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Does the Finney phone beat the Samsung Galaxy S10?

Developers of the Finney phone from Sirin Labs have created a huge task for themselves. They are not only interested in breaking into the highly competitive smartphone market, but they are also aiming to lead the digital currency shift from a curiosity of a class of people to a major financial instrument. After raising nearly US $ 150 million during the 2017 IPO, did Finney achieve this noble goal? Perhaps more appropriately, does it have any chance to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S10 phone that is unexpectedly congruent with digital currencies? Read on to read this article.

Cryptocurrency cold storage wallet

When Sirin Labs showed Finney for the first time at a launch ceremony in Barcelona last year, the company's representatives described it as a solution for both veterans of the down-market Between and beginners in digital currency.

In order to test Finney on both of these demographics, my wife - who shares my ideological attraction to bitcoin but has no experience of using it - is nice enough to help me test the device and see it from a beginner's point of view in digital currency. Both of us currently carry different forms of the Samsung Galaxy S6 (yes S6), so keep this in mind when we discuss the phone's performance and applaud its ability to keep charging for more than three hours.
Finney's main selling point is the built-in hardware portfolio, located on a "secure screen" sliding from the top of the phone. Private keys are isolated from the operating system of the device, ensuring that money remains safe even if the phone is infected with malware.
When I tested the device I found it difficult to open this screen safe and it is not practical at all, although my wife seems not to be disturbed that opening the screen requires both hands. She said she remembered her cell phone John Travolta in "Swordfish", so I'm not sure which criticism is the worst here.
However, my wife had a hard time using the physically secure screen to enter her wallet password and restore the "seeds" of her purse, as she called it.
Because the secure screen is too small for a keyboard, scroll through the alphanumeric characters and numbers and select them individually. Her password was only four letters, and it seemed like a boring routine to enter.

What makes this more frustrating is that the scroll button is directly next to the delete key, which you might touch when trying to type your password quickly.

Free funds that were not

To this end, the center provides users with two ways to earn digital tokens.

During last year's Finney launch event in Barcelona, ​​founder and chief executive Moshe Hogeg spent an amazingly large time promoting the center's airdrops and the "learn and win" feature, through which start-ups in the currency market Bribe users to watch video ads and/or give them money directly as airdrops in their Finney phone wallets. Mr. Finney said that Finney will come with $ 300 in incentives when it is launched and expects that the device will eventually re-price it for users by subscribing to future airdrops.

At that time, I imagined that this would create a serious headache for digital investors when it was time to pay taxes, providing a fertile ground for the US tax department.

However, the Finney you reviewed and tested contains only two token airdrops that can be claimed, as well as two "learn and win" opportunities. Options might be limited because it was just a review device, but I asked for a new one in a closed box so I could test the "new user" experience.

I have been rewarded with these airdrops and watching ads worth the equivalent of $ 5 from the Tokens.

The result was that I had to watch this video, which is among the most unusual ads for an initial coin show (ICO) I've ever seen. Seven minutes, but I could not take my eyes off him

Ideally, users will be able to trade these digital tokens obtained from the Airdrops in the Finn Finite Token conversion service, which allows users to exchange assets from within the wallet. Unfortunately, this service - which requires client identity verification (KYC) - only supports a few assets because Sirin Labs is the liquidity provider.

All in all, the dCENTER has proved very disappointed, and the $ 20 of the etherium coin you used to fund the portfolio is still there, which could have been at least $ 25 during the recent rally in the digital currency market.

Now let's take a look at the basics.

Design: Big and Thick

Finney's phone is simply great. To be fair, I am disproportionately biased against thick phones. And to be honest with you, I totally hate them. I treat the "phablet" as something horrible because of its size. I put my newly acquired equipment in the Otter Box protective enclosure amidst a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth. The only reason I did that was that I hated the idea of ​​spending money to replace a broken phone, more than carrying a brick mold in my pocket.

Speaking of protection casings, accessory support is another problem Finney users will face, as third-party manufacturers may not produce hardware extensions. Sirin Labs offers a $ 35 styling case and six different colors (two sold at the time of writing), but the cover offers little protection, and the hardware design makes it A LifeProof-style solution is likely to be available for this device.

Now, Finney's supporters may argue that even though the device is thick, it will be slimmer than carrying another standalone phone beside a traditional digital coin purse such as Trezor, Ledger Nano S or the cinder block known as KeepKey. They are likely to be right - but most digital currency users do not carry their hardware portfolios in their pockets.

Anyway, the Finney phone size does not bother my wife, although there is no protective cover.

Finney has a fingerprint scanner, which is very stylish - despite privacy concerns. Unfortunately, the location of the fingerprint scanner in the device next to the camera appears to be incomprehensible, as it will inevitably result in fingerprints all over the lens when you open your phone.

SIRIN LABS offers major advantages for your machine

Finney features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and 6 GB of RAM, which seems enough to handle daily tasks, but we did not undergo any benchmark tests.

The device uses a highly secure and supported Google operating system - an Android splitter - called Sirin OS, which will be familiar to a few customers who have the first $ 1,600 Sirin Labs smartphone, the Solarin phone.

Sirin Labs has said that it plans to license the operating system to other hardware manufacturers, and I would not be surprised if you see the company make that the focus of their work, because more mainstream device manufacturers are adding internal digital currency support (there are reports that the company has laid off a quarter of the forces And this seems to reinforce this theory).

The machine came with a few bloatware applications that could not be uninstalled, so it was disappointing, but unfortunately, such things are expected.

My wife told me she was impressed with the quality of the Finney camera, which is 12 megapixels, but again, she compares that camera to the camera on her Samsung Galaxy S6 Active, which - in order to be honest - may be surrounded by fingerprints, because The position of the camera next to the fingerprint scanner was not good

Samsung GALAXY S10: $ 999 Smartphone Giant

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At this point in the review, it's time to discuss the $ 999 giant on the Smartphone Arena, the Samsung Galaxy S10. This, by the way, is the price of both Sirin Labs Finney and Samsung Galaxy S10 +. The Samsung Galaxy S10 is the first device from the leading smartphone manufacturer to offer native digital currency support. The S10 is slightly cheaper, priced at just $ 899.

Although the Samsung Galaxy S10 is less secure than the Finney hardware portfolio on Finney, the S10 portfolio is a major step from the third-party portfolio that most users download from app stores. It is also reported that the S10 digital currency portfolio contains support for Samsung Pay, which can be a key change tool for digital currency payments.

Suffice it to say that pet enthusiasts will have a much easier time persuading their friends and relatives about the digital currency field by using an original wallet on the Samsung Galaxy S10, which they were going to buy anyway, instead of convincing them to pay $ 1,000 They heard about it before and were produced by a company they had never heard of before.

However, Finney's portfolio remains attractive.

Verdict: The Finney will still be stuck with the S6

My wife definitely preferred Finney to her old Samsung Galaxy S6, but access to an internal digital currency portfolio and native support for the dApp did not make her more likely to actually use it.

As one of Finney's first skeptics, I'm also more impressed with the device than I had expected before, despite criticism. However, if I have a large amount of digital currency, I do not think I will feel comfortable carrying it anywhere with me. If you go shopping to buy a $ 1000 smartphone to store my money on, I probably buy a phone like the Galaxy S10 for $ 899 and use the remaining $ 100 to buy a traditional hardware wallet.

The Finney phone from Sirin Labs appears in many ways as a device of its age. The problem is that when it's finally over, companies like Samsung are going to make a profit.

But we have to admit that Sirin Labs has accomplished something in which a few of the funded ICO projects have failed - producing an actual product. Hey, at least its flaws are not bad


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