Look what turned up in the post today
Not surprisingly, I have spent most of the evening playing around with my new toy and I have to say that I am very impressed indeed. The screen is beautifully large and clear and the fonts are gorgeous.
The phone has turned up a little (two months) later than originally expected but I have to admit that I have found this surprisingly un-annoying. I think much of this comes down to the fact that the Fairphone team have done an excellent job of communicating what problems they have faced, what they’re doing about them and when they think I will get my phone. This is a very refreshing changed from the closed-lip attempts at PR and damage limitation practiced by far too many firms.
By clearly seeking to meet their own high standards throughout every part of the process, the Fairphone team have managed to retain a lot of good will.
And the phone itself has proved to be well worth the wait.
4 thoughts on “The Fairphone has landed”
How’s the Fairphone going? Is it Android on it? Or have you bravely rooted it?
It seems like an awesome project. The electronics industry is not famed for environmental concerns, nor “fair trade” notions.
I am really liking it so far. The screen is large and the text is so clear that even I can read it. The user interface took a bit of getting used to, but this was no problem once I realised that I was just swiping too enthusiastically. And the battery life is superb. We’re talking days but I have been very pleasantly surprised to not have to recharge it every night as was the case with my last phone.
The bootloader is unlocked so I have root access already. However, I am still using stock Android at present. I would be interested in installing FirefoxOS at some point in the future, but I get the impression that Mozilla still have a bit to do there. And I do need a phone that can run Mustard 😉
It is a superb project though and it was their ethical position that attracted me to the phone in the first place. If nothing else, the Fairphone folks have demonstrated that you can built a perfectly good, reasonably priced smartphone without screwing over everyone from your suppliers to your customers.
Hopefully, this will lead to people asking why every other manufacturer can’t do the same.
Firefox does seem a bit “beta” at the moment. I have not tried it so I do not know. I guess Replicant and Fairphone would be an ideal match. Or maybe Tizen.
I hope they will inspire others, or at least not get attacked by some patent trolls. Fairphone is a positive thing! 🙂
As for myself, I bought a phone with real buttons, with some Samsung system on it. Nice, but probably full of backdoors. 😉
Of the various free and open phone operating systems being developed at the moment, I think Firefox is the one with most chance of success. Mozilla, as an organisation, is large enough to be able to get FirefoxOS pre-installed on phones and Firefox is a name that people know and trust. These, more than any technical considerations, are probably the most significant factors for any OS wanting to achieve widespread adoption.
It would be interesting to see whether a (proprietary) dumbphone or a (proprietary) smartphone is more secure. I have no basis for thinking me, but I would have thought that a simpler OS would provide fewer opportunities for malicious folks to exploit.
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