We rarely think about the potential harmful effects of the small gadgets we all use throughout every day. While the jury is still out on the exact heath and environmental risks of heavy cellphone use, those who are concerned about harmful radiation can take steps to minimize exposure and even consider switching to a model with lower emissions.
As of today, the analog cellphone is no more. Here’s the complete timeline of its development, since Greece in 490BC to February 18, 2008, the day in which networks are no longer obligated to provide with analog cellphone coverage. Click to see the huge, high definition version.
A report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has found that Motorola Droid, Blackberry Bold 9700, LG Chocolate Touch and HTC Nexus One are pushing the limits of radio frequency radiation safety limits set by the Federal Communications Commission.
But 2010’s offerings aren’t all bad news. Three new phones – Motorola Brute i680, Samsung Mythic and Pantech Impact – rank among the lowest-emission devices on the market.
EWG has compiled radiation data for new phones given top marks by CNET, PCMag.com, PC World and Consumer Reports. Technical experts at these publications rate phones for performance, usability, features and aesthetics, but not radiation output, EWG reports.