Not all smartphones are created equal. Some are more harmful than others
Are you considering a gifting a smartphone? With Diwali around the corner and Ecommerce raining discounts, smartphones become the choicest gift for the festival of lights for your near and dear ones but how safe is the smartphone that you are buying? Your smartphone purchase needs to migrate from Camera megapixels, Screen size, RAM capacity to include SAR value as a mandate.
SAR value of a cellphone is a universally accepted measure to validate the safety of the phone in terms of the radio frequency waves / EMF radiation that it is radiating. SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) indicates the rate at which body tissue absorbs radiation energy during cell phone use. The lower the SAR value, the better. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC – US) and the EU have put stringent safety standards to reduce radiation from cellphones. The FCC SAR value for cell phone radiation is set at a maximum of 1.6 watts of energy absorbed per kilogram of body weight.
Brightsandz analyzed the 10 best selling smartphones in India as reported by Digit Magazine/ October 2016, 13 phones currently featuring as the best selling E-Commerce phones and 4 new flagship phones launched in September/October 2016 on their declared SAR values. Here’s how the phones fared in the SAR value comparison.
This is not an attempt to scare your wits out. It is about helping you make a informed choice.
1. Whenever you intend to buy a phone, please check the SAR value of the phone along with every other feature that you may be checking
2. If possible purchase a phone with SAR value less than 1 Watt/kg
3. DONOT purchase phones with SAR values closer to 1.6 Watt/kg
4. If you want to check the SAR value of your phone dial *#07#
5. If your phone is more than 12 months old – consider changing it.
Why do you need to measure SAR?
The Interphone study in May 2010 concluded a positive co-relation between excess phone usage and brain tumor risk.
On May 31st, 2011, World health organization classified Radio frequency radiation / EMF Radiation as possibly carcinogenic – interestingly this is the same category of carcinogen as Lead, Vehicle Fumes amongst others.
Another study of data by British Government supported by the Stewart group concludes that it is not possible absolving RF Radiation exposure from possible health risk fallout, and that the current voids in understanding RF Radiation exposure on health justify a precautionary approach.