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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 best phones in that category.

Methodology
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:

  1. A low ear SAR rating of no more than 1.10 W/kg.
  2. An ear SAR rating of less than 1.20 and a body SAR rating of less than one (1).
The best phones that meet these critieria are then presented from the top rated to the lowest rated cell phone.

#1. The Jolla

Description :

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-specific features:
  • Ear SAR Rating: 0.546
  • Body SAR Rating: 1.470
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#2. The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

Description :

As its name suggests, the Galaxy K Zoom is one of Samsung´s camera-smartphones. It sports a 20.7-megapixel BSI camera that doubles up the resolution of average smartphones, as far as specsheets go. It also packs a Xenon flash and an onboard ISP chip, which they say facilitate better imaging compared to most other Android phones (and some digicams). Two processors (1.7GHz 2-core and 1.3GHz 4-core) also place it under the Hexa-core category - and there aren´t many of them. Pinch zoom and one-touch Quick Zoom add to its camera functions, not to mention 10x optical zoom on a relatively slim body.

SAR-specific specifications:
  • Ear SAR Rating: 0.513 W/Kg
  • Body SAR Rating: 1.074 W/Kg
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#3. The Nokia Lumia 635

Description :

The quad-core 1.2Ghz Nokia Lumia 635 promises uncompromised performance and comes in a variety of bright colors such as orange, yellow and green. It is fitted with a 4.5-inch 854 x 480 IPS LCD main display, 4G capability, a storage memory of 8GB that is expandable to up to 128GB, a 5-megapixel main camera, and a 1830 mAh battery that claims to last up to 58 hours of music playback time.

It comes preinstalled with the Nokia MixRadio application that provides free unlimited music streaming with no commercials. It also comes with three location applications: HERE Maps (which provides the user with offline maps and provides virtual signs on the screen with the help of LiveSight), HERE Transit (which gives users minute-by-minute departure times and walking distances), and HERE Drive, which provides turn-by-turn voice-guided directions while users are driving.

SAR-related features:
  • Ear SAR Rating: 0.75
  • Body SAR Rating: 0.79
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#4. The Nokia Lumia 1520

Description :

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:
  • Ear SAR Rating: 0.64
  • Body SAR Rating: 0.20
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#5. The LG G2

Description :

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-specific features:
  • Ear SAR Rating: 0.81
  • Body SAR Rating: 1.06
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#6. The Alcatel One Touch Idol X

Description :

Billed as extreme by Alcatel, the Idol X has a slim design (coming in with a thickness of 6.9mm) and a quad-core processor that runs at a respectable 1.5GHz clock speed and is joined by a 2GB RAM. The Android 4.2 phablet-like smartphone also boasts a 5-inch full HD main display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920, 16 million color display, multi-touch (up to five points), oleophobic coating, and a Dragontail glass display.

It is also equipped with a whopping 13.1-megapixel main camera with HDR (High dynamic range, for exposure compensation), a 2000mAh battery that can yield up to 20 hours of talk time (in 2G) and 36 hours of music playback, and a 16GB (for versions 6040D/6040E) or 8GB (for versions 6040/6040A) memory that is expandable to up to 32GB.

SAR-specific features:
  • Ear SAR Rating: 0.264
  • Body SAR Rating: 0.584
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#7. The LG Optimus L9 II

Description :

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:
  • Ear SAR Rating: 0.42
  • Body SAR Rating: 0.82
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#8. The LG Lucid 3

Description :

LG releases the latest phone in their Lucid series with the Lucid 3. It is equipped with mid-level apparatuses such as a 2440 mAh battery (the Lucid 2 had a 2460 mAh battery) that promises a talk time of up to 750 minutes (from a promised talk time of up to 1500 minutes), a 1.2Ghz quad-core processor (from a dual-core with the same clock time), 4G capability, a 4.7-inch main display (from 4.3 inches), and a 5-megapixel camera (no change).

Just like LG´s latest releases, it comes with the LG KnockOn system that allows users to access the home screen by tapping the screen twice (the pattern can be customized using LG´s KnockCode function and you can also turn off the display by tapping on an empty area of the home screen or the taskbar two times) and the KnockCode system that allows users to customize the pattern (the two taps) used in the KnockOn system.

SAR-related features:
  • Ear SAR Rating: 0.78
  • Body SAR Rating: 1.09
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#9. The Motorola Droid Mini

Description :

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-specific features:
  • Ear SAR Rating: 1.02
  • Body SAR Rating: 0.53
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#10. The LG G2 Mini

Description :

The LG G2 Mini smartphone, the smaller version of LG´s G2, is equipped with a smaller main display (4.7 instead of 5.2), a weaker processor (1.2Ghz compared to 2.26Ghz) and an 8-megapixel camera (compared to 13-megapixels). But, the G2 Mini´s battery has a surprisingly longer stand-by time of 900 hours, while the G2 only has 696 hours and it is installed with Android´s newer operating system (KitKat).

The G2 Mini, like its bigger version, also includes the Knock Code software (assign a knocking pattern to unlock your phone without picking it up or pressing the power key) and the Guest Mode (a mode for guests or children, allowing the owner to protect personal information).

SAR-specific features:
  • Ear SAR Rating: 0.46
  • Body SAR Rating: 0.37
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