Finney, the most secure phone, that no one should buy.

After all the recent events about personal data, it is logical that someone might want some more privacy and security. A new phone, promises to encrypt your personal data while also ensuring all of the payments you make through it, are secure through a “bitcoin-like” wallet.

The company Sirin Labs is now allowing pre-orders on their new phone, the Finney running SIRIN OS. The specs are the usual 2018 high-end smartphone specs, nothing unusual there with, a Snapdragon 845, 6GB of RAM, 128GB storage, 12MP f1.8 rear camera and an 8MP front camera. It also has an 18:9 display but with a small second display sliding above. The battery has an average size, 3280mAh, that depending on how the OS handles battery life and processes could last a full day.

The design is very weird, it is very thick and looks like something from 2011. It is a big phone with both bezels and a notch. Obviously design wasn’t their first priority with this device. Maybe they wanted something to differentiate themselves, but i think it looks awful. The sliding screen is, in my opinion, stupid, and the whole thing looks fragile and poorly designed in every way.

I don’t have a problem with the concept. I am even ok with the fact that the whole phone launch is filled with buzzwords. They try to say blockchain technology (which is technically correct) instead of encrypted and secure communications on device. They have celebrities like Lionel Messi to endorse the phone. It costs 1000$, which is relatively normal for a phone in 2018 but not one that looks like that. I can appreciate the software, and the time it took them to build all those features. And nothing they promise seems wrong or inaccurate. Such an encryption is possible, and indeed it would enhance security. But who needs such a phone, and who would pay the same amount as Galaxy Note 8, to get a phone that does so much less?

Sure, there might be a market for it, a few people obsessed with security, but i don’t see it being sold to celebrities to protect their photos from getting leaked or to government staff for security. First of all Apple does a great job at providing security with encryption and secure communication without having to make an ugly phone. And most banks have security alerts that can help you avoid fraud or hacks. I do realize that their technology is more advanced than Apples technology in terms of security and that the features they offer do make sense for a few people wanting the most, best security ever in a phone. But still…

I don’t know, i may be wrong but this looks like a failed product from launch. It has generated a lot of talk about it, mainly due to how strange it is and the fact that they did pay celebrities to advertise it. Recently we saw again, that some apps can have vulnerabilities that allow others to access data from individual users. This might be scary but i don’t think this phone is a solution. A solution from Google in Android natively that when used in an app encrypts all user data, that is a solution, that would be effective. This phone just makes your life 10% more secure. It is still true that an app can leak your location on their website and that Facebook will collect your data on this phone.

I may be wrong though, leave a comments, let me know what you think, if you would buy it, or if you have bought in the past such a phone and what’s your experience with it. For the sources of this article check the end if it and for more science and tech news follow Qul Mind on Facebook and Twitter.

Sources: The Finney is a $1,000 dual-screen blockchain phone that’s endorsed by Lionel Messi


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