Mark Lerner
Mark Lerner

February 24, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 SAR: A Good Choice

What exactly is a phablet you might ask?

A phablet is a smartphone with a screen size ranging between 5 and 7 inches and designed to combine or straddle the functionalities of a smartphone and tablet (Phone+Tablet = Phablet).


Not many people thought a phone that big would be a big seller, but the Galaxy Note proved them wrong. When Samsung put out its even bigger brother they again revolutionized the Phablet world. 

The Note 2, which is powered by Android’s Jellybean 4.3 operating system, has a screen that is 0.2 inches larger than the original Note. It’s also slightly taller and a few mm less in width, which make it exactly fit the16:9 ratio. This ratio means the Note 2 is perfect for watching video which is usually in 16:9 format and doing so will be easier than before as Samsung has enabled native support for extra file formats like MKV.

Here is a breakdown of some of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2's main features.

  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9 2GB RAM 16GB / 32GB / 64GB storage
  • 8MP auto focus camera with LED flash, 3264×2448 pixels 1.9MP front camera 1080p HD video recording at 30fps
  • Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA, NFC HSUPA 5.76 Mbps, HSDPA 21 Mbps, 4G LTE Bluetooth v4.0, microUSBv2.0 GPS, A-GPS support and GLONASS Li-Ion 
  • 3100 mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm
  • Weight: 180g
  • Colors: Titanium Gray, Marble White

As always, we at tawkon want to take a look beyond the regular review points and focus on what our users are most concerned about; radiation. 

The Galaxy Note 2 is an extremely popular phone. It's dual purpose phone and tablet functionality and it's high powered technology, but we at tawkon always look at phones from the perspective of tawkon users: radiation. 

tawkon is a free application that tracks radiation from your mobile phone and alerts you when it spikes, so you can keep talking worry free. When tawkon detects high levels of radiation from your phone, it will give you a non-invasive alert as well as a suggestion on how to lower your risk (such as using a headset).

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All Phones in the United States and Europe must be qualified/certified by a regulatory body before being sold in the market. In the United States this body is the FCC and their maximum SAR value allowed is 1.6 W/kg. 

Below is a list of the top ten most popular phones and their corresponding SAR ratings.

Position Device SAR (in W/Kg)
1 Samsung Galaxy Note II 0.171 W/Kg
2 Samsung Galaxy Nexus 0.303 W/Kg
3 Samsung Galaxy S3 0.342 W/Kg
4 Google/LG Nexus 4 0.550 W/Kg
5 HTC One S 0.687 W/Kg
6 Samsung Galaxy Ace 0.840 W/Kg
7 Apple iPhone 5 0.901 W/Kg
8 Blackberry Z10 0.970 W/Kg
9 Nokia Lumia 920 1.080 W/Kg
10 Sony Xperia S 1.370 W/Kg

Out of all the phones we have looked at, the Samsung Galaxy Note II has the absolute lowest SAR rating. Eventhough the FCC sets a limit of 1.6 W / Kg, Samsung has kept the SAR on this phone down to a miniscule .171!

Based on our research, the Galaxy Note 2 is the perfect mix of great functionality and very low radiation.

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