by March 4, 2010 0 comments

The new HTC Tattoo is pure pleasure to play with. Its
2.8-inch resistive touchscreen responds to the slightest touch and the
proprietary HTC ‘Sense’ interface is as slick as ever. The seven homescreens are
completely customizable.

Below the screen are a bunch of keys; the Home, Menu and
Call buttons on the left with the Back, Quick Search and Power/Call disconnect
button on the right. There is a volume rocker on the left side, mini-USB port on
the lower edge and a 3.5mm audio out on the top. Opening the backpanel requires
a lot of hardwork as it refuses to budge easily. However, once you manage to do
that you see the 1100mAh Lithium-ion battery powering the device. The SIM is
inserted below the battery and the micro-SD slot is hot-swappable.

HTC Tattoo
Specs: 528 MHz Processor, Android 1.6, 512 MB ROM, 256 MB RAM, 106 x
55.2 x 14 mm, 113 grams , 2.8-inch TFT-LCD touchscreen, 240×320 QVGA
resolution, HSDPA/WCDMA network, Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, GPS, Bluetooth,
Wi-Fi, mini-USB 2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack, 3.2MP camera, 1100 mAh Li-ion
battery, microSD memory card, G-sensor, Digital Compass, FM Radio

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The User Interface is good in terms of the multiple
features that it has on offer. Possibly one of the best features of HTC Tattoo
is its customization options where every screen can have many different widgets.
An interesting app, the Quick Search Box, helps you to quickly search through
data and applications on the device.

The device is for those who believes in staying connected.
Tattoo provides the best of options to integrate as many social media apps as
possible. So, it has the Twitters, Facebooks and Flickrs of the world in place.
Integrating e-mail accounts is a breeze and the internet browser is quite fast
and accessing the internet is quite smooth too.

The 3.2MP camera clicks good pictures at a maximum
resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. However, the lack of flash or autofocus does
make taking shots in the dark a bit difficult. Videos can be taken at a maximum
resolution of 352×288 pixels. Calling and receiving calls is pretty easy and the
voice quality is good as well.

The only downside is that the battery life falls short of
the capabilities that this device offers. The 1100mAh battery just manages to
scrape through an entire day with some calls, music and some internet surfing.

The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is another option at around the
same price and has similar features. However, the draw of a fully-featured
Android mobile phone with GPS and Wi-Fi at this price has to be mentioned. You
can also consider the new Samsung Galaxy Spica; an Android phone which retails
for about the same price as the Tattoo.

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