Fairphone 3 

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This is an unusual phone, it does not have the latest and fastest processor, nor does it have the largest screen in the thinnest body, it is sold at a premium price but unlike the competition you can get into it and it even comes with a screwdriver so instead of the standard 12-18 months life this is marketed for a five year cycle of use.

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While a large percentage of the world rely on their phones for day to day communication every phone has small amounts of precious metals and so every new phone ‘rapes’ the world that little bit more so has this offering from Fairphone got a place?

Going around the outside sees the first change the right side is clear, the base has microphone and USB ‘C’ connector, the left side has two raised buttons on/off and volume rocker. The top has microphone and a 3.5mm socket for headset.

It comes with a rubber ‘bumper’ which protects if the unit falls on its sides, this ‘bumper’ detaches and from then on you see the phone bare and ready for you to access.

The back has camera .5cm down from the top and 1.5cm in from the left the LED flash is beside it, there is a fingerprint reader 2cm down from the top on the back but I found this a bit high for single hand use.

It is 15.5x7x.9cm and weighs 192grams. The viewable screen is 12.7x6.3cm which gives the notional diagonal imperial screen measurement of 5.65inches.

Switch on takes 18seconds and switch off takes 2seconds after a single confirmation.

A full charge via trickle charge takes 160minutes.

It comes with Android 9, has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor with 4GB RAM and it has 64GB of internal memory. It also supports OTG devices.

The battery is 3000 mAH and is removable, so very rare to say that nowadays.   

The rear camera is 12MP and the front camera is 8MP, images were quite acceptable as were videos that I took.

Wi-Fi is both 2.4 and 5GHz and it has Bluetooth 5.

It has dual Nano SIMs 4G with back capabilities for 3G and even 2G.

Finally for the specifications bit it comes with a two year warranty.

So the bits you do not get in the box, USB ‘C’ cable, charger and 3.5mm earbuds.

So if your bit of help includes not getting a new phone as often then this offering runs everything I tried without any significant delay.

There are a whole range of contacts available from Vodafone from £28 a month upwards.

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