Fairphone 5: World's most repairable smartphone survives savage durability tests
Earlier today, Fairphone announced the Fairphone 5, which improves upon its predecessor in various areas. Now, JerryRigEverything has shared his customary durability test video in which he also disassembles the device. For reference, the YouTuber has titled 'the best smartphone on earth' because of the steps that Fairphone has taken to make the Fairphone 5 repairable rather its capabilities as an out-and-out powerhouse.
JerryRigEverything's praise for the Fairphone 5 extends to its software support cycle. As we discussed in our launch article, Fairphone has promised to upgrade the Fairphone 5 through to Android 18, surpassing all other Android OEMs. Better still, the Fairphone 5 will continue receiving Android security patch updates until 2031, all thanks to its Qualcomm QCM6490 chipset.
Unsurprisingly, the Fairphone 5 is a doddle to repair. For example, Fairphone has eliminated any glue or plastic pull tabs that one would usually associate with battery removal. Thus, the battery can be replaced without needing any tools to hand. Additionally, Fairphone only secures the Fairphone 5's modular parts with Philips head screws, of which there are 20 throughout the entire device.
Furthermore, the Fairphone 5 passes JerryRigEverything's durability tests with flying colours. Not only does the device not flex when bent from either side, but its capacitive fingerprint reader does not fail when scratched heavily. Please see our launch article for more details about the Fairphone 5 and how it differs from the Fairphone 4.