Most phone manufacturers that do well for themselves owe a large part of their success to targeting the right audience and slowly building trust by delivering products that excel at specific things. For example, BlackBerry is widely considered to be the best mobile company when it comes to security suites. Unfortunately for BlackBerry, the mobile landscape is always changing and thus Silent Circle entered the same space last year with the Blackphone, a device that came to life after the NSA revelations and attracted the eyes of those who valued privacy and security above all else.
Now, Silent Circle has released the Blackphone 2, a device that wants to offer a highly-secure Android device with premium specs and dedicated apps for privacy and security. For starters, let us get the specifications out of the way. The Blackphone 2 features a 5.5-inch Gorilla Glass 3 Full HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage with microSD support, a 13MP camera on the back and a 5MP selfie shooter.
While the specs are fairly standard for a high-end Android device, it is the software that matters the most when it comes to the Blackphone 2. Silent Circle has included a host of apps in Silent OS, its modified version of Android 5.1. For example, “Spaces” will let you control very specific profiles so you can use your phone for business and pleasure without the two ever mixing up. Virtually every aspect of the phone from web browsing to texting has its own dedicated encryption tool. The Security Centre lets users customize the privacy and security settings of each app so that they can have full control over what happens in their devices.
Sadly, the price of the Blackphone 2 leaves much to be desired. At $799, Silent Circle’s encrypted device is too expensive for the average consumer. I am still not sure whether the company is betting on the enterprise market or has too high hopes for the casual smartphone market. As long as the Blackphone 2 does not get hacked, consumers will at least know that Android-based phones can offer security with no compromises, except in the pricing department anyway.