The Vegas' interface is also slow, presenting lingering messages that are sometimes unnecessary, like the long-lasting alert that tells you when you've successfully unlocked the phone. Other messages are just unclear, such as the one that told us our blank text message 'is null'.
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Orange promises access to our favourite social-networking sites on the Vegas, accessed through a Web browser labelled with Orange branding. It's a trip back in time to the mobile browsers of yesteryear -- pages don't look great on the low-resolution screen and it's slow due to the Vegas' lack of 3G support. It's certainly possible to bring up a site like Facebook, but it's not a pleasure to surf.
There's a 1.3-megapixel camera that shoots stills and video, but we found our predictably low-resolution shots to be dark. We couldn't even begin to start shooting our grainy cinéma vérité masterpiece until we'd inserted a memory card in the microSD slot, since the Vegas only has 64MB of on-board memory and most of it was full after we'd taken only two photos.
Battery life is also poor, and isn't up to a day of light use. Orange only promises 3 hours of talk time, which is something to watch out for if you're planning to take advantage of the music player or FM radio. The Vegas has a proprietary headphone jack, and doesn't come with an adaptor, so the flimsy plastic headphones that are included in the box will be your only listening option.
The Orange Vegas is incredibly cheap, but we wouldn't suggest buying it unless you're absolutely desperate for a touchscreen phone. On the same network, for the same price, you could pick up a Sony Ericsson W302 Walkman, a very decent entry-level Walkman phone. They have similar features, but the Vegas' slow, overly complicated user interface lets it down. You do benefit from the bigger real estate of the touchscreen, but it's not vibrant or clear, and the Vegas' on-screen keyboard isn't a patch on good old-fashioned buttons.
Edited by Charles Kloet