New Fair Phone

Fairphone dual SIM
  • Android 4.2.2
  • 4.3 “qHD display, 960 x 540 pixels
  • UMTS, HSPA, WLAN
  • 1.3GHz quad-core processor
  • Minerals from conflict-free mines
  • Limited deliveries beginning in July 2014

12,000 orders for the 2nd Fairphone are already 23,000 models have not yet been awarded: If you want to secure one of the dual-SIM smartphone, so you can still access. Look you can not protect the device, but a pre-order is necessary. Is the mid-size model a tip? Although we have can not perform Fairphone test, but looked at the offer more accurate.

What is the fair Phone?

With the first Fairphone the brand has hmm, well, just “Fair Phone”, landed a huge marketing success and was for a long time talking. Interesting and worth mentioning was in this dual SIM phone less technical challenge, but rather dealing with suppliers and resources: The manufacturer shall especially value his own words that it happens responsibly and sustainably around materials, development, design and manufacturing – the name Fairphone therefore reminded not about to concepts like fair Trade.

How does the Dual-SIM Control?

Basically, as with all other Android smartphones for 2 SIM cards. Both SIM cards are parallel accessible, but only up to a phone call starts on a SIM card – then the other card is not as long as in the network access until the call is ended again. The so-called dual-SIM standby is common and not a disadvantage of the Fair Phones.

Mobile Internet – only one SIM really fast

Not quite perfect, the connection to the mobile Internet is dissolved. First time but the positives: The phone can be up to 42 Mbit / s received, making it one of the best models in our dual SIM mobile phone test . However, only one of the two SIMs in a position, for the second SIM slot allows only so-called 2G, so no UMTS. When format are normal sized SIM cards (Micro neither yet Nano, which could, however, insert a suitable SIM card adapter).

Pre-blind – that is clever or naive?

The first generation Fair Phones was limited to 25,000 and completely sold out even before it was available. Reason enough to bring to the producer, a second generation on the market. 35,000 should this time be produced, which currently (as of the end of May) are almost 12,000 Ready. An Order before sales start one knows really only in high-end models of established brands such as iPhone 5s, Samsung Galaxy S5 and similar devices. The Fairphone may however not compete with such phones technically rudimentary. The answer, therefore, not is unambiguous: Whether you should pre-order, just depends on what you put in mobile purchase value.

When is the pre-order?

It is useful when you can be inspired primarily because of the very special features of Fair Phones for the device: Such a consistent implementation in sustainability has as far as we know no other vendor written on the flags other than the “fair Phone”. Anyone wishing to support the so it will probably be able to implement most likely by buying a Fair Phones. Because the corresponding mode of production is already now announced. One must then, however, probably be ready on possible weaknesses of the models overlook later – and can look forward especially about the history of one’s new dual-SIM smartphones.

When the pre-order is not worthwhile?

For tech fans looking for the latest high-end dual SIM phone which Fairphone is hardly the right thing: Neither the technology nor the appearance stand out, but oscillate depending on detail between lower and upper middle class. The price does not speak for the unit: € 310 you have to pay to obtain the device once the shipment starts in July. That is – if you buy the phone simply because of its function and equipment – a bad deal, because similar technical characteristics can also be found in models that are already there for half the price. For rarities fans and thinkers who want just once have a special mobile phone, a 2nd generation model is probably too unspectacular – from collectors purposes would be the “Original Edition” more attractive.

Is the price justified?

Here the question is of course: justified in relation to what? For the technical equipment and material quality can also pay significantly less.However, it is believable that the total production cost is more expensive than in technically comparable models, if you have special demands on resources and more: So relates Fairphone eg commodities specifically from conflict-free mines that alone this restriction probably not be the best on the market are. (Incidentally Fairphone ultimately came through a project that wanted to draw attention to abuses in the extraction of minerals, which are used in electronic devices.) The employees should feel comfortable at Fairphone what probably higher wages and thus in turn means higher production costs. Accordingly one can continue the list.

Ultimately, one can assess the price in two ways: it is justified, because the technology of Fairphone is not to have more favorable? No, that would be possible also about half the price. But the price can not ultimately pays for the technology, but also for a certain type of development and production. Whether Fairphone the everything for let’s say could create € 250? We can not judge – if there are three or four vendors were with a similar claim, you would see that all would demand the same price or if the same service is also conveniently possible. Fairphone itself has disclosed its calculations with the different cost components: Click here for the PDF download (probably only available in English).

order right now or is still time to wait?

Hard to say: Within 10 days of 12,000 copies have been sold. So Mathematically would the rest be sold 23,000 over the next almost 20 days – but perhaps all are reserved much faster. Who can inspire the idea behind the smartphone, should decide quickly therefore prefer. Of course, it is also conceivable that there will be more Fairphone generations.

The 2nd Fairphone generation in detail

display 4.3 “qHD IPS (960 × 540 pixels = 256 dpi)
operating system Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
mobile 2G / GSM: 850/900/1800 / 1900MHz
3G / UMTS 900 / 2100MHz
Mobile Internet GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSPA (download up to 42.2 Mbit /, upload to 11.5 Mbit / s)
Camera (back) 8MP AutoFikus, lightning
Camera (Front) 1.3 Megapixels
processor 1.2 Ghz quad-core (MT6589)
memory 16GB internal memory 1GB RAM microSD (compatible SD, SDHC and SDXC types) (up to 64GB)
SIM Card Dual SIM dual standby SIM1: 3G SIM2: 2G standard format MiniSIM (2FF format)
connections MicroUSB 2.0, Type B
USB 2.0 High-Speed
GPS GPS, aGPS
WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS WLAN 802.11b / g / n
Bluetooth Bluetoorh 2.1 + EDR / v3.0 + HS / v4.0 LE
sensors Brightness, acceleration, inclination, compass, Proximity
battery pack 2000mAh
weight 163 g
Dimensions 126 * 63.5 * 10 mm

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