Following on from the budget smart phone -- the Stockholm. This -powered pay as you go challenger is compact and pocket-friendly, but its small screen and unnecessary Orange bloatware are real drawbacks. The Stockholm is available on pay as you go for £90.and , Orange has launched another low-price
At 56 by 104 by 13mm, the Stockholm is certainly pocket-sized. It's almost an inch shorter than the, and fits snugly in your palm like a shiny pebble. For those of you that can't stomach the recent craze for big-screen, pocket-bursting smart phones, the Stockholm's diminutive dimensions are likely to be very appealing indeed.
We're not so keen on the glossy finish, though. It feels rather cheap, and the apparently metallic accent that runs around the edge of the phone is actually made of plastic.
The Stockholm's tiny size means that its screen is similarly dinky. The phone has a 2.8-inch, 240x320-pixel, capacitive touchscreen similar to that on the, but this particular version supports multi-touch gestures.
Unsurprisingly, the size of the screen causes problems when you're reading small text. It's also something of a nightmare to type on, as the on-screen keyboard features minuscule buttons. Big-fingered individuals stay away.
Orange likes to slather its own applications and branding over each phone it sells, and the Stockholm is no exception. The tweaked Android 2.2 Froyo interface features custom Orange menu icons, as well as a bucketful of widgets and apps.
Many of the apps are little more than bloatware, and will soak up valuable processing power even if they're not in use. Others are slightly more acceptable -- the Orange Gestures app being a perfect example. It allows you to bond certain shapes to applications, allowing you to quickly open them with a quick scribble on the touchscreen.
Bizarrely, Orange has included its own maps application, despite the fact that the peerless Google Maps comes pre-loaded. Such demented duplication of applications wouldn't bother us so much if we had the option to eradicate the offending article, but all of the pre-installed Orange items can't be removed from the Stockholm's app drawer.
At the core of the Stockholm, you'll find a 528MHz processor, served by 256MB of RAM. This specification isn't likely to set pulses racing in the era of dual-core smart phones, but it's typical of the Stockholm's class.