Top 10 Best Low-sar Phones 2014
This top rated low-SAR phone list doesn't just list low-SAR phones, it reports on the top phones in that category.
We start with a list of the top rated cell phones and we keep only the cell phones which fit one of these two situation:
The best phones that meet these critieria are then presented from the top rated to the lowest rated cell phone.
- A low ear SAR rating of no more than 1.10 W/kg.
- An ear SAR rating of less than 1.20 and a body SAR rating of less than one (1).
#1. The Jolla
The Sailfish OS makes its maiden voyage in the Jolla, and packs with it some seemingly nifty features: The ability to work with Android applications and hardware, a gesture-based user interface that uses - you guessed it - gestures to navigate the screen, and the use of interactive back covers called The Other Half that personalize the phone when snapped on. On the other hand, the Jolla is also powered by a dual-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor and it comes with an 8-megapixel camera, a 4.5-inch qHD IPS display, 1GB RAM, 16GB of onboard memory, and a 2100mAh battery - so it has some ordinary elements mixed in too.SAR-related specs:
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#2. The Nokia Lumia 1520
Nokia´s Windows Phone 8 phablet offering seems to have a lot going for it: a quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, a 20-megapixel camera (with PureView technology and Carl Zeiss lenses), a 6-inch super-sensitive ClearBlack LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, and a 3400mAh battery with a reported standby time of 768 hours or 32 days. It also touts its four digital microphones that support directional stereo recording. Finally, it comes with 32GB of storage memory, 2GB RAM, and the Storyteller app that (along with the HERE maps) arranges photos into stories.SAR-specific specifications:
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#3. The LG G2
Packed with a slew of innovations here and there, the LG G2 starts with a 13-megapixel camera (with various functions, such as voice capture) and a video recorder capable of up to 60 frames per second. It also has its control buttons on the back cover (apparently to avoid mistakenly pressing them when grabbing the phone by its sides) and, with its 5.2-inch display, makes it to the phablet class. 22GB of memory are available to the user.SAR-related specs:
#4. The LG Enact
Along with a beefed-up 2460mAh battery and a rare slide-out QWERTY keyboard (most new smartphones are touch only), the LG Enact offers a Starter Mode interface which is designed to ease in smartphone neophytes (and a Standard Mode for power users). It also comes with the standard mid-range fare: 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS, dual core 1.2 GHz processor (with an Adreno graphic processor), 1 GB of RAM, 8GB memory, 5-megapixel camera (with a 1920 x 1080 video recorder), and a 4-inch TFT screen. With these modest features, it should sit comfortably well among the second-tier Android phones.SAR-related specs:
#5. The LG Optimus L9 II
The LG Optimus L9 II is proud of its 4.7-inch IPS panel with a 1280 x 720-pixel resolution and its dual-core 1.4GHz processor (partnered with a 1GB RAM). The Android smartphone is also fitted with an 8-megapixel camera that promises to work well even in low-light conditions, along with a 1.3-megapixel front-facer. It sports a 2150mAh battery and an 8GB storage memory (which can be expanded to 32GB).SAR-related specs:
#6. The Motorola Droid Mini
Although handy in both size and price, the Motorola Droid Mini still offers some not-so-mini features: It carries a 10-megapixel Quick Capture camera, uses DuPont Kevlar in its body and Corning Gorilla Glass for its screen. It puts more focus on voice control with what Motorola calls its Touchless Control app. The 1.7GHz Dual-Core Krait CPU, 2GB of RAM, NFC capability, and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean should also provide decent performance, despite its mid-range 4.3-inch LCD screen -- probably the reason for its Mini name. There is no talk time rating per se, but Motorola mentions a general 28 hours of usage time. By the way, it uses Motorola´s X8 8-core control system for graphic performance and to save battery time, among other things.
It also has the usual gyroscope, proximity sensors etc, but it is one of the rare smartphones that also include a barometer.SAR-related specs:
#7. The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
The Galaxy S3 had its mini version, so it is not so surprising for the Galaxy S4 to have its own too. As expected, it features the same design as the flagship phone, but with watered-down specifications: A 1.7GHz dual-core CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, and a 4.3 qHD Super AMOLED display. Nonetheless, Samsung reports that the mini delivers many of the features of its big brother, like special camera tools (Sound&Shot, Panorama Shot, and Story Album function), as well as other services, such as S Health and S Translator. On connectivity, it boasts 4G LTE technology capable of download speeds up to 100Mbps. Overall, the mini may not be as mighty as the Galaxy S4, but it seems quite respectable as a mid-range smartphone.SAR-specific features:
#8. The LG Optimus F6
Another member of the LG Optimus family, the F6 sports a dual-core processor, decent front- and rear-facing cameras (1.3-megapixel and 5-megapixel, respectively), and an equally decent battery life (up to eight hours of talk-time). It also boasts of its true-to-life 4.5-inch qHD (960 x 540 pixels) IPS display. Its internal memory is only 4GB (with up to 32GB expansion) and it comes with a variety of pre-installed apps: The Vu:Talk handwritten note system, a 40-language quick translator app and an included universal remote control to use with the smartphone´s built-in infrared port.SAR-specific features:
#9. The Nokia Lumia 625
As Nokia expands its lineup of smartphones running on Windows 8, the Lumia 625 presents itself as a mid-range smartphone with good features and a special crush on multimedia entertainment. It has a dual-core 1.2GHz processor (faster than the 1.0GHz of the Lumia 620), a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) videos, and a 2000mAh battery that, according to Nokia, will allow you to playback videos on its 4.7-inch display for up to 6.8 hours and listen to music for 90 hours. It also comes with 7GB of free SkyDrive cloud storage: a good backup system for the phone.SAR-specific features:
#10. The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3
Another addition to the Galaxy Ace line-up of mid-range smartphones, the Ace 3 runs on a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and is powered by a 1800 mAh battery with an estimated talk-time of 10 hours. It has a 5-megapixel main camera and a VGA front cam. Its main camera is capable of recording 720p HD videos at 30 frames per second. Like other Samsung smartphones, the Ace 3 has the S Voice (voice command and navigation prompt), S Translator (multiple language audio and text translator) and S Travel (travel recommendations and guide), among others.SAR-related features:
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