this is something really new. a socially responsible smartphone? yea. it is what it says it is. a phone that promised to be transparent about its existence from how it is made, right down to where the materials that are used to manufacture the handset comes from. this Netherlands-based social enterprise wants to assure you that when you buy a Fairphone, you will be totally guilt-free knowing that it is NOT made by underpaid, ill-treated workers, or uses materials that might eventually fund the wealth of militants or whatsoever. at this point, you probably can see where Fairphone is coming from – a truly socially responsible smartphone. as geeks, we never really give the made-up of our gadgets a thought, but the fact is, some may have died while in the process of obtaining the raw materials required to build that very device that we use. what we don’t see, does not mean it is not there. so, if those facts trouble your conscious, then the Fairphone is the phone for you. it will be your first step to make the change.
ethics aside, the phone features a 4.3-inch qHD display with Dragontrail glass for durability and resistance against scratches and powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz processor. other features include 1GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage, microSD card slot for storage expansion (supports up to 32GB), a 8MP autofocus main camera, a 1.3MP secondary camera, and the usual host of radios and sensors (you know, WiFi, Bluetooth, G-sensor and all). and oh, did we mention that it is a dual SIM phone? the handset will run off a Fairphone-skinned Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS. it is available now for €325, which works out to be around US$420, and it also means, its availability is limited only to Europe as of now.