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Orange San Diego

Wednesday 27 June 2012


Rating of 4

The basics

The Orange San Diego is a smartphone that is exclusive to phone network provider Orange. The touchscreen smartphone boasts a 4.3-inch display, 1.6GHz Intel Atom Processor and 16GB internal flash memory. It also has an 8-megapixel camera, and runs the Android 2.3 operating system.

The good

The Orange San Diego may not have the most striking design, but it feels great when you hold it. Its rubberised back means you’re less likely to have it fly out of your hands and onto the pavement. It’s not too heavy either. The workings of the device itself combine to deliver quick performance. The 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor does well to load up apps, let you switch between homescreens, and scroll through menus quickly and easily, making the Orange San Diego rather pleasant to use. Five homescreens offer plenty of room for customisation for filling with your favourite widgets giving you easy access to your most-used features. An 8-megapixel camera does take some nice pictures. The orange San Diego’s photography skills extend further with lots of features, settings and effects, including a handy burst mode letting you take multiple snaps in quick succession.

The bad

No expandable storage feels like an oversight. The Orange San Diego does have a healthy 16GB of storage to play with but an extra bit more would have meant not having to be as careful with the on-board memory. The Orange San Diego is a neat little smartphone for watching movies, and listening to music but when watching films, colours can appear slightly washed out in comparison to some high-end smartphones. The keyboard is also a tad on the small side, leaving you little room to really feel comfortable typing on. Expect mistakes aplenty. You’ll get more space when turning the device into landscape mode, but it isn’t the most ideal solution. And perhaps most importantly for some there’s no Android 4.0. It means you won’t be getting the latest Android user experience out of the box. Thankfully there should be an update later this year, for those who can wait.

The bottom line

If you're looking for a decent middle of the range smartphone, the Orange San Diego has plenty of features to keep you occupied.
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So, is there a 5 star gadget on your show?

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And you missed a major drawback of this phone: Most of the Android Apps run under ARM emulation rather than as native x86 because there are not many Android Apps that will run on Intel platform. So basically it is like a new car manufacturer who uses the engine of a leading car manufacturer and puts its own label and sells it under its own brand!

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Mine came with Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.4) pre installed and with reports that Intel are working on bringing Jelly bean to this device,this may be worth getting as the price of this device is going down hill.

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