Posted inNews

Lilbits 320: Apple’s new MacBook Pro is fast… except when it’s not

Apple launched its most powerful MacBook Pro laptops to date last week, including 15 inch models with support for up an Intel Core i9 processor and AMD Radeon Pro discrete graphics. Unsurprisingly, a top-of-the-line model scores really, really well in benchmarks, and Laptop Magazine reports it has one of the fastest SSDs shipping in any […]

Posted inNews

Fairphone launches new camera modules for Fairphone 2

Over the past few years modular smartphones have kind of become a real thing. Google may have killed Project Ara, but Motorola’s Moto Z phones can learn new tricks when you slap a module on the back of the phone. The new Essential Phone has similar support for modular add-ons… even though there’s only one […]

Posted inNews

Fairphone Retires Its First Phone Because Spare Parts Got Too Expensive

In May 2013, Fairphone kicked off its mission to offer consumers the most ethically-manufactured, repairable smartphone possible. Four years later, they’ve finally had to retire their original device. According to CEO Bas van Abel it was “a bittersweet decision,” but the company “simply reached the point where it is no longer possible to keep supporting […]

Posted inNews

Updated Fairphone 2 has slimmer, colorful case

The Fairphone 2 is a smartphone with a modular design: need to replace the screen, battery, or even the system board? You can do all of that. Another benefit to modularity? You can change the phone’s style by swapping out the case. And now there are new options for doing that. Fairphone is launching an […]

Posted inNews

Fairphone 2 gets a little more fair thanks to conflict-free minerals

Some smartphone shoppers are looking for phones with the best possible specs, a software experience that meets their needs, or an attractive price point. But there are at least some people interested in a phone that puts ethical considerations front and center. The Fairphone 2 is easy to take apart and repair, in order to […]

Posted inNews

Fairphone’s Android-based, Open Source OS now available for the Fairphone 2

Fairphone has gotten a fair amount of attention for releasing a phone with a modular design (making it easy to replace or upgrade some components) and which is partially built from ethically-sourced materials. But the Dutch startup has a wider view of what makes a phone “fair,” and that also includes allowing users to choose […]

Posted inFeatured, News, nofollow

On the LPX Show: Can a smartphone be a “fair” phone?

Fairphone showed off off its modular smartphone made from ethically-sourced materials at the South By Southwest Interactive conference and festival in Austin this week, where the Fairphone 2 was a finalist for an Innovation award. Fairphone didn’t win the award, but this marks one of the first times the team has shown off the phone […]

Posted inNews

Fairphone 2 modular, ethically-sourced smartphone begins shipping

The Fairphone 2 is a smartphone with a modular design that makes it easy to repair (and possibly easy to upgrade in the future). It’s also built from ethically-sourced materials. As the name suggests, this is the second smartphone from the Fairphone team, and it’s generated a lot of buzz for not only avoiding use […]

Posted inNews

Fairphone 2 teardown by iFixit shows a phone meant to be… torn down

If you’ve got a modern smartphone with a broken camera, battery, or display, odds are that you’ll need to send it to the manufacturer or a repair shop to fix what’s broken. Or you can try to do it yourself using replacement parts ordered over the internet and instructions found at sites like iFixit. But there’s […]

Posted inNews

Fairphone 2 modular, ethically-sourced smartphone coming in December

The Fairphone 2 isn’t like other smartphones. I mean it is: it’s got a touchscreen screen, an ARM-based processor, and support for Google Android software. But it’s also different in a few key ways. First, the developers of the Fairphone 2 did their best to use ethically-sourced materials to build the device. Second, they didn’t […]