Cell phones have come a long way from a status symbol to that of a basic necessity in this era. Recent advancements have made it possible for cell phone users to access internet on the go, update their status and locations over social networking websites. But all of this luxury made available comes with a price and has been related to human health. Cell phones use microwave region wireless technology that emit electromagnetic radiation. A majority of the scientific research have concluded that over exposure to these kind of radiations may result in the cause of cancer in human beings. In short they have been proved to be carcinogenic.
In such circumstances the users must be precautionary as to which type of mobile phone to choose from the wide arrayavailable in the market. There are quite a few phones which emit minimal level but not negligible levels of radiation and there are those which emit the greatest. Here the 10 cell phones with the worst radiation levels are listed according to their SAR (specific absorption rate) levels
1. Motorola V195s
A smart looking flip phone with good battery life, made possible through its 1020mAh battery. The main feature that this cell phone provided was Bluetooth connectivity, which was a lacking point in the then lower end colour display phone segment. It was mp3 compatible and also was able to play mpeg4 video. A greater battery life, bluetooth connectivity, price and mp3 compatibility are the advantages of this phone. The poor speaker quality and no camera set this phone back. Priced at $49.99 it is a value for money mobile. The SAR level for this phone is at 1.59 W/kg.
2. Motorola Zine ZN5
The phone pulls off a great design and this time Motorola comes with a good mp3 player and memory card storage facility. The phone also features Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technologies. The phone comes in with a great mp3 player along with a superior camera. The looks and design are definitely worth the buy. The congested keypad and the errors occurring in image upload are major problems of the phone. The phone is priced at $119 and for the cool music this phone has no alternative. The SAR levels are at 1.59 W/kg.
3. Kyocera Jax S1300
A sleek design gives a rather low functionality phone very cool looks. If it’s just for making and receiving calls and messages Kyocera’s Jax S1300 is a viable option. Kyocera have made better phones but this particular model boasts of a GPS locator with the rest of the features being available to a bare minimum. The main problem with the phone is it has a small screen and does not support mp3 playback. But it has superior sound quality and a GPS locator worth trying. The SAR levels are at 1.59 W/kg.
4. Motorola P8767
A flip designed CDMA technology phone which limits itself to basic functionalities that are needed in a phone. The only attractive feature this phone has is an open wave browser and of course its price. The phone emits a SAR level of 1.55 W/kg for which this is definitely not worth buying.
5. Blackberry Curve 8330
A 3G enabled smartphone with a fully enabled QWERTY keyboard. The phone comes loaded with a 2 megapixel camera and in built GPS. Superior battery life has always been the traits of a blackberry device.The data services that the phone provides are the best in the market. Though a few websites are incompatible and the graphic quality needs to be improved this phone is definitely worth the buy. The SAR level of the phone is 1.55 W/kg which means it does emit high radiation levels.
6. Motorola W385
The Motorola W385 yet again is a flip phone which has a very sleek and sturdy look. The top of the flip displays time and music played. Also supports Bluetooth connectivity and mp3 playback. If the picture quality is put aside the phone has a very sleek design which puts it apart from the rest. But considering the high radiation levels much thought has to be put through before buying the phone. The SAR levels are at 1.54 W/kg for this phone.
7. T-Mobile Shadow
The smartphone in terms of its form factor would be categorised into a slider. The phone runs on windows mobile and it has an exceptional feature i.e. for the users to make calls using the Wi-Fi network through UMA support. It also has features like GPS. A very classy design and Wi-Fi put the phone in an attractive position. But the crammed up keyboard and the slow interface along with a SAR level of 1.54 W/kg one has to consider its side effects.
8. Motorola C290
Another flip phone from Motorola with basic functionalities is the Motorola C290. The key features that could be talked about in this phone are the speaker phone and the solid call quality. Performance, call quality and the speaker phone put the phone in an advantageous position but the keypad’s a con. The SAR level for the phone stands at 1.53 W/kg.
9. HTC Magic
The HTC Magic is a smart phone which runs on the Android operating system which enables it to provide the user with services from Google such as Gmail, YouTube and several other pre-installed apps that extend the functionalities of the phone. Good graphics and the applications that come along with Android OS are a real treat. But due to the huge screen the battery life is really low. The SAR level for the phone is 1.55 W/kg.
10. Blackberry Bold 9700
A true smartphone with all the features needed for a businessman. It has a QWERTY keyboard and is pre packed with GPS, 3G and others. It provides the user with the ability to check and send emails through the phone. Business email, data services, battery life almost make this phone seem like a mini laptop. But shifting from a simple phone to a blackberry will be something that needs a lot of usage. SAR levels are at 1.55 W/kg.