Okay, so you went and dropped your phone again. You probably smashed it on the asphalt getting out of your car, or pulling it out of your pocket. Now the screen is splintered into a million pieces and everyone knows what a clumsy jerk you are.
But what if I told you there's an Android phone out there designed to withstand years of abuse? The Fairphone 2 is just that—the first modular phone built to survive years of wear and tear and overcome everything from outdated batteries to cracked screens.
As the name suggests, the Fairphone 2 is the second iteration of a rather brilliant smartphone concept—a phone designed from the ground up with sustainability and social responsibility in mind.
Here's how it works: Users can remove and replace the two most commonly broken smartphone components—the battery and the display—without any tools whatsoever. The Fairphone's CPU, as well as the microphone, audio, and rear camera modules, can all be accessed with nothing more than a screwdriver.
Fairphone is hoping that this new concept will allow people to "have a deeper relationship with their phones," adding that the Fairphone "enable[s] [users] to take more responsibility for keeping them in working condition."
But sustainability and intimacy are not the only desired outcomes here, because Fairphone is hoping to dramatically change the way we manufacture smartphones. So far, it's succeeding.
The materials that make up the Fairphone 2 (aluminum, copper, iron, and gold, just to name a few) are almost exclusively sourced from ethical, responsible suppliers in regions that have historically been conflict zones. Fairphone sees this as an opportunity to lift these regions up and, with any luck, address some of their social, economic, and environmental problems head-on.
On the manufacturing side of things, Fairphone says its top priority is the safety and well-being of its employees. The company's efforts in that vein include a social assessment program at the company's fatories in China, designed to improve the working conditions of its employees and address any concerns they might have.
For now, the Fairphone 2 is only available in select European markets, but the company has plans to expand to more countries in 2016.
For a full list of specs, check out the product page at the Fairphone website.
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