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Orange SAN Francisco

alaTest has collected and analyzed 201 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the battery and usability are generally positive. The camera and screen also get good reviews, but there are some critical reviews about the apps and features.

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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 86/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Orange SAN Francisco

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 85 user reviews of Orange SAN Francisco from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Mobile Phones on Amazon.co.uk.

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apps, features

85% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Orange San Francisco / Android / Mobile Phone on Orange / Pay As You Go / PAYG (Including £10 Top Up)Orange San Francisco Pay As You Go Mobile Phone including £10 Airtime - WhiteOrange San Francisco 2 / Android / Mobile Phone on Orange / Pay As You Go / PAYG

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Orange San Francisco 2 review

 

Can Orange replicate the success of its budget San Francisco?

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

Small, neat and affordable, the Orange San Francisco 2 is far from being a bad buy. But Orange set the bar very high with the original San Francisco, and this follow up just doesn't represent a giant leap forward.

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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 review

 

Setting a new benchmark for the budget Android brigade

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 ; Poor FM radio

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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.

Recommended!

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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.

Product Specifications

Camera

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

Configuration

Audio Formats : Yes
Audio Playback: Yes
AUDIOFORMATS: 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

Connectivity

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

Data Transfer

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

Display

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

General Features

Design:Bar
EASY USE PHONE: No
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

Messaging

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