Coming to this late, and I’ll probably repeat what has already been said, but…
I’d be happy with a slightly larger screen, but I think the actual phone size should be unchanged. Perfect pocket size as it is.
On that subject, the ergonomic aspect needs work. I love the aluminium back, but the smooth, square edges make the FP unusually difficult to use one-handed. Maybe some kind of matt plastic edge is required?
I see no reason to try making the phone weigh less. As someone pointed out, this generally implies more use of plastics, and I prefer a bit of heft in my hand.
Increased screen resolution: not a deal-breaker for me, as I’m happy with the current performance (and price) so whatever. However, the primary concern must be battery efficiency.
(And yes to a wider range of screen brightness)
I’ve also had the problem of my FP turning off in my pocket. Maybe just need a longer button-press to call up the reboot menu.
Now, I may be alone this one…
In an age where hardware buttons are disappearing, I’d like to have more. You see, I still use an iPod (shuffle) every day and have never liked using a phone for music. Why? Well, if I walk into a shop and quickly need to pause a podcast at a specific point, or if I need to change track/podcast while walking around, I just do it by feel. On a touchscreen smartphone, I have to take out the phone, unlock the screen, navigate to the music app. Even one customizable button on the rim would make a huge difference for me.
There are some music players for Android where you unplug the headphones so the podcast stops, and when you plug it in again, the podcast/music resumes. That’s what I do, when I need to stop my music playing on the FP.
There are also headphones with a “remote control” where you can start/pause a song with a simple click on the button. I can even change the volume with mine. And to skip a song, I only have to go to my lock screen (push on/off button) to get a music player-widget that’s only there when I play music (available wit he the Shuttle player).
(I guess there will be headphones that also have a “next track” button?)
I think a reasonable conclusion is that there ought to be more than one fairphone model, seeing all the different wishes.
Anyway, here is my contribution:
seeing the trends (and the foreseen trends), LTE cat6 (300 Mbps) seems to be almost unavoidable.
large battery capacity (even if it implies a large phone)
truly good energy management software. After trying dozens of such apps, I only spotted two really interesting ones: Sony Stamina mode, and Greenify (this small app has a truly original way of handling energy consumption and doubled my battery life time!).
a quite large RAM, somehow allowing to extend the phone’s life since apps are always more RAM-hungry, and there are always smart new apps that you want without being forced to uninstall some others. I expect a phone to last five years, and although 2 Go will still be fine in 1 or 2 years, I would advocate for a safe 3 Go.
And maybe -I don’t know if it’s possible- a system to allow hardware upgrades. For example, in three years, a new mainboard is released, and one can just buy it and replace their Fairphone’s old mainboard with it (same shape etc.).
I have another suggestion which is not directly related to Hardware + Software but to they way the message about the Fairphone is brought to the people. I suggest creating an ambassador programme for the Fairphone. This would work like this:
Basic version: On starting the Fairphone the first time, you can register as an ambassador for the Fairphone. On the Fairphone website there would be then the option: I would like to meet someone who already has the Fairphone, so that I can see it and hold it in my hand personally. The system then would look, if there is some nearby and relay a message requesting a meetup. The ambassador can choose to say yes, no and even can configure how often he/she like to be contacted my the system in general or the next weeks.
Extended version: Fairphone could train regional ambassadors who then could present Fairphone and their ideas to local groups and organisations on request.
The German cooperative Faimondo (bulding up a fair alternative to Ebay/Amazon) has an ambassador programme like described in “extended version” and I believe it is very positive. I am myself an ambassador of Fairmondo, you can contact me, if you like to know more.
I would like better location services as I use tracking and the compass a lot. The compass in particular is problematic as it drifts quite a bit. The other huge thing would be a more open chipset which would ensure maintainability and the possibility for other OSs.