We will not do this on our phone, but you will.
Fairphone has an enviable reputation in the smartphone industry as one of the most durable OEMs out there (The Fairphone 2 was launched in 2015 with Android 5 and is still receiving updates). Its phones are designed to be removed and repaired by the end user, which can extend the useful life as much as possible. Its latest model, the Fairphone 4, strikes a striking balance between quality and modularity. But how does this prevent abuse?
In his latest JerryRigEverything video, Zach puts the Fairphone 4 under the knife to see how strong the phone really is. He takes care of the most important test of sustainability first: separating it and putting it back together. After all, what good is a repaired phone if you replace the battery, camera, or speaker?
This is followed by more vesicular tests. I have a hard time seeing the scratch resistance test but the Fair Phone 4 is fine. The Gorilla Glass 5 has a screen rate of about 5 on the Mohs scale, which means it can withstand a lot more abuse than you can throw away. The aluminum chassis is also remarkably durable, losing some anodized color just by scraping with a box cutter.
The final test is the turn test and the fair phone passes it with flying colors: hardly any turning. Although it has a plastic back cover (for easy access to modular components), the phone’s inner frame is made of a solid block of metal, which means you have to apply some serious force to pull it out.
Although the Fairphone 4 has sacrificed a slimmer shape element for replacement components, it has not come at the cost of its durability. If you want one, and you live in Europe, you can pick it up for at least 9 579.00.
You will enjoy waking up and changing with these gadgets.
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