Wishlist for the FP2

I would like to see an optional bigger battery which would require a bigger back cover. It would be even better, if one could choose this while ordering so that one does not have to have both.

And of course it would be great if Fairphone would say good bye to Android and instead of this partner with Jolla for Sailfish.


At least they are looking into get other OS up and running - it was stated that this was the main reason why they went to Barcelona!

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.


Did you see this Poll: What is your preferred screen size?

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. :wink:

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?)

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See this:

You’ll find experiences from FP users and often comments, if the buttons work with the FP or not.

I think a reasonable conclusion is that there ought to be more than one fairphone model, seeing all the different wishes. :smiley:

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.).

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This discussion might interest you:


If the new Fairphone comes with Android, I would like it to come with preinstalled privacy-enhancing apps like Textsecure, Redphone and Tinfoil for Facebook.

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.

Well, we have the Fairphoners Address Book, which is not much effort and could basically do the same as the extended version, you suggest. :wink:

I would actually like the Fairphone to come preinstalled with as little Apps as possible because preinstalled - system - apps can’t easily be uninstalled/updated.

About your Ambassador Programm. I think it’s a great idea and I believe we can make it happen as a community effort organized through the forum.


Another reason why we should look into maps. :wink:

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.


Well, instead of a concrete keyboard addon maybe it would be better to say:

How would be a backside universal connector providing the possibility to attach a keyboard like for the Jolla Fone?

There could be so much more possibilities for other attachments:

  • e-ink display

  • solar charger

  • additional emergency battery

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Actually the best IMO would be the same connector as Jolla because then the architecture would be easily adaptable.

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@saljut7 Great Idea!

@Stefan What do you think: Should this be a Wiki “post” so everybody can edit? I would still encourage discussion here in the comments, but maybe that is a better solution?

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Oh, that’s a good point, Stefan - not perfect, but a good workaround for now.

@danielsjohan - also a good point, but I’m so fussy with headphones, and love my Soundmagics :wink:

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I support very much the possibility to attach an external microphone. If possible even with optical S/PDIF functionality, than it would make a good home audio HiFi centre and field recorder!!!

  • never heard of this addressbook before
  • your link lands to something apparently dedicated to Austria

Where can I register, not being Austrian?