Dannon

Worth it?

I've been thinking of getting this, is it worth it to experience Android or will it be too slow to get a proper feel? Does it feel cheap at all? And finally, is there a version without San Francisco written across the front of it?

Most Useful Answer Goodman  Jan. 18, 2011 at 16:27

I will. Its well worth the cost of the phone. how many phones are there which can run Android 2.2 or so. If you are after a gaming phone probably its not your cup of tea but if you want to use for emails browsing and other important App its the best phone out there for this price. well worth it.
Free unlocking and modaco support is best for this phone to have. Its one of the best phone which is driven by the community and not by the market.

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BarrySprout  Jan. 18, 2011 at 16:17

Well worth the cost to experience Android. This is the first android phone I have used and am more than happy with it. The only time I have thought it slow was playing angry birds. But fruit ninja makes up for that. And after all it's a phone not a games console.
Camera is not great but for everything it has and does it's a great buy. I'm running 2.2 on mine and it's very good.
Whether there is a version without the name on I don't know. The Orange logo is more annoying than the name though.

neon123  Jan. 18, 2011 at 16:21

It's really slow and choppy out of the box, you will have to fiddle around with it a bit to get rid of all the Orange rubbish on it. Once you get 2.2 running on it it's a lovely piece of kit. Beware of the horrible battery life though, has anyone even seen any reliable place to buy extra (or higher capacity) batteries?

Goodman  Jan. 18, 2011 at 16:27

I will. Its well worth the cost of the phone. how many phones are there which can run Android 2.2 or so. If you are after a gaming phone probably its not your cup of tea but if you want to use for emails browsing and other important App its the best phone out there for this price. well worth it.
Free unlocking and modaco support is best for this phone to have. Its one of the best phone which is driven by the community and not by the market.

Late  Jan. 18, 2011 at 16:35

Great phone. Have had mine for just over a week and love it. Only on 2.1 here (blade villain, from modaco) though. I'm a total n00b at such things but changing the rom was relatively simple.

To those of you on 2.2, which version did you go with? I'm keen to update as I'm told that will allow the use of apps on the micro sd card (the woeful internal memory being quickly filled, of course).

neon123  Jan. 18, 2011 at 16:48

I'm using the Modaco 2.2 one, some older revision I think. I'm a noob too, but somehow managed to get it working.

http://orangesanfrancisco.co.uk seems to make it a -lot- easier though, I remember having to fiddle around in the command promt thing to get some drivers working or something.

Koma Toes  Jan. 18, 2011 at 17:09

@neon123
I got a spare battery from fleabay for my son's SF and it's fine (original ZTE one)

SF is definitely worth the money! ;)

av2606  Jan. 18, 2011 at 17:13

Very worth it!

I recommend you install a Custom Android 2.2 ROM. It's very simple, just follow the "How To Install Custom ROMs / Android 2.2 from scratch" guide on this site:

http://orangesanfrancisco.co.uk/android/how-to-install-custom-roms-android-2-2-from-scratch-on-the-orange-san-francisco-zte-blade/

Late  Jan. 19, 2011 at 13:41

Thanks for the links, guys - upgraded to 2.2 (Jap Jellyfish) last night. Nice and easy to do thanks to that guide, and it's all running beautifully :D

theinsider  Jan. 19, 2011 at 21:22

Do it. It's a good starting point for those unsure about Android. Yes it's slow out of the box but that can be sorted and for £99 it's a steal!

Joff  Jan. 20, 2011 at 00:33

I've just side-graded from an HTC Hero which was painfully slow to the SF which is refreshingly nippy. It's not a patch on the HTC Desire, but it'll do me for a couple of months. Also the Hero's fetching a half decent cash-in price on the various websites.

As others have said, follow the guides to remove all the Orange branded nonsense. I've gone with the MoDaCo 2.2 ROM and it's really good.

The phone isn't the best piece of kit, the buttons feel a bit cheap and it's lacking the trackball that I had on the Hero, but for £99 it's worth a punt if your current phone is on it's last legs.

yourdaveyness  Jan. 20, 2011 at 01:02

Hope I'm not changing the angle of discussion here, but with the theme of "worth it?" I was just wondering if the san francisco is still worth buying if you're on another network (O2 in my case)?

I've been admiring this phone and its budget price for a good while but will it still be fully functional once unlocked; e.g internet connectivity through your contract network, the e-mail application, etc.. ? Cheers

Joff  Jan. 20, 2011 at 02:08

Yep, once unlocked it will be fully functional. You may need to configure your network operators settings for any data services, etc but they probably have a guide for that on their website (any Android handset should do).

The fact that it's being sold by Orange isn't any concern.

deeinlondon  Jan. 20, 2011 at 10:22

I have this phone - was dead easy to unlock online for free

I'm sill not sure about putting on a custom firmware but I did install most of the orange apps that came with it - just make sure NOT to uninstall Google Talk as it messes up the Market Downloads (which I still can't seem to get working)

Apart from the camera it's a really nice phone

Dannon  Jan. 20, 2011 at 12:25

Well I bought one last night from Argos, got it home, turned it on, rooted it, installed 2.2 and everythign went well. I'm really impressed with it so far, yeah the camera isn't great but apart from that I'm really happy for the price and I'm coming from an iPhone 3G too.

@yourdaveyness
I'm on O2 too and I think it's definitely worth it. Everything is setup now, full internet access, notifications, etc. All simple to do too, if you need any details drop me a message.

yourdaveyness  Jan. 20, 2011 at 15:58

Thanks Joff and Dannon, those were the answers I was hoping to hear. I'll keep you informed as will be getting it soon then :)

P.S, I'm getting one of these because, unfortunately, I lost my iPhone 4 which wasn't insured properly, and thus I wanted a good price with for a relatively good phone until june 2012; this seems to be it!

yourdaveyness  Feb. 19, 2011 at 04:48

Just updating to let you all know I now have this phone (white, TFT version), unlocked and running froyo's android 2.2. I can honestly say I'm in love with this device. There's so much freedom and very little limitations - everything just works flawlessly!

You would never think this phone was £100, it oozes much more class, I think! Recommend to all! :)

nenhy  Feb. 19, 2011 at 11:03

Had this phone since early December.
Absolutly fantastic phone.

A couple of apps that i recommend are
Task killer(wont get in to the whole battery debate, but it does speed up the device when playing angry birds ;) by shutting down other apps)
Home switcher and launcher pro- for me it makes the phone a bit quicker and more responsive.
blade wifi fixer- fix the problem of losing connection on the wifi
Gmote- if you have you pc connected to you tv like I do, this is a nice app to use your sanfran as a remote.

bman  Mar. 8, 2011 at 01:27

I've had this phone since November. In my opinion, the best 2.2 ROM is Fibblesan (I think he's on 9b now?) coupled with the Gingerbread theme. My phone looks like Gingerbread and runs nippy, with a very decent battery life-- better than the Japenese Jellyfish ROM.

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