Fairphone 3 is a smartphone made by a Dutch company. It is a device that is promised to be easily repairable, and so far, it has proved to be true. iFixit put it to the test by having repair experts take on the challenge, and in the end, awarded the phone the best possible score, a 10 out of 10 on their scale for repairability. The previous Fairphone 2, which was released in 2015, also had the same score.
The phone runs Android 9, and it has seven primary modules. These modules can be easily replaced for repair parts that are supplied by the company. They focus on using responsibly sourced and conflict-free materials to have long-lasting and sustainable devices.
As the largest model to date, the Fairphone 3 has specs totaling 158 x 71.9 x 9.89mm. Based on the teardown iFixit did, the smartphone’s back can be removed without the use of any tools. The battery can be lifted using a notch at the base of the phone. A screwdriver comes standard with each device, and it can be used to separate the display from the frame.
Once you get inside, you have the top and bottom module, speaker module, and the camera module. All these parts can be switched with replacement parts. According to iFixit, the user guides and OEM that were available on the company’s site were also commendable.
Availability of the Fairphone
At the moment, the company only ships to European countries. However, they are planning to expand to a larger selection of countries outside of Europe. Eventually, they are looking to enter the U.S. market, but it will not happen shortly.
The user-friendly components of the smartphone make it a dream come true.
Planning a wedding is no easy feat, which makes the mother-in-law so aggravating. While it is legitimate in some cases for the parents of the bride and groom to make certain requests, it all depends on what they want. Demanding she dyes her hair is definitely going too far. One bride posting on Reddit handled the situation perfectly. We don’t know how things will be for the women in the future, but she dealt with it spectacularly.
Same Hair Color
What reason could the mother-in-law have had to ask the bride to dye her hair? It turns out that the mother-in-law didn’t want to match her unique hair-color with the bride. The only thing is that this unique color happens to be the bride’s natural color. Indeed, as red hair runs in the bride’s family, the mother-in-law would be very far from the only one in the wedding chapel with that particular hair color. As she was the one in the wedding dress, no one could get them confused!
The bride told her future mother-in-law that she wanted to keep her natural hair color, and not to worry about it. Things didn’t end there, though, surprising the bride. The mother-in-law refused to take no for an answer. This seemed really unfair to her, as she should be allowed to wear her hair however she wants for her wedding. Furthermore, this was her natural hair color. What right does anyone have to demand you put chemicals in your hair to change it?
It soon became clear there was more to this than meets the eye as the mother-in-law changed tactics. “It makes me uncomfortable that you’d be willing to keep the same color as me when you’re marrying my son,” she said. The mother-in-law was described as looking like Red from Orange is the New Black, quite a different look than natural ginger. The bride tactfully replied: “I’m sorry about that but I don’t think it’s on anyone’s radar that we match. I wouldn’t overthink it!”
It turns out there was far more to this than meets the eye. Apparently, the groom’s family wasn’t thrilled about the engagement news. The wedding, which is scheduled for fall 2019, came after the couple dated for just six months. The 30-year-old groom is a former military man and his mother was likely thrilled he now lived close to home. At least that’s how it was until he met the future bride and moved 1,500 miles away. Clearly, this was a source of a lot of tension between the two women.
Understandably, the bride didn’t want everyone to know her name. This ended up being a wise choice as more and more Redditors read the story. Indeed, soon enough the story was reported in newspapers. The bride was wise enough to realize that a woman’s relationship with her mother-in-law is one she must cultivate in the hopes of getting along. Eventually, she removed the story from Reddit so that her future mother-in-law wouldn’t find out that she had been sharing their conversation with the whole world, especially as she had shared some personal information about her.
When the future bride and mother-in-law met, they were said to share an “amicable relationship.” But then came the proposal and the move. Things quickly began getting more difficult between the woman and her future mother-in-law, which should raise red flags for any woman. The mother obviously wanted to be close to her son and expected him to end up right down the street from where he grew up. Things just weren’t the same between the two women before and after the groom’s family learned of the move.
Even though it wasn’t she who was getting married, the bride-to-be soon found the groom’s mother sending text messages here and there about the wedding plans, just to be involved. Indeed, such an exchange can even be helpful for a bride stressed out from all the planning. Not surprisingly, when she first received a text message about her hair, she misread the mother-in-law’s intention and sent her back a collection of prospective hairstyles on Pinterest for inspiration. Soon, though, she realized she had misinterpreted the meaning of the message…
About Your Haircolor…
The bride was understandably confused when she realized the mother-in-law was asking about her hair color, not her hairstyle. This hadn’t even occurred to her, as she was extremely satisfied with the rare red locks cascading from her head. She admitted to the older woman that she wasn’t considering dying her hair. “If I ever desire to do so it won’t be right before the most photographed day of my life,” the bride added.
Things started to escalate as the bride learned just what the mother-in-law had to say about her hair color. The older woman the asked her future daughter-in-law if she didn’t think it would be “weird” that both bride and mother of the groom have the same hair color. Furthermore, the bride’s future mother-in-law said she didn’t want to have to “explain to your family that we match.” This was baffling to the woman, as the hair color was a completely different shade of red in any case, like Red’s in Orange is the New Black.
At that point, the bride still didn’t really know what her mother-in-law was making such a big deal about but had to remain polite. It’s important to be on good terms with the in-laws, after all! It was just a “coincidence” they had the same hair, the mother-in-law was told. The bride signed off with a terse “no worries at all!” She wanted her partner’s mother to drop the subject, and yet she soon discovered the older woman wasn’t satisfied.
At first, the bride-to-be forgot about the exchange completely and continued to plan her wedding. After a couple of days, however, she got another message. The soon-to-be husband’s mother said, “I’m still upset you’re not listening to me about your hair color. I really don’t want anyone judging us for matching. Please reconsider.” In response, the bride answered the best way we can think of: “Sorry!” That should have really been the end of it, but the absurd guilt-tripping wasn’t over…
The bride had said that no one would even think about the fact that they both had red hair; many at the wedding would have red hair because it runs in her family. Despite being asked to forget about the whole thing, the mother-in-law refused to let this go. At this point, the older woman dropped a bombshell: “It is because my sister already said it would be hard to tell you and I apart in a family wedding photo. I just don’t want to put [my son] in an uncomfortable position.”
Asking The Experts
So the groom’s mother told the bride-to-be that she was worried he’d get confused between them. Did she actually believe her son wouldn’t be able to tell his wife and mother apart on his wedding day, just because of the hair color? At this point, the younger lady realized she needed some help. She posted about this on Reddit, asking others how to respond to a mother-in-law who just wouldn’t give it a rest.
Indeed, the bride told other Redditors that she was “at a loss of how to answer her” after what the mother-in-law said. “Is she really implying her son is somehow going to be sexually attracted to her because we have the same hair?” she asked. “Any advice is appreciated!” The bride even offered to speak to her husband-to-be’s aunt to assuage the uncomfortable situation. But then the mother-in-law said something that made the bride doubt whether the aunt had ever said anything at all…
Crimson For Cancer
For one, the mother-in-law refused to give her sister’s number, alleging that “other family members agreed it’s awkward for everyone that we match.” It was then that the older woman said, “I have had this hair color since I survived chemo in 2013. I am proud to have my red hair because there was a point in my life where I didn’t even know if I was going to be alive for my son’s wedding let alone have hair for it!!” That’s not how the message ended, though…
“Marrying His Family, Not Him”
“You weren’t there for him during his deployments like we were,” she continued. “You don’t understand how big this day is for all of us now that he’s home safe. You’re marrying his family, not him. I will not be told I cannot have red hair at my son’s wedding.” The bride looked through her messages; at no point did she tell her future mother-in-law that she couldn’t have red hair at the wedding. This was unbelievable!
“The More Redheads, The Merrier”
As the bride remained firm, it quickly became clear to the young lady what her future mother-in-law was actually upset about. The bride gave some positivity: “The more redheads, the merrier in my opinion!” Instead of withdrawing gracefully, however, the mother-in-law said, “Well that’s easy for you to say when you live far away and choose not to spend time with me or my family anymore but I have to be here and answer to everyone that is upset we have the same hair color.”
“You Don’t Understand…”
“You don’t understand surviving cancer and being proud of it and your son,” the mother-in-law concluded. To Redditors, the bride said, “I don’t even know what the argument is about anymore but she’s still very adamant that she is the center of attention.” Soon enough, though, media outlets such as the Daily Mail started getting wind of the story. The bride deleted the story from Reddit, which we have to say was a smart choice. After all, it’s best the mother-in-law never finds out how viral the story went.
What About Him?
People all over the world knew about the incident, but there was still one person who needed to know about what the bride had to go through, and that’s her fiancé. However, as he was on furlough while the government shutdown was going on, the bride noted that “he’s stressed enough.” In addition, he sees a therapist daily. “My gut says it can wait,” she concluded. “I will absolutely share with him in the future. Today is not the day.” Then she added a detail that really puts things in perspective…
Furthermore, the bride revealed something interesting: “Not putting down any cancer survivor that fought hard for their life, but according to [my fiancé], she had a positive biopsy in her breast and they found very very early stage cancer which was treated with one round of chemo/radiation. Apparently, she sent out a last will and testament and told everyone she had minimal time left to live after being told by her medical team that they were almost positive she would have a full recovery with no adverse effects.
“It’s clear now that everyone was correct about her playing the victim and this is 100% about her needing to be the center of attention,” the bride added at the end. “I’m still at a loss for words for a reply but at least I have an entertaining story for [my fiancé] and you all!” It’s uncertain if there’s any right response, but we trust that this bride is tactful enough to assuage the situation with her mother-in-law.
The Most Important Thing
The bride also revealed exactly how the older woman made her feel. “Icky is an understatement,” she said. “I feel like my skin is crawling from this whole encounter and all I want to do is ignore it and not continue talking to her.” Indeed, it’s clear that the mother was just looking for a fight. The most important thing for the bride is making sure her relationship with her future husband remains strong, and how she handled her future mother-in-law is an inspiration to all of us!