Fairphone 4 proves repairability and durability can coexist

Smartphones in recent times have develop into extra highly effective, extra subtle, extra luxurious, and on the identical time additionally extra sturdy. It’s really scandalous if a flagship smartphone doesn’t boast an IP68 mud and water resistance ranking, regardless that OnePlus continues to push again in opposition to what it insists is an costly and non-essential certification. That sturdiness and reliability, nonetheless, are sometimes achieved by sealing the telephone shut, making repairs tougher than essential. The Fairphone 4, nonetheless, is difficult these assumptions, and JerryRigEverything is placing it to the check to show its assertions.

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The Fairphone 4 stands proud because the world’s first modular and extremely repairable 5G smartphone. It’s in all probability the one such telephone out there anyway, so there’s actually no competitors. Some may even query whether or not there’s a marketplace for such a telephone, however three profitable generations of Fairphones communicate louder than advertising and marketing phrases.

The Fairphone is repairable as a result of it makes it nearly too straightforward to open up the telephone and exchange the components. The startup even sells these substitute components for fashions that go way back to the Fairphone 2 in 2015. That modularity does require that components are screwed reasonably than soldered and glued down or that the again can simply be pried off with none instruments. That’s precisely the case with the Fairphone 4, and the telephone even comes with a screwdriver within the field.


Such a design does have penalties for a telephone’s sturdiness and safety. The inescapable downside is that the Fairphone 4 solely gives the naked minimal IP54 ranking, no less than on paper. Telephone makers like OnePlus strongly promote their telephone’s mud and water resistance even with out the IP rating, and the Fairphone 4 will most definitely survive an unintentional splash or dip.

JerryRigEverything can also be involved concerning the telephone surviving his bend check, which it fortunately does. Even whereas the plastic again cowl will be simply peeled off and the display screen merely screwed to the mid-frame, the telephone doesn’t even flex beneath the YouTuber’s may palms. A part of that’s maybe because of the telephone’s very strong and heavy aluminum body.


iFixit additionally has nothing however reward for the Fairphone 4, nevertheless it’s in all probability a pipe dream for different manufacturers to observe this path at this level. Even Fairphone doesn’t appear to be assured within the international market’s reception for its telephones, because the Fairphone 4 stays accessible solely in Europe, no less than for now.

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