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Fairphone Review and Giveaway

James Bruce 31-01-2014

The Fairphone was quietly put on pre-order last year for an initial European-only run of 25,000 units. It promised to break the cycle of exploitative manufacturing processes, make pricing transparent, and focus on user features rather than planned obsolescence of most consumer electronics Thou Shalt Consume: The Story of Consumer Electronics [Feature] Every year, exhibitions around the world present new high tech devices; expensive toys that come with many promises. They aim to make our lives easier, more fun, super connected, and of course they are status... Read More . At €325 (around $450) off-plan, it’s about the same price as a Nexus 5 in the UK (we have silly taxes, remember). Is it any good though?


To find out, we paid for one. Now that we’re done with our review, we’re giving it away to a lucky reader!

Putting Social Values First

I must admit, this post-CES time of year is both exciting and depressing for me. On the one hand, we hear about a huge range of exciting new technology that probably won’t ever be made. And on the other, it makes me look back on all the worthless devices that did make it to market last year – yet more convertible tablets and technological tat that no one really needs nor wants – the majority is which is now sitting unused in a closet or sent to landfill.


It’s depressing because I think about all the resources that went into building those worthless devices. The lives that were exploited to mine the precious metals. The overworked Chinese labourer paid 5 dollars a day, fighting to keep their job because there’s a queue of ten more people desperate to take it from them. The children who live in the village that breaks down old electronics, now sick from the toxic fumes and polluted water supply. All we see is the shiny shrink-wrapped box at the end: the actual production costs are externalised and hidden. It’s a disgusting, shameful industry, and I’m as guilty of over-consumption as the next. If anything, I’m more guilty since I’m the one sitting here telling you to buy this crap. For that, I apologise.



But the Fairphone promises to break that cycle, or at least offer a significant improvement. “Putting social values first”, its mission statement decrees. What exactly is “fair” about the Fairphone then?

  • Conflict resources.
  • Fair wages.
  • E-waste solutions.
  • Open and future ready design
  • Transparent pricing.

Before we begin, a little disclaimer: my Android experience is thus far limited to an HTC One X How To Unlock, Root & Install a Custom ROM On Your HTC One X I can't say I've been entirely happy with having switched to Android - poor battery life, lack of system updates and general bugginess of my HTC One X being my main issues - but I... Read More . I hated the thing and quickly switched back to an iPhone 4, but have since destroyed the screen on that, so I’m back with the HTC for now. I’ve rooted it and tried all manner of replacement mods, settling on Cyanogen. It’s not particularly bad performance-wise – the interface is snappy enough – but bear that in mind during this review if I make some heinous mistake when talking about the Android OS.

The Fairness Of It All

The Fairphone costs €325 — €257 of which is the actual sales price minus various taxes. €185 of that goes on the manufacturing of the product, €45 on operations, and €22 on so-called “interventions”. Interventions is a list of social care programs and initiatives, like the e-waste recycling program. You can read a complete breakdown of the costs here.



While I appreciate the transparency, digging into the report, it seems clear that actually the production process itself is much the same as any other phone:

As we’re working with Changhong on a very outsourced model (i.e. they handle a lot of the work), it makes sense to have a fully blended price per phone for the initial production. However, this way we do not have a detailed breakdown, for example how much is the labor cost for the actual production.

Without sounding pessimistic, you’re paying for the usual Chinese manufactured handset under dubious conditions, plus a premium for social equality programs. Fairphone claims to be in the process of running an investigation into workers wages, but it seems like this is something they really should have done first. Especially given how they later claim “At Fairphone, we put social values first“. A Facebook post also claimed that the workers actually get less than the widely criticised Foxconn, but this may be unsubstantiated.

€4 of the intervention money is also diverted toward “open source development” on the operating system and Fairphone software, so only 18 of the 22 Euros is actually being spent on social initiatives – I feel this is a little misleading, inflating the value with a cost which might otherwise have been included under operations. It’s still more transparent than any other phone out there though, for which I can only applaud the Fairphone team. I suspect we would be appalled if we saw what percentage of an iPhone sale is pure profit.

Design and First Impressions

The box is adorned with stamps from various part of the world – conceived in The Netherlands, made in China, with resources from Congo, and software from Portugal. The plain “carton box” packing gives the impression of an unabashedly natural product. The packaging looks recycled, appealing to a generation of hipsters for whom white plastic is almost toxic.



This is Marketing 101 – and you know what? It works. I already feel a little better inside for owning this thing – I must be doing something good for the world.


In terms of hardware, only the phone is included in the box. There is no charger (since everyone probably already owns a micro USB cable), and no headphones. The only other items in the box are a number of postcards (including one for a Chongqing hotpot recipe); and a thick getting-started manual.



The Fairphone’s design is nothing innovative, just simple: it has a white rim, with a metallic black body and aluminium backing plate. The 4.3-inch screen is neither too small nor too large.


On the front and rear is a simple Fairphone logo; the rear is also adorned by “First Edition”. At 170 grams, the Fairphone is firmly on the side of heavy.


The battery cover is simple to pull off, revealing the two SIM slots (standard “mini” SIMs, so you’ll need an adaptor if you have the more common micro or nano sizes in recent phones); a replaceable battery; and an SD card slot for external storage.


Technical Specifications

  • 540 x 960 pixel resolution screen, 240 dpi
  • 8 megapixel rear camera
  • 1.3 megapixel front camera
  • 16 gigabytes of internal storage
  • MT6589M 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU
  • PowerVR SGX354 GPU
  • 4.3″ Dragontrail glass screen
  • 2000 mAh battery

The Fairphone is dual-SIM, enabling you to use more than one carrier without the annoyance of carrying another separate phone or switching SIMs when you go abroad. You can configure either for use as the data network, and assign specific contacts to each SIM – helpful if you’re a frugal type with free minutes to certain networks.

The screen is a new technology called Dragontrail – similar to Gorilla Glass, it’s engineered to be lightweight and scratch resistant. After lying face down on a stone table, and testing light scratching with a key, only superficial marks occurred which went away with a through cleaning. It also appears to be fairly smudge resistant: my greasy fingers resulted in a noticeable smudge on my HTC One X, and only a small mark on the Fairphone. I don’t have a Gorilla Glass device to compare to, but if your current phone is prone to smudges you’ll certainly notice a difference with this device.


It’s worth noting that the Fairphone is not 4G/LTE-capable. Though this doesn’t present a huge issue for me right now since there’s only a few overpriced carriers capable of it, further roll-outs are expected later this year. If I had a 4G-capable phone, I would be automatically upgraded (along with unlimited internet) to 4G speeds. Ao as a phone designed to be somewhat future-proofed, this is disappointing to say the least. This may be a huge factor in your decision.

The rear camera is decent enough but nothing to write home about; the front camera is fine for video chat. Here’s a sample image scaled down:


Operating System and Performance

From what I can tell, there’s very little difference from a standard Android OS – and that’s a good thing. It’s immediately familiar without any overly heavy UI change as some manufacturers are guilty of. On the second home screen, there’s a UI widget for last used and most used apps; and dragging in from either side of the screen reveals a quick launch bar.

The only real complaint I have is the software keyboard and touch sensitivity of the screen – it seems almost too sensitive, such that hovering over a letter causes double or triple entry. This is probably something you can adapt through prolonged use.

Due to licensing terms, Google Apps needs to be installed separately. Curious, but not a huge issue – there’s a huge button to do that right on the home screen, though you will need to grant super user access to the Fairphone app.


There are a few unique apps that come pre-installed. Peace of Mind is an timer that kills all notifications and enters airplane mode until the countdown finishes. It’s designed to give you a break from the world, and it’s a nice little app I think you’ll like. iFixit is also included, a gateway to the catalogue of instructions on how to fix various devices.


Refreshingly,the phone comes pre-rooted with no lock to the OS – you’re free to hack away and install whatever you want. It’s not clear at this point how frequent updates will be, but their blog gave some indication:

Realistically at the moment we can’t give firm dates but it’s a good estimate that Kwame hopes to get an Android release something like a month after Android’s own update.

In terms of performance, the Fairphone appears reasonably snappy enough that I’d be quite happy to use it on a daily basis. Antutu benchmarking gave a different story though: despite the upmarket price, raw performance is decidedly low end to mediocre, ranking at 13,500 – just between Galaxy S2 and Nexus 4. For comparison sake, my two-year old HTC One X running Cyanogen gets 17000. I think this is fault of the GPU: Fairphone is equipped with a PowerVR SGX, compared to the high performance Nvidia Tegra; but I’m not an expert in Android hardware performance so if you think otherwise, do let us know in the comments.


The generous 2000 mAh combined with some power saving OS tweaks apparently – gives fairly good battery life. While my 1800 mHa HTC One X needs recharging at least once a day, the same usage pattern lasted the entire day with a little left by bedtime. The OS also features a live background which changes colour depending on battery usage, blue being the lowest, orange being the highest – so you can see at-a-glance whether you should kill some apps. Though the battery is replaceable, it seems you can’t actually buy a replacement yet – the online shop is expected to open later this month.

If things go wrong, there’s a support forum and European phone number you can call, but since this is such a small production run don’t expect to find hundreds of other phone users with tutorials or advice.

Should you buy the Fairphone?

It’s easy to be skeptical about the Fairphone – performance is mediocre considering the price, and it feels more like a charitable donation than a manufacturing revolution I was hoping for; the “fair” aspect may just be largely marketing. The lack of 4G/LTE support is also quite disappointing, limiting it’s lifespan.

On the other hand, dual-SIM slots and a removable battery alone make this one of a rare breed; combined with a relatively standard UI and unlocked system should you wish to hack away, and you’re onto a winner. It’s early days yet, and the Fairphone team ought to be applauded for their work.

If you’re looking to buy one, you may register your interest for a second production run. Otherwise, you may get your hands on one right now through our giveaway.

MakeUseOf recommends: Absolutely, buy it – this is a project worth supporting

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  1. dainis w michel
    August 24, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    the cost appears to be 529 Euro now. what happened?

  2. B. Paul
    April 30, 2014 at 3:32 am

    I think most of you are forgetting this is a dual sim phone which is essentially two phones in one (America is still catching up to this). Very hard to find one with an up to date processor, or one that is not a Media Tek. Still, they work fine unless you are a gamer or Internet addict.
    That said, the phone is pricey, even with another version of Gorilla Glass, and an average to below average screen resolution even for dual sim phones.

  3. Gonzalo
    April 10, 2014 at 11:20 am

    After half a dozen different phones, this is the first time I'm proud of having one, and I hope it will last a few years.

  4. JACarlton
    February 15, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Both my son and my wife now have a Fairphone, having come to it from Nokia and Samsung phones. Both are very pleased with the device, and would recommend it. They use it in very different ways - my son very heavy on texts, games and internet, my wife for voice calls, skype and texts - and in both cases the phone is standing up very well indeed.

  5. Elicia P
    February 15, 2014 at 4:59 am

    Seems like it

  6. Morrison
    February 15, 2014 at 3:48 am

    Seems not exactly. I also had high expectations from what I had heard, but the info in this review only shows it is a somewhat more standard device. Being already rooted and without most manufacturers custom UI is a + however.

  7. Guillermo Ivan Jimenez Ruvalcaba
    February 15, 2014 at 12:42 am

    I don't think so

  8. Catherine
    February 14, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    I think so.

  9. Ahmad Shawki Hasan
    February 14, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    I don't think so. It is a mediocre phone for a high price. The camera is just below average. The processor is MediaTek. The screen is only 4.3 with low resolution and no Gorilla Glass (which actually gets scratched easily by the way). No LTE, no HDMI and no extraordinary features.
    It may still be good, but you can get Nexus 5 or MotoX for almost the same price if not cheaper. These definitely have better specs and better support (I meant with Motorola, because Google is known for being the worst in customer support ever, and I have two personal experiences myself). Or for a bit more, you can get any of the flagship phones which are way way better, in terms of everything.
    Again, I'm not saying it's a bad phone, but that's the kind of phone I'm expecting to pay $200-250 for it.
    Sorry if I offended anyone who supports this project or is enthusiastic about it...

  10. Gina Ferrell
    February 14, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Yes, I think this phone is really awesome!

  11. Julie L
    February 14, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Yes.. definitely!

  12. Narinder Chana
    February 14, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    I liked the social contribution. But I thought the price should have been more reasonable.

    At best maybe.

  13. Suky K
    February 14, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Mission accomplished

  14. Komeil Karimi
    February 14, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    It's a very good attempt and hats off to them

  15. zidane
    February 14, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Oh yes

  16. Marlene V. (Enelram)
    February 14, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I say yes

  17. Anonymous
    February 14, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Yes yes and Yes.

  18. Sampath S
    February 14, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Yes it had done it. I think the phone is really cool

  19. Kieron Quinn
    February 14, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    One word: Yes.

  20. Ismael R
    February 14, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    I think so. They're showing OEMs that you don't have to cut corners to cut prices...especially since most of them aren't cutting prices to begin with.

  21. LisaB
    February 14, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Seems like a decent phone, though I guess one could accomplish the same thing by buying a regular phone and donating $ to similar causes.

  22. Ariel Chiu
    February 14, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Yes, totally!

  23. Breakman
    February 14, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Better than the rest, I guess.

  24. Kathryn Mackey
    February 14, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Nice phone for everyday use

  25. Kristy M.
    February 14, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Yep, I think so

  26. Barry
    February 14, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Aside from the lack of 4G support, the Fairphone is worth considering.

  27. Carla
    February 14, 2014 at 11:40 am

    i think so yes

  28. Sandra S
    February 14, 2014 at 6:08 am

    It seems like it has

  29. Christie Pollard
    February 14, 2014 at 4:20 am

    Yes. Absolutely

  30. David Reynolds
    February 14, 2014 at 4:09 am

    It seems to, but I'd have to try it to find out.

  31. Dorothy H.
    February 14, 2014 at 2:58 am

    Yes. They are selling "guilt" for a "fair" price.

  32. Von Adam M
    February 14, 2014 at 1:56 am

    It didn't, they had all the time to meet the expectations of the people and they failed for this. It seems to be like just another mobile making company.

  33. Colleen C.
    February 14, 2014 at 1:44 am

    It looks like a no nonsense phone, exactly what I am looking for

  34. Wendy R.
    February 14, 2014 at 1:24 am

    It's a good concept for sure.

  35. Claire McGillivray
    February 13, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    I think it actually does.

  36. May
    February 13, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    It seems to have met the objectives!

  37. Tara Crawford
    February 13, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Yes it did would be great since i travel alot

  38. Sandi T
    February 13, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    I applaud them for trying--it will raise awareness, and may start more progress.

  39. Charlita M
    February 13, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Sure yes - and certainly SOME is better than none at all.

  40. Martin
    February 13, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Could have been better, but it's a start.

  41. Steve
    February 13, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    I do believe it did!

  42. Jason K
    February 13, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    i think is does

  43. Harry C
    February 13, 2014 at 5:46 pm


  44. Diogo M
    February 13, 2014 at 5:31 pm


  45. Janice
    February 13, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    I believe it has.

  46. Jenny Willis
    February 13, 2014 at 5:23 pm


  47. Jenette
    February 13, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    I think it did!

  48. Sharon Harding
    February 13, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Yes it sure did!

  49. Debbie
    February 13, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I have no idea. I'm a novice when it comes to these things.

  50. Nick Tefoglou
    February 13, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Obviously it did.

  51. Hal J
    February 13, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    It is getting there but really needs 4G/LTE to make it marketable

  52. teresa shaffer
    February 13, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Wow! Yes this is a amazing phone for sure

  53. Lee Z
    February 13, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    i think yes! and i love it.

  54. zaid Merchant
    February 13, 2014 at 6:16 am

    It Tried its best and it will Succeed

  55. j
    February 13, 2014 at 2:09 am

    For what they are going for, yes it did.

  56. Zori D
    February 12, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Yes it does!

  57. Paul Y
    February 12, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    A corporate step in the right direction

  58. Todd H
    February 12, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I think it did but, it's also a good start. I'm sure that if this type of manufacturing and marketing starts to catch on, there will be more corporations that will jump on board.

  59. Ken
    February 12, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Yes I think it did.

  60. Mike
    February 12, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Yes it does.

  61. Stella
    February 12, 2014 at 9:30 am

    I'm not sure.
    One thing I like about it is, yes you are right, the packaging! Love it.

  62. Nuri Karamolaoglu
    February 12, 2014 at 8:41 am


  63. Sisyphia
    February 12, 2014 at 6:02 am

    Yes it sounds good.

  64. Rita Lautenschlager
    February 11, 2014 at 9:43 pm


  65. Simon
    February 11, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    It's pretty disappointing that the "conflict free" and "fair wage" aspects are barely addressed.
    But I love the initiative and I'd hope that the company can blossom and improve their offering.
    Eagerly awaiting v2!

  66. kelly
    February 11, 2014 at 3:18 am

    My phobe is on the fritz..i need a new one.

  67. Stéphane M
    February 11, 2014 at 1:11 am

    I would say yes it did.

  68. Francis
    February 10, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Only way to find out is to win this phone.

  69. Jayendran
    February 10, 2014 at 8:55 pm


  70. Daniel
    February 10, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Looks pretty lame to me.

  71. tc
    February 10, 2014 at 6:03 pm


  72. Jakub
    February 10, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Looks like a good phone

  73. Susie
    February 10, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Hell yes... it sure did !!

  74. david sobrino
    February 10, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    yes, it looks like that

  75. Gaurang Lakshane
    February 10, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Yes. It means business right from the word go.

  76. Michelle C
    February 10, 2014 at 3:40 am

    Looks like it.

  77. Fabiana D
    February 10, 2014 at 1:26 am

    Yes It did!

  78. Henrik
    February 9, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    I would say so

  79. Vince Alvin Villarin
    February 9, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    YES it does

  80. Raymond C
    February 9, 2014 at 11:54 am

    yes of course it did

  81. Jo Craze
    February 9, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Love this phone would love to have one

  82. John Michael J
    February 9, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Yes It did!

  83. Jea Blancaflor
    February 9, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Yes, nice phone.

  84. Rhea G
    February 9, 2014 at 6:56 am

    yes :)

  85. Alan
    February 9, 2014 at 3:00 am


  86. Helena
    February 9, 2014 at 1:06 am

    Yes,it accoplish in fact.
    Thnk you for this lovelty giveaway!
    Crossed fingers!

  87. DAN J
    February 8, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    It seems like it has.

  88. Daniel Ooi
    February 8, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Yes, for android.

  89. Anna I
    February 8, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I Think so, yes

  90. vivynz
    February 8, 2014 at 12:46 pm


  91. Desire
    February 8, 2014 at 10:25 am

    It seems to me like it did

  92. Elle
    February 8, 2014 at 6:26 am

    While it might not be a raging success (yet), it's a good step in the right direction and at a minimum it might raise some questions that usually get ignored

  93. Michael Angelo
    February 8, 2014 at 5:50 am


  94. Michaela Kitschke
    February 7, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    So far, yes.

  95. Stephan H
    February 7, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    I think it did.

  96. Antoine Visser
    February 7, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Goodbey apple

  97. Kenny A
    February 7, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    so awesome

  98. Hernan Gutierrez
    February 7, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    I think they did. It's just the first step!

  99. K
    February 7, 2014 at 11:59 am

    It always seemed like an interesting idea, and they are well on track to truly accomplishing their goals!

  100. Rhea Liza Muñoz
    February 7, 2014 at 10:20 am

    yes it does.. Good job!!!

  101. achim welker
    February 7, 2014 at 9:45 am

    I am sure it did. It opened the eyes for those who care and it takes the first step into the right direction!

  102. robert john
    February 7, 2014 at 8:56 am


  103. ilias
    February 7, 2014 at 8:44 am

    it kinda did

  104. Francis D
    February 7, 2014 at 8:15 am

    yes. indeed!

  105. Paul Welford
    February 7, 2014 at 5:55 am

    It does...for now. Lack of 4G is a deterrent in a fast-paced world.

  106. Neil John Ocampo
    February 7, 2014 at 4:45 am

    Affirmatively Yes!

  107. ?? ?
    February 7, 2014 at 4:33 am

    I believe it does. :)

  108. Shannon
    February 7, 2014 at 4:04 am

    I suppose it does, but since I don't have it, I can't say for sure.

  109. Anthony
    February 7, 2014 at 3:39 am

    I think it accomplished its goals

    February 7, 2014 at 2:58 am

    I think it has!

  111. Antonio I
    February 6, 2014 at 10:55 pm almost did it

  112. Dan V
    February 6, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Definitely it does.

  113. Kypros V
    February 6, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    I believe it did.

  114. John Agwazim
    February 6, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    I believe it has except for gamers.

  115. ISA VAL
    February 6, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    fingers crossed!!!

  116. Mike Bisceglia
    February 6, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    I think it does, and wouldn't mind having one to do a full breakdown and review.

  117. Christina F
    February 6, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Yes and I love the project behind it.

  118. Steen
    February 6, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Yes think it sounds good, let me have it!

  119. Aaron C
    February 6, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I would say that they definitely set out to accomplish what they meant to do. I honestly believe that their primary goal was to determine the possibility of a fairly sourced phone while raising awareness of the issues that plague the tech manufacturing industry.

  120. Nanang S
    February 6, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Yes, It does

  121. David R
    February 6, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Not quite, but a good start and I particularly like the dual sim feature & the replaceable battery.

  122. Marios T
    February 6, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    I guess it is a good alternative...

  123. Ted W
    February 6, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    I think the idea of the smartphone is great, not sure they're successful

  124. Antonio R
    February 6, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    I think so, but it's a little pricey.

  125. Carol Stevens
    February 6, 2014 at 2:39 pm


  126. ClaudeM
    February 6, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Yes. Added bonus is that it is great explaining the idea behind it.

  127. Van O
    February 6, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I don't need to spend that much for what I need.

  128. Sophie
    February 6, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Absolutely! it is a project worth supporting, and i don`t have one as i was too late to order the first edition! i think they`re an example for other companies out there (big brand names)

  129. Ramon Miguel Canillas
    February 6, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    No. As you mentioned, it should have done all those research stuff before coming up with this phone, considering they put values first. Additionally, maybe they could have saved extra money by eliminating that 2nd SIM slot and the microSD port, so that they could put more money into their social causes. It's a nice gesture, and a decent device which I would be happy to purchase, but it's still lacking in certain areas.

  130. Bohdan Kuczynski
    February 6, 2014 at 1:59 pm


  131. Francis Smith
    February 6, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Yes, it's made to be social conscious, that's great. It's an average phone, is far better than being a junk phone.

  132. haaaal
    February 6, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    not really, but trying

  133. west
    February 6, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    yes mainly

  134. Nick Odemus
    February 6, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Great idea, needs to be cheaper

  135. Olga S
    February 6, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Oh, yes.

  136. Roger Wilson
    February 6, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    I'm pleased with mine. It just works, with no fuss, and the neat little widget that gives up to three hours of silence and then quietly reverts to normal is excellent for Quaker Meetings!

  137. Ismail
    February 6, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    i think so.

  138. Dave Wells
    February 6, 2014 at 11:43 am


  139. Naama S
    February 6, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Yes. but it is very expensive!

  140. Gagan Masoun
    February 6, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Price should be cheap.

  141. Edmund S
    February 6, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Yes it did, but the actual phone itself does not seem to carry that message loudly.

  142. Gert
    February 6, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Yes, they do raise awareness about phone production and they produced quite a nice phone. I would love to use it.

  143. Urko
    February 6, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Yes, but I dont think consumers will follow. needs to be cheaper somehow.

  144. Peter H
    February 6, 2014 at 5:36 am

    Yes they accomplished their goals but, consumers don't care. How's the phone?

  145. Bienvenido Masaluñga Jr.
    February 6, 2014 at 5:29 am

    Yes, but I think the price must be cheaper.

  146. Bienvenido Masaluñga Jr.
    February 6, 2014 at 5:29 am

    Yes, but the price must me much cheaper. :)

  147. Alexandru Rusu
    February 6, 2014 at 3:17 am

    Yes,i want this phone because is nice and useful!

  148. Iris Bernardez Murillo
    February 6, 2014 at 3:04 am

    I really really need a I new phonce :( I would love to win this one.

  149. Jasmin
    February 6, 2014 at 1:50 am

    Sort of a yes :)

  150. Virginia D
    February 5, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    I think so.

  151. Cynthia P
    February 5, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    I believe it's heading in the right direction for it's stated goals, although many more phones must be purchased by the public before those can be totally accomplished. But - good for them - trying to be socially responsible and offering a fairly decent quality item in exchange!

  152. rachid
    February 5, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    seems great, i should like to try it and see if it meets my expectations

  153. Alicia
    February 5, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    With so many competitors out there I think they still have some work to do. I read a post about them aiming to be ethical and I think that is excellent, by not supporting unjust mining for violence. Compared to their competitors they are trying to be eco friendly. In terms of its functions, I only use dual sim phones also I love the camera (my opinion). Yes, I think fairphone has a way to go, but they are accomplishing their goal of being a part of the android market.

  154. Alexandra
    February 5, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    I think so!

  155. Dyan
    February 5, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Yes I think it was accomplish

  156. Svetlana Lukashevych
    February 5, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    It looks like yes... But you know gotta try it first to be 100% sure:)

  157. bioadam
    February 5, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Not really

  158. Artur K
    February 5, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    They definitely did, now they need to make people now about it. I'm ok with the price point, just wish some network in my country subsidised it.

  159. Garv S
    February 5, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    May be not because of some nexus phones cheap phones are not the first choice and now we also have The MOTO G.

  160. Miki
    February 5, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Probably it will!

  161. Chaminga D
    February 5, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Yes, Most of them.

  162. Bube
    February 5, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    I think yes :)

  163. imdiego
    February 5, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Yes, but I dont think consumers will follow. needs to be cheaper somehow.

  164. Netsanet
    February 5, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    May be yes, may be no. I have to see it first. So, let me win!! :)

  165. Al Sam
    February 5, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    We'll see.

  166. Divya A
    February 5, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Yes. It accomplished :)

  167. Christian Ampoloquio
    February 5, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    I believe so. It accomplished what this Fairphone needs to do. It looks very promising though.

  168. Riffat S
    February 5, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Thanks for superb giveaway! I will definitely say Yes! Because it owns beautiful style, wide screen, 16 MP camera, Wifi, dual sim, OS., good ranking.. everything makes it best :)

  169. Holly Slater
    February 5, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Yes, it does make strides to that end.

  170. ryo
    February 5, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    yes for my needs

  171. sajan kumar sahu
    February 5, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Yes, but I hope it will be more better in future.

  172. Bhavesh Mehta
    February 5, 2014 at 11:59 am

    A small yes, as they have not yet completely achieved their mission, but they are certainly getting towards it!

  173. shahj
    February 5, 2014 at 11:38 am

    i need it to say right answer

  174. Carmelo
    February 5, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Maybe not completely, but I guess they're going a better way than many (any?) other producer

  175. Norbert G
    February 5, 2014 at 10:33 am

    never judge the phone by it's housing or review - have to try it to answer it

  176. Yana Kolomijets
    February 5, 2014 at 9:50 am


  177. Elinor Semira
    February 5, 2014 at 9:49 am

    a big yes!

  178. Mai T
    February 5, 2014 at 7:04 am

    A medium "yes". Not yet a 100% minimal harm to people and planet (as in the company's mission) but it's getting towards it.

  179. Eugene Y
    February 5, 2014 at 6:46 am


  180. Emmanuel R
    February 5, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Yes! i want this phone please *_*

  181. Christian C
    February 5, 2014 at 5:50 am

    I think yes.

  182. Ran K
    February 5, 2014 at 5:48 am


  183. tephen Turner
    February 5, 2014 at 5:09 am

    Hope i win

  184. Darrell Bowman
    February 5, 2014 at 5:09 am

    Sure it did.

  185. Magnolia B
    February 5, 2014 at 4:58 am

    I think so!

  186. Akshay Lakhmani
    February 5, 2014 at 4:56 am


  187. John H.
    February 5, 2014 at 4:44 am

    I think it did!

  188. peter redpath
    February 5, 2014 at 3:49 am


  189. Kat Derksen
    February 5, 2014 at 3:36 am


  190. Paul Gahye
    February 5, 2014 at 3:15 am

    Yes, the Fairphone is really an awesome answer to the conflit minerals problem in Congo !

  191. wendy rose santillan
    February 5, 2014 at 2:50 am


  192. Herbert Appleby
    February 5, 2014 at 1:54 am

    more than fair in most ways

  193. joshua
    February 5, 2014 at 1:38 am

    I like that its pre rooted

  194. ?Ubomír Š
    February 5, 2014 at 1:34 am

    Yes, nice one.

  195. Kitty
    February 5, 2014 at 12:25 am

    looks like it from the review.

  196. Laurence D
    February 4, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    from what I read, YES

  197. Sarah R
    February 4, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Yes I think it did. It looks like a really nice phone.

  198. Jon
    February 4, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    It appears that it probably has.

  199. N S
    February 4, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    For it's price, not really. The Huawei Y300 is much more rounded on it's features, only lacking in camera specs.

  200. Joseph
    February 4, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    It looks good...Not sure having my hands on them, but there are lots of great android phones out there.

  201. Tina C
    February 4, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    seems like a great phone but needs some improvements in some areas. the 4 g features could be improved but over all I thinks its a really good phone.

  202. Steve
    February 4, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Yes, given the small-scale of the project so far...

  203. Manuel H
    February 4, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    YES as Far as I Read

  204. D W
    February 4, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Considering the price, I'm not actually sure. It would seem at this pricepoint it would include 4G/LTE technology, and the camera's would be better. Still it seems like a good phone.

  205. Serg
    February 4, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Nice phone

  206. Travis Faulkner
    February 4, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    I would think so

  207. Carolyn H
    February 4, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    It has accomplished that.

  208. Raffaele
    February 4, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Think so!

  209. Shirley A
    February 4, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    I appreciate the analysis of this product, looks like there may be some areas for tweaking, especially the lack of 4G feature.

  210. Hilary
    February 4, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    I liked what I read

  211. Howard M
    February 4, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    It has all I need and more for any phone

  212. András K
    February 4, 2014 at 7:21 pm


  213. Joan C
    February 4, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Nice phone and nice price!!!

  214. Mark Thornley
    February 4, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Although they are donating a small portion to charity, the phone itself seems lacking.

  215. Jennifer H
    February 4, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Works for me!

  216. Eric M
    February 4, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Anything that is free is good to get. I would like to test it out.

  217. Jonathan S
    February 4, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Fair is a good term for marketing purposes, but the concept sounds better than the concepts of established competitors.

  218. moorandro
    February 4, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Would be very good for me, yes

  219. Stephen
    February 4, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    I believe it did

  220. Candy Gariepy
    February 4, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    I really like this since it is small and cool. I like your pages since it expliques alot about different products. Thanks

  221. diana
    February 4, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Majority is pretty fair

  222. Suzanne S
    February 4, 2014 at 5:16 pm


  223. Mandip D
    February 4, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    A very good effort!

  224. Kieran C
    February 4, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    If it cost a bit more and sent a bit more money to the "social initiatives" then it'd be better, $18 isn't exactly a lot at the end of the day. It's a start I guess.

  225. Endracion
    February 4, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I think it did, but is still a fair amount expensive considering that price translated into USD. I'm guessing the higher the production goes, the better it will become though.

  226. David Phok
    February 4, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    I think they did a pretty good job

  227. Matthew
    February 4, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    From the description, it seems the "FAIR" bit is more hype that substance, but then I wouldn't volunteer to pay a "good cause tax" on a piece of Chinese built tech

  228. Kamran H
    February 4, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    It's a good start. Definitely refreshing to see someone come up with an initiative make a more socially aware product.

  229. christy
    February 4, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    I think it almost made it

  230. Luis Alberto Scandurra
    February 4, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Yes, its good for me

  231. Zivar R
    February 4, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Well , YAY for the cause :)

  232. Jose Lorenz Ruiz
    February 4, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Indeed fair enough

  233. kurt kidder
    February 4, 2014 at 4:02 pm


  234. Lisa
    February 4, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    It certainly took a step in the right direction, which is a good thing. I hope the people at Fairphone will address some of the issues raised before producing the second batch.

  235. anietie okuku
    February 4, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    I like the heart of the makers of this phone.

  236. Dharmik M
    February 4, 2014 at 3:59 pm


  237. Isaac C
    February 4, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Yes, it looks good to me.

    February 4, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    yes, more makers should follow

  239. Gail Silverman
    February 4, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    They should look into becoming certified to SA8000 orgetting SEDEX audits from their suppliers.

  240. Leisa Wooten
    February 4, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Yes. I think it's great. I was unaware of all the stuff that goes on with the manufacture of cell phones.

  241. Aurélien L.
    February 4, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    A good phone and a good idea about "fair" strategy.

  242. Jimmy Naidoo
    February 4, 2014 at 3:26 pm


  243. Colin C
    February 4, 2014 at 3:26 pm


  244. jayadrathsingh
    February 4, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    yet i think so it will work much better than its competitors

  245. ketha prathap reddy
    February 4, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    yes absolutely!

  246. Corina C
    February 4, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Good start in that direction but I think they've got a ways to go!

  247. Mahesh K
    February 4, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Not yet , people are still not aware of its cause and its name.

  248. Donna D
    February 4, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    I think they did.

  249. Jason Weiss
    February 4, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    If the goal was to be expensive and yet get slammed for not even being close to good, then yeap.

  250. Gheorghe Andreea Mihaela
    February 4, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Yes, I agree it is a good phone :)

  251. Jackie P
    February 4, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    I think it did, yes.

  252. Benedikt Falke
    February 4, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Well ,yes, and it'a good cause

  253. Colin Wright
    February 4, 2014 at 2:26 pm


  254. Ionut B
    February 4, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    it is a good phone

  255. Milica Kuvalja
    February 4, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Of course it has :)

  256. Betty B
    February 4, 2014 at 2:14 pm


  257. Ivan D
    February 4, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    very interesting phone! lol! ;)

  258. Noel P
    February 4, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Let's see when I get my hands on it.

  259. Candy Nickison
    February 4, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    yes it did

  260. Bili
    February 4, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    I think it's a step in the right direction, but the statistics are very superficial.

  261. Haravind kumar
    February 4, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Good specs would love to have it.

  262. Vedran M
    February 4, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Yes, it is good, decent phone for decent price.

  263. Eli K
    February 4, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    not really

  264. drazen mestrovic
    February 4, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Yes,it did.It looks like it's not bad phone at all.Would really like to have one.

  265. Möhàméd ÃMînë Ë
    February 4, 2014 at 1:56 pm


  266. Alexander
    February 4, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    It's a start of what it is trying to accomplish, but a well done start.

  267. Andrei B
    February 4, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Well, I certainly hope so, I mean it looks great.

  268. Krzysztof K
    February 4, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    yes, i think it is good choice

  269. Dude Guru
    February 4, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    We'll have to see

  270. ben raz
    February 4, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    yes, it achieved its goal

  271. Mike
    February 4, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Id say yes

  272. Giancarlo
    February 4, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    It will once everyone knows it's purpose

  273. june
    February 4, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I really need a new phone

  274. Bjørnar B
    February 4, 2014 at 1:37 pm


  275. Anonymous
    February 4, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Kool phone

  276. John Crawley
    February 4, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Yes it was successful

  277. Jahanzeb K
    February 4, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Yes,It was successfull.

  278. Abhinay T
    February 4, 2014 at 3:41 am

    Yes, I agree it is a good phone.

  279. Torvic T
    February 4, 2014 at 1:32 am

    As long as they allow to do us what ever we want, its a keeper.

  280. Yaroslav V
    February 4, 2014 at 12:51 am

    it moves the right way. but overpriced a bit.

  281. mekongo
    February 3, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    it is a good initiative.

  282. Maryamu
    February 3, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    The initiave is absolutely to be supported, it is a starter.

  283. Ed
    February 3, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Yes. Wish the specs were better though. It would entice more people to buy.

  284. Matt
    February 3, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    I'm not sure it accomplished what it set out to do, but it took a step in that direction. If they continue to refine that direction, they will eventual achieve their goal. I support initiatives like this, because they represent the right way to do business. Money mongering has its flaws and we're seeing the rampant effects of that everywhere today. It's not good for anyone.

  285. Abderrahmane Z
    February 3, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    yes, i think

  286. Caeoline
    February 3, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    yes it did. I hope to get it real soon cuz it's an awesome phone

  287. Helen Bradstock
    February 3, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Yes it aims to be more transparent and fair. The makers should be congratulated and encouraged to develop even fairer manufacturing processes.

  288. Richard B
    February 3, 2014 at 3:00 pm


  289. Charlie
    February 3, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Looks great, and I'm not too concerned about the performance - still seems like it's plenty powerful enough for most tasks

  290. Adam
    February 3, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    I think the Fairphone is on the right track. More to do but at least there some alternative.

  291. Roman Savchuk
    February 3, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Yes, good telephone.

  292. Adrian
    February 3, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Yes. Very interesting phone.

  293. Daniel
    February 3, 2014 at 11:37 am

    It's the biggest step in the right direction by any producer so far. There's room for improvement, but it's a huge achievement!

  294. Wei Lian L
    February 3, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Yes. Definitely useful.

  295. Valerie L
    February 3, 2014 at 9:34 am

    I think so but we can always work to make it better

  296. Moyzie M
    February 3, 2014 at 9:09 am


  297. Pia
    February 3, 2014 at 1:59 am

    I believe so...although, there's always room for improvement.

  298. Sergey Illarionov
    February 3, 2014 at 1:53 am


  299. Jacques P
    February 2, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    dual sim accesory is REALLY attractive !

  300. Aleksandr C
    February 2, 2014 at 10:16 pm


  301. Carol O
    February 2, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Definitely worth it for me, I just have a basic phone !! Still back in the old days!! Thank you for this contest!!

  302. Linda K
    February 2, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Yes, i believe it did

  303. Gian
    February 2, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    no technology moves too fast to be equitable

  304. Giuseppe P
    February 2, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    yes it does

  305. aziz
    February 2, 2014 at 5:16 pm


  306. JeffC
    February 2, 2014 at 5:09 pm


  307. Sandy C
    February 2, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Yes it does! I am quite impressed!

  308. Dmitriy S
    February 2, 2014 at 2:57 pm


  309. Druv Boodoo
    February 2, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    I sure did. Startup companies always bring new and useful products to the market. And I do hope they remain successful for their future launch and upgrades.

  310. Choon K
    February 2, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Maybe, that's why I need to try it out ;)

  311. Alpa C
    February 2, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I think so.

  312. Mohamed S
    February 2, 2014 at 9:55 am


  313. Lode R
    February 2, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Probably, yes.

  314. Julian
    February 2, 2014 at 8:59 am

    maybe not completely. or not yet at least..

  315. christian F
    February 2, 2014 at 8:40 am

    It sounds like they have but until the public try and test it we will not truly know.

  316. Tejash C
    February 2, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Decent attempt but will only succeed if masses go for it.

  317. DmitriyK
    February 2, 2014 at 6:41 am


  318. Mihir C
    February 2, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Looks quite promising and I reckon if developers support it, it'll turn out just what they wanted it to!

  319. kiran
    February 2, 2014 at 5:09 am

    i guess so.

  320. Jennifer Fletcher
    February 2, 2014 at 1:57 am

    Yes. It adds more competition to the market.

  321. Pierre B
    February 2, 2014 at 1:37 am

    Yes, they did make the pricing more transparent, so they succeeded in one way.
    However, I'm not sure a MediaTek CPU is really a progress in the fight against planned obsolescence : Mediatek is known for not releasing source code, and without open pilots, there will be no custom roms for this Fairphone. And in the Android world, the only way to give a second life to an unsupported phone is installing a custom rom.

  322. Linda M
    February 1, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    For sure

  323. Hass
    February 1, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Yes, 4G is a must for the 2nd edition & i think the screen size is perfect.

  324. Sharon Haas
    February 1, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Probably yes. It doesn't seem much different from the phone I use and it's nice to do some good without it being at all painful.

  325. Andrei A
    February 1, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    I should try it, probably yes

  326. Francesco Fiorino
    February 1, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Maybe yes

  327. Kaptain B
    February 1, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    I think yes if social media is its first priority.

  328. Anthony
    February 1, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    maybe yes

  329. Grigaz
    February 1, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    I can't tell if it accomplished things it wanted to until I use it by myself.

  330. Andrew
    February 1, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I'm doubtful that they've accomplished what they've set out to do. As you noted, they haven't actually investigated the workers' wages yet. Also, for the features, the price isn't at all competitive, so the purchasers will be limited topeople who are willing and able to spend a large premium for the social responsibility aspects.

  331. Jenny N
    February 1, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Yes, I think so.

  332. shannon springs
    February 1, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    I'm not sure but worth a try to see it for myself.. ty for chance to win!

  333. Vanessa R
    February 1, 2014 at 2:11 pm


  334. Bogdan
    February 1, 2014 at 1:13 pm


  335. Mile Zec
    February 1, 2014 at 12:47 pm


  336. Tina
    February 1, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I can only tell if I get one ;)

  337. Darlene Wright
    February 1, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I'm not sure if it has or not?

  338. Dragana T
    February 1, 2014 at 12:29 pm


  339. Stoja Todoric
    February 1, 2014 at 12:21 pm


  340. Mark Dwyer
    February 1, 2014 at 11:36 am


  341. Alexei Petrov
    February 1, 2014 at 11:35 am

    May be

  342. Denis T
    February 1, 2014 at 10:25 am

    i hope win it

  343. Alexander B
    February 1, 2014 at 8:20 am


  344. Malkhaz A
    February 1, 2014 at 8:18 am

    It's very difficult to answer the question

  345. betty
    February 1, 2014 at 7:19 am

    looks nice

  346. George A
    February 1, 2014 at 6:23 am

    It would meet my needs for a second phone.

  347. George A
    February 1, 2014 at 6:17 am

    Most everything.

  348. Konstantin Z
    February 1, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Thanks a lot!

  349. Anish
    February 1, 2014 at 5:33 am


  350. Adly A
    February 1, 2014 at 5:15 am

    No but certainly with some more improvement, it can achieve that.

  351. Ivan P
    February 1, 2014 at 5:12 am


  352. Roman K
    February 1, 2014 at 5:04 am

    I think yes

  353. paulie
    February 1, 2014 at 4:20 am

    i think so

  354. John D
    February 1, 2014 at 4:13 am

    Mostly, do hope will

  355. Dan D.
    February 1, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Nope, but they seem very close to reaching it.

  356. Va D
    February 1, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Yes for the most part.

  357. Raul Jara
    February 1, 2014 at 12:04 am

    I'm more of a Phablet guy, but it's amazing to support this kind of projects

  358. Mark M
    February 1, 2014 at 12:02 am

    I think it has accomplished what it set out to do...

  359. Marco K
    January 31, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Dont know

  360. Victor Obizuyk
    January 31, 2014 at 11:08 pm


  361. Mukola Obizuyk
    January 31, 2014 at 11:05 pm


  362. Keith W
    January 31, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    I'm not sure

  363. Sergey E
    January 31, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    I have no idea

  364. Anant S
    January 31, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    no idea

  365. NullOp
    January 31, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Enough with the social diatribe and tell us if it's any good or not! Cry on your own time!

    • Justin P
      February 1, 2014 at 12:20 am

      If a product makes social claims in its primary pitch, any review has to touch on that. Don't you think?

  366. Flynn G
    January 31, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Yes indeed

  367. Vitaliy P
    January 31, 2014 at 8:26 pm


  368. Alex Anon
    January 31, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    If not, they came really close.

  369. Denis K
    January 31, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Sure it did.

  370. Eric
    January 31, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    no but nice thought

  371. Kyle
    January 31, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I think so

  372. Tomasz
    January 31, 2014 at 7:41 pm


  373. Irwin
    January 31, 2014 at 7:37 pm


  374. Kaycee
    January 31, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Sure seems like they did!

  375. Sam K
    January 31, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Fairphone fairs Ok in my view.

  376. Roberto Rother
    January 31, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Not having seen one yet, and not seeing much exposure to it, I would say they have accomplished what they wanted based on your review and what I could find on the net about their purpose.

  377. Ashwin
    January 31, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Too early to say if it has achieved it's potential.

  378. Tom W
    January 31, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    I don't think that Fairphone has accomplished what it set out to do - yet. You cannot move a mountain overnight, and I think that Fairphone have made a good start. If they carry on producing phones, they can make a little more progress with each manufacturing run.

  379. Milos D
    January 31, 2014 at 5:41 pm


  380. Tim
    January 31, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Closer than any of the other devices on the market, I think. It is my experience that what a company says it does and what actually happens behind closed doors are 2 totally different things.

  381. Ion P
    January 31, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    As far as I can see, it did.

  382. Tiago R
    January 31, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    i realy dont know!!!
    any change as to come from the buyers side....people tend to focus in Aplle but almost every company in any market uses the same tactics!

  383. Maarten D
    January 31, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Yes, i guess so. But I think much people need to have a charger, it's weird the FP doesn't have that.

  384. ReggieB
    January 31, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    I think the article is little harsh and skeptical in places. Their site clearly states where they are getting the materials from, who is supplying them, that they are conflict free, and their blog details the work they've put into choosing the manufacturing plant and guaranteeing the workers better working conditions. I've found their blog very interesting over the last 6 months and this level of transparency is unprecedented. By making it in China, perhaps they can bring about change in a country where workers rights are few and working hours are long.

    The phone itself for the price is pretty decent. Its no iPhone, S4, One or Z1 but it doesn't aim to be, and its far cheaper. Do a search for quad core / dual sim / 960x540 or greater / bluetooth 4.0 / android 4.2 / removable battery / microSD and see what you get. You'll see the Acer S1 Duo and Huawei G700, for about the same price as the Fairphone. So much for an upmarket price. I wonder if people will be bothered by the benchmarks. If you say the interface is snappy and you'd be happy to use it on a regular basis. It sounds alright to me!

  385. Divesh K
    January 31, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    its a good smartphone so yes it did

  386. ŠImon S
    January 31, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    I think Fair phone acommplished it.

  387. Risen D
    January 31, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    looks like it did.

  388. Daniel
    January 31, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Yes it did.

  389. Aditya R
    January 31, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    yes. pretty much.

  390. Laura N
    January 31, 2014 at 2:24 pm


  391. Tom
    January 31, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Yes, but since the mobile phone market changes so fast, Fairphone has set an unattainable goal for itself.

  392. Luka
    January 31, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    it's a great all around phone for normal use

  393. Stephen G.
    January 31, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I have not followed news of Fairphone, so I am only basing my reply on the information given in the review: it does sound as though Fairphone--at this time--is more about marketing than actual, progressive and socially conscious production practices. Fairphone has taken some small steps toward "fair-er" production though, and hopefully those steps will continue. And perhaps that is enough to make supporting them worthwhile.

  394. Justin
    January 31, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    It's too soon to tell yet if the Phone's Manufactures what they wanted to do.

  395. Nicholas S
    January 31, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I think it's too early to tell if it accomplished its purpose. Anyhow, I think it's already a fad here in Europe.