Where there can be fiddliness is with the virtual numberpad. In dialling mode, this fills the screen, so numbers are large enough to be pressed.

We did find, though, that it was easy for our fingers to stray accidentally onto adjacent buttons, so we found ourselves reaching for the stylus for convenience, and to avoid frustrating, time-consuming corrections.

Using the contacts list for calling, the lack of a physical keyboard made text searching for contacts more laboured than with a conventional handset. Still, with making calls the Orange Vegas was on the money, producing a solid and reliable voice performance.

Messaging

Texting can be a tricky area for touchscreen mobiles, as matching the ease of use of regular phones simple keypads is problematic.

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On the Orange Vegas, the text-input keyboard space is too cramped for speedy, error-free finger-dabbing – it's too easy to make mistakes, so again we preferred using the stylus for accuracy

The interface isn't the worst we've seen on a touchscreen phone, but some elements – such as the predictive word composition, which happens in a bar below the main text before you select individual words, plus the upper and lower case selection – are clunky

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The Orange Vegas also offers a Qwerty keyboard text-tapping alternative. Keys are absolutely tiny though – there's no way you could use it without the stylus.

Handwriting recognition is offered, which works OK but isn't a particularly fast option and is limited.

MMS photo messaging is supported on the Orange Vegas, but there's no email client present.

Internet

Lacking 3G, and with GPRS-only data connectivity, the Vegas delivers a lacklustre browsing experience. Its browser is set up for the Orange World mobile internet portal, which it renders reasonably promptly, but searching other sites you'll find page rendering slow.

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The interface allows for tapping on links onscreen, though there's no other fancy stuff such as pinch zooming or panning across pages – just onscreen scroll bar navigation (which can be done via the D-pad too). Options are typical for an entry-level phone browser, and it offers pedestrian-paced mobile web access.