The Orange San Francisco from Orange was a huge hit, offering a generous touchscreen, and Android for less than £100.
Its successor is the San Francisco II and with this Orange is hoping to continue its success, but in faster, more up-to-date package, we’re bring you an Orange San Francisco II review very soon, but here’s a look at what is in the box.
Straight out of the box it looks more slicker than the San Francisco, with a black rather than dark grey design that blends in with the black screen more
The edges are slightly less curved and the button configeration has swapped around slightly – with Menu, Home and Back keys.
One of the most significant changes is that the phone runs Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, which brings swipe-down notifications and of course there’s still a selection of Orange apps, including Orange Maps, Orange Wednesday and Signal Boost.
Connectivity includes WiFi and GPS, but Orange has also boosted the processor to 800MHz, which is the same as the HTC Desire Z – a phone that cost a lot more than £100 on it’s release.
The Orange San Francisco II is out now for £99.99 on pay as you go. We’ll bring you a full review very soon, but for now, check out our pictures.
In the box are the usual selection of manuals, a USB cable, headphones and plug
The San Francisco II is an attractive phone that looks more modern than its predecessor
Pull off the back cover to access the battery. The material is similar to the Sony Ericsson Arc S and very prone to fingerprints.
One of the biggest changes is the addition of a front-facing camera, for making calls with Google Talk.
Orange has boosted the camera resolution to 5-megapixels, with a single LED flash for dim light-shooting. It can also capture VGA movies.
On the top is a 3.5mm jack and the power/hold button.
Power the San Francisco II using the microUSB port on the side, you can also use this for transferring photos from the phone to a computer.
Hold the middle Home button down to swap between your last used programs. Press it once from the homescreen to view an overview all the screens. Pressing the menu button reveals the keyboard.
Internal storage is 512Mb and this can be expanded with a microSD card.
The Orange San Francisco II is made by ZTE, it includes a 1200mAh battery, which Orange claims can last 250 hours on standby.
Customise the homescreen with Android and Orange widgets.
The main menu is very much vanilla Android, interspersed with a few Orange-centric apps.
The San Francisco II runs Android 2.3.5, the latest version.