Orange San Diego review: Intel comes to smartphones
7 January 2014
Summary: 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. Amidst rumors of poor power consumption, the GW990 was canceled, and not a single Moorestown device ever made it to market.
Pros: High-density display, Phenomenal call quality, Good battery life
Cons: Uninspired design, Terrible software, Camera has issues, App compatibility not perfect
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? Design wise the San Diego has a matte soft-touch back as well as silver trimmings around the side.
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. Now the company needs to start working on refining the process and bringing battery drain up to speed with competitors, because they’re certainly not standing still.
Conclusion: Intel may be late to the party but the Medfield-based Atom Z2460 proves the giant can take its design expertise from decades of desktop and laptop processors and apply it to the low-power environment of smartphones. It is both a fast and frugal platform. Regrettably the fact that it is based on the venerable x86 architecture is an unnecessary distraction, forcing the majority of apps to run through an emulation layer to match the rest of the market, running ARM.
Pros: Fast processor, Outstanding display, Amazing value
Cons: SIM locked and can't be rooted, No microSD card slot, Some apps don't work on x86
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)). The Intel Atom CPU is solid and the camera takes some good shots to. For £199.99 we have seen far worse smartphones that cost twice the price!
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