rewrite this content and keep HTML tags Apple has a reputation for having the best software support in the smartphone world. However, when iOS 16 arrived in 2022, it was only available for phones from 2017 onwards. This meant that the iPhone 7 and iPhone SE from 2016 were dropped. Despite this, Apple still offers better software updates compared to most Android manufacturers, who usually only provide OS updates for up to four years. The Dutch company Fairphone made headlines with its fifth-generation phone. It uses an industrial Qualcomm chip and promises support for 8 years, with an option to extend it to 10 years. This support includes security fixes and the company is aiming for “at least” 5 OS updates from the Android 13 version that comes pre-installed on the phone. 8 years (possibly 10) of software support for the Fairphone 5 The Fairphone 5 is designed to last a long time. Firstly, the company offers a 5-year warranty instead of the standard 2 years. Additionally, Fairphone devices are known for their repairable design. The model 5 has ten modules that can be replaced individually, even by inexperienced users. All you need is a stingy tool and a Phillips screwdriver. The Fairphone 5 has 10 modules that can be replaced individually The “Fair” in “Fairphone” refers to the way the company sources components and materials, as well as how its phones are built. The Fairphone 5 is built from 70% fair and recycled materials, and employees at the factory are paid a living wage. So, is this the best phone ever? Let’s take a look at the specifications first. The Fairphone 5 is priced at €700/£650, compared to €580/£500 for its predecessor, the Fairphone 4. This is a significant price increase, considering that the Qualcomm QCM 6490 is only equivalent to a Snapdragon 778G, which can be found in phones in the same price range. Fairphone’s first HRR display, also first punch hole On the positive side, the Fairphone 5 now features a higher resolution 90Hz OLED display with a size of 6.46″ and a resolution of 1,224 x 2,700px. In comparison, the Fairphone 4 had a 60Hz IPS LCD display measuring 6.3″ with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,340px. The Fairphone 5 also boasts stereo speakers, although it lacks a headphone jack. In terms of cameras, the Fairphone 5 comes with three 50MP cameras – one main module (1/1.56”, 1.0µm) with OIS, one ultra-wide (0.7µm), and one selfie camera (0.74µm). All three cameras can record 4K video at 30 fps. Additionally, the phone features a punch-hole camera design, which is a first for Fairphone. Higher quality cameras on the Fairphone 5 (50+50MP rear, 50MP front) Other improvements include more RAM and memory in the base configuration (8/256GB compared to 6/128GB) to partially offset the price increase. The battery capacity has also been increased to 4,200mAh and now supports faster 30W charging, reaching 50% in 20 minutes. Additionally, the phone’s water resistance has been upgraded from IP54 to IP55. The battery and USB-C port are easy to replace All in all, the Fairphone 5 offers solid mid-range specifications. Although it is priced higher than other mid-range phones, the cost can be justified over time. Most current Android mid-range phones lose software support after only 2-3 years. Even if they manage to receive updates for 4-5 years, that’s still the same length as the Fairphone 5’s warranty, not to mention its actual lifespan. Currently, there is no direct competitor for the Fairphone 5, although the future looks promising. Apple recently announced support for Right To Repair accounts and has expanded its self-service repair program. Samsung has also followed suit. Additionally, the EU may enforce regulations requiring manufacturers to make their batteries easier to replace. However, for now, the Fairphone 5 is leading the way in terms of self-repair capability. Fairphone 5 colors: Matte Black • Sky Blue • Transparent Edition Looking at the company’s online store, the estimated delivery time for the Fairphone 5 has dropped to September 20-25 (previously September 14). This indicates that there is a demand for this device. Although Fairphones are niche devices and sell in smaller quantities compared to iPhones and Galaxys, the demand is steadily growing. Fairphone sales in 2022 Perhaps it’s time for that to change. What do you think? Is Fairphone on the right track, and will you be getting a Fairphone 5?