Top 10 Best American Low-sar Phones 2014
This top rated 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).
#1. The Samsung ATIV SE
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.SAR-related features:
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#2. The Alcatel OneTouch Scribe HD
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:
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#3. 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 features:
#4. 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-related specs:
#5. 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-related specs:
#6. 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:
#7. The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
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-related features:
#8. The LG Lucid 3
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.SAR-related features:
#9. 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 features:
#10. The LG Enact
Along with a beefed-up 2460mAh battery and a rare slide-out QWERTY keyboard (most new smartphones are touch only), the LG Enact offers a Starter Mode interface which is designed to ease in smartphone neophytes (and a Standard Mode for power users). It also comes with the standard mid-range fare: 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS, dual core 1.2 GHz processor (with an Adreno graphic processor), 1 GB of RAM, 8GB memory, 5-megapixel camera (with a 1920 x 1080 video recorder), and a 4-inch TFT screen. With these modest features, it should sit comfortably well among the second-tier Android phones.SAR-related specs:
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