From past to present, this is the ultimate list of green mobile phones and smartphones. Ultimately, these phones helped change the world for the better. Mostly these phones are here because they were the first of their kind or the first to make us really see that phones could be different and friendly to our planet while still serving our needs.
This list isn’t in date order, but some manufacturers appear several times so we’ve put all of their handsets together.
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Auki Eco Mobile
It has to be one of the most radical designs when it comes to a concept green mobile phone, but this latest design is offered up from LG – the ‘Auki’. It’s a flexible bangle design that has to be worn like a watch around the wrist. It many ways mobiles have replaced watches, so it’s a blend of the two designs. The heart of its eco credentials is when this baby goes into standby mode – the screen becomes a solar panel collecting the suns rays and powers up your phone. Very eco, very clever.
The Auki Smart Phone with its touch screen surface and lined with a soft non-irritating fabric on the inside, it comes a variety of styles and fashions that are customizable to each consumer.
It does everything that a mobile can do, armed with Wi-Fi capability, it’s a personal trainer, a remote control and whilst it doesn’t have any storage capacity it uses cloud technology to store all your pics, flix and the likes. And as for cool, check this when you set up a reminder notification in your calendar, in the future they appear faded but as the day comes nearer the message reminder surface and become brighter, more visible, now that’s cool.
Kyocera Milano new eco mobile phone is a smartphone with a twist. It has a slide in and out Qwerty keyboard and a touchscreen as well.
Eco credentials, are a proprietary preloaded power management app from Kyocera that’s looks after the battery life – which means the phone will go into low power mode by adjusting the various phone functions that you might have on, like timeout, brightness etc, which is a good thing as you can lose lots of standby time with these kinds of functions lingering on.
It’s a small and affordable mobile with other key features that include Wi-Fi with mobile hotspot facility, a 3 inch screen, its has a 3-megapixel camera, 512MB onboard memory but you can boast it up as it has a memory card slot that can support up to 32GB. Powered with an 800 MHz processor, driven by Android 2.3.
The touchscreen uses Swype technology, which provides a quicker, easier way to text when you’re using the device’s virtual keyboard. So if you use a stylus or just your fingers in a continuous motion across the screen keyboard is all it takes to text using Swype. The theory is you should be able to enter up to 40 words a minute, which is lots.
The LG Viper is a stylish, eco mobile phone with a pocket-friendly price. Powered using Android 2.3, it has a dual core, 1.2Ghz processor driving it all, but the best bit is that at the heart of this phone’s design is its environmentally sustainable construction.
The phone’s body shell uses 50% of post consumer recycled materials, it is both RoHS and ULE Platinum Certified, so all the usual harmful suspects have been removed, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), brominated flame retardants (BFR), nickel, halogen, beryllium and phthalates. It comes packed in 87% of recycled packaging that doesn’t use any glues etc. Making the box look pretty on the shelves is the use of Soy Inks and it comes with an energy efficient charger.
On the front of the ‘eco friendly’ Viper it has a princely 5 megapixel camera and HD video recorder, round the back is a 4.63 inch touchscreen, full QWERTY keyboard, it has about 1.5 GB of onboard memory and can take up to a 32GB MicroSD card as well. And for those who want to be quick about buying stuff, it has Google Wallet (NFC) technology installed, so you can just ‘tap & pay’ and it weighs in at 5 ounces…nice.
This tiny mobile had its place in the prestigious Guinness book of world records standing in the corner at 55 grams, its just 7.8 mm thin with a 2.2 inch screen and full 3G connectivity with High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSPDA).
They didn’t skimp on any of the usual suspects of 21st century desires necessary to sell a mobile phone, with its full Qwerty keyboard, music player, FM radio, GPS, social networking apps, internet, Google Search and YouTube. On the hardware side, it has 2GB of internal memory to which you can add MicroSD card support (up to 32GB).
So using less materials in its construction is one way of making a mobile green and that’s why we’ve included the Modu T in our list of eco phones.
This is the 3rd environmentally responsible device from LG boasting green features – the Optimus Elite. This very well dressed mobile comes packed with a bunch of eco features. First off the bat, the shell is from made using 50 percent recycled plastics. The eco-charger supplied sticks to the EC Code of Conduct consumption of 0.03 watts of power when plugged in but not charging the phone. Usual suspects of fully recycled packaged and it’s devoid of any mercury, PVC, phthalates, and halogens and it’s fully ULE Platinum-certified.
Other features under the hood are the 2.3 Gingerbread platform, running on a single core 800 MHz processor. Up front is a 3.5 inch touchscreen and to take all your snaps its sporting a 5mp camera that has flash and video facility. Latest tech is that it has NFC technology installed – (NFC near field technology and Google Wallet means you can swipe and buy at stores using this application). 3G enabled it comes in silver and white. Along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a microSD slot, it has 512 MB of RAM plus 4GB of onboard storage, Visual Voicemail and A-GPS as a matter of course. It also comes with 50GB of free cloud storage.
This was truly a green mobile phone designed to exhilarate you. The new SGH i-577 from Samsung or as I much more prefer the ‘Exhilarate’ is another new environmentally conscious mobile phone design from our South Korean cousins that goes towards making the world a much better place.
80% of the phone uses recycled materials which is why it deserves its UL Environment platinum certification. Driven by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 dual core processor and Androids 2.3 Gingerbread and the now fashionable CPU clock speed of 1.2 GHz, its doing all the right moves in all the right places, that means its response to taking action is quick. Facing you is an Amoled full touch capacitive, flip it over for taking pictures and up front is a 5 Megapixels lens, which by today’s standards is poor these days, but it would take a man on a galloping horse to notice the difference when your pictures are down loaded onto Facebook.
With 1 GB of Ram, but you can ramp up the storage memory by using a microSD card up to 32 GB. And it stands in the corner weighing 4.6ozs. If your new to the eco friendly mobile idea then the Exhilarate is a mid-level phone that get you through the day by helping to generate less CO2.
Whether you think your off-spring should have a mobile phone or not is up to you. But designers are equally concerned that phones for kids should be just as green as their adult counterparts.
And the Peppy Phone is a green mobile phone just for children using the latest principles of eco-design. It’s made from recyclable materials. Designed like a watch, the phone sits nicely on their wrist. How is it powered? This handset uses kinetic energy to charge it up there are no batteries so all their playing around, arms moving etc will be charging it up…for FREE. Plus, there are no welds in its construction so it’s easy to assemble, knowing how kids are I don’t know how good that last part is. If its easy to put together, how easy can it be to take apart? I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.
Phillips, throughout the 1970’s were known as the company that would give you cutting edge technology from tomorrow, today both in the home and for everyday use. However, more recently that’s a crown that’s been worn by other companies, but that was until now?
Phillips have just created a new breed of green mobile phones branded the Xenium, with six deigns in total, there the first of their kind, totally environmentally friendly, lead-free soldered, all delivered in a eco friendly package and recycled paper for their user manuals.
Each is armed with dual SIM capacity and an intelligent green power management system that helps the handset to use almost zero battery life consumption when on standby for up to of a time of up to …are you ready for this…
And the spec on these babies is awesome. In harnessing some of the very latest in new technologies in mobile design, the Xenium range can offer remarkable standby times of up to 60 days, 16 hours of talk time, and up 80 hours of music playback. Tekkie stuff, is they can hold up to a 1000 phonebook entries, a 1000 SMS storage capacity and expandable external memory up to 16 GB.
They all have fast, intuitive touch screens of around 3 inchs, some will come with a 5 megapixel, autofocus camera with flash. Or there are those that come with a built in LED torch, and for those that love music, four of the models come with RDS FM radio, MP3 playback and Bluetooth stereo music.
As highly energy efficient phones, the Xenium range are designed and targeted to go that extra mile for the must always be connected user in mind and don’t they just.
When was the last time you met someone with a Sharp mobile phone, and there certainly not known for their green mobile phones?
But it would appear that Sharp have snuck up on the industry with a winner hybrid phone and designed this little eco baby, that could take the marketplace by storm. Sharp already started offering solar powered mobile phones in their native Japan. Those green mobile phones proved popular with a surge in the number of ecologically minded consumers that took place in the first decade of the new millennium.
Sharps new SH6230C is a clamshell design and has a 2.9 inch LCD display with a 5 megapixel autofocus camera. Being a hybrid phone means that the phones is environmentally friendly in that that it uses Sharp’s very own solar cell module that captures our favourite renewable energy source to power it up.
Little touches like its Memory LCD screen that consumes less energy and has a higher visibility in daylight as compared to other handsets. That LCD was only available with the SH6220C and SH6228C version of the phone.
Sadly though, the phone was only released in China, available in Blue/White, Pink/Black, and Pink/White colour schemes.
Vodafone’s first solar powered phone was the VF247, released in India in 2010.
Priced at $32, it didn’t skip on any essential features such as an FM radio or colour screen which were two things that were really popular after the turn of the century. It even came with a torch light, a feature that has become standard on all modern smartphones.
The phone was targeted at India’s huge rural population where in some regions, the electricity supply is unstable. Vodafone’s answer was the V247 and a solar charging solution which could mean accessibility for millions in India. It has special inbuilt hard and software ‘SunBoost technology’ allowing this green mobile phone to charge itself at every opportunity.
Fully charged it offered fours hours of talk time. Would be interesting to see what that is now if there are still any handsets knocking around.
Motorola GRASP (WX404)
Wow. Motorola seemed to have come back from the dead with the Motorola GRASP green mobile phone. They floundered in the 200x years with mobile phone design and found themselves at the bottom of everyone’s choice in handset since the all wonderful V7 range of phones.
However, they may have climbed back into the ring with this design, the Motorola GRASP (WX404). This is the newest device from the manufacturer to give back to the environment, featuring ‘eco design elements’, its design put the company firmly back on the map…or so we thought at the time.
It had a full QWERTY keyboard with a 2.2 inch display, full social media integration, GPS and a USB port, MP3 music player and 8GB of memory as standard, weighing in at 105 grams. And it didn’t contain harmful substances such as Brominated flame retardants (BFR). Plus, its housing is 100% recyclable at end of life.
Motorola Motocubo A45
It may not have been the most green mobile in the world, but it was a good start for most and it had one of the fabbest names ever. The colourful casing is made from 25% recycled plastic bottles and the handset it self is 75% recyclable.
Weighing in at 110 gms, it is a powerful piece of mobile kit, with an awesome spec. You can store up to 1500 contacts. You can track 20 dialled, 20 received and 20 missed calls, it has 32 MB internal memory and supports micro SD card of up to 32GB (a 2 GB card is supplied for free). MP3 ringtones and downloadable polyphonic ringtones along with vibration. FM radio with RDS; FM recording, Games, Java MIDP 2.0, MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player and MP4/H.263 player all for your entertainment. The camera is a OK at 2MP though. It’s a 2G phone with quad band, email friendly and the browser supports WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML. For higher connectivity, it also has Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP, micro USB v2.0, GPRS, EDGE and HSCSD.
A full QWERTY keyboard, features Organizer, T9, Voice memo and dial functions. With a 2.5 inche screen, the standard battery provides talk time of 8.5 hours and stand-by time up to 350 hours.
We’ve previously written about the Motocubo A45 Eco here.
Motorola popped out the Citrus which is sweet, very sweet. This small touchscreen green mobile phone sported the Android 2.1 operating system. The display allowed you to fluid flick, swipe or pinch-to-zoom on this phone! The body is 24% recycled and carbon free, PVC and BFR free too. Our personal favourite, the packaging is 100% RECYCLED, well done Motorola. When you think how many mobiles are shipped each year and that their packaging is kinda helping to destroy our planet, then this is a good thing. And the user manual is made from 100% recycled paper and uses soy ink.
With a good sized 3 inch screen, on screen QWERTY, it has seven home screen that you can tailor with your favourite shortcuts; apps; pre-loaded widgets such as sticky notes, messages, weather and calendar and it has a 3MP camera with digital zoom if you need it.
Full HTML Web browser it delivers a PC-like web browsing experience with quick access to Web apps and services such as Facebook; Google services such as Gmail, Google Talk and YouTube
And this is new it comes with BACKTRACK, a kind of touch panel on the back of the mobile that you can use to scroll through websites, e-mails, music and more without obstructing the display. This is an entry level mobile phone with an eco-bent.
As green mobile phones go, the X6 by Nokia is made up of 80% recycled materials. Now that’s wonderful, it really is a picture of things to come and it’s totally free of PVC.
Nokia have so raised the bar with this new touch screen phone. With a huge 3.2 capacitive screen and standing on the scales at 120 grams, it has all the latest social networking goodies. An accelerometer sensor for easy viewing; it’s a big 32GB phone with a 5mp camera with Carl Zeiss optics. It’s a 3G phone, which means you can download really quickly, music, maps share files etc. The sound quality is toptastic so you can play your MP3 and MP4 and enjoy them in comfort and you won’t get lost with its GPS navigation.
If there’s anything that can drive you mad about mobiles green or otherwise, is the battery life. The X6 has an energy efficient power saving mode for you to use, nice. Is 35 hours of battery life really possible…
Nokia’s N8 was a smartphone with a difference that really put it in a class of its own. On the large side, weighing in at 135g, with a 3.5 inch capacitive screen, 12 mega pixel camera, it still managed to be super energy efficient and its 100% recyclable.
Perhaps the energy efficiency was related to Nokia/Symbian’s new next-generation operating system Symbian ^3OS? Running on both 2G and 3G, was another thing that made the N8 a winner. Back in the day, that was a big deal because it enabled you to make a call on any GSM network anywhere in the world.
To cement this phone’s place among the greats, This phone even won 2nd place in Greenpeace’s 2011 list of greenest mobile phones available.
Nokia’s X3 is a green mobile phone that is loaded with style, it comes with eco friendly features such as a reminder unplug high efficiency charger and it’s made from 60% recycled and non hazardous materials.
It has a host of features as a slider phone it weighs in at 103 gms, its also quad band with a 3.2 megapixels camera and video with a 4 x digital zoom. The X3 is a greener mobile than most but its not being promoted as one, its being touted more as a music mobile, with everything centred around making it easy for users to listen to music on the go.
The Nokia X3 also has a column of dedicated music buttons lined up vertically on the left hand side of the display – these give you quick access to the track-skip and play/pause controls. The music player can play MP3/WAV/eAAC + / WMA files. With integrated stereo speakers and 3.5 mm stereo headphone plug is also provided. Stereo FM radio with RDS support, a built-in FM radio antenna Nokia music store support allows you to download music directly on to your phone.
It has instant messaging, hands-free speakerphone, flight mode and its very easy to access the internet with it and you can add a microSD memory card to ramp it up to 16GB
But the best bit for me is that it’s 100% recyclable, hurrah.
Nokia describe the E7 as ‘a beautiful, innovative design with everything you need to stay in sync.’
Everything about this handset is friendly to the environment. Great features such as a power save mode, a reminder for unplugging the charger, a sensor for ambient light, and a highly efficient AC-10 charger.
Plus other little touches that help you to be environmentally aware, to help you save on fuel consumption it has quick access to maps so you can get there time/fuel efficiently and for those of us who like to walk it has maps if you’re travelling by foot.
Build wise; its nickel free, antimony trioxide-free, chlorinated compound-free, brominated compound-free and PVC-free. Which is great because Nokia have made this green mobile phone 100% recyclable, we always say hurrah when we hear that?
The E7 is a 4 inch touchscreen mobile, full QWERTY keyboard and weighs in a 176g. It has handwriting recognition software, tasty. A compass, 8 mp camera and HD video and all with an internal memory of 16GB.
None of your usual half a ton of packaging comes with this little gem, what it does come in – is made up from all renewable materials and are 100% recyclable. And the user manual remember them – how they used to be a1000 pages in 10 different languages, none of that now. This one comes as a quick guide that is just a few pages long. You can find the complete manual online and it’s interactive so it won’t leave you stranded for information.
All the usual full social media integration, so you’ll never be far away from friends and when you do get hold of them to talk to, the battery has a talk time life of a staggering 540 hours and a stand by time of 470 hours. So you’ll be saving the environment just by not charging it so often.
Constructed from polished stainless steel and glass and using bio-plastic construction the C7 is Nokia’s first smartphone to use bio-paints, and it’s also free of PVC, BFR (brominated flame retardants) and RFR (chlorinated and brominated compounds and antimony trioxide). And, its green mobile phone credentials just don’t stop there the phones start-up guide is only a single page which reduces the amount of paper used by 95 per cent, its packaging has also been reduced and 100 per cent recyclable.
The Nokia C7 is a phone full of top end features and is easy to personalize with its three home screens for the things you use the most. It has an eco-apps folder which comes with an educational game, ‘Climate Change’, and other apps including the way to check your eco-profile. A vivid 3.5 inch high resolution screen with pinch to zoom, flick to scroll and tap to select, that can be easily switched to AMOLED to be more efficient in terms of power savings.
8.0 Megapixels, camera Flash, AutoFocus, USB, 3G, GPRS, EDGE, 8GB Internal Card Slot: microSD, up to 32GB. It comes with a high-energy charger so your charging times are reduced and your looking at 9 hours Talktime or 552 hours Standby.
The Nokia X2-01 is a candybar design with one touch access for music, weighing in at lightweight 107 grams, sporting a QWERTY keyboard. Powered by the Symbian series 40 platform, it has a 2.4 Inch TFT display, 8GB micro SD card, built-in micro SD card and Bluetooth and a Stereo FM radio.
As for its eco credentials, this one goes a long way, unplug charger reminder, free of PVC, free of nickel on the product surface, free of brominated & chlorinated compounds, free of antimony trioxide. And if that wasn’t enough it has a bunch of preinstalled eco tips, its made out of 52 % recycled material, its 100 % recyclable, and it comes in a reduced compact package size…
If you’re looking to spend time on your social networks then this is a great mobile, simple, an ideal design for first time phone owners and its very eco friendly.
When you go into a mobile phone shop or buy online you don’t want to come away with, a phone stuffed full of PVC, BFR (brominated flame retardants) or RFR (chlorinated and brominated compounds and antimony trioxide) if you can help it? You want to come away with extra minutes, more texts and unlimited internet yes, you can keep the yuk stuff.
The Nokia C6-01 is a smart phone and boy, is it smart! In fact, it’s jam packed with innovative features. It’s one of its greenest devices so far. It’s been manufactured using bio-plastics and recycled materials for much of its construction; energy saving features and a charger with the lowest standby power in its class. Even with all these green assets, no compromise has been made with its other features. It’s been designed around the concept of lowering its environmental impact throughout its lifecycle
The Nokia C6-01 has a whopping 8 megapixel full focus camera with dual LED flash that is also able to shoot 720p HD videos; a 3.2″ AMOLED touchscreen with new ClearBlack technology; a music player; web TV and free navigation through Ovi Maps. There are loads of apps available too from Ovi Store.
If you can’t bear to be away from either Facebook or Twitter for a moment, the Nokia C6-01 enables live feeds directly on the home screen via the dedicated Social Client. And if the Internet is a must there’s 3G and Wi-Fi on board.
So, if you want to be more eco-friendly and like the idea of a phone measuring 104 x 53 x 14mm and only weighing in at 131g and that it comes in black or silver grey then this is the green mobile for you.
As Smartphones get smarter as well as more expensive, however there is still a huge market at the other end of the spectrum for less sophisticated mobiles. Not everyone wants or needs an all singing, all dancing phone that does the ironing and makes the dinner.
Enter the Nokia C1-02. Its cheap, handy, bright screen and big buttons simplicity matches it’s ease of use. Yet, it has access to Ovi Mail and Ovi Chat, if that blows your hair back. It comes in a box that is not oversized, which means it has much less of an impact on Mother Earth and your carbon footprint. It claims to have 10 hours talk time and 22 days of standby. Weighing in at 77g and measuring 108 x 45 x 14mm this is a nice and compact phone easy on the pocket lining.
The interface is very tidy, other than the time, date and some wallpaper to power it up – you’ll find a wide array of apps to plug into. The only thing it does not have, that you might notice, is a camera. That however, will save your battery. If you’re going back to basics and want to take an eco-friendly approach then Nokia C1-02 is the one for you.
Nokia has for a long time now, made a firm commitment towards creating green mobile phones, which means; not using any environmentally unfriendly materials such as PVC, brominates, chlorinated materials, or antimony trioxide in their mobile phones. So it comes as no surprise that their flag ship mobile the N9 can be easily recycled/destroyed as it uses LOTS of safe materials. Extra greeny bits are the thoughts behind the packaging. Manufacturers often drop the baby here, but not Nokia’s flag ship mobile: 77% of it packaging is made from recycled materials. They’ve also kept the packaging to a minimum by packing it tightly in, in the first place. So when it arrives in the post don’t expect a shoe box full of nothing.
Check this out:
- The cardboard package: 134 mm x Width: 80 mm x Height: 74 mm
- The size of the N9: 117 mm x Width: 61 mm x Height: 8-12 mm
Driven by Nokia’s very own MeeGoo operating system. It has installed, near field communication technology. A power save mode to let you know when it’s finished charging and an AC-16 USB fast Nokia charger, nice.
With an all screen design, the phone doesn’t have a home button so you have to use a ‘swipe’ gesture to take you back to the main screen. Usual techno bits are the 3.9″ AMOLED screen, 16/64 GB storage, 1 GB RAM and it weighs 135 g. Stand by time is an impressive 450 hours when you use 3G, the N9 has an 8 MP camera, fronted by Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, dual LED flash and it comes in Black, Cyan, Magenta.
And if you wanted to make less of environmental impact by using the N9, Nokia say that over three years using the N9 is apparently equivalent to driving a family car only 60 miles, sadly though it doesn’t look as if it’s coming to the UK.
Is the smallest monoblock touchscreen smartphone in the world, AKA the Zeta, its only 10mm thick and weighs in at 96 grams (including battery). It’s also Nokia’s most eco-friendly smartphone, with lots of eco-friendly materials and features to minimize battery consumption. Powered with a 1GHz processor, it has a 3.2-inch active-matrix organic LED (AMOLED) screen ClearBlack display, 2GB of memory (which you can increase with a 32GB microSD card), HD video capture and a 5MP full focus camera with LED flash, nice
Made of renewable, up to 60 % recycled material. It’s 100 % recyclable, free of PVC and nickel on the product surface, free of brominated & chlorinated compounds and free of antimony trioxide, with recycled metals in inner parts of the product. The Zeta uses bio-based materials in the cover and inner parts of the product as well as using bio-based paints on the cover parts. The packaging has been reduced in volume and uses only sustainable materials.
With Power Save mode, ambient light sensor, unplug charger reminder, Nokia Fast Charger AC-15 it also has a Eco application preinstalled and available at Ovi, as well as preinstalled eco wallpapers and ringtones as well as maps for route optimization and pedestrian navigation.
It’s driven using Symbian Belle, which is new in the marketplace and quite unique as one of the key features is that you can increase the number of home screens from three to six so you can display more applications and services. More tekky stuff is that Symbian Belle comes with single-tap near-field communication technology sharing and pairing with NFC-enabled mobile accessories, such as speakers or Bluetooth headphones and headsets.
It comes in white, black and three other colour variants unknown at present.
Samsung U460 Intensity II
This phone is packed with features and its very eco-friendly. The Samsung Intensity 2 is made mostly from recycled plastic water bottles, which is great for the environment and, the box it comes in is made from 60% recycled paper, partially printed with soy ink.
And for tekkie stuff, it features a QWERTY keyboard for both texting and all the usual social media accessibility; you can SMS, MMS, EMS and IM all you want. The 1.3 megapixel camera is a bit of shocker when you think of what’s on offer these days. But it has got an infrared beam for night vision mode. Bluetooth, mp3 player loaded with 100MB of internal memory which can be increased to 32GB and wireless technology.
A notepad and a calculator, an alarm clock, a calendar, a stop watch and a world clock and USB mass storage. And if your particularly popular and have lots of friends, it has the capacity to hold 1000 contacts; each enabling space for 5 phone numbers, 2 addresses, 2 email addresses, birthday (!) and notes.
It comes in metallic blue and deep grey, nice.
Welcome to the world;s first green Android device. It had to come and Samsung answered the call and started producing green mobile phones with the ‘Replenish’, the world’s first green Android mobile device. Armed with a QWERTY keyboard, a 2.8 inch screen, it has a MicroSD memory card slot, (memory expansion up to 32GB) GPA support, and sports Wi-Fi connectivity as well as a 2MP camera.
With 34.6% of the casing made from post-consumer recycled plastic, 80% of this handset made from recyclable materials and its very energy efficient as it comes with a charger that meets the EC Code of Conduct on Energy, this is an earth conscious mobile designed for everyone and not just the green at heart.
It also features what they call the Green ID app, for those so inclined its packed with green content and apps (check out some of the best environmentally friendly smartphone apps you can download for any phone) to help do your bit, where to source organic foodstuffs, where to recycle, how to live green and so on. You can treat your self to a solar charging accessory if you wish. And you can buy it dressed in raspberry pink, Arctic blue and onyx black, originally only available in the US.
Samsung I110 Illusion
Samsung have launched yet another green mobile android based phone AKA the Illusion. Sporting a 3.5 inch screen and a 3 megapixel camera, eco creds are as follows:
- rear casing and battery cover are made from 70% post-consumer material
- 35% of the fascia is made from recycled materials
- the box is made from 60% recycled and bleach-free paper and printed with vegetable ink rather than the usual oil-derived ink
Armed with a 1Ghz Hummingbird processor and a MicroSD slot for up to 32GB, its WiFi enabled to. The keyboard uses SWYPE technology, so you can text faster, more intuitively. And all delivered with Samsung’s cool styling and delivered using Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Samsung Galaxy Ace
With more people than ever looking at how to green their lives and reduce their carbon footprint, if you’re really serious about wanting to contribute to a greener world, then what’s a good starting point? Your mobile phone. You can look to start reducing some of your carbon emissions here. Some people have one, some have more; for many the mobile phone has become an indispensable part of their lives. So, if we could make it green, then all’s the better. The latest mobiles are often made from environmentally friendly materials, are energy efficient and they can be fully recycled. So what’s in the marketplace that could help you green up your life? Well for one, Samsung have for 2012, come up with an Ace – the Galaxy Ace.
Sporting a 3.5 screen, under the hood it’s driven by an 800MHz processor, you can ramp it up from 158mb to 32GB using a micro slot card. For taking pictures, there’s a useful 5 megapixel lens. Made entirely from recycled materials, you can look to be making serious inroads on your part in reducing climate change by choosing this android powered smartphone. Powered with a heavy duty 1350mAh cell, the packaging of phone itself are all made from reused and recycled materials and all this comes weighing in at 113 grams; nice.
Samsung Blue Earth S7550
Boom, a solar panel on the back and a body made from recycled water bottles. This phone was released in 2009. 130MB of storage was great, but the small 3” touch screen was less so. A smaller screen is one way to help battery life though.
If you use your phone for calls and are happy to enjoy a few extras here and there, it’s a great eco phone. For example, you can enjoy music in various formats, record videos and share them as multimedia messages and there’s a full HTML browser.
The solar panels worked great to maintain the phone’s charge level, though we can’t remember it being able to make a significant dent in the phone’s charge level. It goes without saying that this effect is gone at night. With a super low energy use rate of 0.039 watts, the Blue Earth really was a great choice for a green mobile phone.
There seemed to be no stopping Samsung and their commitment to green mobile phones around the 2010 mark. They came up with the ‘Blue Earth’ phone in 2009, which was a hit, then swiftly added to their grand stable of eco phones with the Samsung Intensity. About 35% of the casing is made largely from recycled plastic (actually recycled water bottles).
Not quite as high spec as the Blue Earth, this is an entry level phone with a slide out QWERTY key board, it has all the usual jewels one would expect of an eco designed phone and it comes with GPS.
OK its not touchscreen and maybe there’s not many bells and whistles on it, but what a good back up phone this would be? At present it only comes in black and weighs in at 72gms.
You can store up to 200 numbers using its 16MB onboard memory. It has some games, an organiser, SMS, a calendar, a speakerphone and stopwatch feature and it has a vibration mode when needed.
But the best bit for us…it has a Li-Ion standard battery of 1000 mAh which can help the Samsung E1170 support a talk time of 10 h 30 min and has a whopping great 830 hours standby time.
That means you could charge it once a month! Now is that a low carbon footprint or what?
Samsung S8500 Wave
Samsung S8500 Wave, cute very cute, it comes with a 5 Megapixel camera and video capability, usual suspects such as a music player, a web browser with WiFi capability and a GPS navigation facility.
This new 3G comes with Samsungs new Bada operating system, powered with a 1ghz Hummingbird processor, the Wave has the new much lauded Super Amoled screen which just makes its its 3 inch screen light up.
And it has that fab auto rotation function which responds to the users movements. Construction wise, Samsung have opted for what’s called a unibody design which means it’s seamless, so look and feel wise it’s a very pretty well built phone weighing in at 118g. And if you are unhappy with its memory you can boast it up to 2GB with a microSD card.
Which is good news as the phone comes with a bunch of preinstalled applications which cover a lot of ground and there’s easy access for your social media apps such as Twitter, Facebook and MySpace (remember that?) etc. With a battery life of about 7 hours of talk time over 3G.
And last but not least this handset came in second place in O2’s eco mobile rating chart when it was released, not bad.
It’s a greeny alright, sporting such credentials as being 100% recyclable when you’re done with it, which is excellent. Something we are very keen on is eco packaging and Samsung have utilised 80% recycled post-consumer paper with this baby and they’ve used soy ink for the décor.
To keep the eco mobile theme going, it has eco-oriented wallpaper and ringtones. Its hazardous substance free and comes with all sorts of eco-themed tools and apps. It comes with standard stuff such as dual-band 3G connectivity and quad-band GSM technology. A slide out 4 row QWERTY keyboard and a 2.4 inch display, as well as a 2.0 megapixel digital camera and video camcorder and a microSD/microSDHC card slot that can take up to 32GB. An optical joystick, Bluetooth 2.1 and a music player.
Usual suspects such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace integration, as well as GPS apps to get you there. One-key access to messages, Instant Messaging and mobile email too and it has “conversation” style threaded messaging which is dead easy to use. Further eco bits are that you can charge it up with Energy Star energy efficient charger (level V) standby power loss is less than 0.03W and is 75% energy efficient, nice.
There’s no paper guide with this as it comes with a CD for training, help etc. Great idea to move away from paper, but points off for the greenwashing since there’s now a plastic disc that can’t be recycled as easily (if at all) as a paper booklet. Today we’d expect it all t be 100% online and avoid both the plastic and cutting down trees.
Sony Ericsson Hazel
How I define Sony Ericsson Hazel? This is an earth friendly slider handset which will win hearts of any modern phone lover. As green mobile phones go, I love the way this gadget has been presented by Sony Ericsson.
To save earth, we should work with the motto, “Go Green”. Reducing pollution is very important to save Mother Earth. Sony Ericsson is a smart phone maker which is trying to conserve earth. As such, this brand has presented Sony Ericsson Hazel for users who are environmental friendly. The aim of presenting this gadget is to meet people mobile needs without destroying the nature.
Best thing about the Hazel is that it is constructed with recycled plastic material. The shape of this greener mobile is designed so that it can fit in the hand very comfortably. And it has smart features like a low power consuming charger along with an eco friendly calculator so you can see how your helping the environment.
Well done Sony Ericsson
Sony Ericsson Cedar
Sony Ericsson is introducing their latest green mobile phone to the world, which looks to be another hit from the Greenheart green mobile phone range. Made from over 50% of recycled plastics and processed using eco-friendly materials. The people at Sony E are sticking to their strict environmental standards and the handset comes with a low power consumption charger, e-manual and other Greenheart goodies. Agree or disagree with you feel about the worlds environmental issues, it looks as if greener mobile phones are here to stay.
3G HSDPA ready the Cedar has all the usual browsing access to emails and social networking sites that a phone must feature these days. And a host of other hot features; you can download direct to Facebook, geo tagging and Sony Ericsson Album application, Calendar, Twitter application, Orkut application, Phone book with dialer, Flight mode, WebKit Web browser, Voice Memo and Shake Control.
The Cedar features a 2.6-inch TFT Capacitive full touchscreen display and their sticking to this human designed shape in the design stakes. bA 2.0 MP camera might be seen by some as a step back in time, but the video is good and with 4 x digital zoom, you’ll be able to download everything via Bluetooth. The standard battery allows for a fabulous 400 hrs standby time and up to 12 hours of talk time
Sony Ericsson claims that carbon emissions for the Greenheart phones have been reduced by 15%, which in the grand scheme of things is a very good step in the right direction.
Sony Ericsson Aspen
Resistance is futile… If you had any concerns about the quality of green mobiles, then as of today you can sweep those thoughts aside. This is a phone at the top of its game and its green through and through. All the usual smartphone goodies are loaded, 3.2MP lens multishot, WiFi, GPS, plus a load of pre-installed apps, Facebook Twitter etc and the latest version of Windows Mobile and with a full qwerty keyboard smartphone.
The Aspen as part of the Greenheart range of phones from Sony Ericsson, it’s stuffed full of green apps, it’s also made out of recycled plastic, has a green charger and is covered in water-borne paint. So with reduced carbon emissions this phone is doing its bit for the environment, which is a good thing.
The crown on the head of the Aspen is it being judged as the greenest mobile phone on the market in 2011 by Greenpeace.
Sony Ericsson Elm
The Sony Ericsson Elm was the most sustainable green mobile phone in the marketplace according to the new green chart from O2. They put together a chart of the most and the least environmentally friendly phones, the information was based on the ongoing impact of each phone, use of raw materials, packaging, energy efficiency, ease of re-use, recycling etc, the rating also took into account the ethical performance of the manufacturer production processes and supply chain.
Out of 65 mobile phones from the worlds top manufacturers the Elm won through.
The Elm scored an impressive 4.3 out of 5, with a number of handsets tied on second place behind it on a score of 4.
Take a look at how O2 judged the eco rating project and why it’s important.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini X10
Sony Ericsson latest green mobile phone, the Xperia Mini X10 has picked itself up the EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) green award for 2010 – 2011. Given its green credentials, the mini won the award for being made from recycled plastics and sporting reduced packaging.
EISA introduced the Green Mobile Awards back in 2005. Determining the winner is, in fact, not something EISA does by itself, it is an association that consists of 50 of the most prestigious and specialized multimedia magazines from 19 countries around the world. Each year the chief editors of those mags meet and decide which products within the 6 categories are going to win these very prestigious awards.
With energy consumption such a hot topic amongst smart phone users and everyone looking to doing something their environmental impact. Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Mini outperformed the competition this year, as a mobile phone, music machine, mobile internet device or even photo camera amongst hundreds of entrants up for the award.
Despite its compact size and weight, the Sony Ericsson Xperia, it packs a punch, running on Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread), CPU power is a 1GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm QSD8255 Snapdragon, sporting 320 MB worth of storage and a microSD slot to add an extra 32GB. A 5MP camera, autofocus, LED flash, Geo tagging, image stabilization, smile and face detection. A stereo radio with RDS. Standby battery life is tasty at 340 hours on (2G) and 320 hours on (3G).
Given Sony Ericsson’s commitment in preserving the environment with their Greenheart range of mobiles, this award will hopefully show their competitors, that greener mobiles are the way to go.