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Orange SAN Francisco

alaTest has collected and analyzed 186 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the usability and camera. The responsiveness and screen also get good comments. Some have doubts about the apps and features.

value for money, screen, responsiveness, camera, usability

features, apps

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Orange SAN Francisco is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 186 reviews)

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Orange San Francisco II review


Those of us with expensive smartphones sometimes forget that not everyone needs, or wants, a device in their pocket that costs £500. So for those who either don't see the point of super-expensive phones, or just simply can't justify the expense,...

Cheap, nice display, lots of cool Orange features, compact and light, HD Voice

A bit laggy, not as exciting as some smartphones, Orange customisations

There's really nothing not to like here, especially considering its ultra-low price

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Orange San Francisco review


The Orange San Francisco is the network's adaptation of the ZTE Blade. It is a budget Android handset, offering up entry-level hardware specs but coming forward with a cracking display and offering Android 2.1, albeit with a heavy dose of Orange...

Screen resolution and touch response, price, slim design

Orange integration is a little heavy, some software bugs, poor video capture

Overall a great handset.

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Orange San Francisco


The definitive Orange San Francisco review

Great screen; Super build; Nice Orange widgets; Can ditch the Orange skin easily; Useful apps pre installed

No Twitter out of the box; Disappointing stills camera; No Facebook out of the box; Very disappointing video camera

Excellent online community. Lots of top-tips there about how to avail of the various discounts that Orange offer already to get your mits on a cheap SanFran..


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Orange San Francisco II


When we reviewed the original Orange San Francisco, little did we know that the handset that wowed us for its great capabilities at a low cost would become the benchmark for other low-cost smartphones to emulate throughout 2011.

Great screen ; Pocket friendly ; Good battery life ; Some nice Orange widgets ; 2GB microSD card included

No Twitter or Facebook integration ; Unresponsive screen ; No Flash support ; Poor quality earphones ; Overall not a massive leap forward

Our video of a moving train is sharp and clear - this was taken on a bright day. On a dull, rainy day, though, the camera struggles to capture enough light to take a photo. And, because the lens sits flat on the backplate rather than being recessed, we...

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Orange San Francisco II review


The successor to the Orange San Francisco, the San Francisco II is also a re-branded ZTE handset. It's available on prepay for only £100, while on contract you'll pay £16 a month for a basic plan with 100MB of data per month, which should be fine for...

The San Francisco II improves on the original in every way, and, small amount of app storage aside, is a great budget handset

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Orange San Francisco 2 (ZTE Crescent)


Faster and leaner, the San Francisco II takes over from its predecessor as the de facto ultra budget smartphone of choice.

Large high res screen is great for web, email, etc ; LED flash makes camera more useful ; Provides proper smartphone experience for very little money ; Runs latest Android 2.3.5 OS

Processor is slow ; Camera still quite poor ; Build is still very budget

Having both the San francisco II and the Nokia Lumia 800 to hand, what's quite striking is the difference in the screen quality... and the San Fran comes out on top. Okay, maybe it's not quite as clear cut as that but where the Lumia 800 has a...

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Orange San Francisco 2 review


The Orange San Francisco 2 offers a decent screen, pleasing design and a simple user experience that belies its low price.

Simple operation ; Android features ; Decent screen ; Pleasant design

Poor processor ; User interface looks ugly ; MicroSD card slot is stuck inside phone

The San Francisco 2 is a great improvement over its predecessor. It not only looks better, but it offers a smooth interface and a decent performance that belies the low price tag.


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Orange San Francisco (ZTE Blade)


We take a look at a truly game changing, feature packed budget smartphone which Orange cannot ruin - try as it might...

Brilliant screen ; Feature packed ; Incredible price

Orange Bloatware ; Poor Camera

The Orange San Francisco is a staggeringly well featured handset which simply has no peer when it comes to value for money. Orange has done its very best to make a mess of the user experience by riddling the phone with bloatware, but it is nothing some...

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Orange San Francisco review


The San Francisco is a handset exclusive to Orange, but it's built by ZTE, the same company that makes the budget ZTE Racer. The San Francisco is a far better phone than the Racer, however: it has a larger screen with a massive 480x800 resolution, as...

It has a great screen, but we’re not keen on Orange’s extra software and there are better alternatives for the same price.

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Orange San Francisco review


We're thrilled that the trim, powerful San Francisco Android smart phone only costs £99 on a pay as you go deal, but we'd be even happier if its software wasn't covered in Orange crud.

Capacitive touchscreen ; Feature-packed Android 2.1 operating system ; Cheap

Email app replaced with paid-for Orange service ; Hideous Orange branding ; Bad Orange apps

We'd like to give Orange a big hug for bringing us a decent-looking, powerful Android phone with a capacitive touchscreen for under £100 on a pay as you go deal. Then we'd like to give Orange a punch in the face for covering the phone in bloatware and...

Product Specifications


Autofocus:No / Yes
Built-in Camera:Double Camera / Yes
Built-in Flash: No
Video Resolution in Pixel:Unknown


Audio Formats : Yes
Audio Playback: Yes
Dual SIM Card: No
GPS Receiver:Built-in
I-Mode: No
Integrated Radio:FM Radio
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Push to Talk: No
Realtone: Yes
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen
Video Client: Yes


A2DP: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer

HSDPA:No / Yes
Technology:GSM/PCN / WCDMA (UMTS)


Display Technology:AMOLED / TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:262.144 / Unknown
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Elderly Friendly Phone: No
Operating System:Android
Operator:EE / Orange / Sim Free
Product Type:Mobile Phone / Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging:No / Yes
Push email: No
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