The round for the more toxic of the two smartphones goes to Samsung Galaxy S III over Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL)’s new iPhone5, says the results of a research conducted by iFixit and Ecology centre. The latter is non-profit organization while the former is a disassembly firm, and together, these two organizations disassembled the new smartphones to check the amount of toxins contained in each one of them. But this completion is not just between Samsung and Apple. They took a number of different brands in order to get concrete results.
It was revealed that Motorola’s Citrus is one of the most eco-friendly of the current smartphones. LG’s Remarq and the iPhone4S are also up there amongst the relatively better phones, while Apple’s iPhone5 got the 5th spot with a 2.8 ranking, thereby beating Samsung galaxy S III’s 3.0 score. This was done on the basis of the point 5 being the most toxic of all.
The two organizations were on the look-out for the amount of hazardous chemicals which affect the environment on account of smartphones. This was both in terms of ecological damage and the hazards to human health. They disassembled 36 mobile phones which were made over the past 5 years, and they tested the components for different kinds of toxins, such as Cadmium, Mercury, Chromium, Arsenic, lead, and so on.
The different parts of the phones were taken to be tested individually, such as the cases, the buttons, the screens, and the other parts. Although Apple’s iPhone5 has gotten a decent rating, the original iPhone has been considered to be high up there with some of the most toxic phones around. Nokia N95 is also considered to be highly toxic. Both phones were shipped in 2007.
According to the research, while almost all of these phones had traces of lead, mercury, cadmium, and some other substances, the iPhone5 and the Galaxy s III also contained mercury and lead. The goal of the study was to find out about the impact of the phones on the environment. The organizations are worried about the amount of toxicity these phones contain.