Orange San Francisco 2 review

Can Orange replicate the success of its budget San Francisco?

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Orange san francisco 2 review

Orange just loves putting its own skin onto Android, and as we said earlier it has skinned the Orange San Francisco 2 within an inch of its life.

Unfortunately Orange doesn't seem to understand how to do skinning well. The default wallpaper is dour, and we aren't fans of Orange's icon design either. Yes they use the orange colour, but they just look staid and old-fashioned.

On the main home page, Orange drops a clock with a handy alarm icon. Tap that and you can immediately set up an alarm. It's great for those of us who like to use our phone to wake us up in the morning - and the Quick Snooze feature enables you to configure how long you want your lie in to be.

Orange san francisco 2 review

Move around the five home screens and you come across more Orange efforts in the shape of widgets. We have to admit here that Orange has often done a nice job. Take the Orange San Francisco 2's Gallery widget, for example. It has nice large thumbnails of your shots, plus a quick share option and a link into the camera.

Orange san francisco 2 review

When it comes to personalising things, Orange has separated its own widgets from the Android ones. We like this because there's some duplication of functions, and the separation could save Android newcomers from some confusion.

Orange san francisco 2 review

Each home screen has a bar of four shortcuts running along the bottom edge. These take you to the main apps menu, messages, the dialler and contacts. Tap and hold on this bar for a screen that shows all the home screens in thumbnail view, making it easy to get around.

Orange san francisco 2 review

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory512 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyHSDPA, EDGE, GPRS, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilySan Francisco II
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameOrange
Battery Talk Time1 Week
Screen Size8.9 cm (3.5")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)120 g
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density267 ppi
Height117 mm
Width58.5 mm
Depth10.6 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time4.50 Hour
ManufacturerOrange Broadband
Product NameSan Francisco II from Orange in Black
Processor Speed800 MHz
Product LineSan Francisco II
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeDigital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberOZTN4954
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

San Francisco II from Orange in black

Take your digital life to another level with the San Francisco II, exclusively on Orange.

This stylish smartphone will keep you connected with email, high-speed internet, WiFi and GPS. Watch your favourite videos on the brilliant 3.5-inch TFT widescreen display, or shoot the action on the 5 megapixel camera - great for snapping and sharing shots on the move.