The Economist has the skinny and the tech-talk on President Obama’s much-discussed, but not-so-slim BlackBerry:

President Obama may have surrendered his trusty BlackBerry, but in its place he’s acquired a lookalike that’s technically superior in every aspect, even if (at 12 ounces) it weighs three times more.

To make your phone as secure as Obama’s, The Economist has some tips, but you’ll only get so far: Obama’s phone comes with 384-bits of encryption, compared with the everyman 256. What a gyp.

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Katia Bachko is on staff at The New Yorker.