venus, 29 Jan 2011I am really astounded with this phone. Bought for 89.99 UK pounds, Unlocked free. headed over ... moreHi. Where did you manage to buy your ZTE for 89.99 unlocked?
I thought, as someone suggested Go Mobile, that they would have the Blade but they only sell the Orange version San Francisco which is locked. Thanks
Magnus, 31 Jan 2011I can't believe anyone actually buys this crap. The specs are repugnant. This is the kind of p... moreHi Magnus,
The only people who slate this phone, are people who payed triple the price for their HTC or similar!
It was a very clever marketing technique by ZTE, to release and probably lose money on the AMOLED versions, then replace the display with LED LCDS (which is still great value).
Magnus, 31 Jan 2011I can't believe anyone actually buys this crap. The specs are repugnant. This is the kind of p... moreYou'd be an ungratefully git then! Oh and how the hell does it give android a bad name. Thats like someone using a flavor of linux on a emachine as apposed to a alienware rig. I would see differing performances on the two machines but I wouldn't blame the OS for those differences. Muppet.
I can't believe anyone actually buys this crap. The specs are repugnant. This is the kind of piece of sh-- phone that gives android a black eye. If you buy this and expect some functional level of performance you must be kidding yourself. I'd never forgive someone if they gave this thing to me as a gift.
Toytown, 30 Jan 2011The quadrant score of 900 is not real, there is an issue with stagefright apis on the ZTE blad... moreI've learnt that too, since I posted my comment. Although I still stand by my evaluation of the device that it is the best handset on the market in the respect of Price vs Spec/performance!
venus, 29 Jan 2011I am really astounded with this phone. Bought for 89.99 UK pounds, Unlocked free. headed over ... moreThe quadrant score of 900 is not real, there is an issue with stagefright apis on the ZTE blade and this causes quadrant to skip the tests and report an incorrect score.
Oliver, 26 Jan 2011It will get official 2.2 in SwedenHow will you get the official 2.2 in sweden, but theres been a lot of speculation that it is not being released in england?
ThePhoneShop, 29 Jan 2011The phone has been on offer at Go Mobile stores across the UK for £71.96 + £10.00 ... moreHi ThePhoneShop,
This deal isn't listed on their website, how can they do this cheaper than Orange themselves, or are you being facetious :-)
I am really astounded with this phone. Bought for 89.99 UK pounds, Unlocked free. headed over to MoDaCo forums and installed really stable froyo rom. Quadrant score of 900+ consistantly! Cant think of another phone ive ever had that has so much bang for buck. Oh camera and build quality not up to much but everything else is superb!
MR O, 28 Jan 2011I bought mine from an orange shop - the handset was £100 but it had to be purchased with... moreThe phone has been on offer at Go Mobile stores across the UK for £71.96 + £10.00 Credit. Should have got it there. :)
[deleted post]I bought mine from an orange shop - the handset was £100 but it had to be purchased with £20 top up.
Argos in the UK have just started stocking the San Francsico on orange PAYG for £90. you will have to buy £10 top up tho. still, at 100 quid all in, its a bloomin' bargin! HTC wildfire is the next comparable phone but that costs £50-£70 pounds more.
the wildfire has a slower processor, less ram, a lower screen res - BUT its build quality is better, as is the camera. plus HTC sense is present.
my choice every time would be the blade - my mates wildfire crashes as much as my satio did!
Ludwik, 27 Jan 2011How is the battery life.
And I mean, from 100% to zero. And how long does it take to recha... moreBattery life - from 100% to zero with high use i managed to kill it in about 8 hours.
this was with screen brightness set to 25% and mobile data turned on only when required. gps, bluetooth and wifi were also off.
from zero to 100% the battery charges in about 4 hours (with out using the handset). but a useable charge can be achieved in 2 hours or so.
MR O, 25 Jan 2011removing the orange software skin and making the san francisco network free are two sepearte i... moreHow is the battery life.
And I mean, from 100% to zero. And how long does it take to recharge zero to 100%
Domz, 25 Jan 2011isn't upgrading to 2.2, i thought it was.It will get official 2.2 in Sweden
Many folks on here are talking about 160mb internal memory...
the Orange San Francisco variant i have in the UK has 512mb internal with an micro SD card slot.
as for a froyo update - there is no official update coming that i can see.. however there are folks out there that have done all the trickery needed to perform the upgrade
I would reccomend sticking to 2.1 android until such time that a official or stable update arrives.
oh, after two weeks of running the device i finally pusshed it to far - it restarted yesterday after i tried asking it to multitask - music play back, angry birds, text reply and then interent access followed by an angry birds freeze up and restart that i didnt instigate.
OH MY GOD i hear you say! but hey, phones crash every now and then, it happanes, and for a 100 pound device to do it once in two weeks when my 500 pound satio was restarting several times DAILY proves the value of this handset.
Ludwik, 25 Jan 2011How easy is it to get rid of the Orange stuff?
Will an independent phone store unlock it?removing the orange software skin and making the san francisco network free are two sepearte issues.
i have only removed the orange software skins form the device to help optimise its usage. i'm a orange customer who became annnoyed that my satio was failing regularly.
i would imagine a independant store would be able to make it network free but have no experiance on this matter.
amazing phone, i've had for about 2 months and runs smoothly. Amazing for 100 pounds plus its android as well. Its tough and durable, but the only down side is the 160 mb internal phone storage. Brilliant for what you get, i would recommend it to people who has just come to android, final thing, will it be able to be upgraded to android v2.2 (froyo)?
mr o, 15 Jan 2011the blade (orange san francisco) is my first experiance with a droid device. having grown tire... moreHow easy is it to get rid of the Orange stuff?
Will an independent phone store unlock it?
UPDATE to my previous post.
i have now lived with the Blade (sanfrancisco) for a week or so now and i'd like to highlight a few points that may assist you further in making your phone choice.
With the orange software removed the device is MUCH faster and capable. i have customized the home screens with dozens of free apps and widgets to suit my social networking and organisational needs.
The android market is full of really useful free stuff such as a battery meter, clocks/time&date and switches to ensure that mobile data is turned off when not needed (this helps the battery life)
the battery life is average, with average use (checking facebook, dowloading emails and angry birds over lunch) not to mention calling and texting, the devices battery was down to 30% by the end of the day... however, the usb data cable enables the device to be charged from a desktop computer of other usb socket (in my case the usb on my car stereo which also enables acces to the music on the memory card!)
oh - and if you do choose this product, buy a case of some kind! i dropped mine and the back came away form the body spilling the battery onto the floor! do'h.
(again as in previous post i will raise the price of this device! 100 GPB!)