Product Type: Orange Smartphone
Newest Review: ... up. The phone had become almost completely useless and I had no come back with Orange to get it fixed or replaced. Worst still, I was s... more
Claims to be the cheapest smart phone
Orange San Francisco Smartphone
Member Name: sazwah
Orange San Francisco Smartphone
Advantages: looks nice for the first couple of weeks until the cover gets scratched
Disadvantages: Practically everything about the phone, appearance and functionality is shocking.
I bought this phone just over a year ago as I had a budget of £100 pounds and really wanted a high quality smart phone for no more than my budget and I came across this particular one whilst searching on line. I'd never seen it advertised before until I visited the orange store on line and found that it was a phone specialised by orange themselves and not available by another company in the UK (I have found that overseas the phone has an alternative alias known as the "ZTE Blade" but is exactly the same phone inside and out).
Starting with the general appearance of the phone, it looked like a knock off iPhone alternative with a cheap plastic and enamel coated case that easily chipped off after a couple of months and looked scruffy. The case also covers the camera area and this cracked ever so easily but if this happens you can find replacement cases on ebay for a couple of quid, however it's not really appealing if you find that the cover cracks in front of the camera and you have to remove it in order to take a picture - annoying! However this may not happen to everyone but the sentiment is there as it is rather fragile on that particular area.
The accessibility and ease of use actually confused me for a while, and I'm usually 'tech savvy' as it were and I had previously owned another touch screen phone before this one so It wasn't because of that.
I found that the keypad was terribly calibrated and I often found myself taking three times as long to text or dial a number as I made so many mistakes that even predictive text couldn't figure out what I was trying to say. There isn't even an option for you to re-calibrate the keypad for your specific needs which annoyed me as I relied on my phone to stay in touch with a number of people - obviously, but I found myself avoiding doing so because of how frustrating the keyboard was and even my friends said so when I lent them my phone for a text or a call, they would be asking me last out of everyone because of it.
The battery life is atrocious and I had to charge mine daily, even if I didn't use it much. It also took hours and hours to charge so I had to force myself into a routine where I made sure my phone was charging through the night and also take my charger with me to college so that it didn't die during the day when I needed it. I find that battery life is one of the most important factors of a mobile phone and out of the several phones I've owned this one has been the worst.
I wouldn't recommend it to anyone as it pretty much seems to be a case of "you get what you pay for" as they say it's the cheapest smart phone on the market, there's a reason for this as it's so poorly put together and is made from cheap materials. I am glad I now own a different phone as it was just a nightmare to use.
Summary: You get what you pay for - it may be the cheapest smart phone available but it's one of the worst.
More reviews in the field of Smartphone
- Great device, high price.
- One of the greatest mid range smartphones
- I have to admit, I'm a bit in love..
- Revolutionising the smart phone again.
- I have been converted!
- Purple Galaxy
- The Next Generation is here...
- A brief encounter with a Samsung Galaxy Y
- Samsung Young is for everyone
- Frequently Scares Me!