Orange tahiti review

On the display front, the Orange-branded device's 7-inch offering is a mixed affair, shining in some areas and coming up short of expectations in others. The 1280 x 800p resolution TFT touchscreen provides sharp, bright images, with swift transitions between homescreens and menus, as well as little motion blur during video playback.

But it can at times prove a little unresponsive to the touch, resulting in an unnecessarily jilted experience.

At times requiring an excessively firm press to register a command, the Orange Tahiti's display - which boasts a wide viewing angle - causes a lot of aggravation when attempting to compose an email or enter a URL, with missed keystrokes an all too frequent occurrence.

A further issue with the Orange Tahiti's screen is its colour management, with whites lacking the pristine clarity found on other devices, often adopting an unwanted yellow hue that becomes highly noticeable when browsing through ebooks, web pages or content pages of the Android Market.

Camera

Orange tahiti review

These colour management issues continue onto the tablet's pair of cameras, with muted, lifeless images the frequent result of shots taken with either the 5MP rear-mounted camera or the lower quality forward-facing VGA snapper.

While the lack of flash can be blamed for hampering the camera's abilities in low light conditions, the Orange Tahiti's poor light and colour management continues even in well-lit indoor and even outdoor environments. On top of this, a lack of image sharpness and picture clarity combine to result in less than impressive shots.

Boasting four times digital zoom, the Orange Tahiti's rear-mounted camera fails to improve on its basic failings when close to objects. Increased in 0.02 point increments, the zoom enables you to get closer to increasingly unrecognisable subjects, with picture quality rapidly depleting when zooming in.

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Fairing just as bad on the video front, the Orange tablet's 30fps 720p HD video recording capabilities offer little more than a grainy, bleak replication of the real world, with colour management suffering further when attempting to focus and move between well-lit and shaded areas.

Completely unobtrusive when the device is held in portrait orientation, switch to a landscape stance and the Orange Tahiti's camera lens takes up prime real estate, forcing a slightly awkward grip of the device and the constant nagging thought of a grimy, fingerprint-riddled camera lens.