It is sometimes hard to read the screen outside, but it very bright at night in bed) - P: 1
Slightly larger screen, when possible without increasing device size - P: 2
oleophobic glass to prevent smear and ease cleaning - P: 2
Display resolution: Slightly higher ppi (Pixel density, makes for clearer fonts and nice looking images), 720p would be nice. Depending on display resolution - P: 3 ✓Higher resolution compared to FP1 is confirmed!
Well, in my area there isn’t even 3g, so I could certainly do without it.
But thinking about future proofing I feel you need at least up to date tech to start with.
With new android versions getting more power efficient I think battery life won’t suffer much and it should also be getting more affordable in '15.
I think real and true open hardware/software should be the only deal breaker for a future product.
What I mean is full freedom both on hardware specs and the OS and software installed by default.
Anyone should be able to install whatever system and apps he/she chooses (if they choose the dark side ) , but the base phone should be absolutely Free.
Commitment to this is the major aspect regarding a product like a smartphone that is complementary to the overall vision of Fairphone.
Then of course yes, all the little/big enhancements that would make the Fairphone more competitive on the features and performances’ race, but only if they don’t come at the expenses of Freedom and a reasonable price.
This last aspect is to take into account because the typical Fairphone user is certainly willing to spend a little more, but I think only as long as the “more” is for the “principles’ part”, because if we would have to pay the FP2 500€ only to be competitive specs-wise with similarly priced Samsung products, then what’s the point of it trying to be Fair and Free?
Oh but I’m not mad either, actually I’m still very much in awe of what Fairphone has done and is planning to do.
My post was merely my own personal opinion about priorities: Freedom over better specs and enhancements.
While I recognize that there will always be a tradeoff between being able to stay true to ideals and being capable to produce a phone that is market-appealing (which is fundamental for the main goal to be achieved), I want to stress out the importance of prioritizing efforts in the direction of Freedom in hardware/software over technical issues.
This is because working on the latter would of course broaden the circle of potential buyers (this is a business after all), but would broaden it in a direction that is less and less made of people who are putting certain values first, like I believe most of us do.
I too would like to see some things fixed/added/enhanced in a future model and of course in the current ones through updates and whatnot, but not at the expense of the principles that, for me, are still far more important than having a “better device”.
would indeed be great to have for FP2. and a design-related idea: skip the white border frame in favor of a slightly more haptic black one. the silver-ish back cover does not look nice together with the white frame.
looking at my FP right now — early in the morning — it appears that a grey-ish frame would probably also do. it would match with the silver-ish back cover and also correspond to the grey-on-black fairphone star-logo on the screen. it still would be ‘distinctive’ — to other phones around, if this is what you meant — and would also match to any colors of wallpaper on the screen. considering sustainability: i have no idea to which color the white frame will turn within the next 4-5 years, probably some sort of yellow-ish. this would be not so pleasant, i fear.
Work on how to prepare a separate, side screen (in the form of a watch for instance ) would be welcome instead.
Of course given the datarate it may be not for next year, but having a physical architecture that thought about it will be important.
Just FTR, I know some engineers with a perceptual psychology / biology background who will tell everyone that you don’t need higher resolutions. To paraphrase a certain Mr. Gates: 250 ppishould be enough for everyone.
Bigger screen? Only if by reducing the bezels the phone itself will not be a lot bigger. I want to be able to use it with one hand.
Pixels? More is fine (720p?) but I hardly see the difference between the FP1’s 256 ppi and a 400+ ppi high-end-high-price phone. So don’t go for the most pixels possible - that just makes the phone more expensive en takes a larger toll on the battery.
Brightness? A higher maximum brightness would be nice, but a lower minimum brightness would be great. My eyes hurt when I look at the screen at night.
Oh, and please make the back of the phone flat. The FP1 wobbles when lying on a table. This is not very convenient. Also, it damages (particularly one corner of) the edge around the camera.
Other improvements: of course a lot of fairness-improvements. More conflict-free materials, better repairability, etc. A Lighter phone would also be preferred. Bettery life on FP1 is quite good, but improving this is always good.