HTC Tattoo review

The first cheap Android handset to challenge the big boys

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While the Android OS is flashy, oozing glitz, the HTC Tattoo's fascia is rather unassuming.

The phone has a matt-silver finish and feels rather chunky in the hand. It's compact, though, and it looks sleek – with HTC disposing of the trackball as seen on the Magic and Hero, and replacing it with a flat, circular four-way navigational button.

In all, there are seven buttons on the chassis, broken into five sections, with the aforementioned navi button being the most prominent.

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You would expect, then, that this would be the main button to 'wake' the phone from sleep. Anyone familiar with the Magic will know that's not how it works, however, when it comes to operating the HTC Tattoo.

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Instead, you click the much smaller menu button twice to get into the main interface. To close things up, simply press the power button on the bottom right.

If you're underwhelmed by the HTC Tattoo's demure body, then don't fret as the phone is all about individuality. HTC is releasing a number of funky cases with tattoo-like designs, so you can customise your handset.

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This is a good call on HTC's part, giving you the chance to choose what style you want the phone to be, rather than the company opting for a one-style-fits-all device.

Flip the phone over – both the back and the front is customisable – and the thing that sticks out is the 3.2MP lens for the phone's camera. Unlike the Hero which sported a small lens with a big five megapixel count, the lens on the HTC Tattoo sticks out like a sore thumb, surrounded by a chunky metallic border.

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The only other things of note on the chassis is a 3.5mm headphone jack (big thumbs up for HTC including this once more, considering the Magic came sans headphone socket), a micro USB connector and volume control on the left-hand side which is pretty much flush to the chassis.

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When it comes to what you get with the phone, there are precious few things in the box, except for a charger (whip the three-pin plug off and it becomes your phone's PC connection as well) and some headphones.


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