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Good: very practical
Bad: get easily infected
Comment: My San Francisco is not working. Phased out. Only the green Pic of android is visible. When on ,it does not put off ,have to take out battery. Stays fix on green pic. Does not display any thing.
Can you help me.
I cant find a softwhare to format it.
Good: Its an all rounder
Bad: No android update, bad camera, horrible orange branding
Comment: This phone is ok if you put a launcher on it as the orange branding is terrible.
There is no android update!!!! it is only android 2.1, if you go to orange san francisco.co.uk you can install a custom rom like 2.3
Overall it is all right if your new to a smart phone
Good: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!
Comment: screen too small, camera utter rubbish, freezes out all the time making phone unusable unless you switch it off and on again, battery charger wears quickly at the plug (very poor design quality), sim card needs regular cleaning otherwise it blocks in and outgoing calls, battery life very poor, phone key pad blacks out therfore making it diifficult to make calls or use the options on the key pad, cannot end call when key pad blacks out,
contacted orange shop where i was 'recommended it' who were of no help whatsoever!! completely un sympathetic!!
WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T BUY ONE.!!!!
Good: The price, customisable
Bad: The camera
Comment: Once you take the Orange crapware off this phone, it is a nice thing to have. I followed the instructions on http://sanfranciscoandroid.co.uk and never looked back. It's not as fast or as flashy as its much more expensive counterparts but it still has a lot going for it. The only quibble I have with it really is the mediocre camera. Personally, that didn't bother me because I was getting to own a workable Android phone at a very reasonable price.
Good: sanfranciscoandroid.co.uk website allows custom 2.2 install, and de-orange-ating
Bad: Nothing considering the price
Comment: I used the website to de-orange-ate it, and it's now faster than my friend's HTC Wildfire. It has not crashed since I upgraded android. The only limitation to this phone is the slightly outdated processor. I wouldn't replace it for anything.
Bad: Almost Everything
Comment: Basically yeah:
IT KEEPS FREEZING UP. BAD QUALITY CAMERA... IT KEEPS MOVING
IT CAN BE EASILY BROKEN - one drop to the floor and SMASH!
one of the worst purchases EVER!
but now i gotta live with it! =/
Good: quick to start with, camera w/auto focus, good menu etc., bright screen, good resolution
Bad: plasticky case, becomes laggy quickly especially if you text too much, keyboard crashes.
Comment: if you use it too much(as i did, being a 15 year old with a social life) it becomes very slow, and unusable after a while. I got used to the fact that I couldn't text + listen to music at the same time, which was very annoying. when ever a text came through, the music would crash, play, crash, etc for about 20-30 seconds, which was very annoying. then when texting the key board would crash more than usual. even without music, I'd have to wait for the text vibration to finish, light the screen up, wait 5-10 seconds, unlock it, click messages, wait for it to unfreeze(5seconds-10minutes) then wait another 10-20 seconds to start typing the message, with the keyboard still crashing if i typed too fast. and god forbid if you get another text in this process. whole phone goes extremely slow, and its horrible. and since this started happening, the menu became laggy, as well as staring up any application. i couldnt just unlock the phone and go straight on to camera or internet for example without it crashing like i could when i first got it. it was fine for maybe 2 - 3 months before the problems started. quite annoying because i really like the phone, even if the case is quite plasticky and chips easily, as well as the orange symbol coming off easily making it look tacky. agree with orange taking over the android too much, the app store is quite honestly rubbish, another reason i'm changing to a HTC. i used this phone for less than 6 months, but my hand set is unusable for me because i simply use it too much which is no excuse as phones are there to be used, and should not have problems caused by normal usage(texting + browsing mostly). i wouldn't recommend this phone to a teenager who uses their phone a lot who is just appealed by the price like i was. it'd be alright for someone who isn't a text + facebook addict though i suppose, but i've got a blackberry atm whilst waiting for my htc, and although it's pretty unreliable, it's better than the san francisco for my usage..
Comment: THIS IS MY 3rd ONE NOW AS THEY WOULDN'T CHANGE IT WHEN MY OTHER TWO HAD FAULTS ( UNDER THE CONSUMERS ACT 1989 WHICH STATES BY LAW THEY SHOULD REPLACE ANYTHING FAULTY) THE SCREEN KEPT FREEZING, PEOPLE GOT AN INTERFERENCE ON THE LINE HIGH PITCHED SCREECHING SOUNDS WHEN I WAS TALKING TO THEM, THIS TIME NO ONE COULD HEAR ME ALTHOUGH I COULD HEAR THEM ...... TWO BAKED BEAN TINS AND A PIECE OF STRING IS BETTER THAN THIS CONTRAPTION
Good: cheap android good high-res screen
Comment: needs to be re rooted to be at it's best
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