HTC Tattoo review

The first cheap Android handset to challenge the big boys

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Product features

  • Rear Camera Resolution : 3.2 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 6.50 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 240 x 320

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  • Interchangeable design
  • Sense UI
  • Great battery life
  • Android 1.6
  • Social-network savvy


  • Screen not responsive enough
  • Lag in loading app information
  • Average camera
  • Poor text capabilities

HTC has embraced the Google Android OS with open arms over the past year, releasing a trio of devices – the G1, Hero and Magic – which show off just why Android has taken the mobile world by storm.

While the Android interface brings a brilliant Google sheen to the mobile market-place, it has come at a price, with most of the handsets packing lengthy contracts or expensive one-off payments.

Enter the HTC Tattoo. Alongside the T-Mobile Pulse, the Tattoo is all about catering for the more budget-conscious phone user who wants to utilise Android, but not pay over the odds for the privilege.

We're not talking about masses of money saved – a tenner a month off a contract here, a £100 off a handset there – but the arrival of the OS on the HTC Tattoo does point to a bright future for mid-range devices sporting Android.

When it comes to comparing the phone with its other Android bedfellows the HTC Tattoo has more in keeping with the HTC Hero than it does with the HTC Magic and G1. This is all because the HTC Tattoo uses Sense UI, which is HTC's own 'skinned' version of Android.

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So, instead of the now-iconic large Android clock, the main interface is dominated by a digital clock and location-specific information explaining what the weather and temperature is like in your vicinity.

The HTC Tattoo does bring with it something different, however, and that is Android 1.6 – this update brings some rather nice tweaks to the Android interface, which we shall talk a bit more about further on in the review.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Wireless LANYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution3.2 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time6.50 Hour
Product ModelTattoo
Screen Size7.1 cm (2.8")
Screen Resolution240 x 320
Weight (Approximate)113 g
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height106 mm
Width55.2 mm
Depth14 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time340 Hour
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameTattoo Smartphone
Processor Speed528 MHz
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Digital Compass, G-sensor
Manufacturer Part Number99HHR023-00
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

HTC Tattoo is all about you. It's the first phone that can be customized inside and out. Decide how your phone looks, then decide what you want to look at. Texts? Twitter? Your photos? When you're done customizing HTC Tattoo, you'll have a phone that speaks loudly about who you are and what you're into.

Limited Warranty1 Year
Standard Memory256 MB