PuzzlePhone vs. Fairphone 2 vs. Project Ara: Which Modular Smartphone Should You Look Forward To?

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Modular Phones

Modular smartphones current the promise of upgradability, serviceability and future-proofing.
(Photograph Google ATAP In the meanwhile, modular telephones are in a small area of interest, however they’re gaining curiosity. Apart from Google’s Project Ara, the PuzzlePhone and the Fairphone 2 are additionally getting their justifiable share of public consideration. However ought to shoppers purchase a modular phone?

The entire concept of a modular phone is akin to that of a desktop and its replaceable and upgradable elements. When the RAM will get busted, take it out, exchange with a working one and maintain the remainder of the elements. The identical is true for the SDD/HDD, power provide unit, the processor, the followers and so on. Modular telephones try to port this desktop feature into handhelds, which, identical to the desktop, is meant to make them simply upgradeable and serviceable.

This presents the promise of a reusable device that’s extra serviceable, may be upgraded for years to return to satisfy specifications, and thereby lessens shopper spending for newer gadgetry. Consider it as a protest to the present age of unibody flagships that will not even let customers substitute the battery.

In contrast to desktops with standardized elements, nevertheless, Google’s Project Ara, Fairphone and PuzzlePhone have their takes on modularity and the way a modular phone must be. There is no normal but, and that is why the modular phone area of interest could be very aggressive in the intervening time — a lot of the points of a modular phone continues to be in infancy. However which one must be the usual and the one shoppers ought to place their exhausting-earned cash on?

Fairphone 2

Fairphone, a social enterprise based mostly in Amsterdam launched the Fairphone 2 final month. The Android-powered 5-inch phone, which is fitted with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC, 2 GB of RAM, 8-megapixel fundamental camera, a 2,420 mAh battery and 32 GB of eMMc storage, was launched to the market at $ 580. And whereas the technical specification shouldn’t be that compelling for the price it’s launched at, the Fairphone 2 permits customers to vary each half — camera, audio system, chip, display, and so on.

Fairphone 2

(Photograph YouTube) Fairphone 2

With the best way the Fairphone is about up, customers can simply exchange the display. Nevertheless, a screw driver shall be wanted to switch a lot of the different elements. As a consequence of this, lots of people are questioning Fairphone 2’s classification as a modular phone.

Even with the criticisms, Fairphone is managing to promote Fairphone 2 models pretty nicely. The corporate has been very clear to the shoppers. From the sourcing of supplies used within the units it manufactures right down to the breakdown of price which its units are bought for. Its social marketing campaign for a extra moral manufacturing course of for mobile units is an enormous cause why it’s seeing success.


This one is fascinating, to say the least. In contrast to Fairphone 2, the PuzzlePhone might be dissected into three elements: the mind, the backbone and the guts. The mind incorporates all of the important electronics: processor, RAM, modem. The backbone has the display. The guts has the battery and different electronics.

In the meanwhile, builders of the PuzzlePhone are operating a marketing campaign to develop a working prototype. They wish to match the PuzzlePhone with a 64-bit ARM Octa-core, 3 GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel front camera, 12-megapixel major shooter, 2,800 mAh battery pack, a bunch of sensors and a USB Sort-C port. The beginning price is $ 333 and the phone will ship out on Sept. 2016.


(Photograph : PuzzlePhone)

Project Ara

Google did an indication of Project Ara again in Google I/O 2015. The processor and RAM, audio system, camera, battery and all the opposite elements are put in modules, which shall be hooked up to a metallic body. Thus, every thing could be modified just by sliding, with out the necessity for screws, that’s. In fact, modularity comes at a price.

Project Ara

(Photograph : Google)
Project Ara

In a traditional phone, virtually each element is assembled into one circuit board. With Project Ara’s particular person modules, all the things will probably be heavier and fatter. The battery capability may also be restricted. Nevertheless, the Project Ara staff, headed by Paul Eremenko, is constructive that they will reduce these commerce-offs and current a useful phone that folks will need to use. The phone’s launch was imagined to be this yr nevertheless it was delayed to an unspecified date in 2016.

Now, some argue that modular smartphones are pointless for there’s all kinds of obtainable smartphones to select from. Furthermore, the display sizes will even be restricted by the body’s type issue and if the consumer decides to vary the display into a much bigger one, the opposite elements should even be modified to maintain the optimum efficiency. However whereas all these are legitimate factors, it ought to be famous that the the upgrades could be achieved progressively and that the efficiency should not endure that a lot if the display sizes aren’t that far off. The iPhone 6s Plus, which retains the identical innards because the smaller iPhone 6s, is an enormous testomony to this.

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