Today, community repair website iFixit has announced the results of their analysis of the modular Fairphone 2, awarding the smartphone a 10 out of 10 for repairability. This the first time ever that a mobile phone has received a perfect score.
To reach this conclusion, the iFixit engineers completely disassembled and analyzed the Fairphone 2 during their standardized teardown procedure. The final repairability score was based on a wide variety of criteria, including ease of opening the device, cost of replacement parts, types of fasteners required, complexity of repairs, upgradability and component modularity.
iFixit’s results prove that the Fairphone 2’s original design was created specifically with longevity and repairability in mind. For example, the phone’s modular architecture and affordably priced replaceable parts allow anyone to easily fix the device. In the case of the display – the most common smartphone repair industry-wide – owners can replace the screen in under 10 seconds without any tools. The iFixit repairability score independently confirms that the organization has truly delivered a game-changing device that enables DIY repair with the aim of creating a longer-lasting phone.
Kyle Wiens, Co-founder and CEO of iFixit, said:“Smartphone manufacturers have been telling the public that they can make phones that are modern or repairable, but not both. Fairphone has disproven the conventional wisdom by delivering a phone that is easy to repair and a delight to use.”
The very first pre-ordered Fairphones will start being shipped to owners in December. The company has sold over 20,000 second edition phones so far and pre-orders of the Fairphone 2 continue in full swing through the organization’s online shop. Select spare parts are already available in the online shop, and the remainder will be available from mid December. iFixit is currently in the process of creating Fairphone 2 repair guides in four different languages.