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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Model

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
2G, 3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
4.7 inches

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Extendable

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])

Power

Talk time
2G, 3G

Camera

Camera
yes (8 megapixels) (Records video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (yes)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
yes (802.11n)
Bluetooth
4.0

Media

Media playback
yes

Messaging

SMS
yes
MMS
yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML
Email
yes

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
yes
Vibrate mode
yes
Sound profiles
yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Europe

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM, LTE (HSDPA)

Display

Screen size
4.7 inches

Alternate display

Secondary screen
no

Hardware

CPU
2 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2 GB

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer (motion)