The World Health Organization recently revealed the radiation levels emitted from common cell phones to be “possibly carcinogenic.” The new findings put phones in the same category as DDT and car exhaust.
The amount of radio frequency energy that your body absorbs from your cell phone is measured by its Specific Absorption Rate, or SAR. The units are measured in watts per kilogram, and each phone in the U.S. must have an SAR of lower than 1.6 to pass clearance.
We’ll take a look at the highest- and lowest-emitting smartphones currently still for sale in the U.S. nowadays.
You’ll also notice that some popular handsets such as BlackBerrys and the venerable iPhone haven’t made the list. That’s because they’re all right in the middle somewhere—not too high, not too low.
The iPhone 4, for instance, has an SAR of 1.17 (AT&T) to 1.18 (Verizon). Older model BlackBerrys tend to have elevated SAR levels, while newer models have managed to reduce SAR quite a bit more.
As for high- and low-level SAR smartphones, Motorola has a handful on the naughty list, while Samsung claims half of the top spots on the nice list.
Check out the gallery to see if your smartphone makes an appearance.
Highest Radiation Levels
#1: Motorola Bravo (AT&T) – 1.59 SAR
#2: Motorola Droid 2 Global (Verizon) – 1.58 SAR
#3: Sony Ericsson Satio – 1.56 SAR
#4: Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro – 1.55 SAR
#5: Nokia Astound/C7 (T-Mobile) – 1.53 SAR
#6: Motorola Defy (T-Mobile) – 1.52 SAR
#7 (tied): Motorola Droid 2 (Verizon)
#8 Motorola Droid (Verizon) – 1.47 SAR
#9: HTC Desire (U.S. Cellular) – 1.48 SAR
#10: Motorola Atrix (AT&T-pictured) — 1.47 SAR
Lowest Radiation Levels (continued)
#1: Samsung Infuse 4G (AT&T-pictured) – 0.2 SAR
#2: Samsung Acclaim (U.S. Cellular) – 0.29 SAR
#3: Samsung Replenish (Sprint) – 0.3 SAR
#5 (tied): Huawei Ideos X5 and Samsung Sidekick 4G (T-Mobile) – 0.34 SAR
#6: LG Quantum (AT&T) – 0.35 SAR
#7: Samsung Captivate (AT&T) – 0.42 SAR
#8: HTC Surround (AT&T) – 0.439 SAR
#9: Motorola Devour (Verizon) – 0.45 SAR
#10: HTC Imagio (Verizon-pictured) – 0.498 SAR