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Orange Monte Carlo / ZTE Skate

alaTest has collected and analyzed 139 reviews of Orange Monte Carlo / ZTE Skate. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviews about the design and size are overall positive. The usability and price are also appreciated. Many are less positive about the reception and durability. Opinions are divided on the portability.

screen, price, usability, size, design

battery, performance, camera, durability, reception

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Orange Monte Carlo / ZTE Skate is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Sandra Vogel (

Orange Monte Carlo review


Can Orange's new low-cost Android handset match the San Francisco?

Large screen ; Capable processor ; Good media streaming ; Good battery life

Screen hard to see in bright sunlight ; Low resolution video recording ; No Flash support ; MicroSD card fiddly to get at ; No bundled headphones

When Orange released its San Francisco, we were bowled over. It was a great handset for a budget price, and it continues to be the standard by which we evaluate any Android phone that hovers around the £100 mark.

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : Ben Kersey (

ZTE Skate Review: In Depth


It's fair to say that the ZTE Blade, or more accurately the subsidized and re-branded Orange San Francisco, took the low-end of the phone market by surprise. A 3.5” 800x480 AMOLED display bundled…

Decent screen ; Improved build quality over Blade/San Francisco

Expensive ; Sluggish performance ; Poor battery life

Nov, 2011

Expert review by : Barry de la Rosa (

Orange Monte Carlo review


A great screen belies this handset's low price - poor battery life aside, it's an impressive budget handset

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : Alun Taylor (

Orange Monte Carlo budget Android smartphone


Review If during the last 12 months you wanted a cheap but decent prepaid smartphone there was really only one choice, the Orange San Francisco. But now its big brother is in town – the Orange Monte Carlo.

The Orange Monte Carlo is not a phone for playing games or watching video, trick call technology, slick UI and decent battery life it is worth every penny of its asking price. Yes I'd like more system storage, a glass screen and a Cortex CPU but that...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : Ben Sillis (

Orange Monte Carlo review: Diddly price, massive phone


The Orange Monte Carlo – also known as the ZTE Skate – has been on our radar ever since Mobile World Congress in February. As the follow up to the spectacular Orange San Francisco, 2010′s bargain bin phone of the year, we were expecting great things at...

150 for a 4.3-inch screen. Wow

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A fantastic bargain, although the large screen size can't but help create expectations it can't live up to

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Coolsmartphone Staff (

Orange Monte Carlo Review


Following on from last year's San Francisco, Orange have finally released its long awaited follow up. The Monte Carlo continues the tradition of offering fairly solid midrange hardware at a comparatively bargain basement price. In this case the stakes...

I’m conscious that the tone of my reivew has been slightly negative and that wasn’t my intention. I’ve been using my Desire S to make comparisons and I’m aware that this isn’t really fair as it’s twice as expensive. Overall I’ve been very impressed...

Aug, 2011

Consumer review (

Orange Monte Carlo


Fantastic 4.3" screen, large range of apps already installed. Plays youtube etc flawlessly with no juddering or buffering (using wifi). Compare to the price of an iphone4 - this was £120 !! For the money it is a fantastic phone.

Low battery life (due to the huge screen) Keyboard is not the best Not as fast as a high smartphone. Orange branding on phone and apps

Nov, 2014

Consumer review (

Orange Monte Carlo


Decent screen size. Easy to figure out how to use. can swivel on both sides and the speed on the internet is good. Android version has a lot of improvements over 1.3. Does what I want it to do and very reasonable price for me. I love that I can have it...

not many of these. the position of the on switch means sometimes it's vulnerable to being put on when wretling it out of a pocket -but that's true almost anywhere.

Mar, 2012

Consumer review (

Orange Monte Carlo


Amazing screen features and response

Mar, 2012

Consumer review (

Orange Monte Carlo


Clarity of screen Unexpectedly good battery life for a smartphone Excellent clarity of sound on phone calls

On/off switch might be easier to operate if placed at top end of phone, rather than the side

Mar, 2012

Product Specifications


Battery Capacity:1400
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Standby time (2G):288
Talk time (2G):5

Call management

Speakerphone: Yes
Vibrating Alert: Yes


Auto Focus: Yes
Built-in Camera: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Camera resolution:2592 x 1944
Flash type:LED
Front Camera: No
Rear camera flash:Y
Rear Camera Resolution:2592 x 1944
Rear camera type:Single camera
Second Camera: No


Colour of product:Black
Form factor:Bar


Display diagonal:10.9
Display number of colours:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:480 x 800
Display Type:TFT
External display: No
Orientation sensor: Yes
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen: Yes


E-mail: Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes


FM radio: No


Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite): Yes
Position location: Yes


2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM
3G: Yes
3G standards:HSDPA, HSUPA
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Data network:3G
SIM card capability:Single SIM
Wi-Fi: Yes

Other features

Java technology: Yes
Music player: Yes
Ringer type:Polyphonic
Voice Recording: Yes

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa


Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:2.3
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar
Video call: No

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Processor frequency:0.8


Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:2.3


Internal Memory:512
Maximum memory card size:32


Video call: No

Weight & Dimensions

Height :12.6
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