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
Summary: The San Diego is a solid Android device that’s worth a lot more than Orange is charging, at least on hardware alone. It’s difficult to find a comparative phone in this price range. The HTC One V comes with Android 4.0 — something that should come to the San Diego at some point — but has a small, low-resolution display and a single-core processor.
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 Diego a breeze to use. With a £170 price tag the San Diego is also very reasonably priced, providing a well rounded smartphone experience with treats such as an 8MP camera and ...
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 several that were unavailable soon after firing up the San Diego. Another annoyance is the camera app, which has the ability to be great, but the small, fiddly and obscure settings ...
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!
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.
Excerpt: The Orange San Diego (previously know as the Orange Santa Clara) is the first Intel-powered smartphone to be released in the UK, and is being sold exclusively by the network operator. It's based on a reference design by Intel, using the Medfield chipset, and so is identical to the handsets we saw at CES and MWC earlier in the year - where it impressed us on both occasions - see Intel Medfield smartphone - Benchmarked and Hands on and Orange Santa Clara - First...
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. We'd also like to see HD voice and Signal Boost - Orange's best value-added features - but neither is present here.
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