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Good: Color, good sound quality
Bad: very poor battery life, you can not see the screen in day light, bad touchscreen, no bluetooth
Comment: I have bought this phone and used it for one day. Then the following day I returned it back. The touch screen is not responsive, and it gives you hard time while navigating. bluetooth is not working, it does not connect to any other device. during daylight I could not see the screen at all although I have adjusted the screen to be the brightest. No upgrade for the Android 2.1 version. No applications available. I have tried to configure my mailbox but with no luck. To type a sms is a nightmare..it took me ages. To make it short my advise is to keep away from this phone.
Good: Voice quality
Bad: Everything else
Comment: I have bought this phone and it was a big mistake. I returned it the following day to Vodafone store. The battery life is pathetic only a day long. The touch screen is lousy and its a nightmare to type an sms or an email. The Bluetooth did not work at all. I could not configure my email address although I logged it right. The Android market is closed for my country. Plus the Android software is1.6 version and it has been promised to be upgraded to version 2.1 since a year now and no luck. I strongly advise against this phone...KEEP AWAY from HTC Tattoo
Good: Battery life, htc sense, and the app store
Bad: No 2.1 update!
Comment: A good phone but htc wont update it from android 1.6 and the back cover is difficult to get off. But its great for people on a budget.
Good: Free Apps,Gps,Interet
Bad: No flash
Comment: some reviews say its unresponsive,i have had no problem,my mates got HTc Hero which he finds over responsive ringing people by mistake,
Gps is great used with loads of the free Apps available,great for Geocaching
Homepage screen is great and fully changable to your personnel liking ,
No flash ,not a problem to me as i rarely take phots with it
Good: Great size and feel. 3.5mm headphone socket. Android. HTC Sense. Solid feel
Bad: Not all apps available. The camera. Lack of autofocus on the camera. Getting the back off
Comment: I was choosing between the HTC Magic, iPhone, HTC Hero and the HTC Tattoo. I went for the Tattoo and adore it. I voted against the Magic (white and no 3.5mm) and the iPhone I just decided was too costly. I wanted to stay on Vodafone so the Hero was out too (as well as on cost).
I decided on the Tattoo as I use my phone for music quite a bit, and it performs this job well. I even have a last.fm widget that scrobbles what I listen to on the media player. I also choose it for the small size, HTC Sense and lots of apps.
My main concern before purchase was a lack of apps for the small screen resolution. There are considerably less apps than the Magic and Hero. But, actually it is not a problem. Each day many are being redesigned for the Tattoo's screen. I've found plenty to do what I need to do. There are only one or two apps that I want but can't get (for now). I believe the bar code scanning software won't work because of the camera which is my only real disapointment.
I find the screen fine and responsive. No its not the dream that an iPhone screen is, but it works well. The keyboard is a little too cramped in portrait mode, but if I need to type lots I just switch to landscape or choose a different keyboard layout (such as a normal phone one). And despite what they say in the CNet review, I certainly don't find it annoying. I don't have to press hard. I don't have to use my finger nails, my fingers themselves work. The only critiscm is the size, but that's the price you pay for a cute little phone that fits in your pocket. However, don't think you will be able to continuosly type lots of emails -- its simply not built for this (buy a Blackberry)
The camera is crap. There is little more to say about this. it only works outside with bright light.
Other things I like:
- Seamless witih lots of Facebook, such as synching contacts with Facebook pictures (and Google contacts)
- Neat media player
- Integrated widgets like weather and google mail
- How it feels (solid and a very touchy feely case)
Overall I think its a great phone. A good size. Worth looking at.
Good: Touchscreen smartphone at normal phone price
Bad: Orange messing with the software!!
Comment: Great phone, but don't buy it from Orange -- they've removed several of the core Google applications (Gmail, Talk, YouTube). These can't be downloaded. Buy it from another provider or SIM-free!
Good: Brilliant Android 1.6 Donut OS, Small yet solid design, customisable covers, Android market, Delightful HTC Sense, easy Facebook and Gmail contact integration
Bad: Sluggish keyboard
Comment: I personally think this has to be one of the best budget smart phones on the market. I recently aquired it sim free for about £260, and I am more happy with this phone than any other I've had (I've had a lot!). I'll start with the only negative first, then on to positives.
The only negative I find is the sometimes sluggish on screen keyboard. In portrait mode you can chose from three styles: Alpha numeric (standard phone keypad), Compact Qwerty (qw-er-ty) or full qwerty keyboards. On the compact and full qwerty keyboards, there is an automatic spell checking system much like an iPhone. This correction system seems to make the typing speed slow, almost as if the keys have a lag time as the on board OS computes its suggestions. i dont mind this lag time, its not that bad. However, the Alpha numeric is horrifically inaccurate and difficult to use, it seems its very hard to ever press the right key and you end up making terrible spelling mistakes.
That said, the rest is brilliant. I really dont understand this gripe about it being a resistive screen, on a test drive i found the resistive Tattoo Screen far more responsive than the capacitive Hero screen (this might be due to having clammy hands, but its my experience anywho). Android in itself is a fantastic OS with brilliant app support for virtually anything, but HTC Sense is the Icing on the cake. I was surprised to find the Sense UI on board a budget phone, but its every bit as pleasant and smooth as that of the HTC hero. there are a couple of points where the colour presentation is a little off, leading to colour banding, but its not really a consequential issue. Setting up Gmail and facebook is stupidly easy, and the way it downloads and syncs all your contacts automatically blew me away. The threaded messaging system is incredibly useful, and the processor rarely struggles to react to your commands, completing tasks fluidly and quickly. The phone has crashed once or twice while doing something it had never done before (such as uploading photos to facebook) however the crashing issues are WAY less troublesome than those of my previous phones, the LG Cookie and the Nokia 5530. All in all, a true jem.
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