Wishlist for the FP2

If I were to make an absolute wish list of features for the next edition, it would be:

  • Stay dual sim please. I live and work in different countries and switch network every day. I also very much appreciate the use of private and work.
  • Don’t increase the size, the current size is at the max of what I would consider to be convenient. Any bigger and operating the phone single handed will become problematic.
  • Increase the internal memory please. I seem to be at the max of app space in the phone (or I just don’t understand enough the use of different memory capacity in the phone, but it’s just inconvenient). I hope in the next edition memory space juggling will not be possible/necessary anymore.
  • Keep up the speed of the phone, current speed with my use of the phone is convenient, but should certainly not get slower.

Last but not least, I absolutely look forward to see features of other concept phones being integrated to this one, or the other way around, or a merger all together, either way my absolute dream phone would be:

  • the materials, transparancy and production method of: Fairphone
  • the component based model of: Phoneblocks
  • the power and docking possibility to a screen for the use of the phone also as a computer of: Ubuntu Edge
  • the constant maximum attempt at privacy of: Blackphone

That would be my absolute wet dream for a smartphone, but I guess that might become possible at around edition 250 maybe… I hope the development of editions will seek to integrate each of above, and the sooner the better of course. :smile:

Keep up the good work!


I edited the post title to reflect this thread is no longer my personal wishlist, but a community discussion. I will look and summarizing key points in my first post in the future.


The look, Shape, weight and size is pretty well.
The GPS might be better.
The transmitting power is sometimes a bit to low, the receiving is good.

I share Van, that it is important that open Hardware will be used.

Think about an encryption module or possible software.

You sell the most of spare parts. Please have all of them
available. - and then - sell a Box with all of them in it, for selfbuilding a best and fair Smartphon.

Weiter so - ich freue mich auf die nächste Ausgabe.


The brightness you can even set to lower values by using “Gravity Box”. Here you can set for each illumination of the surrounding a separate value for brightness, including the lowest level, which is much lower than the original one…just by the way. So it is no hardware limitation, only Android limitation…

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better Camera P.1
Flat back P.2

Major OS-Updates for at least 3 years P.1

Better integration into non commercial Cloud services. There should be an equal (or preferred) handy integration in other cloud-platforms (like allmenda.com) as it is offered for google.com. (The login to this page offers only google and facebook as foreign accounts. All possible OpenId’s should be supported, especially such non commercial ones). P.1


Reading another post about when we’ll switch from our present Fairphone, I have come to a rather ridiculous but sincere advice: if I consider what happened to those devices I specifically used really longer these last years, I abandoned them when recharging the battery becomes unfeasible.

For most of them I did replace batteries (like will be possible on the FP) : in fact, I renounced when the charging interface broke.
Which, to me, means… the next Fairphone may well profit from two USB connectors :slight_smile:

I knew you would smile.
But now, the more I think about it, the more I believe it’s interesting.
Having two charging plugs would indeed definitely increase lifetime, at least it certainly would have for the devices I had to abandon.

But it brings much more: in a context where USB on-the-go is soon to become the norm, where MHL video output through the USB port is already developed so much that you find, today, crappy hybrid adapter cables that allow to both recharge the phone while outputing the MHL video part through a tentacular Mains/usb/HDMI cable network, I definitely believe that UHB is not dead and worth considering as a future on its own.
I’d even go as far as saying that a second, normal USB port (normal as in “not miniature”) would be very cool to instantly plug all these USB sticks that your neighbor hands you with his-paper-for-the-conference-ah-too-bad-otherwise-you’ll-have-to-buy-the-preprint :slight_smile:

Daring, yes.
The phone with two USB ports.
Mind you: they’d talk about us -for lots of reasons :wink:


Indeed. A flaky USB port is what made me abandon my previous phone too.

I don’t know about including a second one though, let alone a full sized USB plug… Even the micro USB ones take up quite a bit of space.
To get an idea of how crammed up it already is, take a look at images of the motherboard (like this one from the iFixit motherboard replacement tutorial).
With all other features requested here we would end up with a phone like a brick :stuck_out_tongue:


I’d rather have one, and on the bottom of the phone - but definitely with enhanced repairability! If you can’t fix it, you don’t use it. And the way it’s sitting on the motherboard right now is… unfortunate.

Top left in the image. Nearly impossible to fix if broken.

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Solution against broken USB-plugs: Wireless Charging.

Also sharing your display wirelessly already is possible.

I’m not sure about this: remember that in Europe (and only there) we just spent ten years to obtain a standard for wired charging. Which BTW is the sole reason why Fairphones ship without chargers.

I hope everyone here remembers the nightmare it was just a few years ago.

Starting with wireless means for the next ten years every company will bring back its own personal way of doing, with oh-yes-so-nice-wireless-chargers modified every year even inside the same company.

Please no.
I’m not lazy to the extent I need dropping the phone on a (probably large and ugly) mat instead of plugging it.

And when I find myself too old to actually see the plug good side… maybe we’ll have the next, symetric, USB plug available?

This, is an idea: please replace my wish of a plain-size USB plug with a 3rd-gen, symetric USB one, please!


@ben I printed your first post, and gonna bring it to our first FP community meet-up in Vienna tomorrow! :smiley:

And if someone there comes up with another suggestion, I’ll post back here! :slight_smile:

CC @EvaS


My wish, the GLONASS reception to improve the GPS.


It would be a great progress if the next Fairphone would be based on a modular design as in Project Ara or Phonebloks.


What if Fairphone would produce modules for Project Ara (I believe any company can do so?)?

My wish,
a 13MP good camera module…

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A third gen USB sounds like a great idea to me, preferably central at the bottom of the phone too - think that was raised by someone else

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So people want bigger AND lighter phones. Let me say that many of you are not aware of the consequences of such demands. You MUST ask yourself: How can you make a phone lighter and bigger? The answer, to my knowledge is: More plastics!

I think the case should be durable and recyclable first and foremost. Plastics is nothing but waste. Please FP educate your buyers about consequences of their demand and how THEY/WE continue to demand unfair, bad products. As customers we are spoilt little kids that will get everything that we want and because we are not aware of ANY consequence we continue to demand that products become worse and worse and worse.

My wish would be that FP2 would be manufactured in Europe to European standards.

Oh another thing: make the back side flat, so you can also put it flat on a table without cover

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There is recyclable plastic! I would only say that the FP should use plastic, which does not harm the human body and has a recycle symbol, so you know, how to recycle it. (recycled PET would be cool, made from ocean waste… but is it harmless for the human body?)

This would take away worker’s income and the possibility to change the working conditions where they are bad, namely in China. Europe already has good standards.


I agree with Stefan. Fairphone wants to make changes. To be part of a solution instead of a problem doesn’t mean you have to do everything perfect from the beginning, it means you should try to do everything better than others and get others to do it better too.
If Fairphones would be produced in Europe with European Standards they would be part of the Problems that still exist in Europe’s Tech Industry. But if they produce the Phones in Africa and China with much higher standards than they have over there, then they are part of a solution of their problems.