Product profile: A fairer phone

A fairer phone

The original Fairphone was released to address the ethical issues in the supply chain of electronic products like mobile phones. Materials used in many phones can come from questionable sources (known as conflict minerals as mining them finances conflicts in the Congo), but the Fairphone 2 is made from FairTrade-certified materials, making it the most ethical phone out there.

Of course, with so much competition, it also needs to perform, and the new Fairphone 2’s specifications allow it to compete in the mid-range phone arena quite well. Running on Android 5.1 Lollipop, the Fairphone 2 is powered by a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, with 2 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage, plus a microSD slot. The 5-inch LCD has 1920 x 1080 resolution (441 ppi), 4G, wi-fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and dual SIM card slots.

Another interesting and ethical aspect of the Fairphone 2 is that it is designed to be modular. The individual components are easily replaced by the user, allowing it to be repaired or upgraded instead of being discarded.

While not the fastest phone out there, it is certainly the most environmentally sound and ethical smartphone we’ve seen. Note that the Fairphone 2 is currently only available in European countries, although it is expected to be available outside Europe this year.

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