HTC Tattoo touchscreen Android phone in India

Thursday, November 19, 2009, 15:50 by Tech Correspondent

HTC Tattoo, a touchscreen phone from Taiwanese handset maker HTC has been launched in India. The HTC Tattoo is an Android phone, running Android 1.6. The company announced that the phone will be available in India at a price of Rs 18,400 in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. In other parts of India, HTC Tattoo price will be Rs 16,990.

Photo: HTC Tattoo phone

Photo: HTC Tattoo phone

Vodafone India announced an exclusive offer for HTC Tattoo buyers. If you buy an HTC Tattoo with a Vodafone subscription, you get three months of data usage at a maximum of 20 MB per month.

HTC Tattoo was launched worldwide in September. The GSM-GPRS phone has a full touchscreen (resistive, not capacitive) with a size of 2.8 inches. We are not too happy with the touchscreen size or its resistive nature. Competing models from Nokia have bigger screen sizes. The HTC Tattoo has a screen resolution of 240X320, which is different from the normal 320X480 resolution. What this implies is that there are fewer apps and games made for the HTC Tattoo available at the Android Market. The QVGA nature of the HTC Tattoo is a disappointment too. Most of the new touchscreen Android phones come with an HVGA display.

Photo: HTC Tattoo in white

Photo: HTC Tattoo in white

“The HTC Tattoo introduces a more natural way for reaching out to the people and accessing important information in a much more easier and hassle-free manner. HTC Tattoo empowers its owner to personalize it in a simple yet powerful manner and enjoy a most distinct mobile experience” said Mr Ajay Sharma, Country Head, HTC India.

HTC Tattoo exclusive offer on Vodafone India

HTC Tattoo exclusive offer on Vodafone India

The HTC Tattoo runs on a Qualcomm processor, and works on GSM-GPRS-EDGE mobile networks in India. The phone has Bluetooth and GPS connectivity, which means you can navigate with the HTC Tattoo with the preinstalled Google Maps – provided you have a data plan (GPRS) from any of the mobile operators. Bluetooth enables users to easily transfer files between other Bluetooth enabled devices or computers.

The HTC Tattoo has a 3.2 megapixel camera, but no autofocus or flash. Pictures from a 3.2megapixel camera come out with good quality, but the absence of flash is a drawback. The HTC Tattoo has a standard 3.5 audio jack on the top and a mini USB port at its bottom.

The HTC Tattoo runs what the company calls ‘HTC Sense’. HTC Hero was the first HTC phone to run HTC Sense. Simply put, HTC Sense is a way of customizing and personalizing the look and feel of the page, interacting with your contacts and using the phone as a full-service personal digital assistant. HTC Sense can be tightly integrated with social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter, photo sharing websites like Flicker. You can link a certain contact’s Facebook and Twitter profiles and their photo-sharing websites besides their addresses and phone numbers so that with a single click, you can communicate with him/her in multiple ways, and see what social networking activities they are up to.

The HTC Tattoo comes with an FM Radio, and supports multiple media formats for audio and video. Other special features on the Tattoo include a G-sensor and a digital compass.

HTC Tattoo runs Android 1.6, not the latest version Android 2.0. In the future, there will be more Android phones with version 2.0 coming out; which means application developers will increasingly set their sights on the higher operating systems. So, do not expect a lot of new apps matching your 1.6 HTC Tattoo to come out, especially since it has a screen resolution different from the usual.

Said Kumar Ramanathan, Chief Marketing Officer, Vodafone Essar India: “We are delighted to provide this exclusive offer to our customers. We recognize devices like the HTC Tattoo enable greater internet connectivity and heavier data usage, and we hope our customers will enjoy the experience with this free data plan.”

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