Orange Vegas's touch user interface is a less sophisticated set-up to many recent high-enders we've seen. It's not used to stretch the parameters of what an entry-level phone can do or to redefine its usability.
It's mostly a functional way to operate the phone, with most sub-menu selection procedures similar to a conventional phone set-up – albeit with the facility to touch the screen to select an option.
The presence of conventional buttons under the display reinforces this impression.
The Vegas has a large regular navigation D-pad, plus softkeys and call and end buttons, offering an alternative standard manual button-pushing way of negotiating menus.
BUTTONS: Soft keys supplement the touchscreen interface
These can be used for most of the phone's functionality, scrolling and selecting as normal. Of course, with no physical numberpad, there's no getting around using touch keypad for new number dialling and text messaging.
Operating the touch interface, it's generally straightforward. To unlock the homescreen, an iPhone-esque sideways swipe does the trick without fuss.
From the home screen, you can call up a bank of eight feature shortcut options by swiping across the clock at the top of the screen (these can all be user-defined easily enough, though four are pre-set).
A tap on the central homescreen icon pulls up the soft numberpad for dialling, while an upward stroke on the homescreen brings up the main menu.
This can be done by tapping a softkey – either the physical ones or the buttons onscreen; as in most options, navigation can be done with the manual control keys. The D-pad also has the regular sort of feature shortcuts set up you find on most phones.
The Vegas's main menu is configured with the small amount of available screen space in mind. It's split into three separate grids of four icons, which you can swipe between, or select by tapping a category tab at the bottom of the display. From here you can select functions or applications.
Haptic feedback is used when swiping through or choosing homescreen or main menu options. It's not used consistently throughout menus though - most softkey options and menu lists are haptic feedback-free.
This can be slightly frustrating, as you can sometimes feel unsure of whether a screen press has been registered, particularly if the user interface is being sluggish.
You can swipe down long lists, such as contacts though you can also search by tapping in a name – though this requires virtual numberpad manipulation.
Menu list selection by finger pressing works fine – provided you haven't got large fingers – though the stylus does reduce mispressing possibilities. Or you can simply scroll with the D-pad.