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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 Samsung Galaxy Alpha

A picture of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha.

Average Rating:
80%
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Description :

Samsung joins in on the octa-core sensation with the Galaxy Alpha“s two quad-core CPUs: Cortex-A15 (1.8GHz) and Cortex-A7 (1.3GHz). It also seems to pack top-notch imaging with its 12-megapixel camera“s 4K max video recording resolution. It lacks a microSD card slot, but does cap off at 32GB with 2GB RAM to boot. The Alpha also offers the fastest data rate available as of 2014, with up to 300Mbps on LTE-Cat6. All of its features, including an Ultra Power-Saving Mode (1860mAh battery) are packed within a metal frame, scrapping the plastic shell from previous Galaxy models.

SAR-related specs:
  • Ear SAR Rating: 1.18
  • Body SAR Rating: 0.37
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#2. 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 specifications:
  • Ear SAR Rating: 0.546
  • Body SAR Rating: 1.470
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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-specific features:
  • Ear SAR Rating: 0.75
  • Body SAR Rating: 0.79
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#4. 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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#5. 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-related features:
  • Ear SAR Rating: 0.64
  • Body SAR Rating: 0.20
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#6. The Alcatel OneTouch Scribe HD

A picture of the Alcatel OneTouch Scribe HD.

Gallery: 4 more pictures

Average Rating:
90%

Description :

Like its name suggests, the Alcatel OneTouch Scribe HD bets a lot on its stylus-control feature meant to sketch and annotate over pictures -- but doesn“t specify if the stylus is included or not! Other than that, it sports a 5-inch HD (1280 x 720) display, along with a quad-core 1.2GHz MediaTek processor, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, an 8-megapixel camera that shoots 1080p videos, an SAR rating of 0.291, and a 2500mAh battery that Alcatel says lasts almost 21 days or 500 hours on standby. It comes with 2.4GB of user-available memory (expandable up to 32GB) and 1GB of RAM. Keep in mind that LTE capability is not available on all variants.

SAR-specific specifications:
  • Ear SAR Rating: 0.291
  • Body SAR Rating: 0.951
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#7. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Photo of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra.

Gallery: 6 more pictures

Average Rating:
87%

Description :

The Xperia Z Ultra is a 6.4-inch Android that boasts some of Sony“s signature display technologies. TRILUMINOS display and the Bravia Engine 2.0 are the front-liners, with a full HD resolution close behind. It also probably performs as well as other high-class smartphones with the 2.2GHz 4-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and the Adreno 330 GPU. Included in the package is a stylus pen complemented by a handwriting recognition technology for keeping quick notes ready.

SAR-specific specifications:
  • Ear SAR Rating: 1.01
  • Body SAR Rating: 1.54
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#8. 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 specifications:
  • Ear SAR Rating: 0.81
  • Body SAR Rating: 1.06
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#9. The ZTE Engage LT

ZTE Engage LT picture.

Gallery: 7 more pictures

Average Rating:
90%

Description :

The ZTE Engage LT is the downgraded version of the ZTE Engage. They both have a 4-inch touchscreen and a 1900mAh battery, but the processor and the camera were throttled down to 1GHz and 3.2-megapixel (from 1.4GHz and 8-megapixel). Like its big brother, the Engage LT also focuses on music with its Dolby Mobile-enhanced SRS WOW HD sound technology and the Muve Music download application. A 4GB Sandisk MicroSD card is included in the package.

SAR-related specs:
  • Ear SAR Rating: 0.975
  • Body SAR Rating: 1.49
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#10. 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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