The Boston is built by Foxconn, famous for the iPhone and sadness, but we felt pretty happy fondling its cut-price curves. Its 81mm (3.2-inch) touchscreen was the capacitive type, and very responsive, so it only took a flick of our fingers to move around the Android interface.
The UI has only been slightly tweaked by the network, which has added Orange-flavoured on-screen icons to launch the menu, phone dialler, address book and messaging features. There's also Orange's sat-nav app and app store built in, with Orange promising a streaming TV app on its way this summer.
We probably won't see the Boston here in Britain, but we will get our own host of less pricy smart phones starting this summer. Orange tells us we can expect high-end features like those of the Boston, including Wi-Fi, GPS, 5-megapixel camera with LED light and capacitive touchscreens -- all for pay as you go prices under €120 (£100).
Orange is also planning new monthly tariffs around the €20 (£17) mark that will include a starter-sized amount of data, around 100MB. We go through that in a week, so we hope it also has an easy way to buy more without breaking the bank. Prices will be announced within the next couple of months.
We expect to see three or four of these bargain smart phones by the end of the year from Orange, all running Android. But Orange's ambitions aren't limited to Google's green robot. We'll also get cheaper smart phones running Symbian, Windows Phone 7 and MeeGo. Hwawei, ZTE and LG are all tipped to be building the phones that will carry the Orange brand.
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