The HTC Tattoo wants to redefine smart in smartphone. This affordable little thing was among the first droids to go mass-market. But run-of-the-mill specs dont mean a boring personality. The HTC Tattoo wears its heart on the sleeve and a shirt for every day of the week means no shortage of sleeves. What do you know, HTC are busy running a tattoo shop.
The Android Market is a huge part of the deal with every droid phone. The HTC Tattoo has two: a beauty shop and a food store to go to. Back at launch, the QVGA screen resolution wouldnt let the Tattoo make the best of the Android Market. Things should be different a few months later with more QVGA droids around.
HTC Tattoo official photos
The HTC Tattoo is the unlikeliest of phones to be bored with, but theres more to this than the custom-designed covers: the Tattoo will be getting the Android 2.1 Éclair update. Nice one, we say: some happy users and a review thats at least remotely on time. Here go the full specs to get us started:
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
- 3G with HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
- Heavily customizable: exchangeable covers
- Android OS v1.6 (Sense UI), upgradeable to 2.1 Eclair
- 2.8″ resistive touchscreen of QVGA resolution
- Qualcomm MSM 7225 528 MHz CPU, 256 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM
- 3.15 megapixel fixed-focus camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g and GPS receiver
- Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
- Standard miniUSB port for charging and data
- Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP)
- microSD card slot, up to 8GB support (a 2GB card in the box)
- Standard 3.5mm audio jack
- Direct access to the official Android repository
- Smart dialing
- Stereo FM radio with RDS
- QVGA resolution doesnt do Android/ Sense UI graphics justice
- No video-call camera
- Camera lacks auto focus, flash and has a rather basic UI
- [email protected] video recording (352 x 288 pixels) is below par
- No voice dialing
- No DivX or XviD video support or a third-party application to play that
- Poor MP4 playback performance – barely watchable in video resolution above QVGA
- No Flash support for the web browser
- No Bluetooth file transfers (not without rooting)
- No TV-out port
Its the custom-designed covers that make the HTC Tattoo a unique package, a phone for users who want to express themselves. The unique customization is the right thing perhaps to make an otherwise average smartphone stand out and inspire mass users to endorse a new platform.
HTC Tattoo live photos
The top-notch connectivity aside, the HTC Tattoo is a standard smartphone package. This is a first-gen Android with all the inherent weaknesses. On top of that, you get a smallish low-resolution screen. Well, thats one part of the deal you sign for. But its still all fair and square we think when you throw in the reasonable price tag and the chance to express your artistic self.
So, is the Tattoo really your kind of phone? You know, even if its not, thats easier to fix than any other phone out there. The HTC Tattoo has been around long enough but its keen to offer a new experience every time. Lets see.