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...
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.
Summary: The Orange San Diego is the first Intel-powered smartphone to land in the UK, and a budget-friendly one at that. Despite its low £199 PAYG asking price, it offers significantly faster processing than its similarly priced rivals, a very good screen, a long list of tweakable camera settings and...
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: The Orange San Diego sports a sturdy but streamlined unibody with a tactile rubber back cover and super sharp screen Android Gingerbread is as ever intuitive and simple, but the Orange interface adds little (apart from bloatware apps you’ll probably want to delete).
Pros: Fast performance, brilliant high definition display, NFC support plus existing Orange apps for mobile payments and other contactless technology
Cons: Illogical auto-correct slows typing, Orange interface is bland and doesn’t support some popular Android apps
Conclusion: In short, the Intel debut is a solid phone. It's wildly uninspiring to look at, and the Orange exclusivity is a bind, but we assume that will change in the future. We could live without Orange's customisations, as they make everything very orange without actually improving much.
Pros: Quick, good screen, high-speed camera burst is fun, small, reasonable battery
Cons: Not very pretty, lacks Orange features like Signal Boost and HD Voice, Orange theme is entirely too orange