This is a global GSM phone. It can be used with AT&T and T-Mobile USA, but without 3G.
The HTC Tattoo is a nicely built handset and feels very sturdy indeed, with no creaks or squeaks from its covers. The HTC Tattoo – the latest Android-based addition to the product catalogue of HTC and the first one ever equipped with a 2.8-inch display with a resolution of 240×320 pixels. The rear of the handset is very rounded at its edges, which gives the Tattoo a pleasant feel in the hand. HTC have included their ‘Sense’ user interface, which is also hugely customizable. Considered an affordable option for people on a tight budget, you can see the manufacturer has made several hardware compromises to keep the price of the HTC Tattoo low.
- The Tattoo doesn’t scrimp on any connectivity features. It supports Wi-Fi and 3G and comes with GPS that uses Google Maps.
- Tattoo has 3.15 MP camera without a flash.
- The phone comes with a meager 256MB of internal memory and strangely, you can’t shoot pictures unless you slip in a micro SD card
- HTC tattoo include the 3.5mm jack that you can find on top of the Tattoo and the mini USB port.
- Provides entertainment facility including Music Player, FM radio, Games, Ring tones.
- The phone uses v1.6 of the Android OS (tweaked extensively and very well with HTC’s Sense UI) and comes with a host of online features.
Design and usability
The phone has a candy-bar design and is almost oval in shape. There are a bunch of hardware buttons including the regular call receive/cancel, volume control and D-pad.
In spite of the resistive touch screen, the Tattoo is very responsive to touch input. The virtual keyboard in landscape mode is easy to use and receptive. The default browser makes good use of the touch screen and interface. It also renders most pages well and the navigation controls are efficient. Of course, multi-touch is not present but the zoom-bar works fine.
Call quality on the Tattoo is good and the speakerphone is loud and clear.
Tattoo has a 3.15MP camera and shoots videos in a resolution slightly higher than QVGA (352×288). On the flip side, the HTC’s music playback is very good. The volume levels are excellent and the sound it produces is well-balanced. An added benefit is the 3.5mm jack which lets you plug in an earphone of your choice. The external speaker is also decent although it isn’t very loud.