I’ve been using a Fairphone 2 all this year and love it, having switched from using iPhones all my life.
I felt like I had taken a couple of hits with its lack of a finger print sensor and NFC but the repairability of the device and the ethos of the company more than made up for it. The phone is designed to be easily taken apart and repaired (with affordable spare parts), and they put a lot of effort into sourcing their raw materials carefully (avoiding conflict minerals as far as possible) and fair manufacturing.
The Fairphone 3 was announced a couple of days ago and now I’m slightly excited.
The battery is larger, storage and RAM have both doubled, it’s gone from quad-core to octa-core, the screen is slightly larger, there’s NFC, there’s a finger print sensor, the cameras have improved. And best of all it seems to have adopted an iPhone 4 form with flat sides and a more solid construction. It might be my perfect phone.
If only half the point wasn’t to avoid waste and keep your phone as long as possible.