Is Your Cell Phone on the Danger List?

Nicole Fabian-Weber
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monk on cell phoneThe World Health Organization recently sent everyone under the sun into a tizzy over the connection between cellphones and brain cancer -- even though we already knew such a link existed. Or does it?

Conclusive evidence is yet to be shown that cellphone use is harmful to your health. There are some studies that have found a possible link between long-term celly use and brain tumors and decreased sperm count. But then there's other research that has found no such link. Either way, it's probably best to err on the side of caution, right?

In addition to doing things like limiting cell use, using a headset, avoiding sleeping with an active phone near your head or under your pillow, and not making calls in areas with a weak signal (some research suggests phones emit more radiation during those times), you can use the proper cellphone.

Check out the five most -- and least -- dangerous cellphones. Let the panicking (or rejoicing) begin.

The boring science of it works like this: The FCC has been tracking Radio Frequency (RF) levels in phones for a while now (thanks for the heads up, guys) using what's called a Specific Absorption Rate (SAR). Math, math, math. Science, science, science. The higher the SAR score on a phone, the worse it is for you. CNET published a great list with the scores of a bazillion phones. We thought we'd keep it simple and give you the 5 highest and lowest SAR-scored phones. (Note that some of these only have a .01 difference, so don't go into a full-fledged panic attack if your phone is higher up on the list!)

Here are the phones with the 5 highest SAR scores:

  • #1 Motorola Bravo, SAR Score: 1.59
  • #2 Motorola Droid 2 Global, SAR Score: 1.58
  • #3 Sony Ericsson Satio (Idou), SAR Score: 1.56
  • #4 Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro, SAR Score: 1.55
  • #4 (Tie) Kyocera Jax S1300, SAR Score: 1.55

iPhone and BlackBerry users, you can sigh with relief.

And here are the 5 phones with the lowest SAR scores:

  • #1 Samsung Blue Earth, SAR Score: 0.196
  • #2 Samsung Infuse 4G, SAR Score: 0.2
  • #3 Samsung Acclaim, SAR Score: 0.29
  • #4 Samsung Replenish, SAR Score: 0.3
  • #5 Huawei Ideos X5, SAR Score: 0.34
  • #5 T-Mobile Sidekick 4G, SAR Score: 0.34

iPhone and BlackBerry users, since you didn't make the 'not-so dangerous' list, either, you can panic now.

Is your phone on the list? Are there any phones on the list that you considered buying that you won't now?

 

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