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    Budget Android phone review on The Reg

    And as expected, the Orange SF gets a great review (no. 6)

    Ten Essential... budget Android smartphones ? reghardware
    Last edited by ZeroHour; 21st April 2011 at 05:59 PM.

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    Bizarrely, the GT540 get's a poor review (No.5) with a lot of mis-leading points.

    the GT540 is stuck with a particularly insensitive resistive model that becomes increasingly frustrating to use as you once again have to double or triple press to bend it to your will
    Hmmm...I find my screen to be very responsive, and a double tap, for magnifying is the most I have to do! I certainly DON'T have to "bend it to my will".

    There's a 600MHz Qualcomm processor on board but that doesn't seem to help it run particularly quickly
    Doesn't run particularly slowly, imho, so that's a bit fatuous!

    As for the price being £170.....hmmm...I'd suggest they did a bit more research!

    <rant over>

    Ok, so maybe I'm a little protective of my phone, but this review is terrible!

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    Has anbody had a taste of or looked at the Acer Liquid smart phones as these are under £200 and i have it on my list off possibles ?

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    "HTC wildfire - £230" lmao Try £130 at argos

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    Quote Originally Posted by j17sparky View Post
    "HTC wildfire - £230" lmao Try £130 at argos
    think thats on vodafone and you have to buy 10 quid airtime additionally so not sim free

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    So unlock it. Ok £149.99 then

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    Quote Originally Posted by j17sparky View Post
    So unlock it. Ok £149.99 then
    how much would it cost to unlock or is that a DIY ?

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    HTC Wildfire, Sim Free. Toys R Us, £149.99

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    just checked stock for 6 areas and all out aswell lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by TopBanana View Post
    how much would it cost to unlock or is that a DIY ?
    Well I've just had O2 unlock a phone for me for £7, don't know how much vodafone charge but the little mobile accessory shops usually do it for a tenner. But either way see ^

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    the GT540 is stuck with a particularly insensitive resistive model that becomes increasingly frustrating to use as you once again have to double or triple press to bend it to your will
    Teenage son has been moaning for months about the touch screen on his phone. At the weekend, he realised he still had the delivery sticker stuck to the screen. Now peeled off, the phone is far more responsive

    Me? Laugh at him? Of course I am!!!

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    You can get the Orange SF for £79 if you produce a local gov't wage slip I hear, or you're an existing Orange customer. Unlocking is free if you use a custom ROM, or less than £2 otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    Teenage son has been moaning for months about the touch screen on his phone. At the weekend, he realised he still had the delivery sticker stuck to the screen. Now peeled off, the phone is far more responsive

    Me? Laugh at him? Of course I am!!!
    Thanks Elsie....Just got to my desk, with a cuppa, and read your post.....

    That'll be tea-burnt nostrils then!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by mark View Post
    You can get the Orange SF for £79 if you produce a local gov't wage slip I hear, or you're an existing Orange customer. Unlocking is free if you use a custom ROM, or less than £2 otherwise.
    where did you hear this? Who is doing it - sounds good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    where did you hear this? Who is doing it - sounds good!
    Read the SF Wiki on the Modaco forum - I wrote that bit and a few others! http://wiki.modaco.com/index.php/ZTE_Blade

    Take in your payslip (and some photo ID) to any Orange shop and they'll give you £20 off for being a public sector worker.

    The forum recommends NCKCODES for unlocking online for $3, although a thread appeared a couple of days ago about a website offering a free unlock calculator. Whether you trust them with a random website with your IMEI number though is another matter.
    Last edited by Gibbo; 17th November 2010 at 12:23 PM.

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