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Fairphone 2 modular smartphone earns perfect repairability score

By Shawn Knight
Nov 19, 2015
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  1. The new Fairphone 2, the modular smartphone that’s marketed as a repairable, recyclable and conflict-free Android handset, has found its way to the teardown table over at iFixit.

    Getting inside the phone was easy enough as the rear cover snaps off sans tools. The battery comes right out with ease, just like the “good old days,” without any adhesive holding it in place. Life gets even easier as a pair of sliding tabs are all that hold the display in place.

    Breakout boards are used to foster compatibility, making it incredibly easy to mix and match components. The company even went to the trouble of adding a tiny map to the main board showing where the conflict-free tin and tantalum used in the phone were sourced from.

    Finally, iFixit had to break out the tools… a simple Philips #0 screwdriver. Best yet, all of the screws are the same size so there’s no worry in getting them mixed up. Should you need to repair an individual module, however, a Trox T5 screwdriver will be needed.

    As you might expect from a modular device, the Fairphone 2 earned a perfect 10 out of 10 repairability score (the higher the number, the easier it is to repair). Aside from a slight ding due to the LCD and cover glass being fused together (thus increasing the cost of replacement), iFixit had nothing but praise for the Fairphone 2.

    All images courtesy iFixit

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  2. MannerMauler

    MannerMauler TS Booster Posts: 99   +18

    This sounds really cool! What's the price, 'cause I want one when I get a phone. (Yes, I'm a teen without a phone. Smartphones are over-ratted.)
     
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,475   +2,034

    Trox T5 screwbit?
     
  4. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,212   +174

    Torx, I believe. But typo's are funny, and calling it something different is humorous.

    I shall start asking for "the T5 Trox plox", around the shop!
     
  5. MannerMauler

    MannerMauler TS Booster Posts: 99   +18

    YES! TOTALY! This is awesome!
     
  6. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 908   +384

    Too expensive for my tast, for just a 5" phone.

    Click the link in the article, a June 2015 story from Techspot said this:
    "Fairphone will start accepting pre-orders for the €525 (around $600) handset this summer with plans to ship the first batch to buyers in the fall."
     

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