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Orange San Francisco 2 review

Can Orange replicate the success of its budget San Francisco?

Orange san francisco 2 review

The Orange San Francisco 2 actually has two cameras, which is quite a coup for a budget smartphone. The one on the front is up to shooting VGA pictures, which might be useful if you like taking shots of your own face.

Orange san francisco 2 review

The main camera has a dinky little flash that's not up to much of anything, and it shoots 5MP stills. Camera controls are on small touchscreen icons to the left of the main panel, so they're easy to get to and use.

Orange san francisco 2 review

The Orange San Francisco 2's range of shooting modes isn't vast, but considering the low cost of this handset, the phone's camera is a reasonably good performer.

The scene modes run to the usual black and white, sepia and negative, and there are auto white balance settings for incandescent, daylight, fluorescent and cloudy conditions, but not really many settings to twiddle with.

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AUTO FOCUS: The camera did fairly well indoors in well-lit conditions without the flash, and the auto focusing in this sample shot shows that it has a fairly good grasp of what it is doing.

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INDOOR: In less well-lit indoor conditions the camera still did its best, and this photo was taken at a level of ambient lighting that can cause problems for mobile phone cameras.

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DULL OUTSIDE: Whenever we took the camera outside, we weren't blessed with great weather conditions. And this photo, taken on a dull stormy day, really does struggle with light levels.

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LOW LIGHT: Light levels are a problem again in this outdoor shot, with the ground lacking definition and colour depth.

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BLACK AND WHITE: Moving in to black and white mode the camera again has difficulty, because the vast expanse of sky means it can't let enough light in to deal with the low level detail.

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SEPIA: When pushed into sepia mode the camera performs a little better.

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NEGATIVE MODE: When we move to negative mode, the Orange San Francisco 2's camera makes a nice job of the cloud scene, producing a rather eerie result.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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
ColourBlack
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 Addresshttp://www.orange.co.uk
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.