Kaspersky Isn’t Impressed by The Blackphone

One of the synonyms for security on the web, Kaspersky recently tested “most secure and privacy-oriented smartphone”, the Blackpohne. And it seems that Kaspersky Lab isn’t so impressed with this high security phone. Let’s see the summary of the test.


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Let’s start with physical features, Blackphone is definitely not the best designed phone in the world. Its shades of black plastic on face and back and 4.7″ display with 720×1280 resolution, make it just a little above the average phone.

Just like most of the phones, BP features typical micro-USB and headset connectors on the top side, and two volume buttons on the right. All slots are protected by the removable black cover. And battery has a capacity of 2000 mAh, which is average for an expensive smartphone.

When it comes to communication features, they’re not satisfying enough. Blackphone is powered by GSM, HSPA+ (3G) and LTE (4G) in most countries. While GSM and UMTS work everywhere, there’s a little problem with LTE networks.

BP works in two regions, Region2 for North America (LTE bands 4, 7, 17) and Region1 for the rest of the world (LTE bands 4/7/17). You can still use Region1 in USA and Region2 in Europe, but your phone will be limited to tour 3G connection speed.

And finally, the most important thing for this smartphone, security and software. Blackphone runs on its own PrivatOS, which is a modified Android 4.4. It has no Google Services, and apps like Chrome, Hangouts, etc.

These apps are replaced by their earlier, open-source versions. Blackphone features a lot of security-oriented apps, including SpiderOak, Security center, SmArter Wi-Fi, remote wipe, secure wireless, a trio of Silent Circle apps, plus a private search widget. Any third party installed app automatically appears in security center and recommended settings are applied.

Keep in mind that when you install the app you must accept the whole bunch of required permissions, but immediately after installation some of them could be revoked.

Another fact that points out that BP isn’t untouchable is a couple of flaws found in the system. You can read the full review of Blackphone on Kaspersy Lab’s blog.

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