Fairphone 2 Review: World’s First Modular Smartphone

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From the outside the Fairphone 2 looks like any other smartphone: a black rectangular lump with a front-facing camera and a 5-inch screen that puts it somewhere between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in terms of size.

Only when you turn it over do you get a hint of what really sets this phone apart. A transparent case reveals its inner workings, showing the battery and other various components that make up the smartphone.

After slipping off the back cover, a simple process of switching and sliding removes the battery and the screen. From there, a small screwdriver is needed to remove the remaining camera, speaker and microphone modules.

Just like the modules, the back case can be replaced and customized with a variety of different colours and materials that will be available in the future.

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