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ZTE Blade / Orange San Francisco / T-Mobile Blade

alaTest has collected and analyzed 911 reviews of ZTE Blade / Orange San Francisco / T-Mobile Blade. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and portability. The screen and price also get good feedback. Reviews about the apps and sound are mixed. Many are less positive about the connectivity and reception.

usability, price, screen, portability, design

battery, camera, reliability, reception, connectivity

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 85/100 = 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 Reviews about the portability and durability are generally positive. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably. Many are negative about the reliability and battery, and there are some mixed comments about the camera.

usability, price, durability, portability

performance, battery, reliability

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

Jan, 2017

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: Jonathan Morris (

Orange San Francisco Review (aka ZTE Blade)


At the end of 2010, a number of Android devices fought it out for the crown of ‘best affordable smartphone'. It seems Orange won the battle by miles

The San Francisco is a cheap Android phone available on prepay for £100 or less, but it almost has the performance of a phone costing three times as much. There’s a large capacitive touchscreen with multi-touch support, a perfectly sufficient processor...

Jan, 2011

Expert review by: PC Pro (

Orange San Francisco


An amazing screen and a low price, but the rest disappoints

Dec, 2010

Product Specifications

Processor Brand:QUALCOMM
Processor Number:MSM7227


Autofocus: No
Built-in Camera: Yes
Built-in Flash: No
Video Resolution in Pixel:Unknown


Audio Formats : Yes
Audio Playback: Yes
Dual SIM Card: No
GPS Receiver:Built-in
I-Mode: No
Integrated Radio:FM Radio
Integrated TV Tuner: No
IP Protection: No
Java: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Push to Talk: No
Realtone: Yes
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen
Video Client: Yes


A2DP: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer

HSDPA:No / Yes
Technology:GSM/PCN / WCDMA (UMTS)


Display Technology:AMOLED / Super-AMOLED
Number of Display Colours:262.144 / Unknown
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Operating System:Android
Operating System Version:Android 2.0/2.0.1/2.1 Eclair
Operator:EE / Orange / Sim Free
Product Type:Mobile Phone / Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
Push email: No


Processor Brand:QUALCOMM
Processor Number:MSM7227