The Blackphone makes a serious attempt at being the most secure phone, even over Blackberry. Does it accomplish that goal? After all, 128-bit AES encryption is nice and quite rare on even the best smartphones. And when being secure from attacks and constant requests for personal data is on the forefront of everyone\u2019s mind, it\u2019d be nice to have.\r\n\r\nWhy We Like It - Blackphone\r\nThe Blackphone makes one sweeping attack on data collectors by increasing its security to the max, bolstering its defences with 128-bit AES encryption and the ability to circumvent an app\u2019s request for your personal data.\r\n\r\nOverall Performance\r\nUnderneath the hood is an octa-core Snapdragon 615 chipset. On paper that sounds good, but you\u2019ll notice that apps lag a bit when in use. When you boil it down, it\u2019ll be more annoying than anything. After all, it\u2019s a small price for better security. If you were hoping to take pictures, the Blackphone pales in comparison to the Apple iPhone 11, but it makes due with its 13-megapixel camera.\r\nBattery Life\r\nDon\u2019t expect an entire day of battery life, but the Silent Phone does make an effort to stagger its use of power. You\u2019ll be fine for most of a work shift, though nearing the end of one will have you huddling a wall. It averages at around 7 hours from normal use.\r\nDisplay\r\nThe 1080p definitely fits the screen size of the phone, which is 5.5-inches. It puts pixel density at the front of the line, rather than trying to stretch a smaller resolution. Outside of that, Silent OS (Android 5.11 Lollipop) is as nice as ever, albeit outdated in look.\r\nDurability\r\nThe Blackphone 2 is fair with its toughness. It has a full-body Gorilla Glass 3, with grippy, textured edges; however, it\u2019s a magnet for fingerprints. If anyone can outpace that, it\u2019s the steel frame and IP68 rating on the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. You can also check out the Easyfone Prime A1, which is a tough nut to crack.\r\nValue\r\nDropping $519 is going to make you sweat. Is it worth it? Short answer: no. New updates aren\u2019t coming out and you don\u2019t get the 1-year subscription of a secure VPN. The 128-bit AES encryption is nice, as is the bypass for personal data, but still makes it hard to justify price. You\u2019re better off with an iPhone 12 Pro Max.\r\nBlackphone Wrap Up\r\nThe Blackphone is no slouch when it comes to security. Having 128-bit encryption is stellar, not to mention the ability to circumvent an app\u2019s request for your personal data before use. But then you\u2019re cut off from every CDMA network, making it nearly useless in the US. The question then becomes: is the price worth paying for protection?