The HTC Tattoo is like the beginner version of the HTC EVO 4G or HTC Touch. This device is perfect for people just starting out and getting used to the Android platform. The HTC Tattoo has also allowed Android devices to become available to more people seeking phones on a budget. The HTC Tattoo is user friendly and has a ton of customizations right out of the box. Since its release, the HTC Tattoo has even had software upgrades making its functions more and more like that of the highly sought after HTC EVO 4G. Learning more about this device will certainly make you anxious to grab one for yourself.
HTC Tattoo Design (5 out of 5)
The specifications of the HTC Tattoo include the ever-popular Android 1.6 Platform. The ROM measures 512MB and the RAM measures 256MB.The visual design of the HTC Tattoo is extremely similar to the HTC Touch. It is no larger than the palm of the hand and it comes with a standard mineral gray casing. The device measures 4.17 inches long by 2.17 inches wide by 0.55 inches thick. The total weight of the device is 3.99 ounces with the battery in. It is a little weighty but it gives a feel which most consumers are comfortable with. The HTC Tattoo also comes with the popular touchscreen which measures 2.8 inches and has a 240x320 QVGA resolution. The HTC Tattoo has four different colors to choose from which are: Gunmetal Grey, Artic White, Midnight Black and Royal Purple.
HTC Tattoo User Interface (4 out of 5)
Using the phone is a smooth experience as expected. The HTC Tattoo has several short cut menus that can save you loads of time navigating once you have learned the best way to use them. It may take time getting used to the fast menus and ‘throwing cards away’ as well as closing applications, but the process of learning about the phone is just as fun. The interchangeable display is a gem to customize. The G-sensor, which allows the screen to auto-rotate, is another fun feature of the device making using it even easier.
HTC Tattoo Features (4 out of 5)
The standard features of the HTC Tattoo are the video and camera functions as well as the SD card and Bluetooth capability. However, the primary features that make the HTC Tattoo stand out include the ability to use the Twitter application in real-time directly on the device. Manipulating the language on the device is possible as well. You can send picture mail and deal with two way SMS messaging on the device. One stand out feature that may come in handy for corporate users is the ability to set up and connect to a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
Another useful function on the HTC Tattoo is the ability to reset the lock pattern on the phone, this is a great feature because there are often times when an HTC user forgets their lock pattern. The bad part about this is that the only way to unlock the device in the past was to hard reset and lose all data. The HTC Tattoo can also use a Wi-Fi connection, which is extremely useful for saving on data charges when you are at home with wireless broadband or near a free hotspot. This ability leads to the next major feature of this device, which is the option of using the phone as a modem. This is great because it allows the user to use their HTC Tattoo as a bridge for their computer, laptop or other device to connect to the internet.
HTC Tattoo Performance (4 out of 5)
The call quality is exceptional and the new updates for the HTC Tattoo make the device a viable alternative to its higher priced counterpart the HTC EVO 4G or the HTC Touch. The highly anticipated software update from the 1.6 platform to the 2.0.33 platform allows the device to have a better overall performance. This software download allows the HTC Tattoo to install more third-party applications from the Android Market, and it allows the Mobile Network sharing function to be used on the HTC Tattoo, which improves its practicality. Another important feature of the update is the ability to synchronize the address book with Outlook. The ease of this syncing function allows contacts, calendar, tasks and events to synchronize between your computer and the phone.
The Verdict (4 out of 5)
To summarize the HTC Tattoo, it is safe to say the high points of this device include the G-sensor (which allows the screen to rotate), the FM Radio, the Wi-Fi connections, the virtual private connections, the fully customizable homescreen and customizable casings that may be designed by the customer online. The final score for this phone is an 4 out of 5 stars considering all the features that come with the device at such a minimal price. Literally, the cost is almost half of what other HTC smartphones cost. This is a great phone for the student that needs to stay connected to their social network and look cool doing it while maintaining their budget.