In Sunday’s segment on Sky News Australia (Weekend Edition with Tim Gilbert) we were hands on with Nokia’s repairable smartphone, the G22.
The G22 is an entry level Android phone but looks good and has a decent camera. It worked perfectly before I took it apart to replace the battery.
See how I go in the video.
- Nokia G22 can be repaired with step-by-step repair guides and affordable replacement parts
- Made with 100% recycled plastic back
- 50MP camera and up to three days of battery life
- Two years of Android OS upgrades
- Available in Meteor Grey and Lagoon Blue, starting at $349 AUD
- Display at $89.99 AUD
- Battery at $49.99 AUD
- Charging port at $42.99 AUD
Each Australian produces about 25 kilos of electronic waste a year and much of it ends up in landfill, so this is a great idea by Nokia.
WHY ARE SMARTPHONES SO HARD TO REPAIR?
The reason smartphones are so difficult to repair is due to the compact nature of the build. This allows little room for screws and compartments that allow for simple access.
Glue is the main reason they are difficult to pull apart. Professionals like Fone King use heating machines and official parts to fix iPhones and Android devices. This makes it very hard for a consumer to do.
The great news is Apple is now making repairs easier and you can buy a kit to replace parts on phones and laptops. But it is limited to a few countries – not in Australia yet.
Discarded devices (not just phones) are polluting the globe at a rate of 40 million per year which is a shame as 98% of the components in your computer or television can be fully recycled.
GOOGLE MAKING OUR CITIES COOLER WITH TREE CANOPY
Google recently announced a set of initiatives focused on information to help people prepare for and adapt to the effects of rising heat especially in cities.
We discuss the following in the segment.
- An expansion of the Tree Canopy from 15 to 350 cities,including Sydney. Tree Canopy combines the power of AI and aerial imagery to help cities assess their current tree canopy coverage and plan future tree planting projects to help reduce “heat islands” – hot areas caused by concrete city infrastructure that can lead to poor air quality, dehydration and other public health concerns.
- A new extreme heat alert on Search to keep people safe during heat waves, rolling out globally in the coming months.
- A $5M grant to World Resources Institute and other work we’re doing to support more organsations that are working to mitigate the impact of climate change.
- Using machine learning to improve the accuracy of flood alerts and bushfire events.