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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 96/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 1220 / € 1040
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 512 GB
Test Score 96/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 1350 / € 1150
Nokia 7 plus
Test Score 72/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 390 / € 330
Samsung Galaxy A80
Test Score 82/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 640 / € 550
Samsung Galaxy A5
Test Score 68/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 270 / € 230
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 $ 410 / € 350
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Test Score 85/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 850 / € 730
Samsung Galaxy A50
Test Score 77/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 350 / € 300
Samsung Galaxy S8 64 GB
Test Score 78/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 660 / € 560
Samsung Galaxy S9
Test Score 80/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 660 / € 560
Huawei P30 (2019)
Test Score 88/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 580 / € 490
Motorola One Vision
Test Score 79/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 320 / € 270
Samsung Galaxy A70
Test Score 76/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 400 / € 340
Samsung Galaxy Note9 512 GB
Test Score 87/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 990 / € 840
Samsung Galaxy Note9 128 GB
Test Score 87/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 1100 / € 940
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Test Score 87/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 660 / € 560
Samsung Galaxy S10 128 GB
Test Score 86/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 860 / € 740
Nokia Nokia 8
Test Score 69/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 160 / € 140
Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018)
Test Score 68/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 270 / € 230
Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus (2018)
Test Score 76/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 310 / € 260
Samsung Galaxy A40
Test Score 66/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 200 / € 170
Samsung Galaxy A20e
Test Score 53/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 150 / € 130
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus 128 GB
Test Score 91/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 950 / € 810
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus 512 GB
Test Score 92/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 1290 / € 1100
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Test Score 82/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 660 / € 560
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus 1 TB
Test Score 92/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 1580 / € 1350
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
Test Score 76/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 440 / € 380
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
Test Score 78/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 360 / € 310
Doro 5517
Test Score 38/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 50 / € 40
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 16 GB
Test Score 55/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 260 / € 230
Emporia Select
Test Score 46/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 120 / € 100
Xiaomi Mi 8 (Android)
Test Score 74/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 600 / € 520
Sony Xperia XZ3
Test Score 79/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 740 / € 630
Emporia Classic
Test Score 32/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 110 / € 90
Nokia 3310 (2017) 16 MB
Test Score 31/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 30 / € 20
Motorola One Zoom
Test Score 80/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 410 / € 350
Nokia 3310 (2017) 3G
Test Score 38/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 50 / € 40
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
Test Score 74/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 440 / € 380
Nokia 5.1 Plus
Test Score 61/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 230 / € 200
Huawei P30 Pro 128 GB
Test Score 88/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 840 / € 720
Huawei P30 Pro 256 GB
Test Score 88/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 970 / € 830
Sony Xperia 5 (2019)
Test Score 82/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 670 / € 580
Huawei Nova 5T
Test Score 74/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 410 / € 350
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
Test Score 69/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 440 / € 380
Apple iPhone 6S 128 GB
Test Score 50/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 620 / € 530
Apple iPhone 6S 32 GB
Test Score 50/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 290 / € 250
Apple iPhone 6S Plus 32 GB
Test Score /100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 410 / € 350
Apple iPhone XR 128 GB
Test Score 69/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 820 / € 700
Apple iPhone XR 64 GB
Test Score 69/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 820 / € 700
Sony Xperia 10 (2019)
Test Score 64/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 230 / € 190
Apple iPhone XR 256 GB
Test Score 69/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 1160 / € 990
Apple iPhone X 64 GB
Test Score 67/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 1100 / € 940
Apple iPhone X 256 GB
Test Score 67/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 1120 / € 950
Nokia 6 (2018)
Test Score 58/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 270 / € 230
Apple iPhone 11 64 GB
Test Score 72/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 870 / € 750
Apple iPhone 11 128 GB
Test Score 72/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 940 / € 810
Apple iPhone 11 256 GB
Test Score 72/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 1080 / € 930
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max 64 GB
Test Score 83/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 1380 / € 1180
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max 256 GB
Test Score 83/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 1590 / € 1360
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max 512 GB
Test Score 83/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 1850 / € 1580
Huawei P Smart
Test Score 58/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 250 / € 220
Sony Xperia 1 (2019)
Test Score 85/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 900 / € 770
Apple iPhone 11 Pro 64 GB
Test Score 80/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 1250 / € 1070
Apple iPhone 11 Pro 256 GB
Test Score 80/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 1450 / € 1240
Apple iPhone 11 Pro 512 GB
Test Score 80/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 1710 / € 1470
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 64 GB
Test Score 70/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 680 / € 580
Nokia 800 Tough
Test Score 40/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 80 / € 70
Huawei P20 Pro 128 GB
Test Score 78/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 630 / € 540
OnePlus 7T (2019)
Test Score 83/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 680 / € 580
Sony Xperia XA2 (Dual SIM)
Test Score 64/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 190 / € 160
OnePlus 7T Pro
Test Score 85/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 820 / € 700
Apple iPhone 7 128GB
Test Score 59/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 520 / € 450
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium
Test Score 71/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 1010 / € 860
Apple iPhone Xs Max 256 GB
Test Score 73/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 1510 / € 1290
Apple iPhone Xs Max 64 GB
Test Score 73/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 1350 / € 1160
Apple iPhone Xs Max 512 GB
Test Score 73/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 1860 / € 1590
Apple iPhone 8 64 GB
Test Score 61/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 660 / € 560
Apple iPhone Xs 256 GB
Test Score 73/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 1210 / € 1030
Apple iPhone Xs 512 GB
Test Score 73/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 1600 / € 1370
Apple iPhone Xs 64 GB
Test Score 73/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 1120 / € 960
OnePlus 7 Pro (2019) 12 GB RAM + 256 GB hukommelse
Test Score 83/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 830 / € 710
OnePlus 7 Pro (2019) 8 GB RAM + 256 GB hukommelse
Test Score 83/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 770 / € 660
Apple iPhone 8 256 GB
Test Score 61/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 890 / € 760
OnePlus 7 (2019)
Test Score 69/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 600 / € 510
Huawei P20 Lite 32 GB
Test Score 61/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 90 / € 70
Huawei P30 Lite
Test Score 66/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 290 / € 250
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 256 GB
Test Score 54/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 940 / € 800
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 128 GB
Test Score 54/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 660 / € 570
OnePlus 6T 128 GB
Test Score 76/100
Selected criteria 5 / 10
Price Level $ 600 / € 520
OnePlus 6T 256 GB
Test Score 76/100
Selected criteria 5 / 10
Price Level $ 690 / € 590
Apple iPhone 7 256 GB
Test Score 52/100
Selected criteria 5 / 10
Price Level $ 730 / € 630
Apple iPhone 7 32 GB
Test Score 52/100
Selected criteria 5 / 10
Price Level $ 490 / € 420
Apple iPhone 7 128 GB
Test Score 52/100
Selected criteria 5 / 10
Price Level $ 530 / € 450

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