Orange gets in the tablet game with the Android-flavoured Tahiti

Orange gets in the tablet game with the Android-flavoured TahitiOrange has probably been the most consistently successful of all the UK networks with its line of own-brand smartphones, so it's decided to take the obvious next-step and release an Orange tablet.

It's called the Orange Tahiti – in line with the globetrotting naming convention it uses for its range of phones – and delivers a decent helping of Android Gingerbread 3G tablet action to tempt tablet first-timers.

Based on the Huawei MediaPad, the Tahiti is a 7in slate – they really are back in fashion now, it seems – and offers a lightweight 390g chassis and a respectively slim 10.5mm waistline.

It's powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor together with 512MB of RAM, 8GB of on-board storage and a 5-megapixel camera.

“The Tahiti is a stylish, lightweight device with a great quality screen, which we believe really does offer great value innovation and will help customers to get the most out of their multimedia content whilst on the go,” says Everything Everywhere exec Paul Jevons in a classic case of well-he-would-say-that-wouldn't-he PR bluster.

Orange is pricing the Tahiti at £69 up front and then £25 per month over two years, a deal that'll give you 1GB of anytime data per month, plus 1GB of quite-time data and unlimited Wi-Fi access.

That's a total cost of ownership of £669, which makes the Tahiti far from a budget device, and we'll be interested to say how it gets on. It's available country-wide as we speak.

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CTPAHHIK  Jan. 11, 2012 at 11:32

Very nice tablet.
1.2Ghz with Andreno 220
3G + GPS + HDMI + SD Card

Any idea what resolution it has? 1024x600?
Quite expensive and no front camera?

onlineo  Jan. 11, 2012 at 12:46

Unless this tablet appears at £149 off contract, then it is probably a no from just about anyone. If you are willing to spend £669 you could get an ipad2 3G and a cheap sim only deal at £5 per month and still come in at or below £669, even if bought the ipad with a 12% l year loan agreement to spread the cost. Admittedly you would wait for the ipad 2 to drop in price when the ipad 3 comes out. Or you would just get the Ipad 3.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 11, 2012 at 12:50

Onlineo,
Agree. And: the iPad will still catch a good resale price after 2 years. Who will buy that Orange tab after the 24 (!!!!!!!!) Months contract runs out? Nuts.

onlineo  Jan. 11, 2012 at 13:28

JanSt

Too true. 1st gen Ipads still go for £300 on Ebay. This tablet would go for £200 max right now. In 24 months I imagine you are looking at £50. Written on my £169 Blackberry Paybook lol (not really comparable as it is not android and not 3G but my android phone does provide a free wifi hotspot for it when I need it!)
Onlineo,
Agree. And: the iPad will still catch a good resale price after 2 years. Who will buy that Orange tab after the 24 (!!!!!!!!) Months contract runs out? Nuts.

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