The Tattoo looks great, 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 has is a little worse then it's bigger brother. The screen is the biggest difference between the two phones, later on more about that.

The Tattoo sports a great design, the look is quite basic but that just means that it's sporting a proven form factor that has worked in the past and still holds true. The device has all the buttons we always see from HTC, menu, back, home and search, call. Instead of a trackball this time they choose to install a 4 way navigation pad that works, but really feels less speedy than the HTC Dream/Hero and the HTC Magic. Less smooth but workable, the interface is as speedy as the HTC Hero (and HTC Hero Sprint) with their current software upgrade. The Tattoo features a new thing, removable covers, The device seems to be aimed at a younger audience that might enjoy this feature.

Now we get to the real game changer that makes this phone different from the other HTC Android devices released thus far. The screen is only 2,8 inches in diagonal and has a resolution of 320×240 (also known as QVGA) where all the other Android phones released thus far have a resolution of 480×320 (HVGA). A big drop in resolution considering recently a lot of phones have been coming out with WVGA screens, although not in the Android sector.

The resistive LCD screen instead of the normal capacitive is present, 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 is quite responsive but not as much as the capacitive counter parts. It's good enough though, considering is aimed at the budget market.

The Android smartphone is made around the same CPU as all their Android phones so far released (the Qualcomm MSM7225) does not impress much but does the job. We are waiting for the first HTC Android cell phone that sports a Snapdragon CPU (HTC Dragon is rumored)and can't wait to see how it handles some of the more heavy Android Applications. To get back on topic now, the CPU does its job, and because the Tattoo has a smaller screen then its predecessors the UI should actually run smoother then the Hero, though as said before it's smooth, and that is more then enough.

The camera is decent at 3,2 mp and a little downgrade when compared to the Hero, the pictures are decent looking and works fine for social networking and small snapshots. The battery life is about the as any other android phone we tested so far from HTC. When used heavily you get a day, with normal use you get 2 days and that is fine. There is not much more to discuss without basically just copying it from the other HTC Android cell phone reviews, all devices seem very similar thus far.

HTC positions this phone as a low end Android smartphone, and even though it has the same CPU speed as all its predecessors the device really is just that. All things about the Tattoo are a little bit worse then other Android sets out there. Smaller resolution, worse camera then the Hero, the other phone that runs Sense by HTC. Capacitive screens are just more touch friendly, but other than that it's a good device. Why not pay a small amount more and get a HTC Hero? If there is no budget holding you back go for the Hero over the Tattoo for sure.