Blackphone 2 ukubuyekeza: ubumfihlo akanayo ukuza izindleko usability

Blackphone 2 review: privacy doesn’t have to come at the cost of usability
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  • Akukona eziphambili kakhulu, amakhamera yayo ababuthakathaka nomklamo walo kunalokho plain, kodwa Kuyamangalisa nje useable kanjani software yayo kanye nezinsiza. The Blackphone 2 Ugcina bests ibhithi Android ne awami endleleni yakho like a lot of services ubumfihlo egxile do.

 

Powered by Guardian.co.ukLesi sihloko osesikhundleni “Blackphone 2 ukubuyekeza: ubumfihlo akanayo ukuza izindleko usability” kwalotshwa Samuel Gibbs, ngoba theguardian.com ngoLwesithathu 11th November 2015 07.30 UTC

Ezweni of zokusebenza abonakele tech yenkampani ngomkhondo, the Blackphone 2 uthembisa ukusiza ukugcina ulwazi lakho lomuntu siqu zangasese ngaphandle kokuthola endleleni yakho.

Uhlelo lwesibili lwe Blackphone by ukuphepha nobumfihlo inkampani Silent Circle yisinyathelo phezulu usability futhi kulula ngokumangalisayo ukuze usethe kanye nokusetshenziswa, ngisho ngoba izimfundamakhwela ziyaye ubumfihlo.

Akukho unhackable, kunjalo, nokuhlolwa ukuthi bakwazi ukubhekana nokuhlupheka kwaba ukuhlasela kwakungenakwenzeka ngalesi sigaba.

Black setshe

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Isiliva 'S' imayelana marker kuphela ukuthi Blackphone okuthile okukhethekile. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian

isitayela I Blackphone 2 sika Monolithic evumelana nenjongo yayo. Kusukela ngaphandle Ungathi kahle wafaka-ndawonye generic black setshe. Front futhi emuva kukhona ingilazi, izinhlangothi babanjwa plastic.

Iseluleko kuphela ukuthi akusikho nje idivayisi ezinye ojwayelekile kuyinto encane ngokulambisa ebonakalayo Silent Biyela logo ngemuva ngamazwi athi "blackphone" futhi "yangasese design" in lettering grey-on-black.

Sekuyinto ukhululekile ukuba ubambe, futhi akuyona ezibushelelezi njengoba ezinye Smartphones glass, kodwa uthatha izigxivizo zeminwe like ukhange. I 5.5in 1080p LCD screen okunengqondo elikhanyayo futhi acacile. Kuyinto efanayo esetshenziswa kule OnePlus 2, ngokwesibonelo, kodwa hhayi ngempela ngendlela efanayo ukuthi owufanelekela kuya Nexus 6P noma Galaxy S6 Edge +.

Ifoni 7.9mm aminyene, okuyinto avareji Smartphones zanamuhla futhi azizwe kabuhlungu yayakhiwe kahle. It flexes kancane ngaphansi kwengcindezi evela ezandleni zakho, okusho ukuthi cishe kuhle uma sikubeka ephaketheni uhlale phansi.

Imininingwane

  • Screen: 5.5e LCD 1080p (518ppi)
  • Amagama: octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615
  • RAM: 3GB RAM of
  • Isitoreji: 32GB; slot microSD ikhadi
  • Isistimu esebenzayo: Silent OS 2 okusekelwe Android 5.1.1
  • Ikhamera: 13ILUNGU LEPHALAMENDE ikhamera, 5MP ebheke phambili ikhamera
  • Ukuxhumana: LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth GPS
  • Ubukhulu: 152.4 x 76.4 x 7.9mm
  • Isisindo: 165g

battery Usuku luka

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Indinganiso microUSB slot phansi. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian

The Blackphone 2 ine Qualcomm maphakathi no-range Snapdragon 615 amagama, okuyinto ngokuqinisekile inamandla izilaleli yefoni ezibekelwe. It wazizwa kushesha, alinganiselwe free futhi ukuhlafunwa ngokusebenzisa eziningi ngaphandle an issue.

labo abazama ukudlala imidwebo imidlalo olunzulu angase akuthole kunzima kuphela, kodwa uma yilokho owufunayo Angiqiniseki ukuthi kungani ucabangela a Blackphone.

Ngathola ukuthi reception Wi-Fi kwakungeyona kwafana kwakungaba, kuqhathaniswa kumadivaysi ezifanayo, kodwa 4G reception waba ngesikhathi esihle kakhulu, njengoba kwakunjalo izinga ucingo.

The smartphone kwathatha ngaphansi 24 amahora icala ngalinye, kanye nokusetshenziswa okunengqondo esindayo futhi inkatho push ama-imeyili kanye nezaziso. Uzodinga ukuba ukukhokhisa kanye ngosuku, kodwa kufanele ukukubona uze uthole ekhaya ngisho noma uya out for the night.

Kukonke, wena ungazizwa like uke ayekethisa yini egameni ukuthenga "kulondeke" phone.

Lollipop on the surface

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-Google futhi Ucingo Silent kudivayisi eyodwa, ne option ukuze sigcine ulwazi lakho yimfihlo ngendlela ofuna. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian

Silence Circle eyakhelwe Silent OS esiqongweni Ye-Google Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, okuyinto eye nje indawo version 6 Marshmallow.

Beyond the ezithakazelisayo boot izithombe, kubukeka futhi oziphatha njengongqingili stock Android. Une ukufinyelela zonke zokusebenza ze-Google ku-Google Play Store ukulanda zokusebenza third-party kungabikho imikhawulo zangempela.

Lezi zakhiwo ezenezelwe kuphela ebonakalayo ngempela ukuba iso ongaqeqeshiwe kukhona icon Security Center, Isitolo Silent futhi Silent Phone zokusebenza, okuyinto yinto enhle njengoba noma ubani ujwayelene Android kuyoba khona kanye ekhaya.

The buso stock Android apparence izingqimba ezifihliwe ukuphepha nobumfihlo afakwa ifoni.

Insiza Security Center ozohamba umsebenzisi ngokusebenzisa it, kodwa ngokuyisisekelo une ukulawula luyimbudumbudu phezu hhayi kuphela idatha yomuntu siqu ukuthi zokusebenza abakwazi ukufinyelela, kodwa futhi hardware kanye nezinsizakalo olunikezwa ifoni.

Awufuni uhlelo lokusebenza nekutfola idatha yendawo noma internet? Ayikho inkinga. It operates in a similar manner to the new permissions system implemented by Google in Marshmallow and made famous by Cyanogen OS.

Secure spaces

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The Security Center app walks you through privacy and security options. You can even define a Google-free space. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian

The per-app control is only one level. The Blackphone 2 has what it calls “spaces”. Each space is like a separate user profile within which restrictions can be made on a system level. Each space cannot talk to another, ensuring what you put in it stays in it. You can have, ngokwesibonelo, a space for your work email, contacts, calendar and documents that is fenced off from the other parts of the phone.

If you want to use an app but you think it might be risky, you can put it in a locked down space so that if it does try and do terrible things it’s isolated from the rest of your data.

Getting to each space is simple. You can either switch spaces straight from the lockscreen with different codes or use the switcher in the notification shade. The level of security you give each space can be changed, including the ability to lockdown every other space when one particular one is active.

Companies can define a space and govern rules about it, which means you can blend personal and work on the same phone without compromising data security. Several other devices, including BlackBerrys can do something similar.

As easy or as difficult to use as you chose

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Randomise the pin pad on the lockscreen for extra security. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian

Every setting and configuration sounds complicated, but the Security Center can guide users through it. With enough patience you can work everything out within 30 amaminithi.

It means that you can make the phone as easy or as difficult to use as your security requirements warrant. You can randomise the pin pad on the lockscreen, which makes it much harder for someone to snoop over your shoulder at you passcode, but also makes it harder to unlock the phone.

Other things worth noting are automatic switching on or off of Wi-Fi based on location, the promise of rapid updates to the operating system directly from Silent Circle to make sure security bugs are patched as quickly as possible, and device encryption that is on by default.

Silent Phone and Store

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The Silent Store contains apps vetted by Silent Circle, but they are few and far between. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian

In additions to the modifications behind the scenes made to Android, Silent Circle offers encrypted voice calling and messaging through its Silent Phone app.

It encrypts phone calls and messages only between Silent Phone users, but Silent Phone is available on both iOS and Android, which means it’s not just Blackphone users you can call.

It requires a subscription on-top of your mobile phone contract, but will typically be bundled with a purchase of the Blackphone. Given the number of Silent Phone users is small, it’s of limited utility in general life, but if a business or group was to buy wholesale into the Blackphone they could chat without fear of being snooped on.

You can call non-Silent Phone users, which secures the phone call until it needs to connect to a traditional phone network, which is not as secure but allows users to avoid being snooped from the point of the call, if for instance you were calling across an insecure internet connection.

The Silent Store also offers apps that have been vetted by Silent Circle to be snooping free. The small selection of apps include Firefox, Keeper, Orbot: Proxy with Tor and Ghostery Privacy Browser, all downloadable with Silent Circle’s seal of approval.

Ikhamera

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The camera isn’t anything to write home about, but will do for snapping pictures of documents or your cat. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian

The 13-megapixel camera is nothing to shout about. It produces average photos in good lighting, but washed out, dull images when shooting indoors under artificial light.

The five-megapixel front-facing camera is fixed focus and equally anaemic.

Price

The Blackphone 2 is available for £659 without a mobile phone contract in the UK, but including 100 minutes of Silent Phone subscription for a year.

Ukuze uqhathanise, BlackBerry’s Priv Android phone costs £559 and offers similar work-private life segregation.

Isinqumo

The Blackphone 2 promises to be the most secure Android smartphone available.

Akukona eziphambili kakhulu, amakhamera yayo ababuthakathaka nomklamo walo kunalokho plain, kodwa Kuyamangalisa nje useable kanjani software yayo kanye nezinsiza. The Blackphone 2 Ugcina bests ibhithi Android ne awami endleleni yakho like a lot of services ubumfihlo egxile do.

You can make your life as easy or as difficult as you want, with varying levels of security. While the Blackphone 2 isn’t the answer to everyone’s prayers, for the paranoid or important amongst us, it might be the least painful tool for the job.

Buhle: security without an overburden of difficulty, spaces, normal Android experience, encrypted phone calls, ukusebenza kushesha, promise of rapid security updates

Bawo: bland design, weak cameras, ezibizayo, weaker than expected Wi-Fi connectivity

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