HTC Tattoo

6.9/10 AVG.
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6.9/10
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The HTC Tattoo currently has an Informr score of 6.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 5 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
528 MHz
Screen Size
2.8"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


MobileBurn

If you're after a well priced touchscreen handset that does everything you could possibly want in a reasonably sized form factor, then the HTC Tattoo is well worth a look

- Russell Jefferies, MobileBurn
PhoneArena

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...

- PhoneArena Team, PhoneArena
CNET

The HTC Tattoo, a bargain version of the company's flagship phones, is like an elderly HTC Hero -- shrunken and less perky, but still with plenty of fun times left in the tank. You'll definitely notice the corners that have been cut -- the resistive touchscreen is especially annoying -- but, if you'...

- Flora Graham , CNET


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HTC released the Tattoo on July 24, 2009.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the HTC Tattoo user manual here.


HTC backs up the Tattoo with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Tattoo has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact HTC support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find HTC's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
2.8"

The HTC Tattoo's screen size is 2.8 inches with 240 x 320 pixels resolution.

Processor
528 MHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM 7225 528 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 1.6 operating system (OS).

Camera
3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1100mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1100 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 14 days standby time, 390 minutes.

HTC Tattoo Specs

Overview
Release date July 24, 2009
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 1.6

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Processor Qualcomm MSM 7225 528 MHz
Internal Flash Memory No
RAM 256 MB
ROM 512 MB
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.76 W/kg
Body: 1.44 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1100 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 390 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 14 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Brown, Black, White, Graphite, Violet
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.6 x 5.5 x 1.4 cm (4.2 x 2.2 x 0.6 in)
Weight 113 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates Yes
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution 240 x 320 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.8 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type D-pad, Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry XT9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption WEP
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Formats
H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
QVGA (320 x 240 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, PPT, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Pre-installed ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): HTC Click

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Critic Reviews


MobileBurn

Possibly the most customizable consumer handset ever made

from MobileBurn

The HTC Tattoo is a great little phone that is possibly the most customizable consumer handset ever made, thanks to its changeable covers and highly customizable UI. With the ability to design your own covers on HTC's website and download new apps from the Android Marketplace whenever you like, there is certainly plenty of tweaking to be done.

The Tattoo isn't perfect though, and in their efforts to create a more affordable Android handset HTC have had to take some shortcuts. Amazingly, WiFi, GPS, and HSDPA are all still on-board, despite the cost-cutting. Unfortunately, this leaves the screen as a victim of the price trimming process, as it is both smaller and lower resolution than we've seen on previous Android handsets. This makes it a bit tricky to type on, so beware of this drawback if you're a keen texter/emailer.

The HTC Tattoo will also not win any awards for the quality of its camera, so if you're a photo snapper then this, again, may not be the phone for you. Otherwise, the HTC Tattoo is a fantastic phone. We're huge fans of HTC's Sense UI and find it to be both useful and fun, which is rare.

So in conclusion, if you're after a well priced touchscreen handset that does everything you could possibly want in a reasonably sized form factor, then the HTC Tattoo is well worth a look. We at MoblieBurn.com give the HTC Tattoo a "Highly Recommended" rating without any reservations whatsoever....

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The HTC Tattoo is a great little phone that is possibly the most customizable consumer handset ever made, thanks to its changeable covers and highly customizable UI. With the ability to design your own covers on HTC's website and download new apps from the Android Marketplace whenever you like, there is certainly plenty of tweaking to be done.

The Tattoo isn't perfect though, and in their efforts to create a more affordable Android handset HTC have had to take some shortcuts. Amazingly, WiFi, GPS, and HSDPA are all still on-board, despite the cost-cutting. Unfortunately, this leaves the screen as a victim of the price trimming process, as it is both smaller and lower resolution than we've seen on previous Android handsets. This makes it a bit tricky to type on, so beware of this drawback if you're a keen texter/emailer.

The HTC Tattoo will also not win any awards for the quality of its camera, so if you're a photo snapper then this, again, may not be the phone for you. Otherwise, the HTC Tattoo is a fantastic phone. We're huge fans of HTC's Sense UI and find it to be both useful and fun, which is rare.

So in conclusion, if you're after a well priced touchscreen handset that does everything you could possibly want in a reasonably sized form factor, then the HTC Tattoo is well worth a look. We at MoblieBurn.com give the HTC Tattoo a "Highly Recommended" rating without any reservations whatsoever.

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PhoneArena

Compact Android smartphone running the cool Sense interface

from PhoneArena

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....

More

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.

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CNET

Fabulous budget phone, thanks to Android

from CNET

The HTC Tattoo, a bargain version of the company's flagship phones, is like an elderly HTC Hero -- shrunken and less perky, but still with plenty of fun times left in the tank. You'll definitely notice the corners that have been cut -- the resistive touchscreen is especially annoying -- but, if y...More

The HTC Tattoo, a bargain version of the company's flagship phones, is like an elderly HTC Hero -- shrunken and less perky, but still with plenty of fun times left in the tank. You'll definitely notice the corners that have been cut -- the resistive touchscreen is especially annoying -- but, if you're looking to save some pennies, you can't beat a bargain handset that offers all the power of an Android smart phone.
The HTC Tattoo doesn't skimp in the software department, providing all of the power of Android, plus the Hero's social-networking extras. But you'll miss out on the pleasure of using a big, bright, responsive touchscreen. If you bite your nails, stay away from this phone. For those who don't, we'd recommend the Tattoo above its bargain competitors, such as the Samsung Tocco Lite.

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User Reviews


I love my Tattoo !!!

This is the best phone I've ever had !!! it's pretty, small, totally customizable, I love Android, and it's fast !! I love that you can custom design the shell, and I have 3 that I can interchange... The battery lasts forever, even with WiFi and GPS on... My only issue is that it's not compatible with...More
This is the best phone I've ever had !!! it's pretty, small, totally customizable, I love Android, and it's fast !! I love that you can custom design the shell, and I have 3 that I can interchange... The battery lasts forever, even with WiFi and GPS on... My only issue is that it's not compatible with North American 3G, so when I'm out, surfing the internet can be slow. Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase, I love that it's Android, I love that it's unlocked, and it works wonderfully :) Less
Phonedog

HTC Tattoo - the cheap way to get a great smartphone

from Phonedog
Pro: Sound quality, Android 1.6 OS, HTC Sense, quite good response on screen even though it's a resistive type, snappy, small, battery life is great. Con: No multitouch, camera is not very good. Using experience: 30 days I'm a student - and I'm therefore constantly broke, so getting an Android based...More
Pro: Sound quality, Android 1.6 OS, HTC Sense, quite good response on screen even though it's a resistive type, snappy, small, battery life is great. Con: No multitouch, camera is not very good. Using experience: 30 days I'm a student - and I'm therefore constantly broke, so getting an Android based smartphone for 283€ sounded like to good a deal to miss. I bought my Tattoo 1 month ago, and so far I havent been dissapointed at all! The camera isn't great when light is sparse, but I knew this before I bought the phone. Other than that, the phone is better than I expected - In every way. I use it for E-mailing, sms'ing, talking and webbrowsing every day and the battery still lasts at least 2 days. The smart dictionary embedded in Android is fantastic when writing messages and the soundquality is well above average. I can only recommend this phone to people looking for a fantastic smartphone whilst on a tight budget. Less

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