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Cellebrite vs. all others in mobile phone collection tools

Discussion of forensic issues related to all types of mobile phones and underlying technologies (GSM, GPRS, UMTS/3G, HSDPA, LTE, Bluetooth etc.)
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Cellebrite vs. all others in mobile phone collection tools

Post Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:07 pm

We are currently using Paraben Device Seizure, Oxygen Forensic Suite and AccessData MPE in our lab. When one doesn't work we generally find the other will get the job done.

We are considering getting Cellebrite and wanted opinions on the product and if it is worth the extra money given what we already use here in the lab. Is it really that good at mobile phone collections?? I have heard mixed reviews and want to get some solid answers from my forensic community.  

Coloradoforensics
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Cellebrite vs. all others in mobile phone collection too

Post Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 3:44 pm

I recommend considering Katana Forensics' Lantern software for iPhone and Android phones.

I am a Lantern Certified Examiner and use Lantern as my main collection tool.

It is economically priced and works very well.  

UnallocatedClusters
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Re: Cellebrite vs. all others in mobile phone collection too

Post Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:32 pm

I have been using the CelleBrite UFED Ultimate Touch for several years now and cannot speak highly enough about it. I also have licensed copies of the other three you mentioned and overall, none of the others come near the UFED Touch.

I will normally do a comparison examination using one of the others and 9 times out of 10 the UFED come up trumps. There has been the odd occasion when it has not found something but most of the time it has.

I have also been testing IEF from Magnet Forensics. It to is very good, but not as good as the UFED Touch.

CelleBrite are always on top of the new drivers for the phones and are always updating the firmware. hardware or both. I have on a number of occasions been confronted with a phone that is/was not supported and they bend over backwards to help.

On one recent occasion, they even sent me the latest software version (they were still testing it) just so that I could examine the phone, but only on the basis that it was still being tested. Maybe that is why the win so many awards.

I am not saying that it is perfect and it does have some problems, but I have found it the best when compared with the others out there. (Just my opinion, for what its worth)
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Re: Cellebrite vs. all others in mobile phone collection too

Post Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:44 am

I'll second Amicus, been using Cellebrite for about 8 years, hands down winner for me.  

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Re: Cellebrite vs. all others in mobile phone collection too

Post Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 6:49 am

Cellebrite for me too, I do have MPE+ but I get so frustrated with driver issues, with Cellebrite it just works!  

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Re: Cellebrite vs. all others in mobile phone collection too

Post Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 4:39 pm

Thank you to all that replied, it is very helpful!  

Coloradoforensics
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Re: Cellebrite vs. all others in mobile phone collection too

Post Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 7:28 am

This is truly a case of getting what you pay for. I have other tools, but Cellebrite is always the first to be employed and usually retrieves more good information than all the other tools I have. If I only get one shot at a phone, I'll use Cellebrite.  

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