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Top 10 Best American Low-sar Phones 2014



This top rated low-SAR American 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 American 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 American phones that meet these critieria are then presented from the top rated to the lowest rated cell phone.

* By the way, this low-sar phone best-of also exists for all countries (includes all phones).

#1. The Samsung Gusto 3

Description :

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-related features:
  • Ear SAR Rating: 0.53
  • Body SAR Rating: 0.63
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#2. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Samsung Galaxy Alpha picture.

Average Rating:
76.7%
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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 features:
  • Ear SAR Rating: 1.18
  • Body SAR Rating: 0.37
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#3. The Samsung ATIV SE

Description :

The sequel to the Samsung ATIV S, the ATIV SE features upgrades from its predecessor such as a quad-core 2.3Ghz processor (from a dual-core 1.5Ghz) using 2GB of RAM. It adds a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel Full HD main display (the ATIV S had a 4.8-inch 720p) along with its 13-megapixel rear-facing camera that could record videos in 1080p and a 2-megapixel front camera which can be used for dual recording (add yourself in the picture).

It also offers LTE support, 16GB of on board memory and a 2,600 mAh battery that can reportedly yield a talk time of up to 23 hours.

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#4. 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.

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#5. The LG G Vista

Description :

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.

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#6. The LG G2

A picture of the LG G2.

Gallery: 5 more pictures

Average Rating:
85.6%

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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#7. The Motorola Droid Mini

A picture of the Motorola Droid Mini.

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Average Rating:
77.5%

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.

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#8. The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

A picture of the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini.

Gallery: 7 more pictures

Average Rating:
79.8%

Description :

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 specifications:
  • Ear SAR Rating: 0.33
  • Body SAR Rating: 0.32
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#9. 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.

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#10. The Samsung Ativ S Neo

Photo of the Samsung Ativ S Neo.

Gallery: 5 more pictures

Average Rating:
75%

Description :

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-specific specifications:
  • Ear SAR Rating: 0.98
  • Body SAR Rating: 0.94
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