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ZTE Blade / Orange San Francisco / T-Mobile Blade

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1468 reviews of ZTE Blade / Orange San Francisco / T-Mobile Blade. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and portability. The screen and price are also mentioned favorably. Reviews about the apps and connectivity are different. There are some critical opinions about the reception and reliability.

usability, price, screen, portability, design

battery, camera, reliability, reception

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the ZTE Blade / Orange San Francisco / T-Mobile Blade is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 44 user reviews of ZTE Blade / Orange San Francisco / T-Mobile Blade from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Opinions about the portability and durability are overall positive. The price and usability also get good reviews. There are some less positive comments about the reliability and battery, while there are some mixed reviews about the camera.

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75% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Orange San Francisco / Android / Mobile Phone on Orange / Pay As You Go / PAYGOrange San Francisco / Android / Mobile Phone on Orange / Pay As You Go / PAYG

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : Sandra Vogel (

Orange San Francisco review


Setting a new benchmark for the budget Android brigade

Great screen ; Super build ; Nice Orange widgets ; Can ditch the Orange skin easily ; Useful apps pre installed

No Twitter out of the box ; Disappointing stills camera ; No Facebook out of the box ; Very disappointing video camera ; Poor FM radio

Every operator has its budget Android offering and you can also get several SIM free. The Orange San Francisco is the best of the bunch because Orange seems to have got the bottom line features right.

Oct, 2010

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

Orange San Francisco 2 (ZTE Crescent)


Faster and leaner, the San Francisco II takes over from its predecessor as the de facto ultra budget smartphone of choice.

Large high res screen is great for web, email, etc, LED flash makes camera more useful, Provides proper smartphone experience for very little money, Runs latest Android 2.3.5 OS

Processor is slow, Camera still quite poor, Build is still very budget

Jan, 2012

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

Orange San Francisco (ZTE Blade)


We take a look at a truly game changing, feature packed budget smartphone which Orange cannot ruin - try as it might...

Brilliant screen, Feature packed, Incredible price

Orange Bloatware, Poor Camera

Nov, 2011

Expert review by (

Orange San Francisco review


The San Francisco is a handset exclusive to Orange, but it's built by ZTE, the same company that makes the budget ZTE Racer. The San Francisco is a far better phone than the Racer, however: it has a larger screen with a massive 480x800 resolution, as...

It has a great screen, but we’re not keen on Orange’s extra software and there are better alternatives for the same price.

Jan, 2011

Expert review by (

Orange San Francisco review


Orange has dipped under the £100 bar with this ZTE-manufactured Android touchscreen effort – but has it cut any corners?

Camera and battery aside, this is simply the best hardware for the money

Nov, 2010

Expert review by : Kate Solomon (

Orange San Francisco Review


Coming in at just £99, Orange's own-branded San Francisco handset is one of the cheapest Android phones around. That low price-tag doesn't mean you can expect a budget experience though, with the San…

Dec, 2010

Expert review by : Mobile Choice UK (

ZTE Orange San Francisco II review -


A Gingerbread Android for less than £100, with good build quality

Only 512MB of shared storage, but a microSD card will sort that out

Dec, 2011

Expert review by : Crowdedbrain (

Orange San Francisco Review


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”...

Apr, 2011

Expert review by : Leigh Geary (

Orange San Francisco


The term "smartphone" has long been attached to the Android OS. It's meant that many have perhaps classed the device as a business tool or a high cost handset. Now, with Android appearing in a wider range of devices in various shapes and sizes, we're...

For the money this is a crackin’ handset. Sure, we wanted a better camera and perhaps a trackball of sorts for editing text easier but, for the money, this is a great phone which packs a tonne of features for not-that-much-money. We were impressed by...

Dec, 2010

Expert review by (

Orange - San Francisco


The Android operating system is making its way across the full spectrum of handset prices. You'll find it in phones that cost the better part of £500, and also in those that come in closer to ...

With a strong array of features built in and a solid chassis design, the Orange San Francisco shows what can be achieved when you aim at a budget price but aim high.

Nov, 2010

Product Specifications


Battery Capacity:2150 / 4000

Call management

Call divert:Y
Call hold:Y
Call timer:Y
Call waiting:Y
Caller ID:Y
Conference call:Y
Speed dialing:Y
Vibrating Alert:Y


Auto Focus:Y
Built-in Flash:Y
Digital Zoom:4
Flash type:LED
Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):2
Front camera type:Single camera
Rear camera resolution (numeric):13 / 8
Rear camera type:Single camera
Video recording:Y
Zoom capability:Y


Colour of product:Gold, White / Grey
Form factor:Bar


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:12.7
Display Resolution:1280 x 720 / 480 x 854
Orientation sensor:Y
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive


Ambient light sensor:Y
Proximity sensor:Y


Instant messaging (IM):Y
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y
Short Message Service (SMS):Y


Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y
Position location:Y


2G bands (primary SIM):850,1800,1900
2G standards:GSM
3G bands supported:900,2100
3G standards:UMTS / UMTS,WCDMA
4G:N / Y
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth version:4.0
SIM card capability:Dual SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n


Flight mode:Y
Microphone mute:Y
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Notes / Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts / Icons, Shortcuts, Wallpaper
Support for contact groups:Y

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:MICRO-USB
USB port:Y
USB version:2.0


Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A7
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:MEDIATEK
Processor frequency:1 / 1.3
Processor Model:MT6572 / MTK6735P


Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:5.1


Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal RAM:1
Internal storage capacity:16 / 8
Maximum memory card size:128 / 32
RAM capacity:1

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8.6 / 8.95
Height :143 / 145
Weight:141.3 / 142
Width:71 / 72
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