Orange Tahiti Android Tablet
Orange has a new approach to selling tablets which is both a bargain and a rip-off. Why? Find out in my reviews of Orange Tahiti for TrustedReviews and Mobile Choice. A sample of my review for Mobile Choice is below:
Orange Tahiti Android tablet
- Gordon Kelly (for Mobile Choice)
- 20 January 2012
Apple shocked the market when its iPad tablet didn’t cost as much as a small car, and now consumers expect to get good prices when shopping for slates. As such Orange has surprised everyone by releasing the Orange Tahiti tablet – the cheapest and yet most expensive tablet on the market.
The Cheapest, but most expensive tablet
This confusion comes because the Orange Tahiti (aka Huawei MediaPad) pushes a concept that remains relatively new in the UK: tablets on contract. It is cheap because for £69 this dual-core, seven-inch, 3G-equipped Android tablet can be yours. It’s expensive because it requires the signing of a two-year, £25 per month data contract that provides 2GB of data per month and brings the total cost of ownership to £669. That is £10 more than a 64GB iPad 2 with 3G.
So is the Tahiti a bargain? Yes and no.
Why it seems a bargain
Fighting for a yes verdict are the build quality, features and specification. On the outside the Tahiti is very well made. The design may not be inspiring, but the metal sides and rounded rear hark back to the original iPhone while the drilled speaker, power and mini HDMI ports could have come straight off an iPhone 4S (if Apple supported HDMI). Inside the Tahiti impresses too with a dual core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of native storage that can be enlarged by a further 32GB thanks to a microSD card slot.
Switch the Tahiti on and the positive impressions continue. For once Orange hasn’t burdened a product with its gaudy themes and bloatware apps and the Android 3.0-based Tahiti is far better off for it, especially with Hauwei promising an upgrade to Android 4.0 in February.
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