Excerpt: The Orange San Diego is the first Android Phone with an Intel chipset. It's packing a pin sharp display, powerful processor and 8-megapixel camera and at just £200, it's fiercely priced given the spec-sheet. It sounds great, but does the reality live up to the hype?
Pros: Sharp screen, Solid battery life, Great value
Cons: Running Gingerbread, Bland design, Mediocre camera quality
Conclusion: Intel deserves some credit. The company has been trying to make x86 work in mobile devices for quite some time, and has finally proven that the whole package is possible with good performance sans ridiculous battery consumption.
Orange San Diego review: Intel comes to smartphones
14 June 2012
Excerpt: For many years, Intel has been promising that it would revolutionize mobile computing. At CES 2010, it showcased a new Atom processor, Moorestown, and even went so far as to announce a device, the LG GW990 , which was set to ship in the second half of 2010.
Pros: High-density display, Phenomenal call quality, Good battery life
Cons: Uninspired design, Terrible software, Camera has issues, App compatibility not perfect
Pros: Low price, Fast processor, Likely good battery life, The Orange San Diego is a stylish phone, and while it may steal design cues from the iPhone 4S and Galaxy S2 , it's certainly not a bad thing. The handset runs smoothly, with slick web browsing and fluid running of applications making the San D...
Cons: Not all apps compatible, No microSD slot, Camera key hard to press, No ICS at launch, Intel has done very well with its first stab at a mobile phone, but it isn't perfect. The biggest bug bear would have to be the app support, and although not every Android handset runs every app, we found severa...
Summary: While we are not a fan of the battery life, keyboard and Orange customisation of this phone we still feel that the device has a lot of potential if you are willing to tinker (namely add a custom ROM, access the microSD card or change the launcher (UI)).
Summary: Summary: The first Intel-powered smartphone offers excellent value for money, with its large screen, good battery life and NFC support. On the downside, it lacks storage expansion, runs Android 2.3 and some apps may not run on the Atom processor.
Pros: Large, high-resolution screen, Impressive battery life, Fast Intel Atom processor
Cons: No microSD support, Some apps won't run on the Intel CPU, Doesn't run the latest version of Android, Runs a little hot when charging
Conclusion: Europe's first Intel-powered phone is a fast performer, with a decent camera and HDMI port. The Orange livery seems a bit OTT and it's a shame it's not running the latest version of Android, but you get a considerable amount of bang for your £200 buck.