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 Samsung Gusto 3
The Gusto 3 succeeds the previous Gusto models from Samsung, retaining the convenience of a large and simple UI and a one-touch speakerphone button. The new version runs a Qualcomm QSC6055 192Mhz processor and a 1000mAh battery deemed able to yield 771 hours of stand-by time (roughly a month) Its flip lid sports a 1-inch external display (showing the time and notifications) and a 1.3-megapixel camera for snapping quick pictures on the go. The M3/T3 hearing aid ratings and its expanded array of fonts also add to the convenience of Samsung“s third attempt in the Gusto series.SAR-specific specifications:
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#2. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha
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 features:
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#3. 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 features:
#4. The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom
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:
#5. 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 features:
#6. The LG G Pro Lite Dual
The LG G Pro Lite Dual has a large display (5.5 inches), a large battery (3140mAh), - and average everything else. It runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor, and its display resolution is 960 x 540 (200ppi). It comes with an 8-megapixel backside-illuminated camera, dual speakers courtesy of LG“s Dual Sound Technology, and of course, dual-sim support. It also comes with a stylus that LG calls a productive stylus - which left us wondering if the stylus actually does the work for us - and is preloaded with some standard LG applications like the QuickRemote, the QSlide multitasking app, and the QuickMemo note-taking and sharing app.SAR-specific specifications:
#7. The Nokia Lumia 635
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 specifications:
#8. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra
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:
#9. The LG G Vista
Adding to LG“s high-end family of Android phablets is the 5.7-inch IPS G Vista. Just like the G3, its special keys are found along the camera at the back, giving it ambidextrous use and smoother sides. It sports an 8-megapixel rear camera (1.3-megapixel selfie cam) that has the same laser autofocus innovation as the G3 as well. Some of its display and multitasking apps include the Mini View, QSlide, QuickMemo as well as the Dual-Window mode. The Vista apparently looks to capture the high-end market with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor 1.5GB RAM and 8GB expandable on-board memory.SAR-specific specifications:
#10. 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 specifications:
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