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Best business-friendly and enterprise-ready Android smartphones money can buy

Browsing the web, social media activities, taking the occasional selfie, playing mostly rudimentary but highly addictive games, loading up on YouTube cat videos and catching up on one’s favorite TV shows while away from a larger screen.

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For many of us, those are the essential purposes of a smartphone, and if it can adequately tick all the boxes, it’s a must-buy. Even better if it doesn’t cost a fortune. But then there is this particular category of mobile consumers, with a particular set of needs and requirements, which Android device manufacturers seem to be largely ignoring these days.

Not us, though. We’re here to make sure every specific necessity is fulfilled, so we’ll do our best to dig up your top options for work projects. Enterprise users, listen up:

LG Enact – $0.01 with Verizon contracts, $360 outright

  • The typing crackerjack

LG Enact

It’s beyond sad professional typists have to settle for a two-year-old with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean pre-loaded, no KitKat, let alone Lollipop update hopes, a cringe worthy 4-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen, laggy dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU and crappy 5 MP rear camera.

Not to mention the preposterousness of that no-contract price tag! But until BlackBerry goes for broke with a Google-endorsed, Samsung-co-manufactured slider, we’re afraid the Enact has to do. Oh, well, purely as far as text message and e-mail writing goes, the entry-level handheld is the closest you can get to a powerhouse. So, so depressing!

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – $545 unlocked; $0 with AT&T financing; $200 and up at Verizon

  • The big, bad, ultra-secure, multi-purpose juggernaut

Galaxy Note 4 S Pen

If answering to urgent e-mails as fast as possible is only part of your job description, the Note 4 offers a huge on-screen keyboard, plus a host of extra business tricks. You have your S Pen always handy for note taking, a security-enhancing fingerprint sensor, full Knox compatibility and stellar multitasking prowess.

The non-optional stylus accessory needs no introduction, your unique fingerprint can be used to unlock the phone if PINs don’t feel safe enough, Knox services let you easily switch between personal and work modes and keep everything separate, while the large 5.7-inch display and generous 3 GB RAM ensure seamless running of multiple apps at once. Which you often yearn for when juggling various documents, files and projects.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active – $0 and up with AT&T agreements; $559 unlocked

  • The bulletproof outdoor companion

Galaxy S5 Active

Travel a lot? Involved in construction or other potentially hazardous line of activity? Simply worried you’ll drop your precious, and both your personal and professional lives will spin out of control? Perhaps the S5 Active can’t take a bullet per se, but it’ll definitely survive a few bumps and contacts with hard surfaces, as well as up to 1 meter/30-minute swims.

Too bad Knox doesn’t work on the AT&T exclusive… for some reason, and despite the hefty price, there’s no fingerprint authentication provided either.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact – starting at $380

  • The cheaper, more condensed nature-loving alternative

Xperia Z3 Compact

As tough as the S5 Active looks, it’s also short of portable excellence, which for many is probably a deal breaker. Enter the waterproof but not shock-proof Z3 Compact, endowed with advanced Smart Lock functions after a recent Lollipop update.

This fast and furious munchkin tips the scales at 40 grams less than the GS5 Active, and is far shorter and narrower for easier pocketability, all while handling everything you throw at it with grace, courtesy of a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 2 GB RAM.

Motorola Droid Turbo – $150 and up on-contract; $650 outright for Verizon

  • The heavyweight battery champion

Droid Turbo

We can’t think of anything more annoying than remembering to take your charger or an external power bank on all your business travels, and always getting interrupted by skimpy cell capacity. Well, the Turbo is made of an entirely different mettle, with a gigantic 3,900 mAh pacemaker under the hood rated at a staggering 48 hours of continuous 3G talk time.

The design is ideal to complement your classic, classy, businessy look, with sharp edges, an overall industrial vibe, robust ballistic outer shells and a splash-resistant chassis. Last but not least, the 5.2 incher can go from 0 to 60 percent juice in half an hour, thanks to Quick Charge 2.0 technology.

Motorola Moto G (2nd generation) – $175 unlocked

  • The ultra-affordable option

Moto G 2nd generation

Not everyone is lucky to have their employer offer them gratis gadgets or start at a six-figure salary allowing them to score the costliest “tools” off the bat. So, provisionally, the 2014 G can get the job done.

It’s not any more secure than other Android soldiers, but on the plus side, runs a silky smooth, modern, near-stock OS iteration. No bloatware means fewer security risks, less chances of random system crashes or reboots, as well as vital data loss.

Blackphone – $629

  • The untraceable, privacy-first phone

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Listed as “temporarily out of stock” on Amazon, but likely to come back soon (hopefully, before the sequel drops), the extravagantly priced 4.7 incher protects your online anonymity like no other, through VPN.

Then you have a slew of privacy-centric functions for phone calls, emails, texts and even cloud backup, some of which unfortunately expire and require additional payments after a year of undercover use. Paranoid individuals will no doubt find extreme happiness in Blackphone’s arms, although we have to underline Android here is essentially unrecognizable, due to severe customization and “PrivatOS” forking.

Samsung Galaxy S6 – $590 factory unlocked; $200 with Verizon or Sprint pacts

  • The one you may not need, but really want

Samsung Galaxy S6

Today’s mainstream top dog isn’t specifically targeted at enterprise users, with a tiny, non-removable battery and sealed internal storage hands down its biggest flaws. Also, there’s no protection against liquid interaction whatsoever, let alone more advanced ruggedness.

Ergo, the S6 could break, fall apart or shut down on account of low battery in the middle of the most important video conference of your life, or while out on the job. But think about how good it’ll make you look in the eyes of your clients, partners and even superiors.

After all, your image is key for your deal-sealing abilities. Besides, it’s got touch-based fingerprint authentication, the most complex Knox support available and device protection-adding Android 5.1 software in certain territories, with others on the way.

Makers of Blackphone to launch a privacy oriented app hub

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The makers of privacy centric Blackphone have announced plans to launch a dedicated app store which will only offer secure and privacy friendly applications. This will make its way to the Blackphone in the form of PrivatOS 1.1 which will start rolling out in early 2015.

The inclusion of the app store is a welcome feature as the device lacks an app store at this point and it would help greatly to give users access to some much needed apps. The manufacturer hasn’t divulged details on what apps will be available on the device.

PrivatOS 1.1 will also introduce a new feature called Spaces, which will let you have multiple user accounts on the device. There’s not enough clarity on what else this new update will bring, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction.

The Blackphone retails for north of $600, which is quite expensive for a device lacking essential services. Perhaps the makers hoped to leverage security concerns raised by multiple security agencies, but sadly, that ploy hasn’t worked for them.

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Via: The Next Web

Security oriented Blackphone now shipping out to customers for $629

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Remember the security based Blackphone we talked about a few months ago? Well, the smartphone has now begun shipping to customers for $629 unlocked and without contract, which is a hefty fee to pay for a device which isn’t as well equipped in terms of hardware as other competitive offerings.

The device runs PrivatOS which is a customized version of Android with several security features in place such as Silent Text and Silent Contacts. The idea behind the smartphone is to completely nullify risks of malicious software attacking your device for data theft. So if you’re holding plenty of confidential data on your device, the PrivatOS based Blackphone is the handset to get.

It packs a 4.7 inch 720p display, an 8-megapixel camera on the back, a 5-megapixel front camera, a 2 GHz quad core Tegra 4i SoC, 1GB of RAM and an unknown version of Android based on the aforementioned Privat OS.

Boeing recently launched a similar handset called the Boeing Black which essentially targets the same demographic, although it’s yet to hit the markets officially. It is clear that companies are taking security very seriously as is evident from devices like these. Perhaps we can expect more manufacturers in the future to launch devices like the Blackphone and Boeing Black.

Source: Blackphone

Via: 9to5Google

Blackphone Privacy-Oriented Android Smartphone To Ship Out In 3 Weeks

Are you looking for an Android smartphone that comes with top of the line privacy-protection features? You should check out Blackphone which hits the market in 3 weeks time. This device which is made by encrypted communications provider Silent Circle and manufacturer Geeksphone was announced early this year and gives users the ability to work around data collection made by private companies and the government. While this device won’t protect your data from the NSA it is strong enough to secure it from most threats.

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Blackphone will become available to most carriers with a price of $629. It isn’t cheap however its main feature is well worth the price. There’s a very strong demand for this model that pre-orders have already sold out. More units are coming soon as both companies project millions of devices to be sold.

Blackphone Technical Specifications

  • Blackphone model name: BP1
  • OS platform: PrivatOS based on Android 4.4 (KitKat)
  • SIM slot: Single micro-SIM slot
  • Hardware platform: NVIDIA Tegra 4i
  • CPU frequency: 2.0 GHz
  • Radio: GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz, HSPA+/WCDMA: 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz (42 Mbps), LTE FDD bands 3/7/20 (EU/RoW) or 4/7 (US/Canada) (Cat 4 150 Mbps)
  • Memory: 16GB EMMC + 1GB LPDDR3
  • MicroSD support:Yes
  • LCD: 4.7″ IPS HD display (1280*720)
  • Touch: Capacitive >4 point multi-touch
  • Camera: 8MP AF rear (Flash LED) + 5MP FF front
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth: 4.0 LE
  • GPS: Yes
  • Battery capacity: 2000mA
  • Connectors: 3.5mm audio jack, micro USB
  • Sensors: Gravity sensor, light sensor, proximity sensor, magnetic sensor
  • Color scheme: Black touch panel, black battery cover

Silent Circle President Phil Zimmermann said that “More and more people are waking up to this problem. There’s a growing number of people who want to push back.”

The privacy-features of Blackphone is made possible through its use of PrivatOS which is based on Android 4.4 KitKat. This allows users to make encrypted calls (voice, video) and send out encrypted messages. It can also lie to an app giving it false information. An example of this is if an app wants to access the contacts information to work but its operation does not really need it then the device will send out a blank contact info to the app.

The Security Center of the phone reports to users what information an app is accessing. It also gives users the ability to block the access of the app or give it false information.

Early adopters will be getting this device soon.

via phonearena

Security based Blackphone to feature NVIDIA’s Tegra 4i SoC

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SGP Technologies showed off a neat concept called Blackphone which would provide users increased security and encryption services to keep their data safe from watchful eyes. The company has now announced the choosing of NVIDIA’s Tegra 4i chipset to run on the smartphone.

For those that don’t remember, the Tegra 4i is an upgraded version of the Tegra 4 from last year. The LG G2 Mini is one of the first devices to feature the said chipset. Although it’s not high end by any means, the Tegra 4i is quite a capable chipset with a maximum clockspeed of up to 2.3 GHz. The version used on the Blackphone however will be clocked at 2.0 GHz. The smartphone will also feature the i500 LTE modem, so they have all their bases covered.

The Blackphone will also feature a 4.7 inch 720p display, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, a 2,000 mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat with PrivatOS which is a custom skin on top of stock Android where all the security features are based.

It’s clearly not a beastly phone in terms of hardware, but since security is the highlight of the device, the almost midrange hardware can be overlooked. Pricing and availability details of the Blackphone are yet to be confirmed.

Via: Talk Android

Privacy And Security Smartphone Blackphone Is Now Available For Pre-Order At $629

Last month we learned that two companies, Geeksphone and Silent Circle, have been working on a smartphone that has more emphasis on privacy and security. This device called Blackphone is designed for people who uses their phone to make calls, send messages, and access the Internet yet don’t like the idea of government agencies spying on them.

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Blackphone is now available for pre-order at $629 from the company website and is expected to ship out this coming June.

This device runs on an operating system that is based on Android called PrivatOS. This is a more secure version of the popular platform that comes with a firewall, remote wipe capabilities, custom apps developed by Silent Circle such as Silent Phone, Silent Text, and Silent Contacts.

Here’s a comparison between Android and PrivatOS in terms of privacy and security.

Android Default

  • Search: Trackable
  • Bundled apps: Many, with privacy disabled by default
  • Wi-Fi usage: Always on for geo-location and user tracking
  • App permissions: All or nothing
  • Communication tools: Traceable dialer, SMS, MMS browse. Vulnerable to spoofed cell networks and Wi-Fi.
  • Updates: Supplied infrequently after carrier blessing
  • Remote Wipe & Anti-Theft: Requires centralized cloud account
  • Business model: Personal data mining for tracking and marketing

PrivatOS

  • Search: Anonymous
  • Bundled apps: Few, all privacy enabled
  • Wi-Fi usage: Smart disabling of all Wi-Fi except trusted hotspots
  • App permissions: Fine grained control in single interface
  • Communication tools: Private calls, texting, video chats, file exchange up to 100MB, browsing, and conference calls.
  • Updates: Frequent secure updates direct from Blackphone
  • Emote wipe & Anti-Theft: Anonymous
  • Business model: Delivers privacy as a premium feature

Every order of Blackphone already comes with two years worth of free subscription to the security apps included with the deivce. These security apps such as Silent Phone and Silent text can also be downloaded for free for other Android and iOS devices however there is a monthly subscription fee involved for its use.

Speaking of security, the encrypted cal and encrypted text feature only works if the person you are calling to or sending a text message to also has Silent Circle services running on their device. Every Blackphone purchase comes with a 1 year subscription of codes which you can give out to up to three contacts which you usually communicate with.

Blackphone targets business and even government customers who want a more secure means of communications. This does not mean though that the ordinary individual could not get it too.

Technical Specifications

  • CPU: 2 GHz quadocore SoC
  • Display: 4.7-inch HD IPS
  • LTE: Yes
  • HSPA+: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11n
  • Bluetooth: 4.0
  • Cameras: High quality front (>8MP with flash) and rear
  • RAM:2GB
  • Storage: 16GB on-board
  • Others: GPS, other sensors

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Blackphone with increased security and privacy features launching next month

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A group of companies have come together to develop and launch a secure Android running smartphone called Blackphone. With more emphasis being given on security these days and the recent NSA scandal taking privacy concerns to a whole new level, the Blackphone promises to keep your data/conversations safe and secure. The phone will be shown off at the MWC next month with pre-orders set to start immediately after but no further details have been provided at this point. With Android not exactly the most secure OS going around, it’s quite clear that the Blackphone will get considerable attention at the MWC.

The smartphone will reportedly give users the ability to make phone calls, send texts or even browse the internet using secure servers (via VPNs), thus making life a lot easier for those worried about privacy. The working and functioning of the smartphone has still not been shown off, so we will reserve judgment until we have a glimpse at the functioning of the device. The smartphone will be running on a skinned version of Android called PrivatOS according to the makers.

Source: Blackphone

Via: Phone Arena