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Smartphones with the best antennas

Telecommunications companies are often blamed for poor mobile coverage and slow internet on the phone, but telecommunications companies are often entirely blameless. Often, poor mobile coverage and slow internet is experienced since the antennas in mobile phones are, basically, of a very poor quality.

Mobile phone manufacturers often sacrifice a good mobile antenna in favour of a small, attractive design. Neither are mobile phone manufacturers required by law to inform consumers about antenna quality. The result is damaging for many people. Especially those living in rural communities. They thought they bought a racer fast smartphone, but what they experience is a slow turtle grasping for an internet connection.

Manufacturers appear to have free range to equip mobile phones with a poor antenna, but Professor Gert Frølund from Aalborg University has proved a clear link between mobile radiation (the SAR-value of the phone which mobile phone manufactures are bound to give information on)  from cell phones and the antenna quality. The higher the mobile radiation (SAR value), the worse is the quality of the mobile antenna.

Therefor I have applied the phones SAR value in my assessment of mobile phone antennas. The listed phones are ranged on antenna quality (the value for the antenna is the reciprocal of the mobile phone SAR value). The higher the score, the better the antenna.

/Stein Jürgen

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 256 GB
Test Score 88/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 960 / € 820
Nokia 7 plus
Test Score 62/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 370 / € 320
Samsung Galaxy A80
Test Score 76/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 470 / € 400
Samsung Galaxy A5
Test Score 43/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 270 / € 230
Samsung Galaxy A3
Test Score 58/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 250 / € 210
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) - (Dual SIM)
Test Score 64/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 450 / € 390
Nokia 7.1 (Android) 32 GB
Test Score 63/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 370 / € 320
Samsung Galaxy S7 32GB
Test Score 72/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 870 / € 740
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 32GB
Test Score 63/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 670 / € 580
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus 64 GB
Test Score 66/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 1150 / € 980
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus 256 GB
Test Score 74/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 800 / € 690
Samsung Galaxy S20 128 GB + 4G
Test Score 83/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 980 / € 840
Sony Xperia 5 II (2020) 128 GB
Test Score 86/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 900 / € 770
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 lite
Test Score 77/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 550 / € 470
Motorola RAZR
Test Score 69/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 1500 / € 1280
Samsung Galaxy S8 64 GB
Test Score 66/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 660 / € 560
Samsung Galaxy S9 64 GB
Test Score 72/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 430 / € 370
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 128 GB 4G
Test Score 91/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 1260 / € 1080
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 32 GB
Test Score 56/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 770 / € 660
Huawei P30 (2019) 64 GB
Test Score 82/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 470 / € 400
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 256 GB + 5G
Test Score 95/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 1430 / € 1230
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 512 GB + 5G
Test Score 95/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 1560 / € 1330
Samsung Galaxy A51 64 GB 4G
Test Score 68/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 330 / € 280
Samsung Galaxy Note9 128 GB
Test Score 74/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 1240 / € 1060
Huawei P8 Lite
Test Score 46/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 340 / € 290
Huawei Mate 20 Pro 128 GB
Test Score 75/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 800 / € 680
Fairphone 3 plus (2020)
Test Score 56/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 490 / € 420
Samsung Galaxy A21S 32 GB
Test Score 60/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 190 / € 160
Samsung Galaxy J5 16 GB
Test Score 55/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 430 / € 360
Nokia 4.2 (2019)
Test Score 54/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 210 / € 180
Huawei P8
Test Score 49/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 530 / € 450
Samsung Galaxy S10 128 GB
Test Score 82/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 520 / € 450
Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018)
Test Score 63/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 260 / € 220
Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus (2018)
Test Score 63/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 290 / € 250
Huawei P40 Pro 128 GB
Test Score 81/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 1110 / € 950
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 128 GB + 4G
Test Score 81/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 790 / € 680
Samsung Galaxy A20e
Test Score 53/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 100 / € 80
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 128 GB + 5G
Test Score 83/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 820 / € 700
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus 128 GB
Test Score 82/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 710 / € 600
Samsung GALAXY A71
Test Score 69/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 470 / € 410

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