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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

Nokia 7 plus
Test Score 72/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 390 / € 330
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) - (Dual SIM)
Test Score 77/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 450 / € 390
Nokia 7.1 (Android)
Test Score 72/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 400 / € 340
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Test Score 88/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 750 / € 650
Samsung Galaxy S8 64 GB
Test Score 80/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 660 / € 560
Samsung Galaxy S9
Test Score 83/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 700 / € 600
Huawei P30 (2019)
Test Score 89/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 680 / € 580
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 64GB
Test Score 82/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 460 / € 390
Samsung Galaxy Note9 128 GB
Test Score 87/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 1000 / € 860
Samsung Galaxy Note9 512 GB
Test Score 87/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 1140 / € 970
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Test Score 90/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 840 / € 720
Nokia Nokia 8
Test Score 69/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 390 / € 340
Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018)
Test Score 68/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 270 / € 230
Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus (2018)
Test Score 77/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 310 / € 260
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus 128 GB
Test Score 92/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 1100 / € 940
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus 512 GB
Test Score 92/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 1390 / € 1190
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus 1 TB
Test Score 92/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 1760 / € 1510
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Test Score 83/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 730 / € 630
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
Test Score 76/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 580 / € 500
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
Test Score 78/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 320 / € 280
Xiaomi Redmi 6
Test Score 61/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 160 / € 140
Doro 5517
Test Score 38/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 60 / € 50
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 16 GB
Test Score 55/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 260 / € 220
Emporia Select
Test Score 46/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 120 / € 100
Sony Xperia XZ3
Test Score 80/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 750 / € 640
Xiaomi Mi 8 (Android)
Test Score 74/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 630 / € 540

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