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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 A5
Test Score 68/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 670 / € 570
Samsung Galaxy A3
Test Score 70/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 200 / € 170
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 $ 370 / € 320
Samsung Galaxy S7 32GB
Test Score 74/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 870 / € 740
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus 64 GB
Test Score 80/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 1150 / € 980
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Test Score 88/100
Selected criteria 10 / 10
Price Level $ 980 / € 840
Samsung Galaxy S8 64 GB
Test Score 80/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 620 / € 530
Samsung Galaxy S9
Test Score 83/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 820 / € 700
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)
Test Score 71/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 310 / € 270
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 64GB
Test Score 82/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 880 / € 760
Samsung Galaxy Note9 128 GB
Test Score 87/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 1090 / € 930
Samsung Galaxy Note9 512 GB
Test Score 87/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 1320 / € 1130
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Test Score 90/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 910 / € 780
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 $ 290 / € 250
Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus (2018)
Test Score 77/100
Selected criteria 9 / 10
Price Level $ 340 / € 290
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus 128 GB
Test Score 92/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 1160 / € 990
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus 512 GB
Test Score 92/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 1400 / € 1200
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus 1 TB
Test Score 92/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 1890 / € 1620
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
Test Score 76/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 600 / € 510
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
Test Score 78/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 380 / € 320
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 $ 250 / € 210
Nokia 3.1 (2018)
Test Score 56/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 100 / € 90
Emporia Select
Test Score 46/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 120 / € 100
Sony Xperia XZ2
Test Score 76/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 510 / € 440
Emporia Classic
Test Score 32/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 110 / € 90
Sony Xperia XZ3
Test Score 80/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 850 / € 730
Xiaomi Mi 8 (Android)
Test Score 74/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 630 / € 540
Nokia 3310 (2017) 16 MB
Test Score 31/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 60 / € 50
Sony Xperia XZ 32 GB
Test Score 66/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 940 / € 800
Apple iPhone SE 16 GB
Test Score 49/100
Selected criteria 8 / 10
Price Level $ 540 / € 460
Nokia 3310 (2017) 3G
Test Score 38/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 40 / € 30
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
Test Score 75/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 470 / € 410
Huawei Mate 9 Pro
Test Score 77/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 960 / € 820
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
Test Score 73/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 300 / € 260
Sony Xperia XZ1 64 GB
Test Score 74/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 350 / € 300
Sony Xperia XZ Premium 32 GB
Test Score 67/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 680 / € 580
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
Test Score 69/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 300 / € 260
Apple iPhone 6S 32 GB
Test Score 50/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 350 / € 300
Apple iPhone 6S 128 GB
Test Score 50/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 620 / € 530
Apple iPhone 6S Plus 32 GB
Test Score /100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 780 / € 670
Huawei P10 lite 32 GB
Test Score 64/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 440 / € 380
Apple iPhone XR 64 GB
Test Score 69/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 980 / € 840
Apple iPhone XR 128 GB
Test Score 69/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 1040 / € 890
Apple iPhone XR 256 GB
Test Score 69/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 1160 / € 990
Apple iPhone X 256 GB
Test Score 67/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 1260 / € 1080
Apple iPhone X 64 GB
Test Score 67/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 1070 / € 920
Apple iPhone 6S Plus 16 GB
Test Score 51/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 900 / € 770
Nokia 6 (2018)
Test Score 58/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 260 / € 220
Huawei P10 64 GB
Test Score 67/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 830 / € 710
Huawei P Smart
Test Score 58/100
Selected criteria 7 / 10
Price Level $ 220 / € 190
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 64 GB
Test Score 70/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 960 / € 820
Sony Xperia L1
Test Score 57/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 120 / € 100
Huawei P20 Pro 128 GB
Test Score 79/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 570 / € 490
Sony Xperia XA2 (Dual SIM)
Test Score 64/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 410 / € 350
Apple iPhone 7 128GB
Test Score 59/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 560 / € 480
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium
Test Score 71/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 1200 / € 1030
Apple iPhone Xs Max 256 GB
Test Score 75/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 1640 / € 1400
Apple iPhone Xs Max 512 GB
Test Score 75/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 1880 / € 1610
Apple iPhone Xs Max 64 GB
Test Score 75/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 1480 / € 1270
Apple iPhone 8 256 GB
Test Score 61/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 920 / € 790
Apple iPhone 8 64 GB
Test Score 61/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 780 / € 670
Apple iPhone Xs 256 GB
Test Score 73/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 1500 / € 1280
Apple iPhone Xs 512 GB
Test Score 73/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 1770 / € 1520
Apple iPhone Xs 64 GB
Test Score 73/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 1360 / € 1160
Huawei P20 Lite 32 GB
Test Score 66/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 180 / € 160
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 256 GB
Test Score 54/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 1070 / € 910
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 128 GB
Test Score 54/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 820 / € 700
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 32 GB
Test Score 54/100
Selected criteria 6 / 10
Price Level $ 1140 / € 980
OnePlus 6 (2018) 128 GB
Test Score 72/100
Selected criteria 5 / 10
Price Level $ 610 / € 520
OnePlus 6T 128 GB
Test Score 77/100
Selected criteria 5 / 10
Price Level $ 640 / € 550
OnePlus 6T 256 GB
Test Score 77/100
Selected criteria 5 / 10
Price Level $ 700 / € 600
OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple
Test Score 78/100
Selected criteria 5 / 10
Price Level $ 670 / € 580
Apple iPhone 7 32 GB
Test Score 52/100
Selected criteria 5 / 10
Price Level $ 630 / € 540
Apple iPhone 7 128 GB
Test Score 52/100
Selected criteria 5 / 10
Price Level $ 680 / € 580
Apple iPhone 7 256 GB
Test Score 52/100
Selected criteria 5 / 10
Price Level $ 720 / € 610
Huawei P9
Test Score 62/100
Selected criteria 5 / 10
Price Level $ 710 / € 610

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