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ZTE Blade review

6.9/10 AVG.
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6.9/10
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The ZTE Blade currently has an Informr score of 6.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 8 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The ZTE Blade may be a little older than some other budget Android phones but it still stands up against modern alternatives.

Its 3.5 inch screen with an 800x480 resolution gives it more visual clarity and space to breath than most cheap mobiles. It also implements Android just as Google intended it without going too overboard with custom interfaces and other unnecessary extras.

The fact that the touchscreen is capacitive also works in its favour, allowing for feather-light interactivity that cannot be achieved on some cut price handsets with resistive touch technology.

Localized versions of the phone include the Orange San Francisco and T-Mobile Blade.


Operating system
Android
Processor
600 MHz
Screen Size
3.5"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TechRadar

Every operator has its budget Android offering and you can also get several SIM free.The Orange San Francisco is the best of the bunch because Orange seems to have got the bottom line features right.Good, large, high-resolution screen, nice solid hardware design, neat array of Orange widgets, a proc...

- Sandra Vogel, TechRadar

Lawrence Mhlanga
It is quite a nice phone may i suggest something. I would appreaciate if you can make a phone that will record the conversation for both the caller and the person who's answering the call, and also make a privancy that will lock individual file eg. messages, phonebook, music file, etc. Otherwise your phone is good it can tell you if you have a missed call. please all the fitures to be standard. Kind regards, Lawrence Mhlanga
Cnet

We'd like to give Orange a big hug for bringing us a decent-looking, powerful Android phone with a capacitive touchscreen for under £100 on a pay as you go deal. Then we'd like to give Orange a punch in the face for covering the phone in bloatware and messing up its email in a bid to recoup it...

- Charles Kloet , Cnet
TrustedReviews

The Orange San Francisco is a staggeringly well featured handset which simply has no peer when it comes to value for money. Orange has done its very best to make a mess of the user experience by riddling the phone with bloatware, but it is nothing some enthusiastic uninstalling can't fix. If you hav...

- Gordon Kelly, TrustedReviews
Expert Reviews

It has a great screen, but we’re not keen on Orange’s extra software and there are better alternatives for the same price.

- Barry de la Rosa, Expert Reviews
PC Pro

For all that, the Orange San Francisco isn't an awful; it just isn't as good as its competitors. The HTC Wildfire works out better value as, despite a lower resolution screen, it offers superior software and build quality.Alternatively, the identically priced Motorola Defy adds a much better camera,...

- Jonathan Bray, PC Pro


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ZTE released the Blade on September 21, 2010.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the ZTE Blade user manual here.


ZTE backs up the Blade with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Blade has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact ZTE support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find ZTE's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
3.5"

The ZTE Blade's screen size is 3.5 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
600 MHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM7227 600 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 2.1 Eclair operating system (OS).

Camera
3+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
150 MB

Internal memory is 150 MB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1250mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1250 mAh battery.

ZTE Blade Specs

Brand ZTE
Overview
Release date September 21, 2010
Networks
GSM:
900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
EDGE, HSDPA 7.2
SIM card size Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.1 Eclair

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Processor Qualcomm MSM7227 600 MHz
Internal Storage 150 MB
RAM 512 MB
ROM 512 MB
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.32 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery, Headset, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1250 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 22.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.7 x 5.6 x 1.2 cm (4.6 x 2.2 x 0.5 in)
Weight 130 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Multi-touch, Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Unknown
Home Key Unknown
Mute Key Unknown
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Unknown
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, ISO, White balance
Video Recording Formats
H.264 / AVC
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats eAAC+, MP3, MP4, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats H.264 / AVC
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps Downloadable (Youtube)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Orange San Francisco, T-Mobile Blade

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Critic Reviews


TechRadar

Orange seems to have got the bottom line features right

from TechRadar

Every operator has its budget Android offering and you can also get several SIM free.
The Orange San Francisco is the best of the bunch because Orange seems to have got the bottom line features right.

Good, large, high-resolution screen, nice solid hardware design, neat array of O...More

Every operator has its budget Android offering and you can also get several SIM free.
The Orange San Francisco is the best of the bunch because Orange seems to have got the bottom line features right.

Good, large, high-resolution screen, nice solid hardware design, neat array of Orange widgets, a processor that doesn't get challenged till you start to thrash it. Thumbs up!

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Lawrence Mhlanga
It is quite a nice phone may i suggest something. I would appreaciate if you can make a phone that will record the conversation for both the caller and the person who's answering the call, and also make a privancy that will lock individual file eg. messages, phonebook, music file, etc. Otherwise your phone is good it can tell you if you have a missed call. please all the fitures to be standard. Kind regards, Lawrence Mhlanga
Cnet

A decent-looking, powerful Android phone for a cheap price

from Cnet

We'd like to give Orange a big hug for bringing us a decent-looking, powerful Android phone with a capacitive touchscreen for under £100 on a pay as you go deal. Then we'd like to give Orange a punch in the face for covering the phone in bloatware and messing up its email in a bid to recoup its pennies.

Read full review

We'd like to give Orange a big hug for bringing us a decent-looking, powerful Android phone with a capacitive touchscreen for under £100 on a pay as you go deal. Then we'd like to give Orange a punch in the face for covering the phone in bloatware and messing up its email in a bid to recoup its pennies.

Read full review

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TrustedReviews

A staggeringly well featured handset which simply has no peer when it comes to value for money

from TrustedReviews

The Orange San Francisco is a staggeringly well featured handset which simply has no peer when it comes to value for money. Orange has done its very best to make a mess of the user experience by riddling the phone with bloatware, but it is nothing some enthusiastic uninstalling can't fix. If you...More

The Orange San Francisco is a staggeringly well featured handset which simply has no peer when it comes to value for money. Orange has done its very best to make a mess of the user experience by riddling the phone with bloatware, but it is nothing some enthusiastic uninstalling can't fix. If you have been reluctant to spend the money to join the smartphone revolution, you'd be dummer than your dumb phone to miss out on this.

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Expert Reviews

There are better alternatives for the same price

from Expert Reviews

It has a great screen, but we’re not keen on Orange’s extra software and there are better alternatives for the same price.

Read full review

It has a great screen, but we’re not keen on Orange’s extra software and there are better alternatives for the same price.

Read full review

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PC Pro

An amazing screen and a low price, but the rest disappoints

from PC Pro

For all that, the Orange San Francisco isn't an awful; it just isn't as good as its competitors. The HTC Wildfire works out better value as, despite a lower resolution screen, it offers superior software and build quality.

Alternatively, the identically priced Motorola Defy adds a much...More

For all that, the Orange San Francisco isn't an awful; it just isn't as good as its competitors. The HTC Wildfire works out better value as, despite a lower resolution screen, it offers superior software and build quality.

Alternatively, the identically priced Motorola Defy adds a much better camera, good build quality and weather proofing to the mix. It's no contest.

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Pocket-lint

A golden gateway to budget Android goodness

from Pocket-lint

The Orange San Francisco is something of a surprise package. Pitched at the entry level, it sets a new standard for displays, outstripping its rivals by a large margin. It isn’t a powerful handset, so isn’t as snappy as more expensive rivals, and you don’t get all the multimedia...More

The Orange San Francisco is something of a surprise package. Pitched at the entry level, it sets a new standard for displays, outstripping its rivals by a large margin. It isn’t a powerful handset, so isn’t as snappy as more expensive rivals, and you don’t get all the multimedia skills you do elsewhere. You get access to Android with plenty of features for a price that won’t break the bank, and given that you get a fully-featured 3G smartphone, it’s an enticing proposition.

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Electricpig

An absolute bargain that puts other budget Android rivals to shame

from Electricpig

Then there’s the styling. The Orange San Francisco is slim, petite given its 3.5-inch screen, and commendably solid. But parts of it don’t half look tacky. The cheap-looking silver strips down the side? The horrible camera lens housing? My, they’d get rotten veg thrown at them if they ever graced a catwalk. And that awful “San Francisco” font on the phone’s fascia? Darling, don’t even mention it – it’s hideous, simply hideous...

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Then there’s the styling. The Orange San Francisco is slim, petite given its 3.5-inch screen, and commendably solid. But parts of it don’t half look tacky. The cheap-looking silver strips down the side? The horrible camera lens housing? My, they’d get rotten veg thrown at them if they ever graced a catwalk. And that awful “San Francisco” font on the phone’s fascia? Darling, don’t even mention it – it’s hideous, simply hideous.

And yet, while these shortcomings became evident fairly soon after getting our hands on the Orange San Francisco, we’d urge you to forget them. If you’re watching your wallet, this is the best Android phone you could ask for.

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Tracy and Matt

A very low cost Android device with pretty good specs

from Tracy and Matt

I have to say that the Orange San Francisco is probably my bargain of the year. Although not as well specced as some of the top of the range Android devices you must remember that it is a quarter of the price. In terms of value for money the San Francisco is a top notch device and i am sure that...More

I have to say that the Orange San Francisco is probably my bargain of the year. Although not as well specced as some of the top of the range Android devices you must remember that it is a quarter of the price. In terms of value for money the San Francisco is a top notch device and i am sure that the other carriers are pretty gutted that they are not selling it. Nice one Orange.

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