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tawkon measures the amount of radiation that your phone produces, allowing you to stay in a safe range.
Love It: Real-time indication is handy and can keep you in safe operating levels.
Hate It: Honestly? Nothing. If you’re concerned about radiation levels, tawkon is as great of a tool as you’ll ever find.
There has been a lot of talk lately about the iPhone 4’s “death grip”. In fact, there’s been so much talk about it that most people probably don’t realize that every phone is succeptible to signal loss when held a certain way.
When your phone loses reception, the amount of effort it will put into holding a call can dramatically increase the amount of radiation that it provides. tawkon gives you real-time measurement of the radiation and can help you to monitor for safe levels before and during a call:
Sadly, tawkon is only available for download on BlackBerry devices at the moment. The iPhone version
is still in the approval process has been rejected (but not without hope), and the Android flavor isn’t fully ready for release just yet. However, you can bet that neither of them are very far off from reality.
While tawkon can run by itself to show you when it’s safe to make a call, the handy feature is that it also can provide you with in-call alerts when radiation levels get higher than normal. Fortunately, you can also choose to dismiss alerts on a per-call basis, for those times when you actually might want crispy-fried brain cells.
Beyond the in-call and predictive modes, tawkon has some rather handy mapping and graphing features as well. You’ll be able to see locations where reception is known to be acceptable, as well as historical data on your calls and radiation levels during them.
For now, BlackBerry users should go grab tawkon and start putting it to use. We’ll let you know as soon as we get notification that the iPhone and Android versions are ready to go.
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