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ZTE Blade / Orange San Francisco

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Overall 7

Orange San Francisco Review: In Depth

28 March 2014
  • Conclusion: This is the best budget Android handset we've seen to date. It's by no means perfect - it can run a little slow, the camera isn't amazing and the connectivity a little ropey - but it's a capable handset with a good quality screen and running Android; for £100, you can't go far wrong.
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Overall 7
Design 8
Features 8
Performance 6

ZTE Blade Review

Bright Hub
19 March 2011
  • Excerpt: A review of the the cheapest AMOLED display smartphone by ZTE, the Blade AKA the Orange San Francisco.
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ZTE Blade / Orange San Francisco Review: Two-Thirds Of A Nexus One For One-Third The Price

Android Police
20 February 2011
  • Excerpt: Since the advent of Android in 2009, the family of devices running Google's mobile OS has grown from one handset to now hundreds and possibly thousands of unique models. In recent months, Android has seen an explosion of devices coming from lesser-known Asian manufacturers, with one of the main selling points being price.
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Expert Review

Mobile Tech Addicts
25 October 2010
  • Conclusion: I have to say that the Orange San Francisco is probably my bargain of the year. Although not as well specced as some of the top of the range Android devices you must remember that it is a quarter of the price. In terms of value for money the San Francisco is a top notch device and i am sure that the other carriers are pretty gutted that they are not selling it. Nice one Orange.
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Overall 6

Orange San Francisco

11 September 2010
  • Summary: We're thrilled that the trim, powerful San Francisco Android smart phone only costs £99 on a pay as you go deal, but we'd be even happier if its software wasn't covered in Orange crud.
  • Cons: Email app replaced with paid-for Orange service; hideous Orange branding; bad Orange apps.
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Overall 9

Orange San Francisco (ZTE Blade)

Trusted Reviews
3 November 2011
  • Summary: We take a look at a truly game changing, feature packed budget smartphone which Orange cannot ruin - try as it might...
  • Pros: Brilliant screen, Feature packed, Incredible price
  • Cons: Orange Bloatware, Poor Camera
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Overall 8
Features 8
Ease of use 8
Performance 8
Battery performance 8

Orange San Francisco by 3G

3 March 2011
  • Summary: Get rid of Orange’s bloatware and you'll have an excellent handset. It can hold its own in the company of pricier smartphones and is far superior to other handsets in its price range.
  • Pros: Great price, responsive display, Android 2.1 operating system, excellent GPS and web functions for the price
  • Cons: Too many non-useful Orange apps; a £1 charge to load your webmail account onto the Orange Mail app unless you're a Gmail user
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Orange San Francisco Review

15 February 2011
  • Excerpt: A lot of excitement was created with the launch of the San Francisco from Orange (which is actually a ZTE Blade) and it’s not hard to see why with a price tag of £99 (+ £10 top up) and plenty of high-end features such as 3G HSDPA, GPS, a large 3.5” WVGA screen and 512MB Ram.
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Overall 5
Value for money 7
Features 7
Performance 3

Orange San Francisco

PC Pro
27 December 2010
  • Conclusion: An amazing screen and a low price, but the rest disappoints
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Overall 8

Orange San Francisco review

Pocket Lint
24 November 2010
  • Excerpt: 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 customisation by default.
  • Pros: Screen resolution and touch response, price, slim design
  • Cons: Orange integration is a little heavy, some software bugs, poor video capture
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