The teeny, resistive touchscreen makes typing a chore. It's great that there's a choice of a virtual Qwerty keyboard, alphanumeric keyboard, and compact Qwerty effort with two letters on each on-screen key. But, despite these options and fairly good predictive text, the screen's unresponsiveness means you have to take your time when typing.
Cover it up
Despite its shortcomings, we couldn't help but cheer up when we saw the Tattoo's selection of switchable covers. Our sample phone had a cheeky representation of Android peeping out at us from its silver case, but you can pick up plenty more colourful options online for about £11 each. If you're really feeling creative, you can design your own cover for about £13, including layers of your own photos and text.
We gave the online cover-design feature a go, and could have spent hours tweaking our handset's appearance. We wish every smart phone came with this fun extra.
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.
Edited by Charles Kloet