This best low-SAR American phone list doesn't only list low-SAR phones, it shows the top phones in that category.
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:
The best American 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).
* By the way, this low-sar phone best-of also exists for all countries (includes all phones).
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.
Verizon's HTC-made Desire 612 is a low-budget Android that gives access to the carrier's 4G XLTE network. This 4.7-inch model comes with the classic HTC mix, including BoomSound for audio and the personalized BlinkFeed news feed feature. It also comes with the Zoe photo and video editing app, which might make making highlights for your captures more convenient. The Desire 612 sports 8- and a 1.3-megapixel cameras, and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor under the hood. Its 2040mAh battery and 8GB internal memory are quite decent for a budget HTC model.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The ZTE Grand X is likely more affordable compared to other models in the same series. It comes with the Quick Charge feature, which they say improves charging speed by up to 40%, for its battery rated at 2300mAh. It also brings an audio enhancement feature of its own in ZTE's SRS TruMedia technology, perhaps an answer to the popular BoomSound (HTC) and Dolby Surround Sound (Sony, among others). Its 5-inch qHD display is fronted by a Corning Gorilla Glass panel, but is seems to keep a pretty modest performance with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and only 1GB of RAM.
Samsung's Gear S is a late 2014 addition to the Korean brand's Tizen-operated smart wearables, packing mobile essentials, such as SMS, Bluetooth, and WiFi (3G) inside a 2-inch curved Super AMOLED package.
Like several others in the Gear smartwatch family, its specs are led by the S Health app suite, which oversees your fitness-oriented activities, and the S Voice app that allows you to navigate its interface hands-free. The Gear S comes with an array of sensors, including a UV light detector, an e-compass, and a heart rate monitor. It is available in either a strap- or bangle-type form.
The LG Optimus F3Q promises speedy typing with its QWERTY keyboard that enables the Write & Share function (allows access to the messaging screen even without launching an app) when slid down. The dual-core 1.2GHz Android smartphone also comes with a 2460mAh battery that has a talk time of 960 minutes or 16 hours, a 4-inch 800 x 480 TFT screen, a 5-megapixel camera, a 1GB RAM, and a 1.11GB end-user memory that can be expanded up to 32GB.
Alcatel's sequel to the entry-level Fierce (4.5 inches) has roughly similar specs, but a slightly larger 5-inch qHD display. The Fierce 2 runs on a quad-core processor clocked in at 1.2GHz, with 1GB worth of RAM helping it along. Its internal memory stands at a basic 4GB. Imaging-wise, it banks on a 5-megapixel main camera, with a pretty dated VGA front-facing sidekick. Its 2000mAh battery promises up to six hours of calling time (3G) and about 14 days on standby -- pretty decent for an entry-level Android.
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