In the everlasting battle between Iphone and Samsung – and all the other big names of electronics market – here comes an alternative solution named Fairphone.
It’s for people who want their smartphone to be:
• slim and light
• not too expensive
• and… made with conflict-free metals
A couple of words about Fairphone
Fairphone is different: it is a new smartphone that performs well and – at the same time – it has fair price and an ethical prodcution. Fairphone is an icon of the new way of doing business and making products, that puts value of people first – and minimizing environmental impact.
In the long term, our ultimate goal is a completely recyclable phone made from human and environmentally-friendly materials, free from plastics and toxins.
The start-up is born in Amsterdam three years ago, initially as a simple non-profit organization to raise awareness towards a more aware consumer electronics. The turnover rate of mobile phones in Europe is very high, especially in Italy, where there are more mobile phones than inhabitants.
The founder Bas Van Abel works with a group of nine people. He is passionate about open design and social innovation and managed to get the support of an investor. The supporting incubator was Waag, a creative hub for cleantech startups. Thanks to that, they were able to produce the first batch of 20.000 phones, that will be delivered in Autumn.
If you want to get one, you have to pre-order it online.
Why I’m buying it
For the second time in the last few months, it happened I dropped my phone to the ground and instantly killed it :).
The reason for which I break up with my beloved smartphones is more or less always the same. I really love the touch screen technology, but it’s SOOO delicate, and once it’s gone the whole phone it’s gone forever (or repairing it is extremely expensive, depending on the height of the fall..)
This time, when I had to buy a new smartphone, I actually gave long thoughts to Blackberry, for the only reason it has a keyboard, so it should work even if the screen breaks. Blackberry is not my style and I won’t feel comfortable using it, though.
Then I read on the Fairphone Logbook of Changes …
We have decided to go for increased mechanical reliability. By separating the Dragontrail tempered glass (top layer) from the glass on the touch panel (bottom layer), the likelihood that the glass will break is minimal. And if it does, you’ll still be able to use your touch panel. As a consequence, the phone will be 5 grams heavier and 0.2 mm (this is only one fifth of a milimeter) thicker.
Ok, I’ll definitely take it. And I can’t wait for delivery!