Which Smartphones Emit The Most Radiation?

Group warns of smartphone radiation

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Motorola Droid, BlackBerry Bold 9700, LG Chocolate Touch and HTC Nexus One are pushing the limits of radiofrequency radiation safety limits set by the Federal Communications Commission, according to a new report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

The EWG says the ads and good ratings for those smartphones do not reveal they are some of the highest radiation emitters among the phones currently on the market.

The report found there are three new phones that emit significantly less radiation including Motorola Brute, Pantech Impact and Samsung Mythic.


"A number of health agencies around the world advise people to reduce exposures to cell phone radiation, driven by recent studies raising questions about the safety of this radiation, particularly for children," said Jane Houlihan, senior vice president for research at Environmental Working Group.

"That’s why it’s essential for consumers to have radiation output information before they purchase phones for themselves and their families."

EWG has updated its online consumer guide to cell phone radiation, launched last year, to cover the latest mobile devices. The guide contains information on more than 1,000 cell phones and smartphones available in the U.S.



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  • http://www.google.com/profiles/stav.zilbershtein Stav zilbershtein

    well if you want to be honest you are missing the iphone which is very high in radiation !
    and for you to know balckberry 8900 which is not mentioned here has a level of only 0.6 which makes it very low and perhaps the lowest in radiation.

  • http://kingtonlifeplasma.co.cc medic


    thanks for the great info, you have anything on Sony Ericsson k750? Is kinda old phone, just curious to find out.

  • http://gnampf.blogspot.com/ Gnampf

    Hi medic,

    have a look at

  • Andre

    Where is the full list? I’d like to check where my phone ranks (LG Eve)
    Thanks for a great article

  • http://www.homesforsalepinehurst.com/ Jeremy

    My Treo Palm Pro has a signal so strong it interferes with the radio in my Honda Pilot even when the radio is off. Sounds like a fax transmission.

  • PerthSV

    Stav, so much hate for the iPhone… In the list that can be ranked according to the US standards of emission the 1G iPhone ranked 976th, 2G 288th and the 3G ranked 672nd from a list of 1308 phones. In fact 16 Blackberrys rated worse than the worst of the iPhones.

  • http://web.me.com/mart_hill Martin Hill

    @Stav zilbershtein,

    Load of hogwash – the iPhone actually has a much lower SAR rating. The iPhone 3GS comes in at only 0.79 compared to the 1.55 to 1.58 of all the ones on the list above as you can see here:



  • http://www.alternativehealthwarehouse.com/ Nutrtional Supplements

    There are a number of people, including doctors, who believe that there will be a great increase in the incidence of cancer in the near future. I have to agree with this and think that we will begin to see many more people having cancer in the next 10 years. It is most likely that the radiation will cause mostly head and neck cancer but will also be responsible for cancer of other body systems as well.

  • Duane Koda

    Maybe after a rash of brain cancer develops near the area where people usually hold their cellular telephone a few might start to question the wisdom of irradiating your brain for hours on end with high powered RF radiation.

  • Guest

    The article starts with “Motorola Droid, BlackBerry Bold 9700, LG Chocolate Touch and HTC Nexus One are pushing the limits of radiofrequency radiation safety limits” but only the Blackberry 9700 is listed in the top 10.

    Curios as to why the author points out these three and (noticeably) left out the iPhone.

  • http://www.JoshRimer.com Josh

    The reason iPhone isn’t on there is because it’s lower in radiation than those ones – they’re the top 10. iPhone only goes up to 1.39

  • El Wyatt

    So give some context. What would a 1200W microwave emit? A flourescent bulb? A power line? How about some known cancer-causing radiators? A cell phone tower? Any known cases of cancer attributed to cell phones? I suspect the numbers cited are way below any real threat, but how can I really tell?

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