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SAR explained: here is the radiation level of top smartphones (iPhone 6 compared with competition)

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SAR explained: here is the radiation level of top smartphones (iPhone 6 compared with competition)

Have you heard about SAR? The acronym stands for Specific Absorption Rate and relates to the radiation exposure levels of electronic devices. It’s an important measurement for human health and that’s why all phones undergo careful evaluation of their SAR by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States.

SAR explained: here is the radiation level of top smartphones (iPhone 6 compared with competition)
The legal limit for a device to pass testing is 1.6 watts per kilogram (W/kg), averaged over one gram of tissue, and interestingly enough many of the top-rated smartphones out there approach it dangerously closely.

One such barely legal device is the Apple iPhone 6. Did you know that SAR levels for the iPhone 6 are merely .01 below the legal 1.6 W/kg limit? While technically it is under the threshold, we’d definitely be more reassured if Apple’s newest big thing had lower levels of SAR. Is there an explanation for this? We’d guess that it might have something to do with the iPhone 6’s record number of LTE bands, but take this as merely an educated guess.

And did you know that you can check the SAR for any smartphone on PhoneArena.com? Just type in the name of the device in our search bar, select the specification page for that phone, click ‘TO SEE THE FULL SPECIFICATIONS WITH IN-DEPTH DETAILS CLICK HERE’ (located right below the availability tab). That’s all it takes!

SAR explained: here is the radiation level of top smartphones (iPhone 6 compared with competition)

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posted on 05 Oct 2014, 16:06 54

1. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Apple puts the SAR up near the limit as it nearly impossible to fry the "brain" of an iZombie.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 16:36 20

14. dimas (Posts: 1975; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Hail the king of phone radiation. I wonder what are the SAR scores of the previous iPhone models? Oh right, no need to see it iZombies are proof enough.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 21:13

58. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Pong makes a case that reduces the EMF exposure to about 1/3 of what is produced without the case. Unfortunately, no RF-reducing case from Pong as yet. Pong reduces the SAR for the 5 by 5X from the legal max SAR limit:http://www.pongcase.com/shop/apple/iphone-cases/pong-rugged-case-for-iphone-5-gold-reveal.html

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 21:52 1

59. rfsafe (Posts: 5; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)


Don’t get played by Pong cases, cell phone radiation is no game -- SAR testing can only guard aganst hazards caused by heat. Heat isn't even the issue as health effects are proven at below thermal levels. You need a phone case that blocks radiation, not just lowers SAR levels. You can lower SAR hundreds times more than the Pong case simply by iPhone users changing to a Galaxy Note device. Do a search on Pong Case vs RF Safe Case

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 23:33

65. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Taking your claims at face value, it seems that the RF Safe case only provides protection with the flip cover in place (covering the screen of the phone). I don't know many smartphone users who keep a flip cover in place when taking a call. The cover gets opened to see who is calling and then the cover remains opened to take the call.

Net-net, it seems the protection is negated by normal use.

Better to buy a phone with low radiation output if radiation exposure is a concern. Or, use ear buds or other means of reducing the exposure.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 02:51

71. rfsafe (Posts: 5; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)


Most smartphone users don't have to look at the screen after answering the call. Close the shielded flip cover to keep microwave shielding between the user and device! Nothing works better really! Great for when carried in your pocket too! See videos online of people testing RF Safe cases with and RF meter. You either do or don't want to be exposed to it, if you don't, good options for protection are available.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 18:45 5

33. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


NOW JUST IMAGINE:
If some Galaxy flagship phone was barely legal like iPhone6???????
WOW,WOW WOW
There would be such a noise, and saliva over Samsung, in the tech media.....even on the central news of all popular TV channels......every day....until they make ppl scared to even touch Samsung's phone.
Right?????

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 18:47

35. Ninetysix (Posts: 2340; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Nope. Apple articles > Samsung articles.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 20:28 6

50. JMartin22 (Posts: 1940; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


What do you expect? Zombies come in droves.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 20:30 1

51. Ninetysix (Posts: 2340; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


LOL What??? Apple articles are mostly swarmed by Fandroids. They are the ones posting the most in those articles.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 20:33 1

53. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


And vice versa.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 21:03 3

56. JMartin22 (Posts: 1940; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Not true, we retort the ridiculousness that you guys like to spew. Thank goodness for open debating and roastings.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 19:21 7

45. TheMoltenD (Posts: 109; Member since: 13 Jul 2014)


Samsung phones are actually praised for their low SARs value.

posted on 07 Oct 2014, 08:32

78. Calde (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Oct 2014)


Funny you should mention that. From Samsung's own website, they actually do have a version of the Galaxy S5 that is barely legal.

samsung.com/sar/sarMain?site_cd=&prd_mdl_name=SM-G​900R4&selNatCd=US&languageCode=EN

Mind you, not all of the versions have this high of a rating. I also find it strange there is such a significant difference in SAR rating between different S5 versions. Regardless, several of their models run on the hairy edge as well.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 23:32

64. shuaibhere (Posts: 1983; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Stop this guys...
Let's say if your fav phone has high SAR rating...will it stop you from buying it???
I bet 95% will not care...i know it is bad....but don't make such a big issue of it...blackberries too have high SAR..but no one cares...
If anyone who cares about this it should iphone users...not us...

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 16:10 9

2. DogeShibe (Posts: 1111; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


'top smartphones (iPhone 6 compared with Competition)'

Really PA?

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 16:11 7

4. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


iPhone 6 = Attention grabber, and for a title of a website like this you need attention grabbers to get more clicks.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 16:31 4

11. seanwhat (Posts: 280; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


one step away from clickbait

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 16:43

19. DogeShibe (Posts: 1111; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Lol remember iPhone in heaven :D

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 18:52 2

36. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Can you stop with this BS over and over again???
There will be even MORE clicks if the headline was :

"Note 3/4 and even the other top smartphones have less SAR than iPhone 6"
or:
"iPhone6 is barely legal , for the health of the users"

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 16:10 17

3. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Why is there an iPhone 6 image on the Galaxy S5's SAR? FAIL.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 19:14 5

42. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Product placement ;)

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 16:16 1

5. lighttjedii (banned) (Posts: 24; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)


I'm still going to enjoy my iPhone

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 16:22 16

9. Finalflash (Posts: 2795; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


No one said you couldn't, it just won't be for too long.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 16:31 3

10. Ninetysix (Posts: 2340; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Does the SAR level go up the more you use the iPhone?

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 16:38 11

15. dimas (Posts: 1975; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Yes it will. The longer you make calls, the more heat will be applied to your ear making you more susceptible to the radiation. But don't worry, iFans will ignore every scientific data as crap because hey, it's apple.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 16:42

17. Ninetysix (Posts: 2340; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


http://www.sardatabase.com/apple/

http://cellphones.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=003054
Can you list some studies of these studies? I'm curious.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 23:02 1

62. rfsafe (Posts: 5; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)


The Interphone, Hardell and the recently concluded CERENAT studies in France have all pointed towards a common risk to increased brain cancer. This is why the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). WHO has classified electromagnetic frequency radiation emitted by cellphone, cell towers and wi-fi as category 2(B) or possibly carcinogenic.

According to the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada, brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer death in children under the age of 20, now surpassing acute lymphoblastic leukemia. They are the third leading cause of cancer death in young adults ages 20-39

Is it already happening?

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 22:44 2

61. rfsafe (Posts: 5; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)


Guess that could depend on if the iPhone users bottom puts more than 70 pounds of force on the phone. A bent iPhone can cause its microwave transmitter to utilize maximum output power; possibly exceeding safe RF Radiation levels whenever an iPhone’s antenna is either deformed or broken.

Just more bad news for iPhone users stuck with a flimsily iPhone. On a more serious Note, the Galaxy Note series are much stronger than the iPhones and produce much lower SAR levels. iPhone isn’t the device for a Healthkit App yet, at least until Apple can start making the iPhone suitable for health conscious users!

But to answer your question, yes the iPhones thermal levels of microwave radiation will contiune to increase SAR levels the longer you use your phone. Duration of exposure is a factor when simulated SAR values are calculated.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 18:58 3

37. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Of course. Your brains izombies, are already fried . Check out how is the SAR level of the older iphones, too. LOL
That's the way they(Apple) incubate you.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 16:19 3

6. gorkapr (Posts: 73; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


why the GS5 description have a iphone 6 photo?

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 17:16

23. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


bcoz GS5 is a head to head competitor of ip6

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 20:43 1

55. Settings (Posts: 1501; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Because PA editors are lame and lazy. Not proof reading at all.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 16:19 6

7. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


iPhones will always have the highest SAR rating, even from the 4 all the way to the 6. iRadiation, our newest innovation.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 16:20

8. darkvadervip (Posts: 365; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


Just use a Bluetooth

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 17:23 4

25. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


lolz... just use bluetooth? as if bluetooth doesnt have any radiation.... plz read the Sar level of a bluetooth device... the safest are ear phones, just magnetic waves which may cause mood swings only after prolonged use

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 16:32 1

12. DirtyDan23 (Posts: 279; Member since: 12 Aug 2014)


Apparently iPhone 6=galaxy s5?

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 16:32 9

13. dimas (Posts: 1975; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


1.59 for iPhone. Now I know which is frying most people's brains.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 17:04 1

22. AlikMalix (Posts: 5238; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Did you eg note that other phones are right up there with the iPhone - it's not like other flagships are completely zero. I guess your brain is frying too.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 17:26 5

26. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


is that a justification to defend highest SAR level of iphone? thats sad

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 17:30 1

28. Ninetysix (Posts: 2340; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


You're worrying about something that's not an issue. The limit in Europe is 2.0. Moto Droid Maxx and and Droid Ultra had higher levels than iP6.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 17:35 1

30. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


gosh, I dont have any of these :D

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 18:14 1

32. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Links please?????

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 18:46

34. Ninetysix (Posts: 2340; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


http://cellphones.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=003054

In the United States, the SAR for mobile phones must be less than or equal to1.6 W/kg.
In Europe, the SAR limit for mobile phones is 2.0 W/kg.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 19:03 2

38. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


No
I meant links about:
"Droid Maxx and and Droid Ultra had higher levels than iP6."

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 19:11 2

41. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


And didn't see your link to say about EU.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 19:20

44. Ninetysix (Posts: 2340; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Droid MAXX
http://tinyurl.com/pg24k6h

Page 3 of RF Exposure Test 1
Simultaneous SAR 1.60

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 16:41

16. darkkjedii (Posts: 20085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Get a Bluetooth guys, regardless of what you use. I use my LG Tone Pro, with both of my phones.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 17:28 3

27. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


darkk, as if a bluetooth doesnt have any radiation? OMG :D
ear phones are the safest

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 19:04

39. darkkjedii (Posts: 20085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Not as much though

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 19:24 4

46. TheMoltenD (Posts: 109; Member since: 13 Jul 2014)


"Bluetooth Headset use has been linked to :
blindness
deafness
brain tumors
neck pain/stiffness
skin rashes
headaches"

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 19:55 3

49. plumix (Posts: 70; Member since: 28 Aug 2014)


I got neck pain and headaches when i use my bluetooth. So I take my ear buds instead

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 09:21

81. darek100_1989 (Posts: 6; Member since: 22 Oct 2014)


Information spreaded by companies who sells emf protection. Why mobile phone which have far more at least 100 times radiation power dont cause massive blindness? Radars lead to cataracts in WWII but this was due heating effect. Please dont spread quackery. I wonder why people copy everything they see and dont even check this, start think.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 16:43 8

18. TheNeighbor (Posts: 219; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Amazing. It's mass psychosis that's driving people to buy iPhones. It has less features, highest SAR ratings, least innovations and yet people just gobble it up.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 16:57 6

20. AlikMalix (Posts: 5238; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Hold on, hold on: 1.6w/kg is the limit exposed by law - it's not the limit that a human body can or cannot handle.

An SAR of at least 4 W/kg is needed to produce known adverse health effects in people exposed to RF fields in this frequency range. And just for example if you ever had a sun burn (of course you did) Exposure to over 1000 W/m2 (per square meter) are known to produce adverse health effects, such as eye cataracts and skin burns. My point is - you expose yourself to 100th of times more radiation just by standing/walking in the sun.

I cannot defend apple being at the highest - but Cudos for the article to make everyone aware of exposure levels.

I'll just let Apple haters crucify Apple in this regard since it's obvious Apple is a looser in this race.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 17:03

21. darkkjedii (Posts: 20085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


They're gonna eat this news up lol.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 17:19 2

24. TechFreak123 (Posts: 85; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


Those numbers seems really not true. I know for a fact (from the instructions I got with my S5) that it has a SAR of around 0.56 W/kg.

Maybe its because I leave in Europe where there seems like the SAR levels of same phones are lower than the SAR levels in the US.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 17:31

29. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


as far as I know, european standards are more strict than american stands... for example, there are far more quake vitamins and supplements companies in Usa than in europe

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 17:42

31. TechFreak123 (Posts: 85; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


Then I guess the reason for lower SAR levels in Europe is due to better Antennas quality.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 19:17

43. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Or, lower power output to the antenna.

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