Orange Stockholm Review – Budget iPhone Alternative

Orange Stockholm Review: The Stockholm was released in 2011 and was a follow-up to Orange’s own-brand handsets. Having seen some success with the Orange San Francisco released the year, the company felt emboldened to try again. The Stockholm was not the definitive sequel to the San Francisco, as a proper San Francisco 2 handset was released later in the year.

The Stockholm was a bit of a step down as Orange began to target the budget markets. At a fraction of the cost of some Android phones, the proposition was quite clear. The phone was manufactured by Huawei. Unlike the San Francisco (which ZTE also released as the ZTE Blade) this phone did not gain many identical variants for other markets.

Part of the reason may have been the reduced specification. The phone shipped with a smaller, 2.8 inch screen. It also shipped with Android 2.2 when newer versions of the software were commonplace. These basic specs made it quite difficult for the phone to keep up with the better known phones at the time.

Full specifications here.

Phones in the Orange series were more reactive than developing their own families. Many such as this model (HTC), or Orange Miami (Nokia 5800) were heavily based on other popular models of phone at the time. The main selling point for them was the reduced price point.

 

Orange Stockholm Review: Pros

The main selling point of this phone was price. It was the cheapest Android device available from the networks at the time. As such this may present a cheap entry point for someone unsure about Android.

The phone form factor was nice. A 2.8 inch screen meant the phone could be condensed into a very small space. The phone is much smaller than phones with a 4.0 inch display. At 130g the phone was solid in weight (many larger handsets weighed less).

Connectivity is good on the phone. 3G, Wi-Fi is included. The phone also has a microSD card slot, which means media fans can be well catered for.

Orange have skinned their own version of Android. This comes with its own App Store, and of course, Orange Wednesdays.

Orange Stockholm Review: Cons

The screen resolution is low: 320 x 240 is something seen in much older phones. This has some rather concrete drawbacks: videos and photos do not appear as well as they could.

The small size of screen also makes it much harder to type in longer messages, as the on-screen keyboard becomes a lot smaller. No stylus is provided for the precision needed.

The camera is a 3.15MP one which takes reasonable photos. There is little on-board processing, and no flash or front-facing video camera.

The relatively low-powered processor makes running some of the more demanding apps sluggish.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects

The Stockholm is rather obsolete as a phone now. The smaller screen and lower resolution compare unfavourably to even phones of this era. However, the phone is relatively rare and may be more memorable in the future.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

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