Maura recently shared a great story about the iPhone 5 being very efficient on energy for charging. We have a new story in the same vein sharing that the iPhone 5 is also very greed when it comes to the materials that are used to build it.
Recent evidence shows that the new iPhone is not as bad for your health and the environment as some other electronic devices. A lot of studies on the harmful effects that smartphones or cell phones might have on humans have been performed and promoted by certain publications. The latest comes from HealthyStuff.org as it tries to narrow down the exact chemicals that might endanger users’ health.
The research was conducted using spectrometric analysis which was applied on 36 different handsets. The phones were tested for 12 common potentially dangerous substances such as bromine, mercury or lead. Each smartphone was rated using a scale of 0 to 5, 0 being the most chemical free device and 5 being the most dangerous one.
A number of different devices were tested like the iPhone 2G, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, LG Remarq, Nokia N95, Motorola W233 Renew or the Samsung SCH-U410. The test result couldn’t be more interesting – according to the results, Apple is taking the environment quite seriously. The iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 scored 2.69 and 2.75 respectively, which places them into low concern category.
Other smartphones that proved to be user health friendly turned out to be LG Remarq, Motorola Citrus and Samsung Captivate and Evergreen. Samsung’s Citrus performed extremely well on the test and was awarded the title of least threatening to human health as it scored just 2.56.
In the high concern camp we find Nokia N95, Motorola W233 Renew and Palm m125. Also, even though Samsung managed to grab top spot with Citrus, the company apparently also produced some health threatening products:
"The 'low concern' Samsung Reclaim had a 'high concern' proportion of arsenic. Twenty-four of the phones (nearly 70%) had a 'high concern' proportion of copper."
Source: Apple iPhone 5, 4S among most environmentally friendly phones, study finds