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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

Sony Xperia 5 II (2020) 128 GB
Test Score 86/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 790 / € 670
Samsung Galaxy S20 128 GB + 4G
Test Score 83/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 1050 / € 900
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 128 GB 4G
Test Score 91/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 1370 / € 1170
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 $ 1220 / € 1040
Samsung Galaxy A51 64 GB 4G
Test Score 68/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 350 / € 300
Fairphone 3 plus (2020)
Test Score 56/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 470 / € 400
Samsung Galaxy A21S 32 GB
Test Score 60/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 170 / € 140
Samsung Galaxy S21 (2021) 128 GB
Test Score 90/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 880 / € 750
Samsung Galaxy S21 (2021) 256 GB
Test Score 90/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 990 / € 850
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 $ 620 / € 530
Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 128 GB
Test Score 89/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 1120 / € 960
Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 256 GB
Test Score 89/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 1220 / € 1040
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro 5G 128 GB
Test Score 82/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 650 / € 560
Samsung Galaxy A41
Test Score 58/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 130 / € 110
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 128 GB
Test Score 91/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 1260 / € 1070
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 256 GB
Test Score 91/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 1410 / € 1200
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 512 GB
Test Score 91/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 1560 / € 1330
Nokia 3310 (2017) 16 MB
Test Score 31/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 40 / € 30
OnePlus Nord N100
Test Score 56/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 130 / € 110
Huawei P40 lite 4G
Test Score 56/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 280 / € 240
OnePlus 8 (2020) 128 GB
Test Score 82/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 620 / € 530
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4s
Test Score 43/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 230 / € 200
OnePlus Nord (2020) 128 GB
Test Score 77/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 470 / € 400
OnePlus Nord (2020) 256 GB
Test Score 77/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 560 / € 480
OnePlus Nord N10 5G
Test Score 69/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 280 / € 240
Apple iPhone 11 64 GB
Test Score 67/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 710 / € 610
Apple iPhone 11 128 GB
Test Score 67/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 790 / € 670
OnePlus 8T 5G (2020) 128 GB
Test Score 82/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 670 / € 580
OnePlus 8 Pro 128 GB
Test Score 84/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 790 / € 670
Apple iPhone SE 2020 64 GB
Test Score 59/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 390 / € 330
Apple iPhone SE 2020 128 GB
Test Score 59/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 470 / € 400
Apple iPhone SE 2020 256 GB
Test Score 59/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 600 / € 510
Apple iPhone 12 64 GB
Test Score 72/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 960 / € 820
Apple iPhone 12 128 GB
Test Score 72/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 1020 / € 870
Apple iPhone 12 256 GB
Test Score 72/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 1150 / € 990
Apple iPhone 12 Pro 128 GB
Test Score 78/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 1220 / € 1040
Apple iPhone 12 Pro 256 GB
Test Score 79/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 1350 / € 1160
Apple iPhone 12 Pro 512 GB
Test Score 79/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 1600 / € 1370
Apple iPhone 11 Pro 64 GB
Test Score 72/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 1220 / € 1040
Apple iPhone 11 Pro 256 GB
Test Score 72/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 1430 / € 1220
Apple iPhone 11 Pro 512 GB
Test Score 72/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 1680 / € 1440
Apple iPhone 12 Mini 5G 64 GB
Test Score 72/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 840 / € 720
Apple iPhone 12 Mini 5G 128 GB
Test Score 72/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 920 / € 790
Apple iPhone 12 Mini 5G 256 GB
Test Score 72/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 1050 / € 900
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 256 GB + 4G
Test Score 82/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 940 / € 800
OnePlus 7T (2019) 128 GB
Test Score 79/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 520 / € 450
OnePlus 7T Pro
Test Score 74/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 670 / € 580
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 4G
Test Score 79/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 1160 / € 990
Apple iPhone Xs Max 256 GB
Test Score 63/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 1160 / € 990

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