SGP Technologies Blackphone

78
Engadget
Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
78

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Blackphone review: putting a price on privacy

From a hardware perspective, the Blackphone is nothing to write home about, especially when you consider the $629 price tag. What you're really paying for, however, is a security-driven OS, complete with apps and one-year subscriptions to services that promise the same level of data privacy. And in that respect, the Blackphone is simply incomparable to anything else out there.

Pros
  • Super secure OS
  • Bundled with various privacy-focused apps
  • Includes subscriptions to several encrypted services
  • Capable pair of cameras
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Generic design
  • Spotty performance and app compatibility
  • Bundled subscriptions expire in a year
  • Emphasis on security trumps convenient user experience
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Average Critic Score

Reception and call quality

6.0
 

Display

8.0
 

Battery life

8.0
 

Camera

7.0
 

Ease of use

6.0
 

Design and form factor

7.0
 

Portability (size / weight)

8.0
 

Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)

7.5
 

How It Stacks Up

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88
 

Critic

82
 

User

93
 
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80
 
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87
 

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83
 

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90
 
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Engadget

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Critic

82
 

User

93
 
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