Some phones are ugly, some are bulky, some are too expensive, and some have a combination of problems. No phone manages to have all of these problems quite like Sirin Labs’ Solarin smartphone, however.
It’s a privacy-focused phone (which is good!) that costs over $16,000 (not so good!) with a terrible design. Yikes.
The device itself sports a 5.5-inch screen, so it’s not small to begin with. To top it off, though, the design is atrocious. It weighs 250 grams and has some sort of weird spaceship vibe going on, so it’s probably going to be one of the most uncomfortable phones to hold ever. Apparently the camera is pretty slow, too.
That’s not to say the Solarin doesn’t do anything well. Sirin Labs has partnered with major security firms Koolspan and Zimperium to offer top-notch privacy and defense against malicious attacks. It’s mostly against exploits and hacks, though, so don’t expect the phone to keep something like Facebook from siphoning off personal information. You probably shouldn’t install anything like Facebook on a phone like that, however.
There’s also a sort of killswitch on the rear of the device that renders most of the phone inoperable, so all you’ll be able to do is make outgoing phone calls and send secure, encrypted messages until you reset the switch. It’s unique and seems cool in an emergency situation, but it’s hardly a huge selling point.
The hardware is nothing to scoff at, outside of last year’s Snapdragon 810. You’ll get 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal storage, a 4,000 mAh battery, and a 2k display that rounds out an extremely capable device. There are even three speakers present on the phone and a fingerprint scanner.
Is it good to see someone taking Android security more seriously? Definitely. Is it worth the price of a car? That’s gonna be a no.
via: The Verge