Privacy Focused Smartphone

Do you ever wonder about your privacy while using your phone? Our smartphones hold a lot of information about us. We take them with us everywhere and they are full of private details about our day to day life. So it was no surprise people became upset when they found out how much Apple and Google track us.

But Apple and Google phones may no longer be the only options. The people at Purism have developed a Linux smartphone that is not based on Android or iOS. The Librem 5 is built with security and privacy as a primary focus and it said to be “The only modern smartphone you can (truly) own”.

Hardware Kill Switches

The Camera, microphone, WiFi, Bluetooth, and baseband can all be turned off by a physical switch. So it is impossible for someone to remotely turn on these parts of your phone to track you.

PureOS

No Android or iOS here. The Librem 5 runs PureOS. This means privacy protection by default. Your data is not being sold to the highest bidder.

CPU separate from baseband

The baseband is what the cell phone towers talks to on your phone. Almost all phones have these integrated closely with the CPU. That is a bad thing. In theory the cell phone company could get into the baseband and have access to all the memory on the phone.

In the Librem smartphone they are separated so this kind of exploit is not possible.

No Android or iOS apps

One bad thing may be that you can not use some of the useful iOS and Android apps you have got used to. At least not yet. Maybe if the Librem 5 becomes popular then some of the apps will be ported.

Replaceable Battery!!!!

Finally! Why did everyone stop doing this? The Librem 5 comes with a non-soldered and easily serviceable battery.

My Thoughts

I would like to try one of these out but there are a few android apps I am attached to. Mainly google maps when I travel for work. At this point, I am going to have to wait and see as more information comes out. I do wish Purism the best of luck with the Phone. I hope it is a major success and puts some pressure on android and iphones. Having more options is always better and having the option of privacy is a big plus.

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