Blackphone unboxing: setting up the secret smartphone (Video)

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It captured our imagination at MWC 2014: a smartphone built specifically to provide secure communications in an era of ever-increasing surveillance. Blackphone may not be the most distinctive or highest-end handheld on the market, but it’s certainly chosen the right time to break out onto the scene.

We’re taking a close look at the device, a joint initiative of Silent Circle and Geeksphone, in the week ahead – and we’re also planning a special Blackphone chapter of Pocketnow’s Summer of Giveaways in the not-too-distant future, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, we’re kicking off the review process as we always do, with a rushed examination of the phone’s box contents. After that comes a bonus of sorts: we show you what it’s like to power on the Blackphone for the first time, which resembles a cross between some kind of alternate-future stock Android boot and a lot of words like “encryption,” “cracking,” and “authentication” scrolling past. It’s all a little WarGames-y, which of course makes it that much cooler.

Our review device comes to us on loan from the good people at GSM Nation, a global smartphone retailer which offers two regional variants of Blackphone for preorder at this page. If you’re jonesing for additional smartphone security right stat now and you can’t bear to wait for our full review, pay them a visit – and tell ’em Pocketnow sent you.

Otherwise, drop a comment down below letting us know what questions you want answered, and swing by the Pocketnow Weekly podcast on Friday, August 8 at 2pm Eastern time, where we’ll answer your questions about the Blackphone live on the air!

Blackphone Unboxing and Initial Setup

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Michael Fisher
Michael Fisher has followed the world of mobile technology for over ten years as hobbyist, retailer, and reviewer. A lengthy stint as a Sprint Nextel employee and a long-time devotion to webOS have cemented his love for the underdog platforms of the world. In addition to serving as Pocketnow's Reviews Editor, Michael is a stage, screen, and voice actor, as well as co-founder of a profitable YouTube-based business. He lives in Boston, MA.Read more about Michael Fisher!