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Intel Fuelled: The Orange San Diego Review

Every good smartphone needs a selling point.  The Galaxy SIII was the first smartphone to feature a quad-core processor (making it more powerful than the laptop I’m typing this on…sigh).   The iPhone 4S had Siri (punchable, yes, but unique).   Now, the Orange San Diego brings with it the first mobile processor to be created by Intel, the chaps responsible for some of the finest computer engine rooms on the market.  Will the future be bright for Orange?

As the mobile giant’s first foray into the smartphone market (in a manufacturing sense, anyway), it was little surprise to hear that Orange had brought in some big guns as consultants.  Intel’s processor knowledge is obviously substantial.  On first glance, the specs look good: the 1.6 GHZ atom Z2460 is backed up by 16GB of internal memory, providing plenty of power to keeping the 1080p video ticking over.   Granted, it won’t be giving the Galaxy SIII any sleepless nights, but for the money it could well be a bit of an overachiever, available as it is for as little as $25 on a two year deal.

The San Diego is certainly pleasing in an aesthetic sense.  Sure, it won’t be winning any awards for originality, but it’s comfortable in the hand and the rubberised finish on the back means you’re far less likely to drop it whilst drunkenly texting at two in the morning.  It also feels pretty solid, with none of the ‘I might break this’ paranoia that past smartphones have caused.

In display terms, the 4.03 inch screen offers up a resolution of 1024×600, which is pretty easy to look at even if (like the processor) it doesn’t quite match up to the more recent iPhones or Galaxies.  However, it still makes more than comfortable viewing if you tend towards watching a lot of YouTube and the like.

After all that, then – what of the processor?  Well, despite the hype of Intel’s first mobile beast, the truth is that it’s actually quite similar to the rest of the phone.  By no means a slavering spec beast, it’s still more than capable of carrying out most standard smartphone tasks.  There was some lag when trying to flick between different screens at a high rate, but then this tends to be the case with all the smartphones that aren’t priced above 40 bucks per month.

In the end, the San Diego is largely a success.  OK, it won’t have the latest market leaders quaking in their boots, but then that’s not really the point.  As an introductory product for both Orange and Intel, the San Diego offers reliability at a really good price.  And yes, the future’s probably bright.

Author Bio:- Charlotte Daniels is a freelance writer and tech fan currently working in association with T-Mobile prepaid cell phones

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