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.
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-specific features:
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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-specific features:
#4. 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:
#5. The Samsung Ativ S Neo
The Ativ S Neo is the 2013 version of the Ativ S, which uses the same operating system (Windows Phone 8) and dual-core Qualcomm MSM8930AA processor (but the S Neo has a speed of 1.4GHz while the Ativ S had 1.5GHz). It comes with ATIV Beam (for file-sharing with other NFC-enabled smartphones), and has an 8-megapixel camera and a 4.8-inch TFT screen (1280 x 720, 296 ppi). It has a 2000mAh battery with up to eight hours of browsing time for 3G (nine hours for 4G and 10 hours for Wi-Fi).SAR-related specs:
#6. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom
Reportedly the first smartphone to have a 10x optical zoom, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom (and its 16-megapixel camera) seems to want to be known as a camera that can take calls. It shoots 1080p HD videos at 30 frames per second and has a stand-by time of 330 hours. The rest of its features are mid-range: Jelly Bean 4.2 OS, 1.5 GHz dual core processor, and 4.3-inch sAMOLED display. Put plainly, it appears to be a half (high-end) camera, half (midlevel) smartphone. As if the camera grabbed all the juice...SAR-specific features:
#7. The Samsung Galaxy Core LTE
#8. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo LTE
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo LTE touts its six cores (four run at 1.3GHz and two at 1.7GHz) and three key features: the leather-like top-stitched back cover in mint, black, and white, the S Pen stylus (for writing memos, among others), and Galaxy Gear compatibility (receive notifications, etc. on the smartwatch). It also sports a 5.5-inch 1280 x 720 sAMOLED display, an 8-megapixel main camera and a 2-megapixel front-facer, and a 2GB RAM. Its 3100mAh battery can last 490 hours or 20 days on standby (LTE) and its 16GB memory can be expanded to 64GB. It has 3G and dual-SIM models.SAR-related features:
#9. The Huawei Ascend Y530
Huawei´s Simple Android Interface (that is designed for smartphone novices) makes an appearance in the Ascend Y530, along with a dual-core 1.2GHz Android 4.3 smartphone with a 4.5-inch 854 x 480 TFT display, a 5-megapixel camera (with a VGA front-facing camera), and a 1750mAh battery with a listed standby time of 591 hours or 24.6 days. It also has a 512MB RAM and a 4GB expandable memory (up to 32GB).SAR-related specs:
#10. The ZTE Unico LTE
Its name is Spanish for unique, but it looks like the ZTE Unico LTE is your ordinary Android 4.1 smartphone that is LTE-capable and has a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a 4.5-inch qHD screen, and a 5-megapixel camera that takes HD videos. It also comes with an expandable 8GB microSDHC card, a 1-megapixel secondary camera, a 1GB RAM, and a 2070mAh battery with 8.5 days or 204 hours of standby time.SAR-related specs:
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