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  1. The main problem with BlackBerry for me is that they lock down the phones so they can't run custom software - it's nice from a security perspective but when your two years (or less, depending on where in the release cycle you buy) of software updates is up, you have a slowly ageing phone stuck in an otherwise perfectly usable shell. For me, the appeal of the Pro1 is the combination of the keyboard (+ other stuff) AND the openness in terms of software.
  2. Well, we have Verified Boot for this, which is where each part of the system is checked (with a key stored in the hardware) before it is loaded. This is what happens with an OEM ROM on most(?) phones, but you lose that when you unlock. Google Pixel phones (uniquely, as far as I know) have a way of supplying another key so that you can actually run this process with a custom ROM that you have signed yourself (or a ROM that's signed by the publisher). In addition, I believe you're given a fingerprint of the current OS on boot so you can, if you're paying attention, detect if anything has been changed.
  3. Whenever anyone raises these concerns about security, there are always folks who chime in to say they don't mind the risks, and that is perfectly fine and understandable, and maybe it is a reasonable position to take if you don't put sensitive things on your phone, but I for one care about security and privacy and you need a strong foundation to build these things on. Encryption only covers user data, not the system files, and as I mentioned above, there are attacks which may be able to extract keys from a device with an unlocked bootloader. Most Android users are using PINs / patterns or weak passwords and so the encryption is worthless to someone with a bit of knowledge and determination. PCs are of course at risk too, I can't argue with that, but at least I can physically protect my PC and I can encrypt the entire system.
  4. The harm is that someone can install stuff on your phone if they have physical access to it. In the past, there have been attacks where crypto keys were recovered from unlocked devices (and locking it would have protected against the attack), for example.
  5. This should work with any custom ROM, right?
  6. I understand that the Pro1 comes with an unlocked bootloader. This is great for installing other operating systems, but leaving the bootloader unlocked is a massive security liability. Is it possible to lock down the bootloader?
  7. I've been interested in Sailfish since it first launched. I love innovative OS/UI design, and tend to seek out non-mainstream, power-user orientated options when it comes to software. Sailfish seems to tick a lot of boxes for me... BUT I'm hearing that the native browser is outdated and the lack of Android app support mentioned above doesn't bode well. I don't want to be stuck in the same situation as now with good but rapidly ageing software / abandonware. So LineageOS (preferably without Google services) seems like a reasonable middle ground, even though I detest Googleware. Assuming the Pro1 ever comes back into my price range.
  8. That's the 11 Pro. The plain 11 with two cameras is cheaper.
  9. The iPhone 11 is $699 on apple.com - not that I would touch it with a barge pole. The Pro1 is ~$800.
  10. Of course - totally understandable and expected that the price was lower for pre-orders. But it has jumped up twice now... will it keep going up? Is this going to be a limited run collector's item? 🙂
  11. I held off pre-ordering the Pro1 as I wanted to see some feedback from users before buying, but the price seems to be continually creeping up - it's now above 700 Euros and more than I am comfortable spending. It's a bit disappointing. :-(
  12. The keyboard I'm thinking about is the one on the Passport, which can hardly be called cramped. :-) I'm pretty sure BlackBerry has a patent on the capacitive touch tech in that phone and in the later phones, but I could be wrong. When I first saw the Passport, I balked at it due to the reduced key set, but I now love the thing - it's great to have the keyboard always there and ready (no need to slide/rotate the phone), and BlackBerry OS makes the experience great, even without the full set of keys. My only concern about the landscape keyboard is that pain factor of having to take it out, turn it round, open it, grip it in an awkward way, then finally get typing -- I worry that I'll end up not using the keyboard for quick texts/emails. I hope we can have both too. :-)
  13. 100% this. I'd kill for a device with with a BB keyboard, good specs and running Sailfish. I'm sure BlackBerry would gladly license their keyboard tech.
  14. I see what you mean. Maybe that's the original reason for this design choice. Still, I really don't like having an extra key between Q/A/Z and shift/caps/tab, plus having symbols on letter keys just seems wrong.
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