There aren’t many phones that include a screwdriver for taking things apart but the Fairphone 3, a new Android 9 device that costs about $500, is wildly repairable and upgradable.
Designed with tinkerers in mind, this basic phone features a removable battery and screen and it uses almost entirely fair trade or recycled materials.
The phone isn’t very unusual in itself. It runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor and has 64GB of memory onboard. It can hold two SIM cards and it supports NFC and GPS. The case is translucent plastic so you can see inside.
However, the entire package is aimed at supporting the environment. “If you don?t need it, we don?t include it!” write the creators. “There?s no charger, cable or earphones, so you can use the ones you have and help cut down on e-waste.”
You can also purchase spare parts for the phone and replace them yourself, something that is decidedly not available for your iPhone.
Right-to-repair is a growing movement and this is an exciting opportunity to see the ultimate end point of this concept. It’s a little pricey but it might be worth it if you want to feel good about your cellie.