Orange Monte Carlo: What's in the box?
The Orange Monte Carlo (nee the ZTE Skate) was released earlier this week, priced at a very attractive £150 (plus an obligatory £10 top up) on Orange pay-as-you-go.
It's obvious that Orange is looking to repeat the trick of last year's runaway hit, the Orange San Francisco. That phone was also priced super-competitively and it proved a success with buyers who lapped it up. The San Francisco too was manufactured by ZTE; it's better known in some circles as the ZTE Blade.
So, then the Monte Carlo. It's got a huge 4.3-inch touchscreen, a 5-megapixel camera with an LED Flash and it runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the latest iteration of Android for phones. As it rus on Android, you get Google Maps, Gmail and all the usual Google goodies.
Kineto's Smart Wi-Fi app also comes pre-installed. This app helps clear up reception problems in the home by using your home broadband wirelss router as a kind of extension of the mobile network. So the Monte Carlo gives you a taste of the smartphone experience for a considerably handsome price.
We also reckon that this will be a hit with modders who want an inexpensive Gingerbread phone to tinker with. Well, the Monte Carlo is exactly that.
Before we get on with the process of reviewing it, we'll What's in the box? it as usual, letting you know exactly what you get for your £150.
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