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Orange Vegas - Orange Vegas

By Sandra Vogel


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Bluetooth headsets are supported, but you may struggle for battery life if you choose to use one. The battery is tiny and rated at only 670mAh. I got just three hours 23 minutes of music from a full battery charge. This is abysmal battery life, really, and music fans should steer clear.

Memory is a bugbear too. Orange claims 64MB internally but when I checked this, the phone reported just half a megabyte free so the 64MB must include that used by the OS. You'll definitely need a microSD card immediately, and the slot is located under the battery.

The camera shoots stills at 1.3-megapixels. It lacks autofocus or flash though does have a self-portrait mirror. Images are ropey. The coloured dish, photographed indoors under normal household lights, is dark and lacks definition though colour reproduction is good.

Outside, the white of the chair is far from uniform in colour and the low resolution of the camera is clear. The flowers are well reproduced in terms of colour but the focus is certainly nothing to write home about. Shutter lag is a serious problem too - the camera seems not to take a photo until after the shutter sound has been made. Move the phone when you hear the shutter sound and your photos will be blurred. It also takes an age to save a photo.

Video capture is limited to a 176 x 144 resolution (QCIF) and not surprisingly, given the lack of internal memory, you can't begin to use it till you've inserted a memory card. Other features include a calendar, alarm, calculator, stopwatch, unit converter and world clock.


The Vegas is a low cost handset that does what Orange claims; bringing both a touchscreen and small size to a potentially wide audience. Regular readers will know I don't penalise low cost handsets for being short on high-end features, but the poor battery life and a seriously under-par camera don't do the Vegas any favours in the scores department.

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Sophie Blt

August 21, 2009, 6:52 pm

im 11 years old and looking for a new phone to buy. would u recommend this phone for me, i.e is it easy to use, or easy to navagate around it. Sophie Blt.


January 17, 2010, 1:20 am

Actually it is unfair to say iphone in the same breath as this phone in this or any review, although for the money this touch phone is very good value.

One major functionality missed by all reviewers I have read so far is that, once attached to a PC, the phone is firstly charged, then 3 options are presented (if the phone is already switched on)...

1) a storage device utilising any flash card used (a 4gb works perfectly once it was recognised & formatted...see further below)...

2)or as a COM port for modem usage to the internet although this is NOT a 3G phone so would be mega slow - although I have not tested this yet)...

3)The major and final function when plugged into a PC is amazingly it has the otion to work as a web-cam...yep this is the first phone that I have seen working as a web cam.

Okay the camera is bad quality, granted at 1.3mp and the lens is not of good quality either, however it's very adequate in good daylight for webcam work. Not sure of sound through it yet but I will try this later.

Memory Card

As mentioned it did take a bit of work to get my new sandisk 4gb mem-card to be recognised.

Firstly I installed it into the phone. The Phone didn't see it at all as a location. I plugged the phone itno the pc and selected mass storage. The laptop picked up the card as a separate drive of approx. 4gb.

After this I created a directory on the drive using the PC onto the card direct.

After uplugging the phone from the PC, I accessed the file-manager function on the phone and the mem-card was recognised. I then used the format function in the phone to finally format the 4gb card. Job done.

That's all for now....


September 26, 2013, 7:57 pm

My orange vegas acts strange these days. It runs searches on its own and and does some kind of weird vibrations when it starts dealing numbers or running searches. How do I solve this kinda problem?

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