Smartphone Toxicity Study Reveals iPhone 5 is Less Toxic than Galaxy S III

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Neville Berger

To be honest, more and more people talk about these two mobile. And who can tell people which one is better or why? Maybe just heard to heard. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7XKCxG3P8U

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slibinz

It's not the iPhone's toxicity that I'm worried about, as I won't be ingesting one and electronics recycling services are ubiquitous these days. It's the toxicity of the iPhone users themselves. Mention anything about how the Galaxy S3 is a better, cheaper phone...and you can see the toxic hate oozing out of their pores and hear it from their mouths...

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Engelsstaub

I doubt you hear it from their mouths. I'm guessing you just imagine it coming from their mouths because you sit on the internet agitating for a cyberfight over something so *important* as one's choice in cellphones.

I'm not sure if you realize this but words like "better" are subjective and have to do with these things called "opinions."

You can tell someone it's "cheaper" (now that's called "a fact") but they probably already know that and don't care. Do you want to know why? ...because it's their money, their choice, and they will probably say "I will pay for what I like. You pay for what you like."

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Zoandar

This was better than the article itself. :) To be of any real use, the article should have included the best places to properly recycle cell phones.

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Jox

"Useless and uninformative" are the hallmarks of a Paul Lilly article.

-Jox

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Zoandar

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warptek2010

My first reaction was who in the hell throws away a $400 plus phone? I still have Motorola i90's lying around from back when I was on Nextel.
Can't seem to get rid of them though on Ebay.

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Mayhemm

So, the conclusion here is that the iPhone 5 is safer to throw out than the Galaxy SIII?

Good to know.

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Zoandar

+1

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EKRboi

well considering its nearly half the size (exaggerating a little) of the S3 its no wonder. I don't complain about MPC news articles really ever but c'mon now.. really?

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ApathyCurve

Municipal landfill construction and operation under EPA guidelines:

1) Dig hole. Construct containment berms.

2) Construct liner on compound drainage grade using select fill of sandy clay. Minimum thickness three feet, compacted in 6" lifts to 97% proctor.

3) Cover liner in 22 mil HDPE sheeting which is seam-welded to provide a contiguous barrier.

4) Leachate extraction pipe, wrapped in rock and lister fabric, installed on compound drainage grade. Pipe pulls all leachate to extraction basin, WHERE HEAVY METALS REMAIN IN CONTAINMENT.

5) Extract leachate, flare off gases and burn suspension to fly ash.

6) Push continuous cover (dirt) onto top of landfill during its entire life cycle in order to prevent overflow.

Explain to me again how the heavy metals get into the ground water.

I really dislike people who start mouthing off about subjects on which they are grossly uninformed. Unfortunately, the Internet is full to overflowing with exactly that sort of individual. Stick to tearing down gizmos, iFixIt.

Yes, I've done it. As a project manager for a major civil engineering firm. And this was fifteen years ago; it's probably more strict now. NOTHING leaves a modern American landfill unless you specifically extract it, and it certainly doesn't get into the groundwater.

I can't speak to engineering practices and regulations in Pakistan or Ungabunga or Whatthefuckistan, but I'm pretty sure the number of cell phones in landfills in those places are minimal at best. I'm also old and wise enough that I really don't give a crap what they do in those places; it's their country, they may do as they will.

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Zoandar

+1 -- A call to improve journalism around the world.

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slibinz

Hear, hear!

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kevaskous

+9000 internets

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DR_JDUBZ

+1

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spacegoast

I like how the title suggests iPhone 5 beats out SGSIII in another trivial category. Does anyone really care how their phone is discarded? Plus, many carriers now do trade-ins. So how the phone gets disposed of is up to the carrier it is returned to. I find this to be a pointless study...

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Zoandar

When "trivial" is all you have to go on, you exploit it. It "looks and feels" pretty, and its less toxic than a nuclear disaster (at least physically. No one seems to have done a study on the synergistic affects of choosing to buy Apple products, but I suspect it leads to, or is the result of, brain cancer).

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Eagle70ss

It's trivial regardless which phone won the eco battle. They just had a little less chem dust floating around foxconn that particular day.

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Engelsstaub

I'll bet your comment would have been quite different or non-existent if this pointless study had found the S3 to be better for the environment.

But yes, it does seem a bit trivial.

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