2018’s security conscious smartphone choices for business/enterprise as well as the general public include:
|Google Pixel 2||Snapdragon 835, Android 8.1, $800+|
|Blackberry KEYtwo||Snapdragon 660, Android 8.1, $649|
If one is facing sub-$300 budgets as most of the world is, consider a phone listed on LineageOS. It will take a bit of tech savvy, but you can buy a cheap device used and reflash to LineageOS with the latest updates. You will need to ensure the device you buy is supported by your carrier–that it has the correct LTE bands. This is especially and often an issue if buying an “international” phone for use in North America or vice-versa.
Google Pixel phone specs outweigh Blackberry specs in essentially every way, except for:
- lack of micro SD slot in the Pixel phone
- better battery life of Blackberry phones in general (including KEYtwo)
An OEM’s commitment to Android security updates is important as too many handsets never get updates in an age of zero-day attacks.