Sep 28 AT 12:22 PM Justin Shapcott 27 Comments

Android: So hot it’s radiating

As we all know, cellular phones emit radiation. But have you ever wondered where certain phones fall in the radiation spectrum? Recently, the Environmental Working Group (a non-profit organization which aims to “use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment”) published to their website a listing that allows you to lookup the radiation rating for your phone.

The site includes over 1000 models of regular and smart phones currently on the market and another list of phones not currently on the market. This appears to be limited to phones available in the U.S. and on major carriers, so it is probably missing some things.

So, I am sure you are all wondering just where our beloved Android phones end up. You’re in luck, I’ve done the hard work and found out the only Android phones on the list are those currently available in the U.S. So how do the T-Mobile G1 and MyTouch 3G stack up?

  • T-Mobile G1: 1.11 W/kg (About average)
  • T-Mobile myTouch 3G: 1.55 W/kg (The highest recorded on the list)

To get some perspective, the lowest radiation rating on the market today arrives in the Samsung Impression at a whopping 0.15 to 0.35 W / kg. But what about other popular smart phones?

  • Blackberry Storm: 0.57 W/kg
  • iPhone 3GS: 0.52 to 1.19 W/kg
  • iPhone 3G: 0.24 to 1.39 W/kg
  • Palm Pre: 0.92 W/kg

It would be interesting to see how the other Android phones stack up to see if it has anything to do with Android or if it is strictly HTC. Other HTC phones appear to fare much better than their Android-bearing counterparts.

Justin is the founder of and lead developer at nEx.Software.

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  • phi

    This actually made me back away from wanting a myTouch. I mean, sure there isn’t any proof the radiation is harmful, but why tempt fate?

    • toots

      yeah, and why not wear tin foil on your head and shout,”Jesus is in my pants!”

      • Dan

        HAHA. I have to use that sometime.

      • Todd A

        I love Android technology, and I love programming for Android handsets, but, hold on to your socks, I love Jesus more. And, to flippantly throw around such disparaging remarks, when close to 90% of Americans say they believe in God, is just irresponsible. The Android community is pretty cool, but, remember, when you throw around that crap, the odds are vastly against you.

        • Beau

          Believing in God does not automatically equal believing in Jesus.

        • Poningru Yoko

          welcome to the internet, not everyone here is an ‘american’ whatevertf that means

        • http://none jake

          aw calm down it was a simply silly joke. no need to get super religious bent out of shape.

        • Ash

          What makes you think Toots is from the USA. Also, Christians make up only a third of the world’s population, and the majority of them are “non-practicing”. I doubt there are any surveys of the Android community’s beliefs, but I suspect they are generally more tolerant than you seem to be.

        • Dave

          Is it still irresponsible if Jesus really is in his pants? I mean, if it’s not true, sure, that seems irresponsible… but what if?

          Oh and what if Jesus is merely trying to get in my pants? Can I shout then? Or do I really need to wait until entry is achieved?

          • Todd A

            @Beau – Good point, but most would at least recognize Jesus as a person of significance.
            @Poiningru – I thought of that after I wrote it, and certainly didn’t mean to offend like appending “tf” to otherwise perfectly good words.
            @Ash – I don’t know where you got your “non-practicing” stats from, but either way, tolerance IS good. And, despite my own beliefs I wouldn’t want to see other religious figures defamed either. I work with people of widely varying belief systems, and even if I don’t believe the way they do, I still try to respect their beliefs.
            @Dave – You seem to have the capacity to entertain some fairly unlikely scenarios. Maybe you can entertain the thought that technological prowess doesn’t necessarily preclude spiritual involvement. And if that possibility exists, maybe it’s just a good idea to steer clear of the flagrantly offensive speech patterns, and focus on how Android gets to the next level ?

            C’mon people, funny doesn’t have to be hateful.

        • Rev. Spaminator

          Jesus?! He still owes me money! Besides, Jesus doesn’t get into pants. He has that whole foot thing going on.

      • Rev. Spaminator

        In case anyone is wondering about tinfoil hats, here is a write up of some tests that were done a few years ago…

        • Dan

          So not valid. Aluminum is not tin!

      • Dan

        Uh, just because we don’t understand how it might affect us doesn’t mean it doesn’t. We know it isn’t ionizing radiation. But can you really prove there isn’t other mechanisms that could affect us? Really? Since this sort of thing is entirely new in the history of human existence, a little bit of caution is warranted. Without tin foil.

  • Justin Shapcott

    I don’t blame you, I just might start using my G1 again. Now, to really put this in perspective… Your standard Lithion Ion battery (such as the one that powers your laptop) is about 340 W/kg…

  • Frosty Goodness

    Holy cr*p! :( Im suddenly afraid of my phone. I’d trade it for a cliq if I wasnt locked into subsidy.

  • jay_cee

    This has nothing to do with Android or the operating system. It is simply a function of the various radio amplifiers (3G, 802.11, etc) and where the manufacturer put the antennas. Some manufactures put the antennas right next to your head and others put them on the back of the phone (which will shield your head to a certain degree).

  • Mark

    You should also mention that another hugely popular smart phone – the Blackberry curve, is 1.50W/kg.

    Also the maximum radiation rating allowed in North America is 1.6W/kg where as in Europe its 2.0W/kg, and there are phones that surpass the HTC Magic.

    So whether 1.5 is bad or not is relative to where you would buy it.

  • 4D4M

    you’re really going to use a different phone based on a small amount of radiation that isn’t harmful? I’ve never based a purchase on the levels of radiation it emits before, and I don’t plan on doing it now just because androidandme posted an article measuring it.

    • Justin Shapcott

      It is extremely unlikely that I will switch back to my G1 because of the minimal difference in the radiation between the two.

  • Jeff Brandt

    It also depends on the freq. if harmful.

  • Emil Eriksson

    According to Wikipedia, the HTC Hero (at least the real European one) has 1.1 W/kg which is lower than all of the iPhones.

  • rowi

    The Samsung Galaxy has an SAR rating of 0.607. You also have to note that this value is determined at maximum power output. At least GSM Networks give the phone instructions to use less energy if their signal is too strong which is the case nearly everywhere in europe and I guess also in the U.S. besides very rural areas. So the SAR value for most people is a very academical value.
    The SAR value is a mandatory information in europe.

  • jd

    what public health? it has never been proved radiation causes anythinh or all living creatures would have extincted by now

  • Yohan

    My HTC Magic made me bald!

  • webby

    This is another scam — just like man-made glowbull warmring. The Leftist goobermint-loving freedom-hating types, don’t like us peasants all having cell phones, staying in touch with each other, and the internet. So they push this radiation crapola to try to scare the public away from their cell phones, and/or to push legislation to restrict their use. Capiche?

    Just ignore the “sky is falling” envirowacko crowd in each and every case. They are always lying and they have an agenda to take away your freedoms.

  • tw3k

    Thanks man, don’t wanna rad ma nutz!