Meet the new, ethically made smartphone that you can fix/upgrade yourself

A Dutch electronics company has developed a new smartphone that’s free from the questionable mining and manufacturing practices that tech giants like Apple and Samsung have found themselves mired in for years. And they say you can fix and upgrade them yourself, which means they’ll last a whole lot longer than your typical iPhone.

Having already sold 60,000 Fairphones over the past two years, manufacturer Bas van Abel plans to release a second iteration this year that improves on the life of the device, and is built using fair-trade materials including tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold ('3TG' collectively).

Smartphones are awesome, but boy, do they leave their mark on the environment; labourers in developing countries; and yes, occasionally our sanity.