“Surprise” of the month: Fairphone 4 gets a perfect iFixit repairability score2
One of the main contributing factors to the Fairphone’s sustainability is its easily accessible hardware and a focus on user-friendly repairability. Its modular design on the inside allows for quick and hassle-free access to critical components. Those, and other features of the Fairphone 5G 4, are why—to no one’s surprise—it got a perfect 10/10 repairability score from the folks at iFixit.
iFixit points out that the easily accessible spare parts and instructions for repairs add a lot of bonus points here. For example, one could effortlessly replace the Fairphone 4’s screen with a new one. All you would need is a regular Phillips screwdriver and yourself to unscrew the eight screws that are holding it in, remove it, then reverse the process with a new one.
Another crucial part of the Fairphone 4 5G that can be replaced is none other than the battery itself, which iFixit notes is encased in a hard plastic shell for protection when it expands. You also won’t find any fragile and delicate cables for transferring the power from the battery, but rather a few contact points, which do the job without making repairs risky.
In fact, Fairphone 4 5G is so repair-friendly that you could start replacing parts without even going to Google or YouTube to find a tutorial for the process. Each part is clearly labeled, so all you have to do is a simple replacement. Add to that the long-term support for software updates, and it is no shocker why this bad boy is rated the bestest of boys for reparability.
iFixit finishes off with the fact that 10/10 does not mean that the FairPhone 4 5G has a perfect design, as that is not the case. However, it definitely is “leagues ahead of most other smartphone makers” out there.