Quick. Name the best selling smartphone on planet earth? Since nobody publishes actual sales numbers anymore, we can leave the answer up to a few guesses; but iPhone is bound to be one of them. Apple makes noise about how sustainable the company has become and how green iPhones are these days, but green comes in many shades, and one of those shades is throwing some shade on iPhone.
Shade? On iPhone’s built-in green, privacy, and security? Yeah, everyone throws shade on Apple these days, so why not the Dutch Fairphone?
This little smartphone maker stated with little fanfare back in 2013. After all, there are hundreds of smartphone manufacturers, but few of them sell in numbers that approach worldwide sales of Samsung Galaxy models or iPhones.
What’s special about a smartphone that Apple outsells in by Noon on January 1st?
Jeroen Kraaijenbrink on the Fairphone:
Just looking at its specs, it is easy to qualify the Fairphone 3 as an inferior phone for its price.
For that you get a smaller than normal display, little memory or storage capability, old chipsets, one camera, and built-in ugly.
How do such limited features compete?
Where Fairphone beats its competitors is in its sustainability and ethics.
Uh, OK. How do we define that? Can you put Fairphone into the garbage disposal when it stops working? Is it a smartphone that cannot lie?
The phone is built in a modular way, making it easy to repair and replace components, thereby extending the phone’s lifespan.
Speaking of specifications, it’s a crummy smartphone with crummy features, so why would you want to hold onto it and increase its lifespan?
Oh, and didn’t we already have someone do a modular smartphone? How’d that work out, Google (Project Ara— modular smartphone– died)?
Fairphone takes precious care of the rights, wages and working conditions of workers in their Chinese factories
Gimmea break. On average, Fairphone has sold 80 phones a day since 2013, so how does such a small number of phones impact how their Chinese manufacturer handles worker rights, wages, and working conditions?
Apple has done far more up and down the supply chain to help workers than any smartphone maker.
This makes it the most sustainable and ethical phone manufacturer on the planet.
No. It. Doesn’t.
Show me some math that makes that case.
The company was founded to raise awareness for sustainable and ethical manufacturing in the smartphone industry and to set an example… thereby making the entire industry more sustainable.
Fortunately, Apple has a similar passion for the planet, and while I applaud Fairphone for their ethics and attempts at sustainability, the actual record pales in significance to what Apple does with iPhone.