Fairphone 3

Bernhard E. Reiter bernhard at fsfe.org
Mon Sep 23 08:05:52 UTC 2019

got caught by surprise by the launch of the Fairphone 3.
It is clear that their success of pushing the state of the art in the area of 
consumer mobile phones is based on Free Software (like Android).

The details are interesting, as there can always be something improved.
Does somebody have alreadys looked at the new model from the Free Software 

Having 10 out of 10 repairability score from iFixit is very good,
they are keeping their high standards from FP2.

My experiences:
* I know a few persons owning and running FP1 for years, very reliably,
  almost 6 years. When the battery could not officially produced anymore
  (understandable), the community found a replacement. Some still run the FP1.
  Problem: the chipset choice made it hard to have a better software support
  and Android 4.4 is dropping out of support by important apps. 
* The two FP2 models I saw in vicinity had small hardware issues with touch
  an rebooting, it was less a workable "mainstream" phone than others.
  The modular approach was cool, though. I read that root and other "ROM"s
  were possible.
* The FP3 announcement policy did not work for me. On of the persons with the 
  FP1 needed a replacement (because of software and battery life) and a used
  phone with lineagesOSmicrog was bought, because the state of the FP3 was
  unclear in the first half of this year. 

I've heard that a sailfish OS port to FP3 is likely. :)
That is also a mobile phone operating system which (limited) success is based 
on Free Software a lot. 

What are your experiences?
What is the best argument you could make for something if you wanted to raise 
the chance of this person buying an FP3?

Best Regards,

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