Orange has a history of offering own-branded handsets on Pay As You Go at the lower end of the specifications spectrum. Way back at the tail end of 2007 and start of 2008 I reviewed the Orange Tokyo and Berlin. The Vegas continues the city-based naming convention, albeit having left a sizeable time-gap since is predecessors.
The Vegas is, says Orange, the “smallest, lightest, cheapest touchscreen mobile available in the UK”. Certainly at under £50 it is cheap, and at 84g and 93mm tall, 52mm wide and 16mm thick, it is light and small. Whether these factors combine into a ‘must have’ bracket is another matter entirely.
The Vegas certainly looks like a flashier handset than it really is. Its appearance is unmistakeably ripped from the HTC design book, though it is not, in fact, an HTC made phone. The rounded corners, narrower bottom than top, and general button styling have a very HTC Touch like ambiance.
My review sample was a rather awful baby pink colour, something HTC would not touch with a barge pole. You can also get the phone in black. Either way, a silver band runs all the way round the edge of the handset and is also used for the screen’s frame, navigation pad and the camera’s frame.
The overall size of this phone makes it very comfortable for the dainty-handed, and extremely kind on smaller pockets. As is often the case, the pocket-friendliness takes a bit of a nosedive if you want to connect a headset as the slot is on the right side of the casing. The connector is mini USB and the headset is one piece, both irritating aspects.
There are four buttons under the screen offering Call, End and softkey functions. The End button doubles as the on/off switch. Between them is a large and easy to use navigation pad with a sizeable central select button.
Following popular convention, the four points on the navigation button are shortcuts to various services. Out of the box, these are contacts, inbox, SMS creation, music and profiles. I couldn’t see a way to change the settings to a personal preference.