HTC Tattoo is the latest Android mobile phone launched by HTC which attacks the affordable market. Although it is not the cheapest, it is reasonably priced.
At the first sight, because its design and knowing that it has a resistive touchscreen, it remind us of HTC Touch, a device too difficult to use without stylus. All we know that Android isn’t built to use with stylus, in fact all the other Android phones in the market has capacitive screen, so at the beginning it is normal to think that it can be a huge issue.
But, despite it wasn’t a good start, after some days using it I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised with this device.
People complain about the use of resistive touchscreen saying that the unique reason is keeping cost down, but HTC claims that it is because its 2.8-inch screen is simply too small “to be accurate with” as a capacitive one.
I can say that, after holding it in your hands, you will realize that a great finger-friendly environment has been achieved.
You can see the whole specification here. Let’s see some outstanding features that makes Tattoo different.
- Dimensions and design: 106 x 55.2 x 14 mm, 113 grams (with battery)
It is a great manageable device, likely the smallest Android in the market. Perhaps due to this reason it fits better in your hand than the HTC Hero. On the other hand the useful Hero’s trackball has been replaced by a worse 4-Way navigation control.
Also it has a cover that can be customized like the MyTouch.
- Screen: 2.8-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with 240×320 QVGA resolution
HTC Tattoo has a lower resolution than the other Android-based phones in the market. It means that apps have to be designed with that display in mind, and the big issue is if developers are willing to go back and make their existing app interface more suitable. I hope so…
- Processor and Memory: Qualcomm® MSM7225™, 528 MHz
The smartphone embeds a 256 MB RAM and a 512 MB ROM memory. The storage space can be expanded through the microSD card slot (SD 2.0 compatible).
- Platform: Android™ 1.6
Tattoo runs on Donut. The operating system is able to fully maximize the processor and provide a stable operating platform for all applications allowing the phone to operate fast and smoothly.
- User Interface : HTC Sense
The device comes with the HTC Sense UI, giving you 7 pages of home screen and the possibility to save your Scenes amongst other things.
- Camera: 3.2 megapixel color camera
The maximum resolution to take picures is of 2048×1536 pixels, but the camera doesn’t feature autofocus (as HTC Hero), so you have to keep the phone motionless until the camera saves de picture in order to have a good quality.
Another interesting point is that it features geo-tagging thanks to GPS.
Besides the features of HTC Hero, the Tattoo comes with a built-in FM radio.
If you are thinking about have one of this, you can connect with Tattoo on Facebook, and clear up your doubts talking with other users.