Product Type: HTC Smartphone
Newest Review: ... phone use As for general phone calls and messaging, I have found the Tattoo to be perfectly usable. Text messages are easy to ... more
Cute, intuitive and very good value
Member Name: crazyminx
Advantages: Good looking phone that's easy to use and has excellent internet facilities
Disadvantages: Lack of sound profiles, alarm is too quiet
I'm not going to give a full list of specifications in this review because this can be found on the HTC website, which if you are considering buying this phone I am sure you will visit anyway. What I will use this review to do is give my personal experience of the phone.
I have to admit that I chose the HTC Tattoo for two main reasons: firstly, it was nice looking and smaller than most touch screen smart phones, and secondly, it was one of the best value or cheapest. However there are many, many more plus points to the phone than I anticipated.
The phone is simple to set up and you can customise your home screen so that it contains the icons you use most often (mine has text messages, alarms, contacts list and settings). You can then scroll to four other home pages which you can also set up to your liking (mine have links to all my favourite websites so that I can access them instantly, such as hotmail, youtube and of course amazon!)
Internet browsing is excellent on this phone - the screen is large and bright, I can pick up a signal almost anywhere and the internet speed is really impressive. The phone quickly loads up even large files such as youtube videos (and the quality of watching these is excellent as well).
Texting takes a while to get used to if you've not had a touch screen before, but it's not impossible. You can choose between having the screen portrait or landscape and you can also have either a normal phone keypad or a QWERTY keypad on the screen.
The connectivity with social networking sites is great as well. You can link your contacts in your phone book to your facebook friends, so that their status and facebook profile pic appear next to them. The phone gets constant updates from facebook too, which you can access via a small bar at the top of the home screen.
A few things could however be improved upon:
- The back is very difficult to get off in order to put in the SIM card or change the covers. It takes me a long time and a lot of strength to remove it, and sometimes I have even had to resort to using a knife!
-The battery life is quite poor if you are surfing the net, and you will need to charge it every night, if not more often, if you're doing a lot of internet activity.
-The camera is not great, but if you're looking for an excellent camera you won't be looking at this phone anyway.
- There are no different sound profiles to choose from, so unfortunately you can't customise when you want different levels of volume or, for example, create a profile where you can hear the calls but not the text messages.
-Most annoyingly, the alarm is MUCH too quiet. Even on its loudest setting and with vibrate, it's not loud enough to wake me, and you also can't put your own music on to wake up to. This is why the phone has lost a star.
Aside from the alarm though, this is a fab little phone which I highly recommend. It is available either on PAYG for around £250 or on contract from as little as £15 a month.
(updated from my review on Amazon.co.uk)
Summary: Very good, but has some flaws