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The Fairphone 5 review from iFixit 2023

Published date: December 2023

Friends using their Fairphone 5’s together
Following the release of the Fairphone 5 in August 2023, iFixit has officially scored the quality and ease of repairability as a perfect 10/10.

Your Co-op Mobile is delighted by iFixit's Fairphone 5 review as it also serves as a reminder that long-lasting and sustainable electronics are possible without sacrifice.

What does a modular design mean for the Fairphone 5?

The Fairphone 5 has now joined its predecessors, the Fairphone 2, 3, and 4 as the only 10/10 rated smartphones by iFixit, the leading repairability reviewers of technology. By making smartphones with a modular design, 10 modules for the Fairphone 5, it will have a far longer and more sustainable lifecycle.

For instance, a broken screen or a worn battery won't spell the end for your smartphone, but the opportunity to own it like never before. Unscrew your device to replace modules for the cameras, screen, battery and more to swap in affordable parts from Fairphone with ease.

Modular means more for the planet and your pocket, as swapping individual parts means theres less mining and production of new smartphones or purchasing whole new ones. The Fairphone 5 is simply built to last longer than any other smartphone, not to mention it also has an industry-leading 5-year warranty. It's a sustainable option without sacrificing the powerful performance of an Android smartphone.

Why did iFixit rate the Fairphone 5 as perfect?

The iFixit’s Fairphone 5 review highlights the intelligent improvements to an already industry-leading design. Repairability upgrades for the Fairphone 5 include individually replaceable cameras and a more conventional layout and extraction of the motherboard and daughterboard. However, the main repairability feature that's unique is the 8-year minimum of software support. 

Here is what Kyle Wiens, the founder of iFixit, had to say about the Fairphone 5 review.

Fairphone’s promise of five Android version upgrades and over eight years of security updates with the Fairphone 5 is a bold statement in an industry that leans towards fleeting product life cycles. This is a significant stride towards sustainability and sets a new benchmark for smartphone lifespan. At iFixit, we believe in tech that lasts, and Fairphone is making that belief a reality. Fairphone’s effort to attain a 10-year lifespan is not just impressive; it’s unparalleled.

Why Your Co-op Mobile Celebrates the Fairphone 5

Your Co-op Mobile proudly offer simple solutions to members and customers to live lower carbon lifestyles with just a few sustainable swaps. Along with our other services, the Fairphone has been a longstanding solution at Your Co-op. In-fact, we have been partnered with Fairphone since its beginning 10 years ago, which is why we celebrate their recognition for easily repairable and long-lasting smartphones.

By using a Fairphone 5, you are adopting a piece of technology like no other. Inside there are 70% fair materials comprised of Fairtrade Gold, recycled plastics, and fairly sourced metals, whilst being 100% E-waste neutral. This means that for every purchase, an old phone is recycled or refurbished by Fairphone.

Why is this important for a smartphone? The UK is one of the largest producers of E-waste anywhere in the world with over 36,000 tonnes entering our landfill each year. A Fairphone helps to bridge a gap towards a sustainable solution to end e-waste and provide fair materials to the typically wasteful mobile market.

The iFixit 10/10 rating goes a small way in demonstrating the positive impact a Fairphone has on people and planet. To learn more about the Fairphone 5, the world's most sustainable smartphone, please visit here.


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What did iFixit say about the Fairphone 5's repairability?

iFixit awarded the Fairphone 5 a perfect 10/10 score, the highest possible rating on their repairability scale. This means the phone is designed to be easily disassembled and repaired by users. No other smartphone provider has a 10/10 score from iFixit.

What makes the Fairphone 5 so easy to repair?

Several factors contribute to the Fairphone 5's exceptional repairability:
  • Modular design: 10 components, including the battery, cameras, and display, are modular and can be replaced independently.
  • Easy access: The phone's back cover can be removed without requiring heat or special tools, allowing access to internal components. It simply unclips and you’re in. 
  • Labelled components: Components are clearly labelled, making identification and replacement easier.
  • Widely available parts: Replacement parts are readily available for purchase from Fairphone.

What are the benefits of a phone with a high repairability score?

A phone with a high repairability score offers several benefits, such as:
  • Reduced environmental impact: Replacing individual components extends the phone's lifespan, reducing the need for frequent phone upgrades and associated electronic waste.
  • Cost savings: Repairing a phone is cheaper than replacing it.
  • Empowerment: Users have the option to repair their phones themselves, saving money and gaining valuable knowledge.
  • Longevity: Your phone can last a lot longer if a worn battery or cracked screen isn’t the end of its life with a user. 

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