I’m about due for a phone upgrade.
I haven’t made my mind up whether it’ll be iPhone or Android. Some will have very strong views on these. I’ll make up my mind closer to purchase time, but meanwhile there are some other factors I’m considering.
All phones emit radio waves. Some more than others.
- Nokia N95 (Type RM-160) (2009-) 0.72 W/kg
- Nokia 6230i (Type RM-72) (2006-2009) 0.70 W/kg
- Nokia 6100 (Type NPL-2) (2004-2006) 0.60 W/kg
- Nokia 6210 (I think this would have been 2002-2004) — I’m not sure precisely which model variant. 0.75-0.91 W/kg
I’m not clear on why different model variants would vary so much in their output.
According to Wikipedia, the US standard dictates an SAR level of 1.6 or below; the EU standard is 2 or below.
Most other brands seem to have web sites, but CNet has a big list of lots of brands. If you were wondering, most of the recent iPhones have SARs of above 1.0 W/kg, as do many of the other Smartphones from the likes of HTC and Samsung, it appears.
I try not to get paranoid about such things, because it doesn’t seem like there has been a proven link to health problems. But equally, sometimes my ear is hot when I get off the phone, which just seems wrong. It’s probably a good idea to minimise your exposure.
The other thing I’m on the lookout for with my next new phone appears trickier: which Android or iPhone earns Telstra’s blue tick for good reception in rural areas? My current Nokia N95 earned the tick, and gets a good signal even in far flung places like M’s parents’ farm, which lesser phones have trouble with.