23 Apr HTC Tattoo Review – A Closer Look at the Newest Budget Sense UI Smartphone From HTC
Tattoo looks great design wise, it’s a standard design phone and feels great in the hand. HTC is putting the HTC Tattoo out there kind of as the cheaper version of the HTC Hero. The hardware it sports is a little less high end then it’s bigger brother. The difference is within the screen size and type of the phone.
The Tattoo has a well made design, the look is quite basic but that just means that it’s sporting a proven design that worked great in both the past and current times. The device has all the buttons we always see from HTC, end, home, menu, back and search. Instead of a trackball this time they choose to install a 4 way navigation pad which works, only just feels less snappy than the HTC Dream/Hero and the myTouch 3G. Although it is less smooth, it works fine, the interface is as speedy as the HTC Hero (and HTC Hero Sprint) with their current software upgrade. The Tattoo has a new feature, removable covers, HTC is really trying to get to the ‘general public’ with this affordable and personal looking device.
OK now we get to the one thing that really makes this smartphone different and we guess more affordable then the other Android phones HTC has put out thus far. The LCD is only 2,8 inches in diagonal and runs at a resolution of 320×240 (QVGA) where all the other Android phones released thus far have a resolution of 320×480 (also known as HVGA). A big decrease in resolution all together. And even more so if you know that in a few weeks Android phones with WVGA resolution will start coming out.
Instead of a capacitive screen the device uses the resistive technology, which means that the screen is sensitive to pressure and is not made of hard glass that we see in other Android devices. The screen does seem quite responsive but not as responsive as the devices with capacitive touch screens. The screen does the job though, considering this is for HTC standards a budget phone.
The Tattoo is made with the same hardware as all their Android devices so far released (the Qualcomm MSM7225) works decent but does not impress much. We are waiting for the first HTC Android cell phone that sports a Snapdragon CPU (HTC Dragon is rumored). Enough of the sidestepping now, the CPU does its job, and considering the Tattoo has a smaller resolution then its predecessors Sense UI should run faster then the Hero, though as said before it is smooth, and that is more then enough.
The camera is 3.2 mega pixels and it’s a bit of a downgrade comparing it to the Hero but it makes decent pictures and it’s fine for using it for twitter/facebook and other networking from your mobile smartphone. The battery life is the same as any other android phone we tested so far from HTC. With heavy use you get a day, with normal use you get 2 days and that is fine.
The HTC Tattoo Smartphone is positioned as a low end Android device, and even though it has the same CPU speed as all its predecessors the device really is just that. The Tattoo is just a bit less powerful at all things then the other devices out there. Worse screen, worse camera then the Hero, the other phone that runs Sense by HTC. The resistive screen is a letdown, but other than that it’s a great phone. On the other hand why not pay that little extra and get a HTC hero? If there is no budget holding you back go for the Hero over the Tattoo for sure.
By Ko Vakkerman