Another day, another new smartphone gallery, this time getting going with the Fairphone 4, the very latest from the eco-conscious Dutch company. As with the old Lumias, you get to replace the battery - and indeed almost everything else, with just a simple screwdriver - plus the specs are mid-range comparable for 2021. See also my previous Fairphone 4 head to head, plus there will be a full review on the way in a week or so.
It's true that you have to pay a little extra to assuage your troubled eco-conscience, but with the Fairphone 4 you really can settle down for 6 or 7 years, in theory, without troubling the traditional smartphone retail channels.
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The Fairphone 4 box contents: just the phone, not even a Type C charging cable - ultra minimalist, to save on waste. I got an iFixit screwdriver too, but that might have just been for reviewers.
A standard glass and metal slab at first appearance - but looks can be deceiving!
The rear is VERY grippy, made of rubberised plastic, meaning that you absolutely don't need a case for this phone, immediately giving it kudos by not adding bulk to your life. Don't worry about the apparent triple camera - one of the circles is a Time of Flight (ToF) sensor!
Around the edge, near the bottom, you'll see a thumbnail-sized notch. This is where to pry confidently to peel the back right off...
This is where things really differ from every other modern smartphone. The back - literally - peels off, revealing the Fairphone 4's insides, all held in with standard cross-head screws!
Each removeable component is marked clearly so that anyone can attempt replacement. Just a few screws and modules pop out - more on this in my full review!
Most obviously of all - the battery comes out, with no unscrewing needed. As on many Samsung phones pre-2014, and as on many classic Nokias and Lumias, you just lift the battery out, potentially replacing it with a charged spare from your pocket.
Powered on, this is the first Fairphone design with a 'full screen', minus the small notch for the selfie camera. The 'three buttons' controls can also be toggled off, to leave a full screen gesture experience in Android 11...
A Fairphone with a camera bump? What does it think it is, a flagship? Actually no, it's not, but the three circles at least fake people into thinking you've got really top end imaging(!)