HTC Tattoo Review


In terms of operational speed, the HTC Tattoo is a good performer. Obviously, the Sense interface has been properly optimized, because it runs smoothly and its voracious appetite for system resources has been quenched, at least alongside of the version running on the HTC Hero. All applications start up fast and there is no apparent interface lagging either.

As a tool for phone calls, the Tattoo is not exactly brilliant, because the sound it delivers is neither loud, nor clear enough with the overall in-call quality being virtually identical on both ends of the line - voices tend to be sharp and monotonous, although you can understand your caller.

The battery of the HTC Tattoo keeps the handset operational for a decent amount of time, given the handset passes for a multifunctional smartphone. According to the official data, it should be able to provide 6.5 hours of continuous talk time and 340 hours (14 days) in standby.


Frankly, we are in two minds about the HTC Tattoo. On the one hand, it´s a likeable, compact Android smartphone running the cool Sense interface. On the other, the concessions the manufacturer has had to make to keep the price low are neither minor, nor just a few. We don’t really have a problem with the screen size itself, the thing is the lower resolution is equivalent to extremely poor catalogue of applications, compatible with the device. This is a bitter pill to swallow and definitely something we are unwilling to put up with. Even more so, now that Android seems to be making evolutionary leaps forward and its development is picking up speed.

The unhandy resistive technology incorporated into the display and the barren waste that the application catalogue for the device is, paired with all the other minor, yet real drawbacks of the handset would have made the HTC Tattoo a viable option if it was available at an affordable price. Sadly,, this is so not the case. Just for a few bucks more you can easily get yourself the myTouch 3G – yes, it comes without the Sense interface, but is superior to the Tattoo in every single way. In case you are flat out determined to get a cell phone delivering the handy features of the socially-oriented Sense interface, we would definitely advise you to consider the HTC Hero – its price is not that much higher now and the handset is head and shoulders above the Tattoo.

HTC Tattoo Video Review:


  • Likeable, compact design
  • Sense interface
  • Snappy


  • Resistive screen with low resolution
  • Far too few compatible applications

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1. yhbae002

Posts: 46; Member since: Nov 02, 2009

At first, I thought this was a good idea - a low end Android phone that is affordable. But after reading the review I realized there is a big problem here. QVGA resolution will never become popular on this platform. I realize it is possible to code with the mindset of resolution independence but with so few pixels to play with, I get the feeling that many applications will just not bother with this resolution. I think HTC should have gone with HVGA even if it is resistive. Oh well, my GF is getting my current Android and I am off to higher resolution Android! :)

2. Bebs2011 unregistered

I have bought the HTC Tattoo last week...It used it for one day. Then I returned it the following day to the store. The phone is very bad. The bluetooth does not work at all. The Android market is closed for Middle East so I can not download any programs. The email configuration could not be done. I have tried many times but no luck. Touchscreen is very bad. Sending sms is a nightmare. To sum up I certainly advise any one who wants to buy a cell phone...KEEP AWAY from HTC Tattoo.
  • Display 2.8" 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 528 MHz
  • Battery 1100 mAh(5.70h 3G talk time)

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