Apple's iPhone Doesn't Lead the Pack on Mobile Phone Radiation Dangers
Given all the recent headlines about the supposed radiation risks posed by mobile phones, one would think that after a long cell phone conversation we can serve as our own night-lights. But before you freak out too extensively and wonder if your iPhone will really make your brain glow, a new study actually shows that the iPhone isn't the worst mobile device on the market when it comes to potentially harmful radiation exposure.
As you're likely familiar, this week, the World Health Organization made international headlines when it reversed its longstanding position on the supposed health threats posed by mobile technologies. Thanks in part to a new study sponsored by the organization, a crack team of radiation-savvy scientists discovered that cell phone radiation may be "possibly carcinogenic."
But if you ask the Environmental Working Group, which - according to CNN - is "a lobbying group that advocates on behalf of public health and the environment," you'll find that there are differing levels of radiation exposure threats posed by different cell phones. Where does the iPhone rank among the culprits? Near the middle.
Just in case you're well-versed in radiation, here are the vital stats you need to know. The iPhone 4 logged 1.17 watts per kilogram, better than the 1.19 W/kg of the iPhone 3GS. iPhone 3G came in at 1.03 W/kg. And, in case you're wondering, the FCC has established a legal limit for SAR on a mobile phone, which is 1.6 W/kg. According to the list compiled by the Environmental Working Group, the Motorola Bravo from AT&T just barely beats the limit with 1.59 W/kg.
Source: Environmental Working Group