The news that Fairphone outperforms iPhone in repairability index you didn't see her almost anywhere. Neither did the launch of its Model 3 a few weeks ago. On the other hand, unless you've spent the last week cloistered in a convent, you will have heard of the "wonderful" new iPhone 11.
The iPhone 11 may be wonderful. But When it comes to repairs, it is best to have a Fairphone. At least according to what the specialized portal states in mobile repair iFixit.
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Fairphone beats the iPhone in what?
The site studied the Fairphone 3 that went on sale last week with a price of 450 euros. Their analysis concluded that all internal modules were easily accessible and replaceable. For this, you only need basic tools that are not lacking in any home or can be easily acquired. In fact Fairphone includes a small screwdriver in its box.
To make our task easier, the phone has visual cues that aid in disassembly and reassembly. Moreover, repair guides and spare parts are available on the website by Fairphone.
Not everything is perfect. While most of the components within the Fairphone 3 modules can be individually replaced, some are soldered. However, this did not prevent the Fairphone 3 got an unusual 10/10 score.
Fairphone is a Dutch company that wants combat the planned obsolescence practices of the smartphone industry. While their competitors aim to force their customers to change equipment frequently, they try to extend shelf life of its terminals through a modular assembly system.
The temptation of the apple
There is still no review of the new Apple models; iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. But, none of the previous models managed to overcome a score of 6/10. There seems to be no reason to think that things can change.
From the looks of it, the hardware is still as sealed as ever. And to encourage those who have no real reason to upgrade their terminal, a new financing offer was presented as well as free subscriptions to company services.
Of course, for both marketing and legal reasons, no company can stop paying attention to ecological issues. Apple ensures that its new smartphones are 100% free of toxic materials and all its components are recyclable (by them). Looking for a business model that is not based on technological vassalage will remain for the future.
The Fairphone 3
The smartphone market is saturated. This is clearly evident in the fact that innovations are becoming more and more absurd. From phones that are doubled to multiplying the number of cameras. And that, we are talking only about the hardware. If we talk about himprivacy and fragmentation issues of the most popular mobile operating systems, we can follow for hours.
Something as simple as changing the mobile battery, which a few years ago only required going to buy it, open the mobile and replace it, today it means for most of us to go to a technical service. I do not have the costs, but I estimate that buying a new phone is usually cheaper than any repair.
Unfortunately alternatives like By 5 they cannot compete in price and specifications with the more popular models. Fortunately the Fairphone 3 is quite close.
- 5,7 inch Full HD screen.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 chips.
- 4 GB of RAM.
- 64GB storage (expandable via microSD)
- 12 MP f / 1.8 rear camera, 1 / 2,55-inch sensor (Sony IMX363)
- 8 MP f / 2.0 front camera
- Battery: Replaceable 3.060 mAh, Quick Charge 3.0
- Connectivity: Wifi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, NFC
- Others: Dual Nano SIM, USB-C, rear fingerprint reader, headphone jack, FM radio, Miracast support
Unlike other more popular handset manufacturers, Fairphone conserves the 3,5mm headphone jack, so you will not have to discard the ones you have or spend fortunes on one that had the appropriate input.
As nobody is perfect, the operating system is Android 9, although since the older model supports Ubuntu Touch, there is no reason to think that this one does too.