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Orange San Diego : An Early Verdict


Had the Orange San Diego been priced at around £400, we would probably have said that it is a decent smartphone for the price, one that warms your imagination without igniting it. But that's not the case.

Instead, the San Diego costs £199.99 and comes with a number of goodies. Topcashback offers a £30.30 cashback when you buy it plus a (compulsory one off) £10 top up will give you 250MB monthly allowance for a whole year and there's Orange Wednesdays (which is a 2-4-1) cinema ticket app.

All in all, we're impressed by the phone although we wonder whether Intel is actually making any money off this product. As a comparison, the Intel Atom D410, which has the same basic features as the Z2460, costs $43 per 1000 units without any accompanying chipset like the XMM6260.

As a reminder, it has the highest clock speed of any smartphone on the market (the Tegra 3 hits 1.5GHz), it has the highest screen resolution, biggest system memory, biggest onboard storage and highest camera pixel count of any non-discounted smartphone south of £300.

Performance wise, it does hold its own very well against the likes of the dual core Galaxy S2 which costs more than £350 (check that review from Anandtech). And that's a feat. Like the Orange San Francisco before it and the Asus Eee PC five years ago, the Orange San Diego sets a new standard in terms of mid-range value for money.

Desire worked at ITProPortal right at the beginning and was instrumental in turning it into the leading publication we all know and love today. He then moved on to be the Editor of TechRadarPro - a position he still holds - and has recently been reunited with ITProPortal since Future Publishing's acquisition of Net Communities.