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ZTE Blade / Orange San Francisco
Orange San Francisco Smartphone
Member Name: Hannahisme
Orange San Francisco Smartphone
Advantages: see review
Disadvantages: see review
~HOW I WENT ABOUT BUYING THE PHONE~
Before I had this phone I had the Nokia E63 and was on a 18month contract with 3 that was £15 a month, the phone was free. So I searched and searched for another 18 month contract and found that pretty much every 3 phone contract had bumped up not only the length of the contract to 24 months but also the price. The price for my contract , if I wanted to get it again, was going to cost me £30 a month for a 24 month contract. I was very shocked. So I searched around to see how much it would cost to buy a phone of my choice and then by a sim only contract. I found this ZTE Blade on the Orange website for £109. At first I thought this was really expensive , but then I found a 12 month sim only contract with 3 for £10 a month. I worked out that in a year it would cost me about £230 a year for the phone....sounds expensive doesn't it? Ahh see, then I worked out how much it would cost me to get a 24 month contract at £30 a month , with a free ZTE blade and it worked out at a whopping £720 .... OH MY GOODNESS!!! Now not only was the 12 month contract cheaper with this phone but I also managed to get 300 text with 3000 mins and free 1gb internet a month. Brilliant. So I purchased them... And I was thrilled!
~ APPEARANCE ~
Now onto the phone - The appearance of the ZTE black is slim and sleek. It is light weight and fits nicely into the palm of your hand. Below are the dimensions :
Length - 116mm
Width - 56.5mm
Depth - 11.8mm
Weight - 130g
The white phone has a smooth shiny back, whereas the black/grey has a matte back which is easier to grip than the white one. The white can be slippery but the black is easier to grip. The screen is smooth and a touch screen. I wouldn't say that it is as good as the Iphone, it can be quite sensitive.
There is the charger port on the side of the phone , volume control on the other side (which is much like the Iphone), head phone port on the top of the phone, and the on/off button at the top of the phone (again, very much like the Iphone).
There is a Home, Menu and Back button on the lower front of the phone. And on the back is the camera.
When you go to unlock the phone , the unlock scheme is identical to the Iphones. The sweeping motion bar to unlock the phone is simple and easy to use. You can have a code too if you wish to have some more privacy.
The camera is a 3.5 megapixel camera. It takes reasonably good quality pictures however it doesn't have a image stablizer like some phones do, so the pictures tend to blur with the slightest movement. In other words if you have relatively shaky hands then you will find it difficult to take a good picture. The upload is very simple - You can upload straight to Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, Bluetooth, Email, Gmail or you can message it to somebody. You can also have the option to crop and rotate the image.
To view your images you go to your Gallery and view as you would on a normal phone. It is quite clever actually as if you tilt the phone from side to side, the album then tilts so you see your picture at a different angle. Pointless spec but quite amusing for a period of time!
Messaging is as easy as 1,2,3. You simply tap on the messaging app and you can write away to friends and family. The one thing I will pick at which annoys me A LOT is predictive text....I still haven't found the off button for this so I have to check my texts before I send them thoroughly in case there is a typo. Another thing that you may find difficult is if you have big fingers. Luckily for me my hands are very small so I can type away with no mistakes, however my brother who has this phone in black, has found it difficult at times as the lettering and numbers are quite small.
Emailing is very simple to. There is a email app for general emails or there is a gmail app for people that have gmail accounts. Emailing is simple and is very much like the texting.
Storing your contacts is very simple too. Just type in your friends name and number and hey presto! But you can add much more information than this. From email, to address to facebook, to youtube pages! Quite clever really !
You get what's called the 'Market' on android phones. Again, very much like the app store, just called something different and has a slightly different layout. You simply find an app you want and download it. It is very clever because it automatically updates your apps for you - If they are paid updates it does ask you first which is good.
Gaming has never been made more simple. Simply download a game, tap on it, play it! The quality is very good. Very crisp and runs fast. The range of games that you can get is endless ! My favorite games are Angry Birds and Doodle Jump!
I have downloaded a 'App Killer' which shuts the apps down after you have used them. That is one thing that this phone does which is annoying - it leaves apps running after using AND it even opens up app which you don't use. Confusing but with the app killer it makes shutting them down a lot easier! I do suggest getting that otherwise it'll half your battery life and slow your phone right down!
There are many many many more apps that you can get on this phone. The phone itself is fast, crisp and easy to use. If you have used an Iphone or Ipod before then using this phone will be like a piece of cake!
The range of ring tones is pretty good too. From jazz to pop to classical, put it this way - you have a lot more choice than most phones! You can also purchase or download more using the apps from the app store! I was very fond of this as I like my music!
Phoning is very simple too. You can either scroll through your contacts to ring someone or you can simply type the number in on the keypad.
The battery life is relatively good too. I managed to go about 4 days straight without charging it. However if you use it constantly then I give it about 5 hours. The charging takes a couple of hours.
It also has 150mb of internal memory however you can buy a microsd card which can allow up to 32gb of memory.
~WHATS IN THE BOX?~
In the box there was the phone, instructions, a charger and a USB cable which attaches onto the charger
Overall this is a nice phone for perhaps a teenager however for a business or work person this may be a little too complex and time consuming. It is a solid phone , I should no as I have dropped mine several times! It is like the Iphone but not the Iphone - so if you want a phone that is like the Iphone I suggest getting this because it is more or less the same just looks a little different and it is on android.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS REVIEW IS ALSO ON CIAO! UNDER THE SAME NAME X
Summary: see review