Earlier this week the World Health Organization announced cell phones pose a risk of causing brain cancer.
It turns out that the FCC has been tracking radio frequency levels in cell phones all along using what’s called a Specific Absorption Rate score.
SAR scores measure how much a phone’s RF is absorbed by the human body when held to the ear. The higher the score, the higher the absorption rate. (And that’s bad.)
In order for a phone to be approved by the FCC, its SAR score can’t be higher than 1.6 watts per kilogram.
The following is the list of the 20 phones with the highest SAR scores. Keep in mind they are all under the limit set by the FCC, so there’s no need to freak out. But if you’re really worried about this kind of stuff, it’s good to know.
#19 Motorola i576, SAR Score: 1.45
#19 Kyocera X-tc, SAR Score: 1.45
Image: Virgin Mobile
#18 Kyocera Wild Card M1000, SAR Score: 1.46
#16 Motorola Atrix 4G, SAR Score: 1.47
#16 LG Chocolate Touch, SAR Score: 1.47
#15 HTC Desire, SAR Score: 1.48
Image: Desire S via HTC
#12 Motorola DROID 2, SAR Score: 1.49
#12 Sanyo Vero, SAR Score: 1.49
#12 Motorola DROID, SAR Score: 1.49
#11 LG Rumor 2, SAR Score: 1.51
# 8 Motorola Grasp, SAR Score: 1.52
#8 Motorola Defy, SAR Score: 1.52
#8 ZTE Salute, SAR Score: 1.52
#7 Nokia Astound, SAR Score: 1.53
#6 Motorola i335, SAR Score: 1.53
#4 Kyocera Jax S1300, SAR Score 1.55
#4 Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro, SAR Score: 1.55
#3 Sony Ericsson Satio, SAR Score: 1.56
#2 Motorola DROID 2 Global, SAR Score: 1.58