Fairphone 2 Review: World’s First Modular Smartphone

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Software and Specs

The Fairphone 2 runs a customized version of Android, though it’s the older 5.1 Lollipop rather than the latest 6.0 Marshmallow. It features a few small adjustments from Google’s standard version—for example, apps are reached by sliding out from the side of the screen instead of an app drawer at the bottom.

An interesting feature is the inclusion of something called ‘Privacy Impact’, which warns you about the privacy levels of any new app you open. The Telegram messaging app is given a Privacy Impact rating of ‘low’.

In terms of specifications, the Fairphone 2 ranks alongside most mid-range smartphones. A 2.26 quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage that is complimented with an external microSD slot. It also has dual-SIM support, meaning you can use it as both your work and personal phone.

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