Cell Phone Ratings: BlackBerry Bottoms Out; How Did iPhone Rate?

Nokia C6Last week, Consumer Ally gave you an exclusive sneak peak at GoodGuide's best and worst cell phones. GoodGuide today released its full cell phone ratings, and the Nokia C6 finished top of the heap among nearly 500 different cell phones, while the BlackBerry Bold 9000 came in last.

Consumer Ally has teamed up with GoodGuide, whose experts have rated more than 65,000 consumer goods -- including food, toys, personal care and household products -- using factors that include concern for the environment, personal health and social responsibility, as consumers begin increasingly to consider those in addition to price.You can view all the top-rated cell phones (in descending order) here and all the poorly rated cell phones (in ascending order) here. And for all of you Apple fans who've been asking how the iPhone fared, all three models received a 5.6 rating, placing them 323rd out of 498 phones.

GoodGuide's ratings also include a brief explanation for each category, though the user can drill down into each score for more detail. The health score measures a product's potential health impact on consumers.

The environment score is based on the impact of the product in question and the company's overall policies and practices. The society score evaluates social impact, which can include treatment of workers, workplace diversity, community involvement and corporate ethics.

However, as we explained last week, none of the cell phones received a health score due to a lack of scientific consensus over their health risk.

For example, the Nokia C6's 7.7 rating is based on:
  • A Health score of N/A (not applicable)
  • An Environment score of 9.0: This product clearly discloses meaningful product level environmental information.
  • A Society score of 6.5: Compared to other companies, this company receives an above average rating on labor and human rights.
Conversely, BlackBerry Bold 9000's 3.3 rating is based on:
  • A Health score of N/A (not applicable)
  • An Environment score of 2.9: The company that makes this product has one of the lowest scores in use of resources.
  • A Society score of 3.7: Compared to other companies, this company is one of the lowest rated on labor and human rights.
The cell phone ratings mark GoodGuide's consumer electronics debut, and its experts rated 498 cell phones from 16 different manufacturers. The ratings, which are searchable, also include an explanation of the methodology used to rate the cell phones, as well GoodGuide's cell phone shopping tips.

Below are GoodGuide's five best and worst cell phones. In order to avoid repetition of a particular brand (Nokia makes the top 26 phones, while the 17 worst-rated phones were BlackBerries.), we've skipped ahead to the next best or worst brand.

5 Best Cell Phones
5 Worst Cell Phones
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