Orange http://www.stuff.tv/orange/news en-GB Ditch your wallet now: NFC mobile payments explained http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s4/ditch-your-wallet-now-nfc-mobile-payments-explained/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Still using a sliver of dead cow to hold a collection of shiny circles that you exchange for goods and services? Here&#039;s how to not do that any more </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="NFC mobile payment" alt="NFC mobile payment" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/orange-quick-tap-1.jpg?1373041340" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Despite being available in the UK since 2011, NFC mobile payments – in which you wave your mobile phone above a terminal to pay for something – are still something of a mystery to most of us. Well, we’re here to shed some light on the subject: here’s what’s available now and what’s coming soon in the world of contactless mobile payments.</p> <p>But first, let's bust a couple of myths about NFC mobile payment.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> EE Cash on Tap </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>EE this week announced it will be bringing a mobile wallet system called “Cash on Tap” to customers with selected NFC-equipped phones. The system, being run in partnership with MasterCard, will arrive on 17th July and will be accepted in over 230,000 outlets in the UK (McDonald’s, Greggs and Boots among them – anywhere that accepts contactless cards, basically), allowing users to make payments of up to £20.</p> <p>The system works by embedding your data in the phone’s SIM, and requires you download the EE Tap Wallet app. Money comes from a Cash on Tap account, which you can top up using a credit or debit card. The app is PIN-protected to prevent thieves adding more money to the account, and if you report your phone lost or stolen EE will refund any payments made.</p> <p>The phones supported for the July roll-out of Cash on Tap are the Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia SP.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="EE Cash on Tap" alt="EE Cash on Tap" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ee-cash-on-tap.jpg?1373041340" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Orange Quick Tap </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The UK’s first mobile wallet service, Orange and Barclaycard’s Quick Tap allows transactions of up to £15 to be made with an NFC phone. The money comes from an account that can be topped up using a MasterCard or Visa credit or debit card. It works in a similar way to Cash on Tap and offers similar security measures, including the option to require a PIN every time you make a payment.</p> <p>The only phone in Orange’s current range to support Quick Pay is the Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/WmJKYJqbjCk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vodafone SmartPass </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Due for launch in the UK this year, Vodafone SmartPass is another system that uses a special NFC-embedded SIM card and a app in order to add credit to your account. You can PIN protect payments if you wish, and cancel the account in the event of losing your phone.</p> <p>The system, which will be run in partnership with Visa, is being publicly trialled in Australia and Italy at the moment, and reportedly by hundreds of Vodafone staff here in the UK. Expect SmartPass to roll out very soon.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> O2 Wallet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>O2 Wallet currently doesn’t support NFC payments, but the network has announced that it is currently testing a “second phase” of the app which will do just that.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="o2 wallet" alt="o2 wallet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/o2-wallet.jpg?1373041340" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Weve </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>O2, along with Vodafone and EE, is also one of the co-founders of <a href="http://weve.com/">Weve</a>, a company working on setting up a proper, unified platform for NFC mobile phone payments in the UK. Weve will launch its platform, which will feature discounts, automated loyalty schemes and the ability to pay bills, at some point in 2014.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/weve-logo.jpg?1373041340" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Visa payWave </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Visa Europe has announced that it will launch a mobile contactless payments system to the UK by December this year. Details are fairly thin on the ground, but it’ll likely use the payWave system, which keeps the payment details in an embedded secure element in a phone’s NFC chip rather than on the SIM card. By doing things this way, payWave keeps the mobile networks out of the mobile payment equation, leaving the phone manufacturer and Visa to slice up the profits.</p> <p>At present, the only phone to come with the secure payWave applet pre-installed is the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review">Samsung Galaxy S4</a>. But expect more devices – particularly from Samsung, which has inked a partnership deal with Visa – to feature it in the near future.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/B-iWdBj9cCQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Wallet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google Wallet isn’t available in the UK, and Google has not announced plans to bring it across the pond – but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it arrive at some point in the future.</p> <p>Google’s approach is similar to what Weve is trying to do: to not only replace your credit card but also your money-off coupons, loyalty cards, gift vouchers with an NFC-equipped phone.</p> <p>It features a PIN system and all unauthorised purchases are covered by purchase protection.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Wallet" alt="Google Wallet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-wallet.jpg?1373041340" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s4/ditch-your-wallet-now-nfc-mobile-payments-explained/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android apps Galaxy S4 O2 Orange Vodafone Wed, 03 Jul 2013 23:07:46 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1424636 at http://www.stuff.tv New video! Orange San Diego offers powerful performance for £200 http://www.stuff.tv/orange/new-video-orange-san-diego-offers-powerful-performance-%C2%A3200/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is it a strong start for Intel or straight up belly-flop action as it dips its toes into smartphone waters for the very first time? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="376" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen-shot-2012-07-16-at-14.32.44_0_0.png?1364399898" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_4548.jpg?1364399898" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The first generation of Intel-powered Android phones has arrived and it's Orange and Gingerbread efforts promise capable web browsing, great camera performance and reliable battery life. But is that how it plays out in reality? </p> <p>We won't give too much away – you'll have to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/video/reviews/orange-san-diego-video-review">watch the video</a>. But we will say this: the San Diego offers an impressive array of specs at its price point and gives slightly pricier handsets a run for their money.</p> <p><strong>You might also like</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/phone/news-nugget/new-video-orange-san-diego-offers-powerful-performance-for-%C2%A3200 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/orange/new-video-orange-san-diego-offers-powerful-performance-%C2%A3200/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/orange/new-video-orange-san-diego-offers-powerful-performance-%C2%A3200/news#comments Orange San Diego Mon, 16 Jul 2012 13:55:25 +0000 Lucy Hedges 421973 at http://www.stuff.tv Orange San Diego video review http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-san-diego-video-review/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is it a strong start for Intel, or straight up belly-flop action as it dips its toes into smartphone waters for the very first time with the Orange San Diego? We won&#039;t give too much away – but we will say this: the San Diego offers an impressive array of specs at its price point and gives slightly pricier handsets a run for their money. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="375" height="278" title="Orange San Diego " alt="Orange San Diego " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Orange-San-Diego.png?1370357827" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-1736796612001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="1736796612001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-san-diego-video-review/video#comments Orange San Diego Smartphones Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:46:42 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1423785 at http://www.stuff.tv Orange San Diego http://www.stuff.tv/orange-san-diego/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You don&#039;t get much smartphone for £200. That&#039;s the traditional wisdom, anyway. Orange has other ideas </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/orange-san-diego-main_2.jpg?1364298435" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="800" height="814" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/orange-san-diego-press1_2.jpg?1364298435" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="800" height="398" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/orange-san-diego-press2_2.jpg?1364298435" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="800" height="890" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/orange-san-diego-press3_2.jpg?1364298435" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £200.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Orange San Diego – introduction </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The market for budget Android handsets has hit a growth spurt recently, with the the HTC One V and Nokia Lumia 710 offering up cheaper smartphone experiences for users who aren't looking for the beastly quad-core innards of a Samsung Galaxy S3 or HTC One X.</p> <p>Can the Orange San Diego – manufactured by little-known Taiwanese firm Gigabyte – take on its budget competitors and offer decent bang for your buck? We find out.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-1736796612001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="1736796612001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/orange-san-diego-review-6.jpg?1364298435" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Orange San Diego – design and build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Orange San Diego's 117g weight means it's light in the hand, and its rounded corners, bottom speaker placement and surrounding silver band all lend the handset more than a passing resemblance to the Apple iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.</p> <p>There's no metal or brushed aluminium here, though, with plastic running throughout the Orange San Diego's body, and the pair of brash Intel and Orange logos emblazoned on the rear might grate with aesthetes. On the other hand, the soft-touch matte black rear puts us in mind of the BlackBerry Playbook, and no bad thing. It gives the phone a tactile finish that feels better in the hand than its budget price suggests, although it obviously can't hold a candle to the costlier HTC One X's single-piece aluminium frame.0</p> <p>The quality of that rear is let down by the stiff, cheap-feeling power, volume and camera buttons, but overall we're quite impressed by the build: there's only a slight hint of flex and creaking in the body and it's a decent package for the price.</p> <p>Some users might find the Android soft-keys on the front to be a little messy, and we could have done without the little-used Android search key, which seems to have been phased out by most other manufacturers. </p> <p>There's a headphone jack up top, a micro USB flanked by two speakers on the bottom and a handy micro HDMI port. A micro SIM slot graces the right-hand side next to a much-appreciated dedicated camera button.</p> <p>NFC is another welcome surprise included within the Orange San Diego and is a bonus given its price tag, and although lack of expandable storage might be an issue for media hogs, 16GB of onboard memory should be sufficient for causal use.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/orange-san-diego-review-1_0.jpg?1364298435" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Orange San Diego – screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Orange San Diego has a generous HTC One V-beating 4in 1024x600 screen, packing in a respectable 297ppi (in comparison to the HTC One V's 267ppi). The screen hits the 4in sweet spot for easy one-handed use, and we had no ergonomic complaints during our time with the handset.</p> <p>The LCD screen is bright and sharp enough, and only a little zooming is required to make browser text really readable. Colours do however appear to be very washed out, faded and dull compared with top-end handsets, giving websites and photos a pale outlook.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/orange-san-diego-review-2.jpg?1364298435" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Orange San Diego – power and connectivity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Orange San Diego is the first UK phone to harness the power of Intel's Atom processor, and at 1.6GHz, its clock speed is higher than the 1.4GHz processor of the higher-end Nokia Lumia 900 and 800. It's considerably faster (on paper) than the 1Ghz processor offered by the HTC One V, too.</p> <p>Navigating through Android Gingerbread is a smooth enough experience, with multitasking and switching between apps raising no complaints and only the occasional hint of lag between homescreens.</p> <p>Running Grand Theft Auto III, however, proved to be too much of a challenge for the Orange San Diego, with massive amounts of screen tear, frame rate drops and seizure-inducing juddering and lag, resulting in an unplayable mess. That wouldn't necessarily be a problem, but it's telling that the 'slower' HTC One V offers up a smoother (although still not perfect) experience. Stick to more standard, less intensive Android titles like BMX Boy and the San Diego is perfectly capable.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/orange-san-diego-review-3.jpg?1364298435" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Orange San Diego – browsing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Web browsing on the Orange San Diego is a surprisingly fast affair, with fluid scrolling and zooming throughout, and automatic text re-flowing when zooming in and out of paragraphs also poses no problem for Intel's silicon. </p> <p>Coupled with the 4in screen, the Orange San Diego offers a very reasonable browsing experience that manages to surpass the HTC One V's comparatively stuttery surfing skills.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/orange-san-diego-review-7.jpg?1364298435" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Orange San Diego – camera and video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Despite our initial excitement at the Orange San Diego's dedicated shutter button, we found ourselves waiting a while or having to press it more than once to fire up the camera app, presumably due to its physical stiffness rather than the software. We also found shots taken with the 8MP camera to be grainy and noisy, even in very bright lighting conditions. Photos taken in low-light are even worse, despite the LED flash. Either way, the San Diego won't be replacing your compact camera anytime soon.</p> <p>1080p video recording on the Orange San Diego is a little more successful, with decent levels of detail picked up in recordings. Playback can appear a bit shaky during fast movements, though it's decent enough overall for casual use.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/orange-san-diego-review-9.jpg?1364298435" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Orange San Diego – Android Gingerbread </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Although an update to Ice Cream Sandwich is promised, you'll be getting Gingerbread when you start up your San Diego. Orange has skinned the OS in a predictably tangerine-hued theme, which we quite like, and there are a few useful widgets for things like displaying text messages and phone settings at a glance. It's not the most ambitious customisation of Android, but it's not garish or distracting either.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/orange-san-diego-review-4.jpg?1364298435" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Orange San Diego – battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We ran a video on loop in MX Player, with the San Diego's Wi-Fi on and the screen set to 50 per cent brightness. The 1460mAh battery finally packed up after five hours and 20 minutes. Given its compact dimensions and affordable price-tag, that's a very reasonable result, and means all but power users should be able to get through a full day without reaching for the charger.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Orange San Diego – verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ultimately, how you feel about the San Diego depends on your expectations. Hoping for a £200 gaming powerhouse that can also replace your compact camera is an exercise in future-gazing, but for everyday use and the odd bit of casual gaming it's worth considering, especially given the fast and fluid browsing experience and (admittedly slightly dull) large screen.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Orange San Diego lacks a stellar camera or serious gaming grunt, but punches well above its price</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/orange-san-diego </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/orange-san-diego/review#comments Orange San Diego Smartphones Thu, 14 Jun 2012 16:04:21 +0000 Paddy Smith 421578 at http://www.stuff.tv Orange San Diego release date and price revealed http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-san-diego-release-date-and-price-revealed/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The UK&#039;s first Intel-powered smartphone is set to land with a wallet-friendly price tag and a hefty battery life to boot </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="499" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mwc-2012-orange-santa-clara-intel-phone_0.jpg?1364400145" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_4941.jpg?1364400145" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Intel has announced that the first UK phone to be powered by its Medfield processor – the Orange San Diego – will be released on June 6th.</p> <p>The Orange San Diego (previously known as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/mwc/stuff/mwc-2012-%E2%80%93-orange-launches-intel-powered-santa-clara" target="_self">Orange Santa Clara</a>) will be packing Intel's 1.6Ghz Atom processor, along with a 1024x600 screen and 8MP camera with 1080p video recording.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/phone/news-nugget/orange-san-diego-release-date-and-price-revealed </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-san-diego-release-date-and-price-revealed/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-san-diego-release-date-and-price-revealed/news#comments Orange San Diego Thu, 31 May 2012 10:09:44 +0000 Esat Dedezade 421379 at http://www.stuff.tv Orange launches 7in Tahiti Android tablet http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-launches-7in-tahiti-android-tablet/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Own-brand budget tablet based on Huawei MediaPad arrives in Orange hue </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/orange-tahiti_0.jpg?1364397193" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_1675.jpg?1364397193" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Orange is venturing into the world of own-branded Android tablets, launching the 7in Tahiti.</p> <p>The Tahiti's specs aren't mind-bogglingly impressive by any stretch of the imagination. Based on the same Huawei MediaPad that underpins the T-Mobile Springboard, it's rocking a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor together with a 5MP camera as well as the standard Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/computers-and-consoles/news-nugget/orange-launches-7in-tahiti-android-tablet </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-launches-7in-tahiti-android-tablet/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-launches-7in-tahiti-android-tablet/news#comments Orange Tahiti Tue, 10 Jan 2012 17:05:02 +0000 Stephen Graves 419389 at http://www.stuff.tv Orange officially reveals the San Fransisco II http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-officially-reveals-san-fransisco-ii/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Looking for a budget Android blower? Orange has you covered </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/orange-san-francisco-ii-front-and-back_0.jpg?1364401036" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_2019.jpg?1364401036" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Orange has officially announced details of its budget Gingerbread-toting handset, the San Francisco II.</p> <p>The handset (which was <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/phone/news-nugget/orange-san-francisco-ii-spotted" target="_self">leaked</a> a few days ago) improves on its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/orange-san-francisco" target="_self">predecessor</a> by serving up an upgraded 800MHz processor, 5MP camera and 3.5in screen as well as signal boost technology which uses Wi-Fi connections to boost its 3G signal.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/phone/news-nugget/orange-officially-reveals-the-san-fransisco-ii </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-officially-reveals-san-fransisco-ii/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-officially-reveals-san-fransisco-ii/news#comments Orange Thu, 17 Nov 2011 11:53:14 +0000 Esat Dedezade 418848 at http://www.stuff.tv Orange Monte Carlo arrives this week http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-monte-carlo-arrives-week/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Get the Android experience on a budget courtesy of Orange </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="667" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Monte-Carlo_0.jpg?1364401588" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_2943.jpg?1364401588" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Bargain hunters looking to muscle in on Android turf may want to hold out for Orange's own-brand Monte Carlo. Launched as part of a budget-busting trio alongside the Stockholm and Barcelona, the Monte Carlo – the UK version of the ZTE Skate – is the last to arrive and is its fastest smartphone to date. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/phone/news-nugget/orange-monte-carlo-arrives-this-week </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-monte-carlo-arrives-week/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-monte-carlo-arrives-week/news#comments Orange Tue, 09 Aug 2011 09:00:46 +0000 Lucy Hedges 417352 at http://www.stuff.tv Orange offers roaming data for £3 a day http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-offers-roaming-data-%C2%A33-day/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Data addicts and social network fiends rejoice as holiday browsing becomes far less painful  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="800" height="800" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/orange_0.jpg?1364401676" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_3134.jpg?1364401676" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Orange has served up some good news for internet addicts in the UK by announcing a European data bundle which offers 30MB of data for £3 a day. This is welcome news for Facebook lurkers and serial tweeters alike, and although charges rise to £3.07 per additional MB after the initial allowance is used up, it should be more than enough to let you keep in touch with the people that matter most. Vodafone also offers a similar plan of £2 a day for 25MB, so now there’s no excuse to put the cat videos on hold while you’re out and about burning to a crisp in the Mediterranean sun.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/phone/news-nugget/orange-offers-roaming-data-for-%C2%A33-a-day </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-offers-roaming-data-%C2%A33-day/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-offers-roaming-data-%C2%A33-day/news#comments Orange Mon, 18 Jul 2011 10:02:29 +0000 Esat Dedezade 417099 at http://www.stuff.tv Orange San Francisco http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-san-francisco/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Orange has dipped under the £100 bar with this ZTE-manufactured Android touchscreen effort – but has it cut any corners? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="485" height="1066" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Orange-San-Francisco.jpg?1364298919" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="740" height="560" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/OrangeSanfrancisco.jpg?1364298919" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>To produce a smartphone for under £100 you must surely have to cut some corners. That’s the assumption that Orange has gamely challenged with the new addition to its pay-as-you-go smartphone range, the San Francisco. The hardware has actually been developed by ZTE, well-known purveyor of cheap but competent devices, so that bodes well.</p> <p><strong>Bright screen and Android 2.1</strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £100.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera and battery aside, this is simply the best hardware for the money </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/orange-san-francisco </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-san-francisco/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-san-francisco/review#comments Orange San Francisco Smartphones Fri, 05 Nov 2010 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 15244 at http://www.stuff.tv Orange and T-Mobile customers can network-hop from October http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-and-t-mobile-customers-can-network-hop-october/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Users could be able to overcome patchy service by swapping networks on-the-go </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="356" height="236" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/194080571mn_1.jpg?1364403883" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="440" height="76" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/194370c3cbli_315.jpg?1364403883" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The recent merger of T-Mobile and Orange could bring a few perks to their customers, especially T-Mobile customers outside the South-East of England, where we hear reception can be a bit patchy.</p> <p>From 5 October, users who sign up for free to the roaming service will be able to automatically switch between networks when one loses signal, working in the same way that your phone does when on holiday abroad.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/phone/stuff/orange-and-t-mobile-customers-can-network-hop-october </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-and-t-mobile-customers-can-network-hop-october/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-and-t-mobile-customers-can-network-hop-october/news#comments Orange Tue, 07 Sep 2010 05:00:00 +0000 admin 15021 at http://www.stuff.tv Orange Vegas http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-vegas/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Orange has fashioned a touchscreen mobile for the masses. But is it a bargain or a blunder? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <p>There are probably more touchscreen phones than there is plankton in the sea, but most of them don’t come cheap. If you’ve baulked at paying over £300 on pay-as-you-go for an iPhone, Orange’s new Vegas could be an option. At £48.50 it’s the cheapest touchscreen yet&nbsp;– half the price of LG’s Cookie, even.</p> <p><strong>Small bean</strong></p> <p>The Vegas is no iPhone-beater, and it’s not trying to be. Still, if you think Apple’s phone is too big, the Vegas is a pleasant antidote. It’s light (84g) and tiny, slipping into a pocket or handbag easily.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Vegas is small, cheap and cute, but the touch experience is severely underwhelming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/orange-vegas </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-vegas/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-vegas/review#comments Orange Smartphones Vegas Wed, 20 May 2009 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 12265 at http://www.stuff.tv Orange LiveRadio http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-liveradio/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Orange’s internet radio lets you bookmark tracks you like then lasso them from its online store. But is it too clever for its own good? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="525" height="584" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ORANGEliveradio.jpg?1368528580" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Internet radio is nothing new to Stuffers. Opportunities to access Adelaide FM and Radio Bali have been increasing by the day this year with new radios from Intempo and Tangent hitting the scene, but Orange’s new LiveRadio offers something different.</p><p>Once you’ve tuned into stations, it lets you bookmark tracks that tickle you and then, if you like them enough, download them from the Orange Music Store. Clever, eh?</p><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>Wireless woes</strong></p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £100.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A decent first internet radio from Orange, but lacks power and is a little rough around the edges</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/orange-liveradio </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-liveradio/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-liveradio/review#comments LiveRadio Orange Radio Fri, 01 Aug 2008 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 10567 at http://www.stuff.tv Orange Bluetooth Speaker System http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-bluetooth-speaker-system/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Orange gets in on the wireless act with this set of speakers that’ll go nicely with your mobile – but will it please your ears as well? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="403" height="287" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/NEWS-5386-604398e41c3917871220642474622abe_0_0.jpg?1364300006" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Present this product to a Middle Ages hi-fi convention and you’d soon find yourself sinking to the bottom of a well to the tune of ‘witch, witch, witch’. Yes, Orange’s Bluetooth speaker system delivers music, wait for it… without wires. </p> <p><strong>Now for the science bit</strong></p> <p>It works like this: the system plugs into the mains (okay, so that’s one wire), you hit the search button and it sniffs out any A2DP Bluetooth-enabled sources within range. A line-in means you can connect up other stereo kit too, including your iPod, but there’s no remote, which is a bit of a pain.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £90.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the convenience of a wire-free jukebox, but with a sonic compromise </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/orange-bluetooth-speaker-system </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-bluetooth-speaker-system/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-bluetooth-speaker-system/review#comments Bluetooth Speaker System Geek accessories Orange Fri, 23 Nov 2007 06:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 8557 at http://www.stuff.tv Orange Snow Mobile http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-snow-mobile/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Snow Mobile phone comes with a camera, Push to Talk, games and boarding masterclasses but lacks Bluetooth or MP3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="356" height="236" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsungsnowmobile_0.jpg?1364300808" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>To test Orange’s new snow sports phone, we took it all the way to Tignes in the French alps. </p> <p>But what exactly is a snow-mobile? To those of you who wryly answered ‘a small powered vehicle for traversing snow’, we salute you, but you’re wrong. Here in Stuff land, it’s a Samsung X660 sold with a snow sport mag (Slide) and discount vouchers for gear shops (Ellis Brigham).</p> <p>This clamshell’s a rudimentary creature: the camera’s a 0.3MP job, there’s no Bluetooth and no MP3 player. It is tri-band, though, and very small, with a battery that handles the cold surprisingly well. </p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £90.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ignore the ropey camera and lack of MP3 player or Bluetooth, and you have a fun deal</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/orange-snow-mobile </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-snow-mobile/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/orange/orange-snow-mobile/review#comments Orange Smartphones Snow Mobile Mon, 02 Oct 2006 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 2109 at http://www.stuff.tv