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SGP Technologies Blackphone

SGP Technologies Blackphone

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

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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.

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

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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73
Average Critic Score
Product Review
Engadget
Finally, Blackphone comes with utilities that give the user better control over what third-party software does on their phone. We tried out a dashboard that makes it extremely easy to set the degree of access each app has to cellular networks, WiFi and locally stored info.
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TechRadar
The phone itself is a nice device but at the end of the day, it's something that will rely on people's paranoia to sell. If data has value, so, apparently, does protecting it. The question right now is: do you consider $629 a reasonable price to do so?
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TrustedReviews
It's expensive, and taps into security fears that – while real – often exhibit as a form of paranoia. And its key security features are actually available for other Android devices. However, it does raise awareness of the security holes in Android, and that's a good thing.
 
70
Ars Technica
If you’re someone who’s comfortable with a little bit of app sideloading and living off the Google reservation and have particular concerns about your privacy, then the Blackphone is a good fit for you—especially if you’re not worried about getting a phone company subsidy to lower its price.
 
70
New York Times
I don’t doubt Blackphone’s security ... I do doubt that most people need a phone as secure as the Blackphone. But hopefully some of its good security hygiene will leak into other devices and software we use every day.
 
70
PocketNow
If you’re a layman just interested in a little extra security, there are other, better options – at least, until Blackphone BP2 rolls around.
 
80
Engadget
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.