HTC Tattoo review

The first cheap Android handset to challenge the big boys

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Text messaging on the HTC Tattoo is definitely an experience. You have two options when texting people, you can either do it when the phone is in portrait or landscape. We would highly recommend texting in landscape.


Our digits aren't the podgiest, but when we used the phone in portrait it took a long time to text someone, as we had to constantly correct what we had written.

Touchscreen phones are renowned for being a learning experience for even the most seasoned of texters. The HTC Tattoo is also lagging behind the Magic and Touch in that its screen is 0.4-inches smaller, at 2.8-inches.

This makes a massive difference when it comes to texting, as even though there is an option to have full QWERTY in portrait mode, the letters are far too squashed together for you to be able to use it properly – unless you have a sniper's aim.

Landscape mode means that letters have a bit more space to breath and fewer mistakes are made.

More problems

Another problem with the HTC Tattoo is that it seems to have adopted the same predictive text model as the HTC Magic. For some reason there is no way to turn this off (if there is then HTC has put this in a well hidden place).

On the whole the system is fine, but unless you are constantly looking at it, it will give you predictive words that you don't want. Keeping an eye on this and making sure that you are hitting the right letters is a bit of a pain.

A number of times we texted a message to a friend and mentioned their girlfriend Jen. The HTC Tattoo changed this to Ken without us realising, which could have got both parties into a spot of bother when the text was sent!

It also has to be said that as the phone uses a resistive screen, you have to be even more precise in the hitting of letters and apply a bit more pressure than you would with a capacitive screen. We know that this type of screen has been used as a cost-cutting measure, but it does feel like a backward step for HTC, who used capacitive screens on both the Magic and the Hero.

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