Apple iPhone emits three time the radiation as the Samsung Galaxy S III?

Apple iPhone emits three time the radiation as the Samsung Galaxy S III?
Remember those days when everyone was concerned about the health hazards of using a cellphone? Worries about brain tumors even led to regulations in San Francisco that would force handset retailers to post specific radiation numbers for each model for sale. That order was later rescinded, but for some people, the fear remains. Some believe that the danger of developing tumors from a mobile phone can be measured by the SAR or specific absorption rate which is supposed to measure how much radiation your body is receiving from a handset. The lower the number, the safer you are believed to be.

A company called tawkon produced an infograph that shows the amount of radiation emanating from different handset models. According to tawkon, an Apple iPhone releases three times the amount of radiation as the amount emitted by the Samsung Galaxy S III. The company offered an app for the App Store that would warn Apple iPhone users when radiation levels from their device were getting dangerously high.

About a year after we originally wrote about the app, Apple removed the app from the App Store saying that there was no interest in the app. At the time, there was a question of whether that was the real reason for tawkon's removal from the online applications store. After all, senior Apple executives had given high marks to the app's functionality and looks and had even helped the developers get the app through API restrictions and into the App Store. Some believe that Apple had forced the removal of tawkon because it did not present the Apple iPhone in the best light.

The good news is that the app lives on in the  Google Play Store where Android users can be warned when the radiation on their phone is too high. It is a free app available for users of Android 2.1 and higher.

source: Google Play Store via Phandroid

Related phones

iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)

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55 Comments

1. Aeires unregistered

So Apple can delete apps because they think they aren't downloaded/used enough? Complain about Google's market all you want, things like that don't happen with Android.

2. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

yeah!! what loosers! they removed bit defender app just for stating that around 40% of apps leak privacy!

3. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

I believe this to be 100% accurate because ever since I've started using an iPhone 4S my hair has been falling out; I never had that happen on my DROID RAZR or Android.

11. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

i believe you inherit your being bald from your father! it's hereditary

26. EvoHero

Posts: 38; Member since: May 15, 2011

Mother, actually.

4. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Hmm an app that tells you how apples phones is actually shielded far less effectively from radiation that a rival phone gets deleted.....sounds like apple covering up again. The iPhone could be emitting more radiation or perhaps the extra radiation is actually brainwaves apple is sending out to control ifans......i wonder!

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

+1 for the lol.

9. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Also the Apple stickers that people happily place on their cars are needed to control ifans! Who owns one is doomed.

6. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Radio Toxic Apples

23. SleepingOz unregistered

You're holding it too close!

7. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1247; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

OH... Like a Zombie, iPhone wants to eat/fry human brain...

8. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

"Some believe that Apple had forced the removal of tawkon because it did not present the Apple iPhone in the best light" This is a problem with Apple...they'll remove a app...just because it may warn user for high radiation...APPLE SHOULD FIX IPHONE INSTEAD. Also, It explains why iFans behave like f**ktards!

10. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

I don't have to say anything, the current comments on this page already do.

18. chuckster123

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

you just did say something

22. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

har har

12. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

inspired by nature helps...humans..u see...:P

13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

well.. that explains all the iZombies.. radiation over exposure. Apple removed yet ANOTHER app that didnt make apple seem like the cream of the crop? go figure. Anyone else remember the "cellphone story" or whatever that app was called.. lol they didnt like that one bit.

14. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Wow the iPhone is dangerous to your health iRadiation? Btw I'm surprised they used the DROID 4 instead of the DROID RAZR. I'm guessing they give off the same radiation.

15. CellieCell

Posts: 150; Member since: Apr 14, 2010

I don't understand how a cellphone can read radiation levels emanating from your handset, if it could do that than couldn't it detect radiation? Someone please enlighten me. Thank you.

20. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'm assuming it's calculating it from the amount of power the radio is drawing, and/or the signal level (bars). I'm sure the iPhone does not have a Geiger counter integrated. (But I'm sure Apple has a patent for it.)

16. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

What more can u expect from a phone made in CHINA ?

21. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Lead paint?

17. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

"Some believe that Apple had forced the removal of tawkon because it did not present the Apple iPhone in the best light." This! They are working slavishly to maintain the RDF. Just like their recent debacle with the brief withdrawal from the EPEAT standards reviews. They made some claims about a different design direction but what it all comes down to is they were afraid they wouldn't receive a high review. Just as the highly suspect removal of the Bitdefender app as mentioned above. It all comes down to fear. Fear is the motivator of their actions nowadays. All the petty lawsuits? Fear. Apple is afraid of having to compete.

36. Aeires unregistered

Apple is afraid of losing the mobile war like they did the computer war. Steve hinted about that when he made the comment about the OG iPhone being patented. We are seeing this just about every day.

19. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's actually Hawking radiation emitted from the event horizon of the Reality Distortion Field. It's very similar to the phenomenon predicted by physics at the boundary of a black hole. It's caused by outside information entering the field being destroyed, and reassembled in a fashion that won't upset the balance of anyone existing inside the field. ;-)

32. smartphonemad

Posts: 42; Member since: Jul 10, 2012

That's what I was going to say ;)

24. JessJess unregistered

Often wondered how safe the iPhone antenna design was. I mean, the fact that your hands are in physical contact with it at all times (well unless you have a case but im talking about it in its natural state).

27. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Even more intriguing is that the iPhone 4$ has two of these antenna types,double the possibilty

46. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

all smartphones have 2 antennas as far as I know. Most just have them at the same point (top or bottom) and not wrapped the entire way around the phone without any kind of grounding. .lol

51. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

It is not only about physical contact.

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