We only have one planet to visit. It's important to make smart choices about how we live and the products we buy to make sure it sticks around. If you're looking for a phone that's more sustainable and repairable, the Fairphone 4 is a good choice. We will discuss a few other options when it comes to the best modular phone in this article.

Fairphone 4 with its back panel removed

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The Fairphone 4 is one of the most popular sustainable phones. What's the reason? It's the most repairable phone on the planet, with a perfect 10/10 repairability score. You can swap parts in and out of the Fairphone 4 as you please. The modules include the display, battery, rear camera, selfie camera, and more. Chances are you can replace it in a second.

Fairphone provides a screwdriver along with the phone for repairs or upgrade. Fairphone 4 has a five-year warranty. It's even better that the Fairphone stopped with the Fairphone 4. Fairphone is a huge advocate for better working conditions in the mobile tech industry and that's why the handsets is created with responsible materials.

The Fairphone 4 has a Snapdragon 750G processor, 6 or 8 gigabytes of RAM, 128 or 512 gigabytes of storage, and a 3,905 mAh battery. The phone is waterproof. You will get software updates until the year 2025. Alternative operating systems can be installed on Fairphone devices.


The Fairphone 4 comes with a big caveat. You're out of luck if you live in the U.S. because it's only available in Europe and the U.K.

Teracube 2e held in one hand with its rear open

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Teracube 2e

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It can be difficult to find sustainable phones in the U.S. We have the Tera cube 2e. The Tera cube 2e is designed to be the world's most reliable phone, and is being sold as a fully-funded product.

The Teracube 2e's warranty is one of its main selling points. All repairs cost a flat rate if you have a four-year warranty. Water damage, a cracked display, and aging batteries are just some of the things that have been damaged. New batteries are $29 and screen repairs are $59. Parts, labor, and two-way shipping are included. The company is working with iFixit to make it easier for people to fix things.

Some of the highlights of the Teracube 2e include a MediaTek Helio A25 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 6.1-inch Full HD+ display, and a 4,000 mAh battery. You get a 3.5mm headphone jack, a 3.5mm charging port, a microSD expansion, dual sim slots, and the ability to pay with a credit card.

The Teracube 2e is going to get two platform updates. You'll have to be patient since you're going to get updates until the end of the year. Users of the Tera cube 2e are still waiting for the release of the new version of the software. If you rely on AT&T or T-Mobile for your cell service, Tera cube is an incredible purchase.

SHIFT6mq and in-box accessory on a white table

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The SHIFT6mq is an easy recommendation since it is a phone sold in Europe. SHIFT wants to create devices that are easy to repair and modify.

The SHIFT6mq is easy to fix. The last-gen SHIFT6m earned a 10/10 repairability score from iFixit, with some of its highlights being easy access to the battery and screen, only one type of screw head being used to hold the phone together, and a screwdriver being included in the box, so nothing All of the same advantages can be obtained with the SHIFT6mq.

It is not as easy to repair the SHIFT6mq as it is the Fairphone 4. It's still a long way from what other companies are selling.

You can't buy this phone in the US.

Orange Pixel 6 colorway

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If you live in the U.S., we want to shine a light on thePixel 6. It is one of the better options from a mainstream manufacturer, but it is not on the same repairability level as the other Tera cube 2e, Fairphone 4, or SHIFT6mq.

It's relatively easy to do any repairs on the phone. We like the fact that most of the components are easy to replace and that the screen is easy to remove. iFixit gave the Pixel 6 a six out of ten repairability score, which is pretty good for a flagship device.

It is one of the best value flagship phones you can buy. There's a 90Hz display, a 50MP main camera, and software updates and security patches. It's a huge plus that you can use the phone on any carrier you want.

Nokia X30 5G lying in sand in a desert

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The X30 5G is a sustainable phone that we would like to show you. The X30 5G is a mid-range phone, meaning it isn't as powerful or interesting as a more mainstream phone. It is not as repairable as the Fairphone or the Tera cube, but it does have a leg up.

The water and dustproof rating of the X30 5G makes it tough to use. This will help it stay alive for a long time. HMD Global has a three-year warranty, three years of OS and security updates, and the phone comes with the latest version of the operating system. That's because you'll be good until the new version of the phone comes out.

HMD Global claims that the X30 5G is the most sustainable phone they have ever made. The majority of the materials used to make the X30 are recycled. There is no power brick in the box and the phone supports eSIM.

We don't know if the X30 5G will ever be available in the U.S.. Failing to receive new updates is one of the reasons why the phones are slow.

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We wish sustainable/repairable phones were included in the best phones on the market. It is possible to find many hidden gems that excel in these areas. The Fairphone 4 is the best of the bunch.

Regardless of whether or not you're concerned about your impact on the planet, Fairphone's five-year warranty makes it a compelling purchase. If you drop the Fairphone while it's plugged in, accidentally shatter its screen on the sidewalk, or for any other reason, you can get a replacement battery or screen for free.

The Fairphone 4's main selling point is the sustainable and modular build, but it's also fun to use. The Fairphone 4 has all the bells and whistles, from the processor to the storage to the ratings. It's a great package that costs a lot, but we think it's worth it.

U.S. residents won't be able to get their hands on the Fairphone, so they'll have to use the Tera cube 2e instead. It's not as bad as Fairphone, but it's not as good.